Policy Officer

The role of the Policy Officer is to keep our clients up-to-date with water-related policy developments; to develop evidence-based policy positions and to engage with government, decision-makers and other stakeholders in order to promote and advocate for those positions.  You will work on marine policy, flood management policy, the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and also on the interaction between these and with other policy areas.

Qualifications, knowledge, experience
  •  Postgraduate qualification in biology, ecology, conservation or water science/management;
  • At least three year’s work experience in environmental policy, preferably in the NGO sector, including analysis and formulation of policy; demonstrating specific challenges and achievements during this time;
(A primary degree as above, with minimum 5 years relevant NGO experience, with demonstrated results, will also be considered)
  •  In-depth knowledge and understanding of aquatic ecosystems, water policy issues and challenges facing Ireland and an understanding of the effectiveness of EU and Irish policy and legislation in safeguarding the water environment, showing specialist expertise in an Irish context;
  • A sound grasp of EU and Irish political, policy and legislative structures and processes and environmental law;
  • A track record of initiating, managing and delivering evidence-based policy work that informs policy objectives and advocacy work.
  • Ph.D. in aquatic ecology or other relevant disciplines;
Skills/Attributes competencies and achievements
Ability to deliver focused policy analysis to tight deadlines, (e.g. in response to public consultations);
The ability to influence, negotiate and build awareness through excellent communication skills including:
  1. Report writing to publication standard, using a recognised citation system;
  2. Ability to successfully advocate policy positions in engagement with senior stakeholders and decision-makers, including officials from government departments; state agencies and other stakeholders;
  3. Expertise in communicating (and ‘translating’) complex policy and science concepts to a range of audiences and stakeholders and to communicate clearly, courteously, and professionally;
  4. Ability to develop positive working relationships with key stakeholders in other sectors.
Candidates must hold a full working visa, if needed, for Ireland and be fully familiar with Irish and EU water policy

If you are considering a career move, please feel to send your CV to lorraine@gaiatalent.com or contact Lorraine on (085)-7021120 for a confidential discussion. Gaia Talent will not send any applicants CV’s to clients without a full discussion and prior consent

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