Now recruiting: Fisheries Policy Officer

Published on April 26, 2024

FishSec is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the protection and restoration of marine ecosystem services, with a focus on fisheries in the Baltic Sea region and the European Union. Our long-term goal is well managed seas with rich biodiversity and thriving fish stocks to secure healthy and local seafood to consumers and a sustainable fishing sector. We advocate for fisheries working within the limits of the marine ecosystem, preserving marine resources as well as their habitats.

We are a Sweden-based NGO founded in 2003 by three environmental organisations: The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, WWF Sweden and the Swedish Angler’s Association.

FishSec is recruiting a team member to lead our Baltic Sea projects and work with the implementation of the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), focusing on regionalisation and fisheries management in the Baltic Sea. Work tasks include analysing scientific advice and policy proposals, writing policy briefs, as well as extensive contact with other relevant stakeholders.

The Policy Officer will carry out fisheries and environmental policy analysis to support the wider NGO community. We are looking for a knowledgeable and experienced individual, with a strong analytical background, to be a part of our small team of experts (2–3 people). The successful candidate will deliver upon international projects with many stakeholders involved, as well as take part in other projects and tasks within the organisation.

At FishSec, we work in an international environment with partners all across Europe, engaging with decision-makers, civil servants, NGOs, scientists and the fishing sector. We advocate and build stakeholder alliances to ensure sustainable ecosystem-based fisheries, and a thriving marine environment.

Work tasks/responsibilities

  • Lead on FishSec’s Baltic Sea projects:
    • Arrange webinars/events and contribute to other deliverables according to the project plan.
    • Disseminate report and other project-related materials.
    • Coordinate and participate in advocacy activities within a wide network of NGOs.
    • Project communication in different channels.
    • Collaborate with other stakeholders on Baltic and EU-level for advocacy.
  • Research & analysis:
    • Monitor relevant EU and international policy developments
    • Analyse scientific advice and policy proposals.
    • Coordinate NGO input on Baltic TAC and quotas. (Coordinate activities with other environmental and civil society organisations)
    • Write policy briefs and position papers.
  • Communications work:
    • Create content & manage the website.
    • Preferably also facilitate layout and design tasks.
  • Other:
    • Support fundraising, write grant proposals, report to funders and the FishSec Management Team.
    • Help out in other projects when required.
    • Assist with office administration when needed.

Required qualifications for the position:

  • Formal education equivalent to MSc or higher in a field relevant for the position.
  • Experience of policy work (preferably fisheries) within the EU, a national government or other organisation. Good understanding of EU political and regulatory processes.
  • Knowledge of fisheries management and concepts and environmental policy work, as well as a keen interest for developments in these areas.
  • Excellent communication skills in both written and spoken English.
  • Personal skills: comfortable giving public presentations, participating in workshops and seminars and organising events.
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership and networking skills with the ability to work well within a team while showing initiative, being proactive, and respecting sensitivity to multi-cultural approaches.
  • Excellent skills in programme management, planning and project implementation.

Desirable qualifications:

  • An academic background in fisheries, ecosystem-based marine management, biology and/or environmental science.
  • Previous experience in international project management and coordination.
  • Knowledge of Swedish and other European languages is an advantage but not a requirement.
  • Experience with layout/design/visual creativity softwares and basic skills in graphic design, layout work, video editing, image editing or photography is also a plus.
  • Fundraising experience and financial management skills.

FishSec has a flexible working environment, with staff currently working remotely without a physical office. We welcome international applicants, eligible to work in the EU.

This post is a full-time (40 hours) project employment, starting as soon as possible, with a potential development into permanent employment. FishSec is a member of the Employers’ Alliance (Arbetsgivaralliansen) and we apply their agreement for non-profit organisations.

We only accept electronic applications. We need your application (including a personal cover letter and CV) by May 24, 2024. Applications will be handled continuously throughout the period. Applications should be sent to

For questions please contact:

Markus Lundgren +46 (0)8 410 80 627,

Lina Birgersson +46 (0)70 710 05 10,