Finance & Economics Associate, Strategic Communications (flexible location)

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European Climate Foundation
Brussels, Belgium
Published 28 days ago

We are seeking to appoint a Finance & Economics Associate, Strategic Communiciations. You will be part of the Strategic Communications team and will report to the Senior Associate, Economics and Finance.

We are looking for someone who has experience in a broad range of communications activities (media, digital, internal communications), with some experience on either finance, economics or climate change topics as an added bonus. If you are up to date with how digital strategies can complement traditional media work, and are keen to work on the nexus between climate change and finance, we’d love to hear from you. 

Knowledge of the climate finance landscape in European countries is a plus, but an ability to learn quickly about technical topics and dig into current debates will be most valuable. Experience on new media and digital strategies for communicating with a variety of audiences is more important than a technical knowledge of financial topics.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced, collaborative and highly driven professional with the ambition to make a difference and play an active role in helping to drive change.

About the European Climate Foundation

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 350 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 ECF brings together diverse perspectives and backgrounds to find the best innovative solutions to tackle climate change. We are focusing on engaging and hiring great people from a wide diversity of backgrounds to strengthen the cause. If you share our values of respect, innovation, and collaboration, join us.

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 work as part of a global network of communications experts to enhance the public debate on climate change and its solutions.

Key responsibilities

In the above-mentioned context, the Finance & Economics Associate, Strategic Communications will be responsible for:

  • Developing and implementing digital strategies that can complement traditional media work. This will involve tracking conversations around key moments and issues surrounding the nexus between climate change, finance and economics on social media; building audiences and developing strategies to engage them on key narratives; and helping key partners build their profile on multiple platforms;
  • Supporting external partners and colleagues on digital advertising; including providing advice or practical support to a variety of partners with widely different levels of digital experience, as well as managing digital ads for the team’s projects;
  • Assisting in developing and maintaining strong relationships with key correspondents and editors in mainstream and specialist finance media, for pro-active promotion of stories, outreach on emerging issues and reactive media management;
  • Tracking public and media debates around the role of financial institutions in driving climate action, greenwashing and economic recovery, as well as contributing to communications strategies to influence and shift these debates;
  • Assisting the team in developing and maintaining a diverse network of partners and contacts across sectors (including finance NGOs, think tanks, academics, investors and economists);
  • Providing communication services and advice to partners;
  • Contributing to monitoring, evaluation and reporting (including some financial and administrative tasks).
Experience and competencies 

We are seeking a candidate with 

  • At least three years of experience in communications; this should include experience across all aspects of a communications role: PR/media relations, internal communications, social media and digital tools;
  • A strong literacy in new media and digital communications tools; 
  • Experience with and understanding of the media landscape and the value of strategic story placement;
  • Demonstrable experience dealing with a variety of stakeholders, including experts, journalists and civil society; existing networks in the climate change or finance community are a bonus; 
  • Experience with implementing communications strategies and working in a fast-paced environment;
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills; knowledge of other languages is a bonus;
  • High levels of self-motivation and the ability to work independently in a flexible and agile manner;
  • The disposition to work generously with colleagues in a high-trust global community of peers;
  • An ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with different audiences with different levels of technical expertise and engagement;
  • Passionate about climate action with a genuine interest in the mission and values of the ECF.
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 one year, with a possible renewal after one year.

This position should be located within a three-hour timezone of the UK, with some flexibility for the right candidate. 

We may be able to provide co-working space in some locations. You must have the right to work in your location. 

Start date

As soon as possible

How to apply

Please upload below (in English): 

  1. CV
  2. Short cover letter expressing your motivation for this role – max 1 page

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our organisation. We strongly encourage candidates from disadvantaged or marginalised groups to apply.

All applications will be treated confidentially. We will store your information in our internal database unless you specifically request otherwise.

We are seeking to appoint a Finance & Economics Associate, Strategic Communiciations. You will be part of the Strategic Communications team and will report to the Senior Associate, Economics and Finance.

We are looking for someone who…

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Rue de la Science 23, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgique

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