Sea-Watch is looking for a Marine Superintendent (all genders)

from 01.10.2021 on

Sea-Watch e.V. is a non-profit initiative dedicated to the civil sea rescue of people on the move. In view of the humanitarian disaster in the central Mediterranean Sea-Watch provides emergency aid, demands and at the same time forces the rescue by the responsible European institutions and publicly stands up for legal escape routes. We are politically and religiously independent and are financed exclusively by donations.

The Ship Management Team is looking for a Marine Superintendent, 40 hours per week.

The basis for our operations are our ships, Sea-Watch 3 and new Sea-Watch 5. The Ship Management & Logistics Department, together with the crews on board, ensures that the vessels are in good technical condition and comply with all applicable regulations. We try to continuously improve our ships based on our active Search And Rescue (SAR) experience.

In cooperation with other departments, the Ship Management & Logistics Department also takes care of the preparation of SAR missions and port calls.

Supporting masters and crew in nautical and regulatory matters is one of the department’s tasks. That would be your job.

Your tasks:

  • Together with your colleagues in the nautical team you are the main point of reference for all navigational matters and maritime regulations for the ships‘s crew
  • You make sure our bridge teams are equipped with all training and tools for safe navigation
  • You are responsible for maintaining and improving navigational, mooring, safety and security standards
  • In coordination with HSEQ and other department members, you follow up, investigate, process and close all ISM related processes: Incident and Accident reports, Near-Miss reports, Non‐Conformity reports, Risk Assessments, Drill reports
  • You ensure the proper implementation and continuous improvement of the Sea-Watch Safety Management Systems, both on shore as well as on board. You cooperate in identifying and establishing new SMS procedures where needed, in cooperation with various Sea-Watch departments.
  • You will act as DPA/CSO for our ships, either as main or back-up contact
  • You assure continuity and learning in our work processes by exchanging with crew and reviewing and approving handover processes
  • You will regularly visit the ships, up to 3 months a year, for instance for general port coordination, audits, inspections or maintenance periods
  • You will be involved in mission planning and execution from the ship’s operational point of view
  • You will plan and organise port stays in cooperation with the technical and logistics team
  • You will be involved in hiring, evaluation and feedback processes of maritime crew

Required skills and profile:

  • Identification with the goals and topics of Sea-Watch e.V.
  • Minimum two years of actual sea going time in the position of Senior Bridge Officer (STCW II/2)
  • Good knowledge of international maritime rules and regulations, as well as industry guidelines
  • Proven ability to work in a team, in a flat hierarchy with a high level of autonomy and self-organisation of work and reporting processes
  • Good communication, people, cooperation and leadership skills,
  • Experience in working in an NGO, preferably in a SAR context
  • Excellent planning, coordination, facilitation and reporting skills
  • Openness to work in an inclusive environment and willingness to actively engage with anti-sexist and anti-racist principles
  • ISM proficiency, experience working with ISM code
  • Fluent proficiency of business and maritime English
  • Availability during our core working times (10am to 5pm CET) as well willingness and flexibility to travel abroad based on the operation‘s needs, up to 3 months at the ships
  • Flexibility to work outside of standard office hours where needed. Proficient in handling modern office tools

Desired skills and profile :

  • Active SAR experience
  • 1 year of seagoing experience as Master Unlimited
  • Active experience or education in ship management
  • Working languages are German and English. German and Spanish and/or Italian language proficiency is a strong plus
  • DPA/CSO certification
  • Proactive attitude towards collaborative problem-solving combined with strong people skills

What you can expect from our side:

  • A rapidly growing non-profit organization with constantly new challenges and ideas.
  • A varied work environment with flat hierarchies, fun and cohesion in and around the workplace
  • Opportunity to shape the organization through exciting projects and organizational meetings, including thinking outside the box, and plenty of freedom to try out new things
  • Flexible working hours and working time models, as well as the opportunity to work on a remote basis
  • A meaningful, varied job with a lot of responsibility and a monthly gross salary of 2800 Euro at 40h

Are you interested?

We look forward to receiving your application!

Please submit your application (CV/Resume and cover letter), in english, by 15.02.2023 to
We kindly ask you to refrain from submitting a photo.

Attachments please in a pdf-document. max. 5MB.

As we are committed to an inclusive society without racism and with freedom of movement for all, we especially welcome applications from LGBTQI*, BIPoC, people with disabilities, people with migration histories, and people from other groups that are underrepresented in the NGO and IT world. You are welcome to refrain from providing application photos and information on age and marital status

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