Employment Opportunity: Development Officer | Oceana
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Development Officer

Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization dedicated solely to ocean conservation. Oceana is rebuilding abundant and biodiverse oceans by winning science-based policies in countries that control one third of the world’s wild fish catch. With over 100 victories that stop overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution and killing of threatened species like turtles and sharks, Oceana’s campaigns are delivering results. A restored ocean means that one billion people can enjoy a healthy seafood meal, every day, forever. Together, we can save the oceans and help feed the world.

Our international team of marine scientists, economists, lawyers and advocates win specific and concrete policy changes to prevent the irreversible collapse of fish populations, marine mammals, plus other sea life and their ecosystems from overfishing, disrupting fishing practices and pollution, amongst others

Position Summary

OCEANA seeks a Development Officer to join the Development team and contribute to the fundraising goal. This is an exciting time at Oceana! We’re looking for someone to be part of our dynamic and forward looking global team. This full-time (maternity cover) position.

The Development Officer is a member of Oceana Europe’s fundraising team. S/he will work with the Senior Development Director to produce high-quality proposals to be sent to institutional donors.

Major Responsibilities

Under the supervision of and in close collaboration with the Senior Development Director, the Development Officer will be in charge of the entire grant application process for a set of institutional donors.

He/she will contribute to Oceana’s objectives. Specifically, she/he will:

  • Write high-quality grant proposal narratives, applications and supporting documents – with a special focus on EU public funding streams.
  • Research, collect data and write proposals.
  • Manage the proposal submission process to ensure timely submission of all required materials.
  • Conduct research, gather data, analyse information and prepare effective, accurate and timely reports and other documents to support development objectives.
  • Coordinate and follow-up on the progress of submitted proposals.
  • Conduct prospect research to identify, cultivate and solicit new grants.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Position Qualifications


  • A minimum of 2-3 years of experience in grant development.
  • Demonstrated ability to write successful grant applications.
  • Knowledge of EU Public funding instruments and institutional Foundations is required.
  • High proficiency in all areas of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint)


  • Bachelor’s degree required.


  • Strong written communication skills.
  • Fluent in English essential – full command in written English is required.
  • Demonstrable experience with EU Public funding streams.
  • Demonstrable experience in writing successful grant applications.
  • Accomplished interpersonal and networking skills.
  • Personal resilience, ability to operate in a start-up environment.
  • Willingness and ability to travel occasionally.
  • Ability to foster effective working relationships within a team environment.
  • Ability to exercise good judgement, to demonstrate an understanding of ethics related to development activities, and to use discretion in interactions with donors, prospects and colleagues.

Personal Characteristics

  • Detail-oriented, organised, deadline-driven.
  • Clear, precise and compelling writing skills.
  • Able to effectively communicate.
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently with purpose and accuracy in a fast-paced environment.

A position profile does not imply that the duties stated are the only ones to be performed by the incumbent. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instruction as requested by their manager.

Additional information

The work will be carried out in close cooperation with other Oceana staff in the Madrid, Copenhagen, Brussels and London offices.

The position will be based in Madrid and conditions are according to Spanish employment legislation;

Interested applicants are requested to send a CV and cover letter to applicants-europe@oceana.org, with the Reference: DO-05/18 before May 21st.