• Senior Manager, Policy and Parternships

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  • Position Overview

    Rare is a $30 million-dollar fast-growing, international conservation organization. We believe conservation comes down to people—their behaviors toward nature, their beliefs about its value, and their ability to protect it without sacrificing basic life needs. Rare’s culture is results-oriented and entrepreneurial.


    We are working toward ambitious goals and creating measurable social change. With initiatives such as Fish Forever, Sustainable Agriculture, Blended Finance, Lands for Life, and the Center for Behavior & the Environment, Rare is on a mission to “inspire change so people and nature thrive”.


    Rare Germany is looking for a Senior Manager Policy and Partnerships role who will report to the Senior Director, Policy and Partnerships based in the Rare Germany office; being based out of Berlin and employed by Rare Germany. S/he will be cross- functional and lead the implementation of goals and objectives described under the partnerships and international policy objectives. In addition, this person will work closely with the leadership within the Global Development and Fish Forever team to ensure a common strategy across the various UN processes around Oceans, Small-scale fisheries and SDG 14.



    The Senior Manager, Policy and Partnerships co- leads the development and management of relevant external partners and networks related to fisheries, oceans, and relevant SDGs relevant to advance policy and fundraising in support of Rare’s Fish Forever global program. Under this capacity, s/he designs and implements Rare’s strategies to advance its policy and public funding objectives by building consortia with partners; develop messaging and opportunities to increase Rare’s profile and credibility with relevant partners and networks; deliver on commitments and objectives of networks that Rare has signed up for; and support the implementation of the Global Engagement Plan related to fisheries and oceans as well as marine, nature-based solutions for climate change.


    The Senior Manager, Policy and Partnerships also helps integrate national and relevant international policies while increasing the profile of small-scale fisheries and the role of Oceans and nature-based solutions for climate change through the provision of technical policy support and identification and pursuit of opportunities to advance the work.


    S/he is well-versed in global and national policy initiatives of relevance to Rare’s mission and will be experienced in matters relevant to the role an NGO can play in leveraging scale and public funding, including the engagement of strategic partners that will help build government and international support for sustainable small-scale fisheries, SDG 14 and oceans more broadly. This will connect also to the role Oceans and nature-based solutions can play for mitigation and adaptation to climate change. S/he supports the work with a wide range of stakeholders, mostly external, to engage governments and partners in successful policy and funding initiatives and represent Rare in international fora. This individual should be comfortable working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial organization, enjoy working with diverse teams, and possess strong project management and policy skills.



    The Senior Manager, Policy and Partnerships is responsible for the following:


    Strategic Partnerships and Networks

    To help achieve the policy deliverables and public funding opportunities, the Senior Manager will co- lead and manage the development and implementation of strategies surrounding the engagement of partners and networks.

    • Develop and implement strategies to implement commitments and deliverables to partnership and networks through creation of tools and principles in engaging new and existing partners
    • Implement and report on progress of partner engagements and networks and how they advance specific policy and public funding objectives
    • Develop and implement partnership deliverables that are outlined in the strategy.
    • Support the Senior Director, Policy and Partnerships and Executive Director and VP for Europe and Global Development on external relationships with relevant partners, including networks that Rare has officially signed up for
    • Provide in – country and global support in building consortium and partners to contribute to Global Development objectives on public fundraising.

    To achieve this, the Senior Manager will also work closely with various teams, participating in weekly discussions, strategy development, and providing technical policy and partnerships input support when needed.


    International Policies around Fisheries, Oceans, SDG 14 and relevant policies around climate and finance

    Working closely with the Senior Director, Policy and Partnership, s/he will contribute and provide inputs to discussions around International policies to help build the profile of small-scale fisheries and mobilize resources and support for the sector.

    • Lead the implementation of the Ocean related global engagement strategy around policy and fundraising outcomes, including management of Rare’s attendance at these regional and global meetings, delegation and events management, and communication, donor and partnership strategies etc.
    • Support the articulation of international policy agenda around the relevant themes and make sure there is integration with the national policy objectives.
    • Manage the development and implementation of strategies, financing and climate considerations around the Global Engagement Plan related to Fisheries, Oceans, and SDG 14.
    • Lead working groups that help integrate the discussions between international and national policies, technical inputs, and donor opportunities.
    • Provide necessary reports on progress of the discussions around international policies and partnerships deliverables

    To achieve this, the Senior Manager will also work closely with various teams, participating in weekly discussions, strategy development, and providing technical policy and partnerships input support when needed.


    Identify and pursuit Public Funding opportunities

    • Work closely with the Global Development Team and donor owners on making sure that themes and messaging are aligned and reflect the work we do with communities and countries to advance public funding opportunities.
    • Lead the strategy and implementation of building the partnership consortium for public fundraising.
    • Work closely with the donor owners, identify and support opportunities to finance the work in different countries and of different themes.
    • Provide support in proposal development and manage opportunities through dialogues with donor owners and relevant partners

    Communications and Reporting

    • Working together with the Manager, Policy and Partnerships to provide donor communication and reports related to the grants funding Rare’s policy work.
    • Provide policy and communication support to the team and when necessary, to in- country staff.


    • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience working on conservation policy and/or development policy issues (e.g. climate change, ocean, fisheries or water, community-based interventions) with demonstrated success in engaging governments, partners and networks
    • An advance degree in environment, development/international relations, public administration or a related field, is strongly preferred
    • Proven ability to network and develop partnerships across a range of stakeholders and track record of managing complex multi-stakeholder strategies and plans.
    • Strong understanding of global environment and development issues that influence resource allocation by governments and public donors
    • Demonstrated experience in relationship management with senior leaders and high-level audiences.
    • Demonstrated technical expertise in the work around coastal resource, fisheries policy and climate
    • Experience in identification and pursuit of fundraising opportunities, including proposal development, scoping and writing
    • Willingness to travel frequently within Europe and locations globally where Rare works, approximately 30-40%
    • Strong computer skills are required
    • English language is required; and additional language where Rare works is a plus (Bahasa, Spanish, Portuguese, etc)

    *Please submit all applications in English


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