The European Climate Foundation (ECF) was founded in 2008 as a major philanthropic initiative to help tackle climate change by fostering the development of a low-carbon society at the national, European and global level.
We support over 280 partner organisations to carry out activities that contribute to the public debate on climate action, drive urgent and ambitious policy in support of the objectives of the Paris Agreement and help deliver a socially responsible transition to a net-zero emissions economy and sustainable society in Europe and around the world.
About the role
The climate science strategic communications team at ECF is the organisation’s bridge between the scientific and climate community, translating pieces of scientific research into impactful communications work, and engaging with complex scientific issues that shape key climate debates.
The team helps connect the scientific evidence for action on climate change at an international, national and sectoral level, and works with scientists and scientific institutes to showcase their work.
In this role you will work with the Climate Science Strategic Communications Lead, supporting the developing media debate around climate science and climate policy. The core of your work will see you researching and monitoring news trends, assisting colleagues in fast-paced work to connect with news cycles, handling editorial calendars, producing newsletters, and working with the Climate Science Lead on identifying story ideas that work for both legacy and digital media. On any given week you could be helping support the launch of key pieces of research, events or reports.
You will be part of a team that delivers clear strategic advice, communications and outreach support to ECF’s climate science programmes and its grantees, and work as part of a well-respected network of communications experts to enhance the public debate on climate change and its solutions on a broader level.
You should have a genuine love of the work undertaken by the academic climate science community, along with an understanding of how the scientific community interacts with policymakers and journalists. This could have been gained working in the press office at a journal or a research institute, or as a science journalist. Some familiarity with issues dominating the climate science public narrative will help you in this role, including debates around climate mitigation, adaptation, geoengineering, impacts and policy.
You'll need to have a good eye for detail, as well as experience in reading scientific literature and the ability to communicate the headline findings. You will have very strong skills in presenting information in written English, and be ready to work in a jargon-free, plain English manner. Inclusivity and collaboration are core values for this team.
If this sounds like you, please apply!
As the Climate Science Associate, Strategic Communications, you will be responsible for:
Experience and competencies required for the role:
What we offer
· The unique opportunity to work as part of a highly dynamic, international group of individuals who combine their passion to make a difference with a rigorous and results-oriented approach to work;
· A flexible work environment and a space to develop and challenge yourself;
· A full-time position with a consultant or employment contract (subject to location, negotiable) for one year, with a possible renewal after one year. Job shares will be considered.
Global, with a preference for EMEA or Americas time zones. We may have office space in some locations.
As soon as possible.
How to apply
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