Head of Partnerships (4095481)


competitive salary for part time post

Job Location
- United Kingdom -- England -- Greater London -- London

Job Type

Monday, November 08, 2021

Closing date
29 Nov 2021 23:59

Head of Partnerships

Globally flexible location

Seabed 2030 is a collaborative project between the Nippon Foundation and GEBCO, launched at the United Nations Ocean Conference in 2017. It aims to facilitate the complete mapping of the ocean floor by 2030, through a compilation of all available existing bathymetric data and new bathymetric data collection to produce the definitive map of the world ocean floor and make it available to all. It builds on more than 100 years of GEBCO's history in global seafloor mapping and aims to empower the world to make policy decisions, use the ocean sustainably and undertake scientific research based on detailed bathymetric information of the Earth’s seabed. Currently, 32 million square kilometres or 20.4% of the ocean has been mapped and 14 new underwater features have been discovered.

Completing the mapping of the world’s oceans will increase our understanding of oceanic processes and can have a colossal impact on activities such as tsunami forecasting, fishing resources, environmental change, underwater geo-hazards, cable and pipeline routing, mineral extraction, energy production and communications infrastructure construction.

About the Role

GEBCO and the Nippon Foundation are seeking a Head of Partnerships to work closely with the Project Director to lead the project team as well as promote the Seabed2030 initiative.  

The Head of Partnerships will play a key role in building and developing effective relationships with Seabed 2030’s existing and prospective partners, to oversee and support initiatives as well as identify new partnership opportunities.  Additionally, it will be the Head of Partnerships’ responsibility to ensure the planning and progress of the various partner projects are conducted effectively, on time and to budget.

The Head of Partnerships will be required to work alongside the Project Director to network and partner with key international marine programmes, NGOs, Academic institutions, Government Agencies and Industry to help promote the position of Seabed2030.

About the Person

Seabed 2030 are seeking applications from professionals with experience and expertise in managing complex international projects with effective use of relevant documentation and systems. You will also need to demonstrate experience managing budgets for multiple complex projects and partnering with and presenting to senior personnel within industry, intergovernmental NGOs and academic organisations.

The Head of Partnerships will need to have strong interpersonal skills including diplomacy, conflict management, negotiation, networking and navigating cultural differences. You will have a creative, innovative approach and be prepared to challenge the status-quo.

The successful individual may be expected to travel internationally, when it is safe to do so. 

It doesn’t matter where you are based, as Seabed 2030 operates ‘virtually’, with employees and partners situated around the globe.  It will therefore be important that you are able to work remotely and with initiative.



 GEBCO  - The General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans – is  a non-profit making organisation which relies largely on the voluntary contributions of an enthusiastic international team of geoscientists and hydrographers. GEBCO's work is directed by a Guiding Committee and supported by sub-committees on ocean mapping and undersea feature names plus ad hoc working groups.


GEBCO operates under the auspices of its two parent organizations, the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO and is the only organisation mandated to map the ocean floor of the entire world.

About the Nippon Foundation

The Nippon Foundation’s main objective in the ocean and maritime sphere is to pass on the riches of the oceans to future generations by cultivating human resources and building networks to enable those people and organizations to work together


For a confidential conversation please contact Claire MacLeod (07966 524037), Andrew Timlin (07887777735).


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