Environmental Defenders Campaign Coordinator

International Rivers


Role Dimensions

Location: Preferably US, remote working. Other locations will also be considered.

Status: Part-time – 0.6 FTE (3 days per week), fixed-term contract for 1 year. Reports to: Senior Advisor

Applications by: 21 January 2023, or until the position is filled

Role Purpose

The Campaign Coordinator works with International Rivers’ staff and partners to secure protection and accountability for environmental defenders facing threats and persecution and to promote civic space and public participation within environmental and climate initiatives. The role is project-based with a fixed-term contract. The Campaign Coordinator reports to International Rivers’ Senior Advisor and coordinates closely with the Communications, Global Policy and Southeast Asia programs.

Background of International Rivers

International Rivers works to protect rivers and the rights of communities that depend on them. We work with an international network of dam-affected peoples, grassroots organizations, environmentalists, human rights advocates, and others who are committed to stopping destructive river projects and promoting more sustainable options. We support partner organizations and dam-affected people by providing advice, training, and technical assistance, and advocating on their behalf with governments, banks, companies, and international agencies.

Role Responsibilities

Campaign advocacy

  • In coordination with US civil society groups, engage and advocate directly with allies in the US Congress and US administration on behalf of environmental defenders. Engagement will take the form of letters and in-person and remote briefings.
  • Expand outreach and engagement with European, UK and other civil society allies to engage decision-makers among European and UK governments and parliaments and other leverage points as identified, including multilateral development banks, UN agencies and corporate and financial actors.
  • Coordinate with allies to highlight the issues facing climate leaders in Vietnam and more broadly the persecution of high-profile climate activists and environmental defenders globally.
  • Research and prepare fact sheets and media and policy briefings for use in engaging decision-makers, the media and the public.
  • Help develop and implement advocacy strategy on behalf of environmental defenders and to secure civic space for environmental and climate campaigns more broadly.

Campaign coordination

  • Host monthly coordination calls among civil society allies (in US, EU, UK, Southeast Asia).
  • Research and share information on campaign developments, opportunities and strategies to network partners.
  • In coordination with Communications Manager, support media engagement on the plight of environmental defenders and lack of civic space, to be complemented by proactive and reactive social media engagement.
  • Conduct outreach to expand networks of civil society allies, with a focus on Asia / Southeast Asia, in coordination with Southeast Asia Program Director. 
  • WIth Senior Advisor and development team, contribute to preparation of grant reports and funding proposals.

Qualifications, skills and experience

  • At least 3 years’ experience in international advocacy and campaigning, preferably on environmental and/or human rights issues
  • Strong oral communication skills and the ability to engage a range of audiences
  • Excellent writing ability in English and attention to detail
  • Experience working in Southeast Asia is a plus


  • Well-organized, ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate others in a coalition
  • Flexibility to work across different time zones and to tight deadlines

How to apply

To apply, email your resume/CV and cover letter to jobpost@internationalrivers.org with the subject line Environmental Defenders Campaign Coordinator.

Deadline21 January 2023, or until the position is filled.

International Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, class, disability status, ethnicity, gender, race and sexual orientation.




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