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Communications Officer, Freshwater

WWF European Policy Programme

Brussels, Belgium

Position title: Communications Officer, Freshwater (100% FTE)
Reports to: Communications Director
Grade: C
Start date: January 2018

I. Mission of the Department:

The European Policy Office (EPO) communications activities aim to raise awareness of our EU policy priorities among key target audiences and to support WWF network global goals and campaigns at Brussels/EU level. The EPO communications departments is structured, staffed and interlinked with the programmatic objectives to guarantee maximal advocacy efficiency and effectiveness.

Water is essential for human life and a fundamental resource for our nature and our economy. However, freshwater ecosystems are the most threatened on the planet. In the EU, despite major improvements, only 53% of European waters were estimated to reach a healthy status by 2015, missing the target set under the EU’s Water Framework Directive (WFD).

WWF advocates for an effective implementation of the WFD in order to reduce pollution, habitat destruction and excessive use of water. WWF also works to ensure that the review of the WFD in 2019 does not lead to potential weakening of the EU legal framework for water protection, but is instead used to boost Member States’ ambition.

II. Main Functions:

The post holder will work as a member of the EPO Communications team, managing communications activities supporting WWF’s work on freshwater. S/he will report to the Communications Director, and also have a dotted reporting line to the Senior Water Policy Officer for the work on the joint European WWF network initiative on freshwater ecosystems conservation.

III. Major Duties and Responsibilities:

WWF is launching an initiative on freshwater ecosystems conservation in Europe to ensure protection of biodiversity rich freshwater ecosystem, restoration of degraded ones, the maintenance of the WFD’s high standards of water resources and ecosystem protection, and public awareness and engagement on water management and freshwater ecosystems protection. The initiative is central to the work of the WWF EPO Natural Resources unit.

This position is full-time and will provide all communications and media support on freshwater issues, as well as related areas such as agriculture and biodiversity, if appropriate.

Project communications

  • Develop, implement and regularly review the communications strategy on WFD and contribute to the communications strategy on WWF initiative on freshwater ecosystems conservation in Europe, in close cooperation with WWF national offices and EU level NGOs grouped in the coalition of “Living Rivers Europe” and the Senior Water Policy Officer;
  • Independently manage all project deliverables on communications tools and materials, including website, marketing materials, press releases, fact sheets, articles, op-eds, reports;
  • Drafting, editing and proofreading texts (articles, reports, speeches etc.) in a variety of styles and formats; support the project team in drafting and editing other written materials, especially for advocacy purposes;
  • Liaison with external suppliers such as writers, printers, photographers, video producers; overseeing production processes including artwork and design; Media work: Identify opportunities for media coverage, organise media briefings, interviews and events; monitor media coverage in Brussels/EU and Member State level on water management and freshwater biodiversity.

IV. Profile:

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent spoken and written English; additional EU languages an asset;
  • A university degree in communication, journalism, EU politics, or a related field; or extensive experience in communication, campaigning and journalism.

Required Skills and Competencies

  • At least 3 years of experience in working in communications and/or campaigning, preferably at regional or EU level, within a consultancy or in-house;
  • Understanding of nature conservation and water related issues, ideally at EU policy level, an asset; enthusiastic about working on water issues;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including extensive experience in writing and editing texts of different styles tailored to different audiences;
  • Good experience with maximising impact of communications through social media (esp. Twitter);
  • Ability to express complex ideas with clarity;
  • Good knowledge of media relations at EU level an asset;
  • Strong organizational, time-management and multi-tasking skills and a keen eye for detail;
  • Basic knowledge of the EU institutions and political decision-making process;
  • Strong team player able to work effectively in a global network setting; previous experience of coordinating international teams and with EU wide campaigns an asset;
  • Adhere to WWF’s values: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.

V. Working Relationships:

Internal – The post is located in Brussels. The employee reports to the EPO Communication Director and is a member of the EPO Communications team. They work closely with the Natural Resources team and will have a dotted reporting line to the the WWF EPO Senior Water Policy Officer.

They will also be working closely and maintaining regular contact with WWF’s European and international staff working on related issues and campaigns.

External - The employee interacts with the media, EU institutions, and WWF offices and other NGOs. The employee also interacts with third party suppliers as requested i.e. graphic designers, photographers, consultancies, translators etc.

This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organizational needs.

How to apply?

Sens us your cover letter and CV by 19 October 2017. Please follow the instructions and answer all the questions. Click here.

WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.

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