Published: March 25, 2024

Location: Remote


Closing Date: Ongoing

Pacific Program Manager

About the organisation

Oceans 5 is the world’s leading strategic regranting organization targeting ocean conservation. Since 2011, the organization has provided grants to more than 150 organizations in almost 100 countries and regions to establish marine protected areas, stop overfishing, and constrain offshore oil and gas development. Its activities are directed by a Board of Advisors that include 25 philanthropic institutions. It is staffed by a group of seasoned professionals in eight countries that speak more than ten languages. It also currently houses and manages three separate directed funds aligned with its mission at the request of its donors.  These funds include the Joint 30×30 Funding Initiative, the Bloomberg Ocean Fund, and the Ocean Climate Diplomacy Initiative.

Oceans 5 works closely with civil society and Indigenous organizations to design collaborative projects and campaigns to influence government decisions through advocacy, research, communications, and capacity building, often leveraging opportunities presented by new elections, appointments, and policy changes. Oceans 5 grantees have a remarkable record of accomplishment, having been instrumental in the most impactful ocean conservation initiatives of the past decade.

About the role

The Pacific Program Manager will identify grantmaking opportunities to advance sustainable fisheries and secure protected areas consistent with the priorities of Pacific Island civil society organizations, governments, and traditional leaders. It is a full-time position, responsible for a range of activities including project scoping, development, monitoring, and evaluation, as well as providing support to Oceans 5 donors.

The Pacific Program Manager is a new position that will be part of a global team of program managers with geographic responsibilities for Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, the Caribbean, and the High Seas. The global team works closely with colleagues across the suite of funds managed under Oceans 5 to develop projects and partnerships to implement grantmaking strategies, as well as with other partners like the Shark Conservation Fund. Collectively, the team implements a global strategy that is rooted firmly in local knowledge and respect.

The position will support many elements of the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent, focusing on grants to support sustainable fisheries in coastal communities, establish protected areas for biodiversity conservation, and to mitigate the effects of climate change. Its geographic focus will include the high seas. The position reports to a Program Director and is based out of this person’s home office.

Deliverables, Responsibilities:

  • Identify new grantmaking opportunities, consistent with funding strategies, objectives, and criteria.
  • Maintain professional and collegial relationships with senior government officials, traditional leaders, civil society organizations, academic institutions, and other stakeholders.
  • Conduct oversight and monitoring of current and future grants.
  • Assist grantees in meeting their goals and objectives.
  • Organize meetings with grantees, donors, government officials, traditional leaders, and other stakeholders.
  • Develop reports and presentations for Board meetings and donors to Oceans 5.
  • Support donors as necessary, including accompanying them on site visits.
  • Develop and maintain broad knowledge, as well as subject matter expertise, of the science, policies, and politics of marine conservation on the high seas and ocean conservation issues globally.
  • Update and maintain details of projects under management in an online project database.
  • Understand and support Oceans 5 policies and approaches, including assistance with media outreach, confidentiality, conflict of interests, security, ethics, and maintaining organizational health.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Graduate degree in law, public affairs, public policy, or environmental science preferred.
  • A minimum of eight years of directly related professional experience in the environment, conservation, natural resource, or public policy arena. Experience with ocean and marine conservation issues and professional advocacy/outreach preferred.
  • Proven project-management skills, including ability to handle several projects at different stages simultaneously and a strong capacity to set priorities and identify resources.
  • Strong writing, editing and proofreading skills with an ability to write clearly and cogently for internal audiences, policy makers, the media, and the public.
  • Proficiency in English and at least one other position-related language.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to develop and manage productive relationships with colleagues, consultants, and coalition partners. Excellent listening skills.
  • Exhibit strong skills of diplomacy with seasoned and sound judgment. Ability to work productively with a wide array of different people and institutions that frequently disagree with and are in competition with one another.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated proficiency in use of software (Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and ability to learn or use technology for reports, meetings, and grants management (Google Suite, Zoom,, etc).

Salary and benefits

Oceans 5 is a sponsored project of RPA, an equal opportunities employer that values diversity at the organization. RPA does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including health coverage, retirement benefits, paid sick leave, vacation and holidays, commensurate with experience, accomplishment, and regional markets and statutes.

Start date

To be confirmed

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to, with ‘Pacific Program Manager’ in the subject line. Oceans 5 will accept applications at this address until the position is filled.