Policy Manager, Global Shipping

Put your passion and skills to work for the planet. Climate change is the most urgent issue of our time, and we need people like you to help us build a vital Earth — for everyone.


We’re Environmental Defense Fund, a fast-paced nonprofit with a growing staff of more than 850 people in nearly 30 countries. We deliver game-changing solutions that cut climate pollution and strengthen people’s ability to thrive despite the effects climate change is already having. We work wherever we can have the most impact, from local communities to top companies to governments worldwide, and even in space.


Our culture, values and commitment to diversity make EDF an exciting and meaningful place to work. Every job here makes a difference. Won’t you join us?

Energy Transition Overview


The goal of EDF’s Energy Transition Team is to bend the curve on global greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel production and use by 2030, cleanly and equitably. We will achieve this through a defined set of strategies targeted at 1) reducing emissions from fossil fuel production, delivery, and use, and 2) reducing demand for fossil fuels in power generation, transportation, buildings, and industry. To achieve this goal, we seek reforms in law, regulation, and/or business practice through a mix of strategic corporate partnerships, direct engagement with policymakers, and mobilizing investor and public sentiment in favor of change. In formulating and achieving our strategies, we will work in close collaboration with EDF regions, draw on cutting-edge science and rigorous economic and financial analysis, and act on principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion to develop durable solutions.


As part of the Energy Transition portfolio, we have a dynamic, active and growing Global Transportation strategy that is working to accelerate the transition to zero-emission fuels, technologies, and modes via two major approaches:  1) A set of global goals and objectives that put in place the standards, rules, and financial commitments that catalyze zero-emission solutions for international goods and people movement — with a focus on shipping, aviation, medium and heavy duty vehicles and buses, and overall global supply chains; 2) A set of complementary regional strategies – in China, Europe, India and the US, as well as key emerging markets – that address local needs and opportunities, while locking in the national policies necessary to support the global transition.


Overall Function


The international maritime sector has set an underwhelming ambition to reduce its GHG emissions by at least 50% by mid-century. Even though the level ambition is nowhere near what is necessary to meet the temperature goals set by the Paris Agreement, the sector is currently not on the path to deliver. The goals and strategy to achieve them, agreed four years ago in the International Maritime Organization (IMO), are to be revised in 2023 and it is crucial to strengthen the ambition and for the sector to set a binding target to fully decarbonise by 2050. The Manager will work with our shipping team to ensure the shipping sector gets back on track, strengthens the ambition, and navigates towards zero emissions in the next three decades through various activities such as advocacy, policy design and building partnerships. They will cooperate with a wide range of stakeholders (IMO, IMO Member States, ship owners, cargo owners, IGOs) to advance these goals. The Manager will report to the Senior Manager, Global Climate.


Location: The preferred location for this position is London or remote UK 



  • Help develop and execute on advocacy campaigns with focus primarily on the IMO Member States and industry stakeholders to advance decarbonisation goals.
  • Write papers summarising research for a broad audience, along with public communications including presentations, Op-Ed pieces, and blog posts.
  • Manage timely in-house analyses for programme staff, Environmental Defense Fund senior leaders, and others throughout the organisation.
  • Assist development staff in fundraising efforts including drafting funding proposals for benefactors and foundations.
  • Keep up to date with key climate and energy policy developments, identify opportunities to advance goals, and ensure relevant colleagues are informed.
  • Closely follow developments in shipping and produce timely analyses and reports as needed.
  • Apply excellent organisational, communication, and planning skills to ensure strategies and workplans are progressing, identifying obstacles and opportunities.
  • Represent Environmental Defense Fund Europe at meetings and conferences, including high level meetings at governmental and UN level.
  • Identify, build and maintain collaborative and effective working relationships with stakeholders and partners (policy makers, industries, charities, research organisations, etc.).
  • Respond to relevant emerging organisational priorities.
  • Participate in advancing EDF Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values.
  • Manage, mentor, and support the develpoment of junior staff.
  • Additional relevant responsibilities as assigned. 



  • Advanced degree (Master’s or Ph.D.) in law, environmental science, political science, economics or similar, or equivalent professional experience.
  • Familiarity with global institutions and solid understanding of global legislative process.
  • Familiarity with UN climate mitigation efforts and treaties.
  • Results-oriented, self-starter with the ability to think strategically and carry out responsibilities in a timely and effective manner.
  • Exceptional organisation skills, attention to detail and ability to use independent judgment to plan, prioritize, and organise a diversified workload.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills. Proficient in work with scientific literature and experience with policy analysis.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with diverse teams in a collaborative environment and to be a champion for diversity.
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills. Ability to represent EDF in high level meetings.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Proficient in verbal and written English and at least one other official UN language such as Mandarin, French, Spanish, Russian or Arabic would be an advantage.
  • Experience analyzing legal and regulatory issues pertaining to energy, environment, and trade; experience with issues around the regulation of shipping and/ or aviation preferred.




Hiring Range

We offer a strong total rewards package encompassing competitive salary, robust benefits, and professional development opportunities consistent with a modern global organization.

The pay range for this role is 47,000 - 52,000 GBP which takes into account factors such as candidate experience, skills, training, internal team equity and local norms.

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.