Coastal Partnerships Officer
The Project – Coastal Partnerships Network
Location: Central London with some national travel
Full time 37.5 hours a week: flexible working hours may be required with some evenings/weekends expected
The UK is unique in having an established set of Coastal Partnerships which are locally accountable, cross-sectoral and informal. They advocate the ecosystem approach, sustainable use of marine resources and integrated, co-ordinated management. Our 47 Coastal Partnerships, many with up to 20 years’ experience, exist in diverse locations around the UK coast. They were created for different local needs and circumstance but all now play a vital role in the integration and management of actions and activities on our coasts.
The Coastal Partnerships Network (CPN) was established in 2006 as a volunteer led national forum that exists to encourage the exchange of information and debate between Coastal Partnerships, groups and fora. CPN establishes links with other national and local coastal stakeholders and provides a national voice for the coast linking local practice and knowledge to national level debate and policy.
The CPN Steering Committee is responsible for driving forward the priorities set out in the CPN Action Plan (agreed and reviewed annually at the CPN Annual Forum). TEP Programme Manager is the current CPN Chair.
We are recruiting one full time Coastal Partnerships Officer who will provide Secretariat duties for the voluntary CPN Steering Committee and drive forward the priorities in the CPN Action Plan through close working with the CPN Chair, TEP Programme Manager and the CPN Steering Committee; manage budgets and assist in fundraising where appropriate. This position will be line managed by the TEP Programme Manager. The Coastal Partnership Officer will also report directly to the CPN Steering Committee.
The Coastal Partnerships Officer will be a dynamic, energetic person with excellent organisational and communication skills, able to work closely with a wide range of sectors including coastal communities and those involved in coastal management. The Officer will be able to represent CPs and the CPN with key stakeholders ranging from central to local Government, Regulatory Authorities and NGOs and be able to write briefs and funding applications to a high standard.
The Officer will be expected to develop sufficient knowledge of the myriad policies affecting the coastal terrestrial and aquatic space. Existing knowledge and/or experience of these policies; working with coastal communities and coastal governance and management would be advantageous.
The Thames Estuary Partnership (TEP) is a charity and neutral forum bringing Thames estuary stakeholders together to work towards the best social, economic and environmental outcomes for the Thames. Hosted by University College London (UCL), TEP has been building networks, delivering projects and facilitating partnership programmes for the past 20 years. With board representation from the Port of London Authority, City of London, Tideway, Thames Water, Environment Agency, Natural England, Essex County, UCL and RSPB, TEP aims to facilitate sound decision making for a sustainable future for the estuary.
Our vision is to ensure the most sustainable future for the Thames Estuary, balancing the needs of local people, the local environment and the local economy.
Our mission is to maximise social, economic and environmental benefits for the Thames Estuary through working with all organisations and groups with an interest in the Thames. We achieve our mission by raising awareness of estuary issues, informing key decision makers, facilitating partnerships, developing and managing partnership projects and initiating research programs.
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Please apply to email@example.com with a cover letter and CV by midnight 19th March. First round interviews will be held in the week commencing 9th April with a second Skype interview conducted by the CPN Steering Committee the week after.
IMPORTANT: You must be available for a CPN Coastal Challenge Summit in London 24th April.
This is an exciting and varied job for the right candidate.