Head of Partnership and Advocacy

Barcelona (Spain)
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Head of Partnership and Advocacy

Barcelona (Spain)

Ref: OG7060 February 13, 2024 SERVICES TO COMPANIES



About the position: Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and working closely with the team you will ensure the success of the association advocacy and partnership work. MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES: • Develop strong and effective relationships with key stakeholders across the global conservation landscape. • Represent the association with relevant authorities and stakeholders and facilitate contacts between other association members and relevant global bodies, advocating for campaigns and policies to support their strategic vision. • Be instrumental in raising issues in the international agenda, negotiating outcomes, and critical to implementing specific outcomes of multilateral environmental agreements. • Via strategic partnerships, to advocate on the association behalf, and coordinate and deliver association engagement, participation and negotiation in conventions, committees, working groups, discussions, and communication with: • Multilateral Environmental Agreements like CITES and CBD and global conservation networks like IUCN, among potentially others. • New legislation initiatives that particularly impact zoos and aquariums (monitoring and sharing with members, when appropriate providing support to members) Advocacy and Partnership: • Partnership development : networks, partnerships and alliances. • Advocacy and Submissions: engagement and participation in relevant issues at key forums. • Strategic positioning: actively monitor and contribute to the key emerging national/regional legislation. • Advisor to the CEO: undertake strategic projects. • Operations support: supporting achievement of actions set out in the organization's strategic plan. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE Education / Qualifications • Higher education to a minimum of degree level or equivalent is essential or proven satisfactory level of relevant applied experience in international affairs, partnership development, environmental policy, and its application in a real-world context. • Good understanding of international policy decision-making processes is essential. • A minimum of five years of work experience. Experience in advocacy at conservation organisations is strongly preferred. • A proven track record of working in a multidisciplinary team environment is essential. • Experience with standard office word processing, power points (and/or other presentation software) and spreadsheet packages is essential. • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential. The ability to communicate in an additional language is preferred. COMPETENCIES • Negotiation skills and ability to influence Policy • Ability to analyse and interpret relevant policy and legislation and propose effective solutions to influence them. • Proactive and progressive • Being forward-thinking and taking initiative within scope of responsibility. • Using knowledge and experience to lead to the best result for the association. • Demonstrating reliability, consistency, transparency, inclusivity and honesty in actions. • Being fact based, accountable and maintaining confidentiality. • Results orientated • Able to take concrete and targeted actions to meet agreed results and continuously add value • Adapting quickly and with agility to new, ad-hoc and emerging situations and ways of working. • Managing relationships with professionalism, empathy, and tact. • Prioritization. • Readiness to travel is important.

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