Senior Analyst


Washington, D.C., United States 🇺🇸

General Summary

The Senior Analyst brings experience in overseeing and conducting technical analysis of marine policy issues, campaign-based advocacy, partnership-building with external organizations, grants and contract management, and project management. They will apply their real-world experience in international fisheries and/or marine conservation policy to and the majority of their duties and responsibilities will be tied to the Transparent Oceans Initiative (TOI), whose mandate is to catalyze policy reform by exposing the scale, activities, and impact of distant-water fishing fleets. 

Reporting to the Science & Strategy team’s Senior Advisor, the Senior Analyst works both independently and as part of a team to develop and carry out research projects and associated outreach activities, engaging with key Oceana country offices, global experts and academics, government officials, and international partners and collaborators.  The position requires flexibility to work in varied time zones and is based in Washington, D.C. Regular international travel is anticipated. This is a full-time, exempt position.           

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

  • Oversee the development and execution of TOI reports including identifying research topics, developing hypotheses or terms of reference, and managing the research (whether internal or externally conducted) 
  • Contribute to the development and execution of TOI outreach and engagement strategies, including coordination with external and internal colleagues
  • Develop, engage, maintain, and expand a network of key stakeholders, decision makers, and allies relevant to TOI and other Science & Strategy objectives
  • Represent TOI as an expert in relevant international and national political fora and as an Oceana spokesperson with relevant media
  • Maintain subject matter expertise in the areas of international fisheries, maritime domain awareness, global seafood trade and food security connections, and international affairs as relevant to TOI, as well as staying abreast of the latest related news in technology, science and policy, and advise the Chief Scientist and Senior Advisor on key developments
  • Manage key contracts and subgrants for TOI research and communications products/deliverables
  • Contribute to the development of TOI proposals for donors in coordination with the Senior Advisor and the Development team
  • Generally, support Oceana’s Science & Strategy team in the achievement of department goals

Job Requirements

Education and work experience:

  • Master’s degree in international studies, marine science, environmental policy or a related field plus at least eight years of related experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Professional experience in ocean conservation issues such as Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, distant water fishing fleets, fisheries management, or habitat and biodiversity protection
  • Experience representing a government or international organization in the international fora where these issues are addressed such as RFMOs, CITES, UN/FAO or similar.
  • Experience in marine conservation and international fisheries policy research and analysis, and the synthesis of relevant information for both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Experience working with internationally, including the creation and cultivation of partners and collaborators
  • Experience drafting memos, reports, and summaries for senior management and external audiences including government officials and general audiences, as well as learning materials (e.g., presentations, factsheets, briefs, and blogs) 
  • Experience managing consultants and/or grantees to ensure timely delivery of work products
  • Familiarity with advocacy campaigns directed at elected or appointed officials

Skills and knowledge:

  • Demonstrated interest in ocean conservation and management
  • Ability to be clear and persuasive with diverse audiences of scientists and policy makers
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and independently on discrete projects
  • Organized working style and attention to detail
  • Adaptable to changing plans in a dynamic work environment
  • Cross-cultural, race, and gender awareness and the ability to operate professionally in diverse and international settings
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, with expertise in the communication of technical policy issues preferred
  • Fluency in English required, and additional fluency in one or more of the following languages is preferred: Mandarin, Japanese, French, or Spanish


  • Action Oriented: Makes things happen. Takes on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.
  • Instills Trust: Is able to gain the confidence and trust of others by demonstrating honesty and authenticity, acting with integrity, being consistent and credible. 
  • Business Insight: Brings a deep knowledge of their functional discipline and is skilled at scanning the external landscape for trends and potential opportunities.  
  • Effective Communication: Understands the value of effective communication. Can deliver messages in a clear, compelling and concise manner. Actively listens, checks for understanding and adjusts content and style to meet the needs of different stakeholders.  
  • Global Perspective: Takes a broad view of issues and challenges and can see them in a global context. Builds relationships with people from different cultures and countries. Draws on global knowledge and perspective when tackling complex issues or looking for opportunities. 
  • Cultivates Innovation:  Can create new and better ways to be successful – enlists champions, generates ideas and nurtures the best ones, takes initiative, is comfortable taking risks, experiments and applies what they learned.

Oceana values a diverse workforce and welcomes people different from each other in many ways, including characteristics such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, and national origin. Oceana considers all qualified candidates and seeks to recruit from a diverse candidate pool.

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