Communication Officer

£22,750 - £24,750 yearly
  • Forest Peoples Programme
  • Moreton-in-Marsh, UK
  • Aug 06, 2019
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The role

Are you passionate about human rights, nature and tropical forests? Are you a great writer and digital native? Do you lie awake wondering how you can use your communication skills to create positive change in the world? If so, you might be who we’re looking for! 

We are recruiting a Communication Officer to join our global human rights charity of 50+ dedicated staff. In this job, you will play a key role in supporting, planning and delivering all aspects of our communication work, as well as developing platforms and strategies to amplify the voice of those we work with. 

You will have the opportunity to produce content for a wide variety of audiences, from policy makers in the UN system to local indigenous communities, our key supporters and our partners and staff. With support, you will write, edit, and publish content across multiple channels, including online, social and print. In addition, you will use your communication skills and attention to detail to support other staff to produce high-quality content and to create spaces for the voices of our partners.

As the successful candidate, you will have a degree in a relevant subject and/or two to three years’ experience in aspects of communication and be fluent in written and spoken English. Preference will be given to those with a working knowledge of French and/or Spanish. You will be working as part of a small team engaged in collaborative work across our organisation; therefore, excellent people skills are a must. 

About us

Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) is an international NGO that supports forest peoples to assert their rights to control and manage their territories and forests.

We work with forest peoples in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, to help them secure their rights, build up their own organisations and negotiate with governments and companies to ensure that any economic and conservation activities on their lands respect their rights to self-determination. For more information, see our website.

Key responsibilities: 

Communication

  • Provide creative, editorial and operational support for communications projects 
  • Plan and create compelling multimedia communications materials 
  • Assist with delivering strategies, tools and applications with the team to increase engagement and audience monitoring and retention 
  • Maintain and manage social media accounts, regularly contributing to key messaging 
  • Provide input into developing the website to provide trusted and powerful online content
  • Develop creative content and assist on copywriting and production of our publications including monthly newsletters 
  • Provide communications support for our project and fundraising efforts
  • This role may require some overseas travel to attend meetings and events 

Media

  • Assist with aspects of our media work, including input into press releases, articles, and blogs across a variety of channels
  • Help to monitor and report on relevant press coverage, including news stories which would benefit from indigenous peoples’ perspective 
  • Help to maintain our media lists of key journalists and media outlets covering indigenous, human rights and conservation issues

Principles 

  • Work with respect for the right to self-determination of forest peoples 
  • Create space for ‘local voice’ and ensure FPP’s own communications complements and supports (but does not replace, dominate or subsume) the voices of forest peoples and their locally based, community based or civil society organisations 
  • Support the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent, and champion how this relates to communications outputs 

Terms 

Salary in the range of £22,750 - £24,750 pa depending on qualifications and experience
Location: Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, UK (some flexibility for home-working may be considered)
This is a 12-month contract, with possibility of extension, starting as soon as possible.

Benefits include: 

  • 20 days’ leave (pro rata), plus all public holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year when the office is closed 
  • Time off in lieu and flexible working hours

Person Specification 

Essential requirements 

  • Degree in journalism, communication, and/or equivalent relevant experience in a communications role, ideally within an NGO, advocacy or international context 
  • Excellent written and spoken English, with experience of writing and editing copy for print or digital media 
  • Experience with a range of digital communication tools, including social media and/or website content management systems
  • Excellent organisational skills, a positive attitude, the ability to work under pressure, and flexibility to prioritise tasks at the last minute 
  • Interest in human rights, environmental protection and international affairs, and a commitment to FPP’s vision, mission and values 
  • The skill to work in a multi-disciplinary team and a proactive approach to developing the role 

Desirable requirements 

  • Experience of communications work in multilingual contexts and environments, preferably with indigenous peoples or local communities 
  • A working knowledge (written and spoken) of French and/or Spanish would be advantageous
  • Photography and/or videography skills, including knowledge of video editing, Adobe InDesign and/or Photoshop experience 

Further information 

  • Further information about our work is available on the Forest Peoples Programme website. 
  • If you wish to discuss this role further, please contact Tom Dixon, Communication & Media Manager.
  • To apply, please visit our website via the Apply button.

Closing date: This is an open recruitment, and applications will be assessed on receipt.