Head of Marine

Application Deadline: 
13 Jan 2019

Salary: circa £45,000 per annum

Start Date: Mid-February 2019

Contract Type: Open

Location: Fauna & Flora International, Cambridge, UK


We are seeking an exceptional, highly experienced marine conservationist to deliver and support our growing, dynamic and exciting international marine programme. You will lead programme implementation and will manage a significant internal marine grant facility which has been established to support and co-finance the delivery of the three key pillars of our marine strategy (putting in place effectively managed marine areas, improving key policies affecting the marine environment and helping to strengthen marine conservation institutions in the countries where we work). This will be delivered in close collaboration with the Director, Conservation Science & Design, team members and marine-focused regional programme staff.

You will have an advanced degree or equivalent qualification in a marine conservation-related field and substantial relevant overseas experience of marine conservation practice, with a direct understanding of NGOs and their role in marine conservation, both in-country and internationally. You will have experience of developing strategy in the context of wider institutional priorities, of leading complex programmes of work and will be able to demonstrate evidence of results-based delivery at programme level. You will have proven experience in delivering across a diverse workload, which can be applied and translated to a wide range of contexts and cultures. You will be an inspiring leader, able to steer our marine work and build a wider profile for our successes to date. You will have experience of public engagement on expert platforms, at NGO events and in the media, strong written communication skills and substantial evidence of fundraising success, including from high-level and multilateral sources.

Your excellent interpersonal skills will enable you to build strong working relationships, both with key external stakeholders and within FFI (including with project leaders and with regional marine staff, regional directors and Senior Management Team). Your people management skills will ensure that staff deliver effectively against aims, objectives and timelines, while your leadership skills will help to ensure delivery of a coherent programme of work across different regions and cross-cutting teams.

Your proven grant, project and financial management skills will ensure that you manage FFI’s substantial internal marine grant facility to achieve maximum impact and to meet its stated aims in line with donor requirements. You will ensure effective, timely and strategic targeting of funds in line with institutional and marine priorities, and will actively support marine-focused fundraising across the organisation to ensure a strong and diverse stream of co-finance for our marine programme.

You will be a strong team player and enjoy working in a dynamic environment where the ability to respond swiftly to changing organisational and team needs is paramount. With a proactive and pre-emptive approach to your work, you will seek to add value and work with minimal supervision, in line with the wider organisational ethos of FFI. Fluency in English is essential.

In return, the role offers the opportunity to work within a ground-breaking and entrepreneurial organisation, at the forefront of global conservation, with opportunity to apply your skills and expertise where appropriate. In addition, FFI offers a generous pension contribution, attractive annual leave allowance and life insurance.

Founded in 1903, FFI is the world’s longest established international conservation organisation. Our vision is to create a sustainable future for the planet where biodiversity is conserved by the people living closest to it. We aim to do this through the conservation of threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take account of human needs. We have become a trusted entity in the world of conservation. Today FFI is active in over 40 countries.

Our offices are located in The David Attenborough Building in central Cambridge, just a few minutes’ walk from glorious historic buildings and museums, the picturesque River Cam, the central market and shopping centre, and a host of cafés and restaurants.


The closing date for applications is Sunday, 13 January 2019.