Regional Campaigns Communications Officer (5 Positions Available)

Climate Action Network

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Position: Regional Campaigns Communications Officer 
Reports to: CAN Secretariat, Network Development Department     
Location: Remote, Flexible; Focus will be in the following regions – Africa; Asia; Latin America; Arab World, and Eastern Europe, Caucasus & Central Asia (EECCA)
Compensation: Depending on experience and location  
Term: Part-time, contract until January 1, 2017 (with a possibility of extension depending on funding and performance)  
Start Date: as soon as possible, preferred starting date early August 2016
 

Background

The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a network of more than 1100 members from more than 120 countries, working together to fight climate change. CAN operates on national, regional, and international level, and its national/regional work is organized through its nodes. CAN has more than 20 nodes around the world with different stages of development and levels of capacity.

CAN is seeking several campaigns communications officers for the above-mentioned regions to support CAN nodes and members to have stronger communication strategies in their campaigns. The regional campaigns communications officer will work closely with the relevant nodes in the respective region in preparing and delivering the below responsibilities, and to identify priorities, key moments, and approaches.

Responsibilities

  • Support strategic campaigning in the region which contributes to the overall vision of CAN and strategic priorities;
  • Build calendar of regional moments and events including development of a strategy which seeks to best utilize these moments in the media;
  • Adapt, translate and regionalize communication content reflecting CAN priorities to make them relevant for regional/national media;
  • Develop national/regional op-ed strategy based on discussions with relevant nodes, CAN Secretariat and CAN members and experience of national media landscape;
  • Draft op-eds and identify authors that will capture target audiences in region (work with CAN Secretariat and partners to secure international authors if necessary);
  • Support CAN nodes / members with their campaign media strategy when requested;
  • Support CAN nodes / members to develop media tactics/tools when necessary (press releases op-eds, stories) and help coordinate for greatest impact within the region;
  • Assist members in developing more effective communication tools (social media posts, distribution material, etc.);
  • Identify stories at regional level, coordinate amplification at strategic moments;
  • Identify geographical / thematic gaps in current climate communications in the region and seek solutions to address those gaps;
  • Develop an updated list of key media contacts in the region which can be used by members;
  • Develop close relations with key media contacts in the region;
  • Develop general communication tools (template press releases, social media materials etc.) if needed.

Requirements

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent academic/vocational experience in journalism, media or communications;
  • Experience of public communications on political or scientific issues – climate communications experience an asset;
  • Strong working experience with traditional media;
  • Strong understanding of your regional media landscape;
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relations with media contacts – existing relations an asset;
  • Experience developing and delivering communications strategy;
  • Experience using social media platforms for campaign communications;
  • Excellent writing, editing and general communication skills;
  • Excellent facilitation skills;
  • Fluency in key language(s) of your region, strong skills in other relevant language(s) an asset;
  • Ability to work remotely to tight deadlines and under pressure a necessity.

Coordination and Reporting Requirements

These will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Co-developing a workplan and agreeing deliverables reflecting and supporting key campaign moments, priorities and messages;
  • Sending frequent email updates to all CAN Secretariat, nodes and members as Relevant;
  • Regular Skype calls with the CAN Secretariat, nodes and members as relevant;
  • Reporting as necessary to detail key outputs and impact made, lessons learnt and recommendations for the future.

To Apply

Send in a single document a CV, cover letter, and the completed exercise (see below) to [email protected] with subject “Regional Campaigns Communications Officer – Name of region”.

Application Exercise

Imagine the following report has just been released: Beyond baseload: 100% Renewable energy in Australia.

  • Please produce a standard Press Release that covers the main details of the report and helps to showcase the deployment of renewable energy in your country or region.
  • Please produce one Facebook post and two Tweets that link to the report and showcase the deployment of renewable energy in your country or region.

For the sake of submission, please include the sample social media content in the same document, located below the press release; submit a single document along with your cover letter and CV.

Please note this position will be open until filled. Phone/Skype interviews will be arranged for short-listed candidates on a rolling basis.

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. Individuals from developing countries are strongly encouraged to apply.


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