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 1000 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.
As towns, cities and countries around the world declare climate emergencies, seas rise, forests burn, glaciers melt, increasing numbers of people take to the streets demanding urgent action and our societies begin to wake up to what the science has been saying for many years, there has never been a more important time to be working on climate change.
The advertised position is with the Global Strategic Communications Council (GSCC) – a global network of communications professionals in the field of climate, energy and nature. GSCC is a collaborative project hosted by the ECF.
Through our work, we try to contribute to a world with a safe and stable climate for current and future generations. We hope to build broad support for just, inclusive, and equitable solutions to the climate crisis.
Our philanthropically funded work focuses on media debate and public discourse at the global level and in major economies across Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and the Americas. We support a diverse range of partners across sectors and geographies, helping them add their voices, views, and insights to the conversation.
About the role
The ECF’s strategic communications team is the outreach unit of the foundation. Its role is to act as a centre of expertise for communication on climate change and to play an active role in helping create more political, media and public endorsement for action on climate change at an international, national and sectoral level. Team members deliver strategic advice, communications and outreach support to ECF’s programmes and its grantees, and work as part of a global network of communications experts to enhance the public debate on climate change and its solutions.
The Public Relations Analyst sits within the Accountability Unit, a team of analysts and investigators that strive to gather and disseminate original research and intelligence to generate media stories and inform partners seeking to secure a positive global response to the climate challenge.
The Public Relations Analyst will report to the Senior Strategist and work closely with the Senior Public Relations Analyst and other members of the Accountability Unit, as well as the wider Strategic Communications network to:
- Research and analyse the role of the PR industry and its associated corporate actors play in shaping climate communications, through open-source intelligence gathering, social and legacy media analysis, and community outreach;
- Explore new ways to monitor and analyse the PR industry’s efforts to influence the political and media landscape on climate issues, which can lead to impactful news stories that that shift the debate;
- Work with an international network of communications professionals to illuminate the PR industry’s activity on key issues related to climate change;
- Build alliances and relationships with the global community of analysts, academics, PR experts and practitioners and collaborate with this community to develop and implement new initiatives.
Experience and competencies
- Professional experience leading or running a PR campaign on behalf of a client or campaign group.
- Working experience in the PR industry or an agency.
- Excellent research skills, from data gathering to analysis and insight;
- A proven track record of producing communications insight that has informed campaigns;
- A network of contacts in the field of PR or related sectors;
- Fluent written and spoken English and the ability to produce clear, well-sourced and accurate insight tools;
- A fast-learner with the ability to work both in a team and independently across time-zones;
- Familiarity with the climate and energy space and a commitment to an inclusive and empowering approach to facing climate change;
- Additional languages are an advantage.
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) for 12 months, with a possible renewal after one year.
Flexible within +/- 5hrs of GMT.
Some international travel will be required. We may be able to provide co-working spaces in some locations.
Only candidates with the right to work in their location will be considered.
How to apply
How to apply
Please upload below:
- short cover letter expressing your motivation for this role
- both in English!
Application Closing Date: 31st July 2022
Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
All applications will be treated confidentially. We will store your information in our internal database unless you specifically request otherwise.
We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our organisation. We strongly encourage candidates from historically disadvantaged or marginalised groups to apply.