Project Officer

International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) / Blue Pangolin Consulting

The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) is a
global partnership between Nations and organisations, founded in 1994, which strives to
preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world. ICRI emerged out of the
recognition that coral reefs and related ecosystems found in tropical and sub-tropical regions
are facing serious degradation, primarily due to anthropogenic stresses. Many nations face
similar threats to coral reefs and related ecosystems as well as similar management problems.
Recognising this, ICRI’s objectives are to: Encourage the adoption of best practice in
sustainable management of coral reefs and associated ecosystems; build capacity; and raise
awareness at all levels on the plight of coral reefs around the world. To date, ICRI
counts 95 members including 45 member states that represent
over 75% of the world’s coral reefs. Currently chaired by the United States of
America, ICRI is implementing the 2021 – 2024 Plan of Action, Turning
the Tide for Coral Reefs

Under the implementation of the Plan of Action, there is an exciting opportunity to join the
ICRI Secretariat for a one-year position. The role will aid the ICRI Secretariat, and support
the ICRI Chairs, to fulfil the organisation and management procedures of ICRI whilst animating
the initiative and its members and supporting ICRI’s various ad hoc committees and operational

  • Developing and implementing a Plan of Action for implementation during the Host
    Secretariat’s hosting term
  • Managing membership, including seeking updates on Members’ details at the beginning of the
    hosting term, maintaining a database on members and nominated focal points and processing
    membership requests
  • Convening and organising General Meetings
  • Receiving and answering correspondence on behalf of the Initiative
  • Maintaining and updating web-based media, including the ICRIForum website as well as ICRI
    social media and ICRI Newsletter
  • Promoting ICRI and its work
  • Providing comment on relevant international texts and at international fora and conferences
    where side events may be organised
  • Developing new partnerships with ICRI to expand the Initiative
  • Reporting on the activities of ICRI in line with financial contributions received by the
    ICRI Secretariat

The ICRI Project Officer will also support ICRI’s ad hoc committees and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), including facilitation
of meetings, events and workshops as well as development of products.

The ideal candidate will have:


  • At least 3 years coral reef-related experience
  • Understanding of international policy (including the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity
    Framework) a knowledge of international / regional initiatives and organisations
  • Experience in a fast-paced working environment involved in multiple projects with
    international stakeholders
  • Website maintenance and strong communication skills including experience utilising social
    media (Twitter, LinkedIn) and Newsletter platforms
  • Strong initiative to develop and implement ideas to expand, animate and strengthen ICRI
  • Comfortable with independent working
  • Excellent reporting and writing skills
  • Ability to work in the UK


  • A sound understanding of international processes with respect to coral reefs and their
    associated ecosystems
  • Experience working within international initiatives
  • Website management utilising WordPress
  • Newsletter management (Mailchimp or similar)

This position is based in the UK, with access to London (SW14), and some international travel
may be required. The ICRI Project Officer will have a proven ability to forge and maintain
relationships with a range of individuals and organisations, including governments, NGOs,
Regional and International Intergovernmental Organisations and/or private industry. A strong
understanding of conservation issues within local, regional, and international contexts is a
plus. Other key attributes include strong administrative skills, including reporting and
excellent writing skills, as well as being team player, demonstrating initiative to identify
issues and provide solutions, and able to build positive personal and organisational

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