• Interviews started
  • Closing date: 31 January 2023


In our mission to rid the world’s oceans of plastic, forging and maintaining relations with governments, international organizations, and like-minded institutions is essential. The Ocean Cleanup is looking for a Global Public Affairs Junior who will support The Ocean Cleanup with public affairs and policy research on plastic pollution. The ideal candidate will have a good understanding of strategies and methods to build international consortia with like-minded and governmental institutions, and have excellent communication and stakeholder management skills. The Global Public Affairs Junior will report to the General Counsel & Director of Global Public Affairs. “We are living in a watershed moment for the intersection between plastic pollution and international relations. With this position, The Ocean Cleanup is offering a first-row seat to those wishing to witness such a moment.” João Ribeiro-Bidaoui, General Counsel & Director of Global Public Affairs


Duties and Responsibilities of the Global Public Affairs Junior include:

  • Assist in the coordination and implementation of the Global Public Affairs Action Plan
  • Support the development and management of working relationships and constructive dialogue with governments, international organizations, and like-minded institutions
  • Monitor and analyze relevant policy developments at national, regional, and global levels, including writing briefing notes
  • Representing The Ocean Cleanup at stakeholder meetings, events, and fora
  • Assist in managing public affairs partnerships and alliances
  • Assist in engagement with governments, especially in support of country-specific projects


  • A minimum of 1-2 years of working experience (including internships) in international or multilateral organizations, or with diplomatic and intergovernmental processes
  • A Master’s Degree in political science, international relations, international law, public administration, or related fields
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain contacts with governments and international organizations
  • Exposure to numerous cultures and proven to thrive in such environments
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver tangible results as a function of the networks you have developed
  • Full professional proficiency in English is required. Advanced knowledge of French, Spanish and Dutch are a strong advantage


  • Able to perform well in a fast-paced and challenging environment
  • Develops clear goals that are consistent with established strategies
  • Curious, creative, and determined to deliver
  • Flexible team player
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Intrinsic motivation to work towards our ambitious and meaningful goal
  • Have a sense of humor (or tolerance for bad puns)
Starting from:
Work permit needed:
European Union

Interviews have started, but please feel free to apply, as we might consider new applications.