September 30, 2021

Communications Coordinator

15/10/2021
  • Deadline: 15/10/2021
  • Location: Remote (global)
  • Organization: Global Forest Coalition
  • Salary:
Full Time

Are you an enthusiastic communications professional looking to work in a small yet global and multi-cultural organization that is dedicated to environmental justice, human rights and gender justice? Do you have a strong affinity with working in such organizations and social movements and bringing a feminist, intersectional approach to our communications? Are you eager to help our team bring more visibility to our campaigns and political advocacy work calling for the urgent need to halt deforestation, fight corporate greenwashing of forest and climate policies and promote community-led gender just alternatives? If this is you, apply to join our team!

The Global Forest Coalition (GFC) is an international coalition of NGOs and Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations advocating for the conservation and restoration of forest ecosystems, through defending and promoting respect for the rights, territories, traditional knowledge and sustainable livelihoods of the Indigenous Peoples and local communities that co-exist with them. GFC promotes rights-based, gender-just and socially just policies to address the main drivers of forest loss The Global Forest Coalition is a feminist organization that strongly supports gender justice and working with feminist movements. For more information about our organization and campaigns, please visit www.globalforestcoalition.org

Overall Purpose of the role
The Communications Coordinator is responsible for creating and implementing impactful communication strategies to ensure the work of GFC and its members reaches the media, policy-makers, civil society organizations and the public in order to reach our advocacy objectives. The Communications Coordinator will work closely with 3 part-time team members operating from multiple locations, as well as other team members coordinating GFC’s campaigns and GFC members across the world. The coordinator will play a key role in strengthening our mainstream media work.

Job Type: Part-time position on an external services contract to begin with. Estimated workload of 20 hours per week.
Duration: November15th, 2021, until May 15th 2022 with possibility of extension
Remuneration: 260 Euro per day on an external services contract

The main job duties include:
Developing and implementing communications and public relations strategies together with GFC campaigns and communications teams for print and broadcast media and digital and social media.
Coordinating communications team strategic, planning, monitoring and implementation processes
Assessing the effectiveness of GFC media work, identifying strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for improvement and developing a more effective mainstream media strategy
Developing effective working relationships with key external stakeholders including journalists and GFC member organizations
Organizing occasional media trainings for GFC members and allies as well as providing training on communications and media outreach.
Supporting the further elaboration and maintenance of a contact list of key media outlets for the publication of future media releases, opinion editorials and photo essays

Skills, experience and main requirements:
At least 5 years of communications experience, particularly with developing, monitoring and implementing a communication strategy, preferably for an international NGO or social movement in the field of environmental justice, human rights and/or feminist and women’s rights issues
Experience in managing and developing a small team including consultants
Experience and/or knowledge in managing a communications budget and project management methodologies and best practices
Experience and background in mainstream media and/or journalism is preferred. Strong news and media understanding, able to quickly grasp complex policy issues and spot a good news story
Fluency in English. Knowledge of Spanish and/or French and/or Russian is an advantage
Knowledge of environmental justice, indigenous rights, human rights and feminist and women’s rights issues and commitment to GFC’s mission and vision
A creative and strategic self-starter, ready to lead and take initiative
Self-motivated with excellent coordination and organisational skills. Able to work remotely as part of an international team with tight media deadlines and able to manage competing priorities
Excellent communications skills both written and verbal

To apply
Please send your CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role to gfc@globalforestcoalition.org and simone@globalforestcoalition.org. We particularly encourage people from an Indigenous background and/or people who are involved (part-time or as a volunteer) in GFC member groups to apply. We strive for gender, age and regional diversity in our team.

How to apply:

gfc@globalforestcoalition.org and simone@globalforestcoalition.org