Head of Communications

Climate Action Network

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Position: Head of Communications             
Reports to: Deputy Executive Director
Location: Remote, Flexible    
Capacity: Full-time      
Term: until 31 January 2019, with the possibility of extension      
Start Date: as soon as possible


The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of over 1100 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in more than 120 countries, working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.

CAN members work to achieve this goal through information exchange and the coordinated development of NGO strategy on international, regional, and national climate issues. CAN has regional network hubs that coordinate these efforts around the world.

The Head of Communications will lead the CAN International Secretariat’s communications department to develop and lead the implementation of the communications strategy and activities for the global network in close collaboration with Senior Management and other communications experts, CAN members, nodes and other allies so as to ensure co-creation, coordination and alignment around key narratives as well as impactful interventions.  This position requires being able to work effectively in and adapt to fast-paced environment, with excellent multi-tasking and facilitation skills while remaining calm, focused and impact-oriented.

This position is on a full-time contract basis starting as soon as possible.


  • Lead on the development and implementation of a communications strategy that elevates 2018 as a pivotal moment for galvanizing enhanced action on climate change generally and as a key stepping stone towards 2020;
  • Develop CAN´s communications approach for different political, campaigning and mobilization moments in 2018 such as G20, Global Climate Action Summit, etc.; ensure strategies are constantly adapted to changes in context and fluctuating dynamics;
  • Develop cross-departmental plans to position communications as effective supporting function for all of CAN’s activities; ensuring adequate integration of plans from across CAN Secretariat departments;
  • Lead and manage the CAN Secretariat communications team and foster an inclusive, yet highly organized work environment empowering people to deliver to excellent standards;
  • Assist CAN regional and national nodes in strategic communications working closely together with a team of regional communications officers and partners at national level;
  • Skilfully navigate different communications environments to develop innovative and creative ways ensure narratives and messages are relevant to, and amplified at regional and national levels;
  • Leveraging the strengths and diversity of the network and the wider movement in the delivery of communications strategies; seeking inclusiveness and participation in decision-making that reflects the diversity of the CAN network and the wider movement;
  • Ensure a diverse group of expert communicators from organizations, institutions and stakeholders from across sectors is effectively facilitated and delivers impactful narratives;
  • Help manage and feed into relevant working groups, task forces and alliances;
  • Coordinate proactive and reactive media work; lead on rapid response mechanisms and be able to quickly rally members and partners around critical communications moments and tactics;
  • Coordinate CAN communications during specific events (either remotely or in person) including organizing daily press briefings; preparing spokespeople, writing media advisories and press releases; coordinating member communications, etc.;
  • Lead on / facilitate content production in a timely and well-coordinated manner and with highest editorial standards; Craft communications packages, materials and other resources to better communicate CAN positions to decision-makers and the media;
  • Oversee the production of CAN publications, newsletters, online content, and manage CAN’s web and social media presence;
  • Organize trainings; create, enhance, and manage communications tools and develop capacity in the network to enable greater impact;
  • Representing CAN in a variety of coalitions, meetings and in various other fora, as well as liaise with other stakeholders to further CAN strategy;
  • Build and maintain key relationships as well as databases in relation to CAN’s communications and media work;
  • Assess activities and impact ensuring appropriate monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning;
  • Contribute to various administrative tasks, reporting and fundraising efforts.


  • At least 10 years of experience working in communications;
  • Proven track-record in verbal and written professional and formal communication with high-level stakeholders;
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relations with media contacts – existing relations an asset;
  • Strong ability to develop and deliver successful collaborative strategies and projects across diverse alliances, constituencies and geographies;
  • Significant experience with virtually coordinating teams working in different time-zones and contexts and fostering inclusive, participative work environments that lead people to develop their potential and leadership;
  • Excellent organizational skills, and ability to deliver at highest standards while working under time constraints in high-pressure environments and managing competing priorities; 
  • Knowledge of the political and media landscape around climate change and environmental issues, and particularly experience in political negotiations;
  • Excellent writing, editing and general communication skills in English required, additional UN language skills desirable; 
  • Experience working with traditional media and using social media platforms for campaign communications;
  • Excellent knowledge of using and managing varied and latest communication tools and technology to ensure that sound processes are in place to disseminate and manage information-sharing with the network and wider audiences;     
  • Ability to work independently and in a remote office environment, and to communicate effectively over email, Skype and using other online organizing tools;
  • Ability to work un-regular hours and to travel internationally for work assignments, often at short notice. 

To Apply

Send a motivation letter and resume to [email protected], with subject: “Head of Communications”. The position will be open until filled and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis, we thus encourage to apply as early as possible. Applications that do not contain both a motivation letter and resume will not be considered.

Our work is challenging and exciting and we love what we do. To join our team you need to be passionate, results-oriented and have a positive attitude.  

Please, no telephone inquiries. Based on the expected large interest in this position and limited capacity, only candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted. CAN is an equal opportunity employer.