Sea-Watch is looking for a Project Manager for our Ship-Operation (f/m/d)

40h/week, remote, Berlin – immediately

About us


Sea-Watch e.V. is a non-profit initiative dedicated to the civil sea rescue of people on the move. Given 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.


Project Manager (f/m/d)


We are looking for a Project manager (f/m/d) with 40 hours per week, r in home office with the flexibility to travel to Berlin on a regular basis or in Berlin. The project position is limited at 8 months; an extension will be evaluated during the project.

As Project owner/manager (f/m/d), you manage and coordinate the entire planning and structural set-up around operations of a new ship in solid alignment with your team . You will do both, facilitate a team to set and reach goals as well as take over responsibilities on your own to ensure the project’s success. The project has different phases: re-mobilization, operations and evaluation.

Your responsibilites

  • Responsibility as project owner, including management of the project in alignment with Operational Coordination Department and supported by other SW departments
  • Team Management (4 people) including HR responsibilites (contracts, feedback, general personnel responsibility)
  • Ensuring flow of information and communication between different departments
  • Identification of gaps and solve those
  • Facilitation, leading and participation of discussions
  • Supporting and Initiating decision making processes
  • Involvement and integration of relevant stakeholders in the Sea-Watch community, from crew, volunteers, to various departments and the board
  • Monitoring and evaluation of budgets
  • Focal point for all inter-organisational and inter-departmental questions
  • Flagging and solving of problems which might endanger operations

Your profile

  • Experience as project manager or project owner or professional experience with agile methodologies and tools
  • Ideally, experience with running projects in flat hierarchy environments / NGOs or nautical/technical projects
  • Conflict solving and mediation skills
  • Leading skills in the sense of servant leadership
  • Experience in Ship Management and Logistics
  • Experience in SAR
  • Communications skills including moderating and presenting
  • Analytical mindset and solution driven approach
  • Flexibility to adapt to new surroundings
  • Fluent English language skills (written and spoken), ideally with Italian language skills as well

What you can expect from our side

  • A progressive non-profit organization with constantly new challenges and ideas
  • Flat hierarchies
  • 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
  • Opportunities for internal and external professional training and education
  • As needed, you will be supported by our Organizational Support Team or external Coaches in your day-to-day work regarding the usage of agile frameworks like Kanban and linked tools
  • A meaningful, varied job with much responsibility and a monthly gross salary of 2.800 Euro at 40h
  • Special payments and additional benefits, e.g. company pension scheme
  • 28 vacation days with a 5-day week as well as flexible compensation for overtime work

Are you interested?

We look forward to receiving your application!

Please submit your application (CV/resume and cover letter) in English by 31.03.2023 to

Attachments please in one pdf-document.

We are committed to an inclusive society without racism and with freedom of movement for all. In case of equal qualification, we favor applications from women*, LGBTQI*, BIPoC, people with disabilities, people with migration experience and people from other groups underrepresented in the maritime and NGO-world. Should you feel addressed here, we invite you to provide relevant information on this in your application. You are welcome to refrain from providing application photos and information on age and marital status