Communications and Advocacy Officer

Wetlands International

Ede, , NL

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Purpose of the job

The Communications and Advocacy officer will develop, organise and execute a wide range of activities to influence policy according to the scope of our programmes, and specific results-oriented projects. S/he will build policy capacity of our offices and advice on project implementation. S/he will carry out policy analysis and the writing of position statements of our organisation.

Together with leading technical staff, s/he will play an active role in networking, lobbying and representing the organisation in a wide range of policy issues at events, conventions and media opportunities. S/he will be able to integrate communication tools and channels in her/his work.

Main responsibilities

  • Facilitate and guide our institutional advocacy strategy;
  • Facilitate the development of joint advocacy strategies with partners associated networks, partners and other offices of our organisation;
  • Develop strategic partnerships with key actors to achieve our policy goals;
  • Act as a spokesperson liaison to media, governments, and other actors;
  • Take the lead in organising media outreach; arranges all media contacts, press briefings, and interviews; provides talking points and other materials as needed for senior staff; responds to media inquiries quickly and effectively.
  • Coordinate production of a diverse range of information products including audio/visual communications, when needed to achieve specific policy goals;
  • Support and advise the other offices to carry out lobby and advocacy properly;
  • Ensure timely development of position papers, policy briefings, presentations and other advocacy materials and communication media;
  • Identify key opportunities in the short and long-term in which we can influence policy processes;
  • Advice technical staff and the management for meaningful engagement with key actors and institutions;
  • Support opportunities for fundraising regarding policy interventions;
  • Support and coordinate the relevant regional policy processes and activities of regional offices especially with regards to global/international policy processes and fora related to wetlands and other societal issues.

 Profile of the candidate

The Communications and Advocacy officer has experience in formulating and implementing organisational policy strategies. S/he has demonstrated a commitment to the cause either through previous jobs experiences or any other activities related to our mission. S/he has a solid track record in representing organisations before different for a. S/he is proactive, creative, outspoken, optimistic with interest in wetlands and sustainable development and a passion for making a difference, with a preference for achieving outcomes in collaboration with others. S/he has a results-oriented approach and proposes ways to innovate and continuously improve our communications products, practices, channels and messaging.

Essential skills and experience


  • Master level qualification in relevant field (e.g. communications, humanities, environment);
  • At least 5 years working experience in policy analysis, lobby and advocacy in an international context, working with national, regional and global dimensions;
  • Demonstrable experience and achievements working in and advocating towards multi-stakeholder platforms and processes;
  • Track record in policy analysis, writing and editing articles, website content, reports and press releases;
  • Experience working in an international environment;
  • Ability to quickly understand and absorb new topics, issues and disciplines and distil relevant advocacy strategies from them;
  • Good understanding of political affairs and international institutions dynamics in Africa and the Netherlands;
  • Good understanding of the policy process in international fora, i.e. Convention on Biological Diversity, Ramsar, UNFCCC, and others;
  • Experience in stakeholder mapping and strategizing according to policy objectives of different projects;
  • Ability to deliver oral presentations to various audiences;
  • Excellent communication and project management skills; team player and facilitator;
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English and able to operate in one or more additional European languages (e.g. French, Spanish);
  • Prepared to travel frequently internationally.


Working proficiency in Dutch advantageous

Job offer:

  • Reporting to: Head of Communications and Advocacy
  • Part-time: 32 hours per week (Fulltime is 36 hours)
  • Salary scale: Euro 2.800 – 3.600 Gross based on a fulltime contract
  • Contract duration: 1-year contract with the intention of extension
  • Location: Head Office in Ede, The Netherlands
  • Start date: a.s.a.p.

How to apply

To apply for the post, please send a letter of application stating your motivation and the skills that you would bring to this specific post along with your resume /CV by email to [email protected] Documents must be in English, stated “C&A Officer” in the email subject line.