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Surfrider Foundation Europe seeks European Affairs Coordinator

Surfrider Foundation Europe <1an d'expérience  Paris, Île-de-France, France 30 Jan 2018

Job Description

European Affairs Coordinator

Surfrider Foundation Europe is a non-profit organisation which was established “to protect, safeguard, promote and ensure sustainable management of our oceans, coastlines, waves and the people who enjoy them”. Surfrider Foundation Europe is the European member of the international Surfrider network which extends across all five continents.

Set up in Europe (Biarritz) in 1990, it now consists of a network of 1,200 volunteers, 10,000 members, about thirty local branches, and more than 120,000 sympathisers around Europe.

The organisation works primarily in 3 areas: aquatic waste, the quality of our water and the health of those who use it, and oceans and climate change. It organises research, education, awareness-raising and information activities; on-the-ground engagement; events and legal action and lobbying.

Surfrider Foundation Europe is seeking to employ a European Affairs Coordinator to fill a newly created post. Based in Paris, the successful applicant will be chiefly responsible for representing and defending the organisation’s interests in national and European institutions and among stakeholders and for coordinating campaigns against climate change. He/she will play a key role in the planning and monitoring of Surfrider Europe’s campaign for the European elections.

Scope and objectives

Working under the supervision of the Manager of Surfrider Foundation Europe’s Lobbying and Campaigns division, and interacting closely with the campaigns teams and the organisation’s European headquarters in Biarritz (France), the European Affairs Coordinator will represent the Surfrider Foundation Europe organisation’s interests in European institutions and among stakeholders in Paris and Brussels with regard to the organisation’s priority action plans, and with a particular emphasis on tacking climate change. He/she will play a key role in the implementation of Surfrider Europe’s European election campaign: Voice For The Ocean.

Main responsibilities

  • Representation of the organisation’s interests
  • Collecting political and regulatory intelligence, writing briefing notes on the topics of the Ocean and Climate
  • Helping to decide stances, preparing Surfrider Foundation Europe’s responses to consultations and policies, and defending the organisation’s interests in Brussels and Paris
  • Public relations, influencing and networking – both individually and with the organisation’s management teams – in European institutions and among stakeholders
  • Participating in expert groups and meetings on the organisation’s priority topics
  • Participating in coalitions and platforms of which the organisation is a member, particularly the Ocean & Climate platform
  • Helping to secure European funding and drawing up applications
  • Contributing to a better knowledge of European institutions, policies and instruments across the organisation’s various offices and branches


  • Implementing the Voice for the Ocean campaign ahead of the European elections
  • Helping to develop and implement the strategy
  • Leading the campaign in close collaboration with the division manager and the members of the steering committee
  • Leading the steering committee
  • Tracking the achievement of targets and assisting in the implementation of the campaign
  • Monitoring
  • Mobilising networks for the distribution of a digital consultation in Europe (7 countries)
  • Co-organising the rollout of the Voice For The Ocean campaign across Europe in 2018 – the Voice For The Ocean Tour (Series of panel discussions in 5 EU countries)
  • Assisting the campaign’s beneficiaries and targets
  • Reporting to donors
  • Helping to monitor the budgetary and administrative aspects of the campaign
  • Leading voluntary activities: helping the mobilisation team to organise and publicise the campaign; providing assistance and training on the campaign for the organisation’s members

Contribution to and collaboration with the organisation’s other programmes

  • Interacting closely with the mobilisation department and leading the organisation’s volunteer network, helping to share and transmit information and raising awareness of campaigns among volunteers
  • Working in close collaboration with the communication team responsible for developing the digital consultation
  • Working in close collaboration with the events coordinator to ensure consistency in the regional rollout of campaigns
  • Helping to secure European funding and writing responses to calls for projects and donor reports

Profile sought

  • Qualifications: Master’s degree – political science, law, European affairs, public affairs


  • Organisational ability and attention to detail
  • Versatility and perseverance
  • Excellent interpersonal and writing skills
  • Initiative and proactivity
  • Ability to work independently or in a team
  • Fluent English and French essential; a 3rd European language an advantage
  • Knowledge and experience of the European institutions and the functioning of the EU
  • Expertise in organising institutional events (conferences, workshops and discussions)
  • Knowledge of and interest in the protection of the coastal and marine environment


  • Project management
  • Creativity
  • Good communication skills
  • Knowledge of the non-profit sector
  • Knowledge of European funds

Role involves travel in France and around Europe


  • Salary: €2,020.59 (gross) + 50% refund on the cost of a public transport pass
  • BASE: Paris
  • Office in the centre of Paris (Ménilmontant metro station) in a location shared with two other economic players.
  • The job involves some work in the unique Mundo-B complex in Brussels, alongside many other civil society organisations which are active in the field of environmental protection. The successful candidate will also be expected to travel to the European headquarters in Biarritz.
  • Start date: March 2018
  • Fixed term contract, full time for 10 months


Please apply in English and French (CV + covering letter). Please send documents by email to Mme Antidia Citores at no later than 5 February 2018 entering “Application_VoiceForTheOcean” as the subject line. Interviews will be held in Paris on 13 and 14 February. Please include precise details of when you are available for interview.

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