Legal & Policy Specialist



Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2024

OCEANA is the largest organization working exclusively on ocean conservation. It was established in 2001 and is based in Washington, D.C. Its North American, South American, and European offices work together on many strategic campaigns to achieve measurable results in marine management and conservation for the seas in each country. OCEANA believes especially in the importance of science to identify problems and find solutions.

The Legal and Policy Specialist, working for the Oceana office in the Philippines will assist the Campaign, Legal & Policy Senior Director in representing Oceana’s positions and objectives to government officials, media, civil society and other partners. The LPS will provide legal and policy expertise to support the development of campaign strategies in the areas of regulations and policies related to ocean conservation and sustainable use of marine resources.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Legal Analysis and Advice:

  • Conduct legal research and analysis on laws, rules, regulations, ordinances, and other government issuance and court decisions to support Oceana activities and advocacy work.
  • Research on facts and issues, background and other relevant information and current events affecting Oceana campaigns in the Philippines.
  • Provide legal assistance, services and support in possible lawsuit of Oceana campaigns
  • Assist in the drafting of memoranda, affidavits, pleadings as may be needed during the preparation, filing, litigation if the need arises.
  • Assist the Campaign Legal and Policy Senior Director in preparing legal briefs, reports and position papers on issues related to the Ocean and Oceana campaigns.
  • Provide legal inputs on proposed conservation and management actions, especially for the campaigns - deter illegal dump-and-fill and restore mangroves campaign and the strategic opportunities for Oceana to influence national and local policies.

Campaign Support:

  • Provide legal and policy on-the-ground support to Oceana Campaign managers during fieldwork activities, workshops, training etc.
  • Support Oceana’s campaigns by providing legal and policy expertise
  • Attend and participate in field visits, community meetings, and stakeholder engagement for data gathering
  • Assist in campaign planning and execution
  • Engage with policy makers, stakeholders, and public to promote ocean conservation initiatives.
  • Hold working sessions to update on progress of legal efforts and engagements.
  • Represent Oceana in forums, meetings, engagements etc. that are related to the vision of Oceana.

Reporting and Documentation:

  • Prepare and submit regular reports on legal and policy activities.
  • Prepare and submit legal and policy papers on Oceana campaigns and strategies.
  • Maintain comprehensive records of legal research, policy proposals, and other Oceana campaign initiatives.

Perform other tasks as may be required by the Legal & Policy Director and Vice-president.


  • Law degree
  • A background in policy work, especially environmental policy
  • Previous experience in dealing with government agencies
  • Knowledge of the legal framework and policies for conservation and management of fisheries
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; Ability to speak another language of the Philippines is a plus
  • Able to multitask, manage stressful situations, and complete projects under tight deadlines
  • Ability to lead a campaign staff and work effectively in a team environment
  • Ability to quickly synthesize information
  • Ability to advocate for complex, aggressive conservation positions in both small and large settings
  • Able to travel independently and as part of a delegation, sometimes in adverse conditions
  • Able to cultivate relationships across international time zones, willing to work non-standard office hours.
  • Creative, energetic, adaptable
  • Maintain a functional workspace and office communications system
  • Participate in conference calls with other Philippines staff, Campaign Managers and Oceana staff on a weekly basis or as directed by the Vice President, Philippines and Chief Scientist and Strategy Officer
  • Comply with Nexonia expense reporting, timesheets, time off, reimbursement, and liquidation of money received and disbursed for official purpose

Required Competencies:

  • 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.
  • Ensures Accountability: Follow through on commitments and makes sure others do the same. Has a reputation of taking ownership and responsibility for decisions, actions and failures.
  • Collaborates: Brings people together to leverage their skills, talents and knowledge to achieve a common purpose. Creates synergy resulting in a combined effort with greater results than what can be achieved by individuals.
  • Effective Communication: Understands the value of effective communications. 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.

The above declarations are not intended to be an “all inclusive” list of duties and responsibilities of the job described, nor are they intended to be such a listing of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Rather, they are intended only to describe the general nature of the job and are a reasonable representation of its activities.

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. Closing date for applications is July 12, 2024.