Communications Officer (Freshwater)

Brussels, , BE

We are looking for a Communications Officer, Freshwater who will be responsible for managing communications activities supporting WWF’s work on freshwater, as well as related areas such as agriculture and biodiversity.

S/he will report to the Communication Director, and also have a dotted reporting line to the Senior Water Policy Officer for the work on the joint European WWF network initiative on freshwater ecosystems conservation.

LocationWWF European Policy Office in Brussels, Belgium

Main responsibilities:

  • Develop, implement and regularly review the communications strategy on Water Framework Directive (WFD) and contribute to the communications strategy on WWF initiative on freshwater ecosystems conservation in Europe, in close cooperation with  WWF national offices and EU level NGOs grouped in the coalition of “Living Rivers Europe” and the Senior Water Policy Officer;
  • Independently manage all project deliverables on communications tools and materials, including website, marketing materials, press releases, fact sheets, articles, op-eds, reports;
  • Drafting, editing and proofreading texts (articles, reports, speeches etc.) in a variety of styles and formats; support the project team in drafting and editing other written materials, especially for advocacy purposes;
  • Liaison with external suppliers such as writers, printers, photographers, video producers; overseeing production processes including artwork and design; Media work: Identify opportunities for media coverage, organise media briefings, interviews and events; monitor media coverage in Brussels/EU and Member State level on water management and freshwater biodiversity.

Required qualifications:

  • Excellent spoken and written English; additional EU languages an asset;
  • A university degree in communication, journalism, EU politics, or a related field; or extensive experience in communication, campaigning and journalism.

Required Skills and Competencies:

  • At least 3 years of experience in working in communications and/or campaigning, preferably at regional or  EU level, within a consultancy or in-house;
  • Understanding of nature conservation and water related issues, ideally at EU policy level, an asset; enthusiastic about working on water issues;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including extensive experience in writing and editing texts of different styles tailored to different audiences;
  • Good experience with maximising impact of communications through social media (esp. Twitter);
  • Ability to express complex ideas with clarity;
  • Good knowledge of media relations at EU level an asset;
  • Strong organizational, time-management and multi-tasking skills and a keen eye for detail;
  • Basic knowledge of the EU institutions and political decision-making process;
  • Strong team player able to work effectively in a global network setting; previous experience of coordinating international teams and with EU wide campaigns an asset;
  • Adhere to WWF’s values: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.

Please consult the attached job description for more information on the position.
How to apply? Email a cover letter and CV to [email protected].

Deadline for applications: 19 October 2017

WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.