The Blockchain &Climate Institute (BCI) is an international volunteers-led think tank supporting and advocating the application of blockchain technology in the global fight against climate change.
As BCI is setting up the new Legislative Advocacy Division, we are looking for passionate volunteers who take a methodological approach to their work, conduct independent research and analysis, engage with key stakeholders and establishes strategic advocacy partnerships to progress the BCI’s core mission. The Advocacy Officer (AO) Grade members are primarily responsible for translating new policy and regulatory knowledge generated by BCI’s Research Divisions into effective advocacy actions for BCI. Reporting to the Director of Legislative Advocacy, appointees willorganise our high-level stakeholder networks, coordinate/facilitate BCI’s consultation or engagement activities (including international summits) with politicians and policymakers in the international community, produce research/policy briefings as well as legislative/litigative updates. Appointees will also be responsible for managing global thought leadership initiatives.AOs are to inspire donors and policymakers to increase their commitment to supportingemerging digital technologies for climate actions through new policy and/or legislative frameworks.Volunteers with more experience may be appointed as Principal or Senior Advocacy Officer.
Your responsibilitieswill include:
- Devise and carry out advocacy and lobbying strategy for BCI internationally, taking into account stakeholder policies and positions;
- Write issue-related articles for publication in media outlets, including website, newspapers and periodicals;
- Prepare testimony or statements for parliamentary evidence sessions and United Nations hearings, briefings or debates, and advocacy letters to relevant ministers/officials;
- Develop stakeholder and media contacts (in collaboration with Communications Division) and serve as public spokesperson as needed to advance the advocacy agenda of BCI;
- Represent BCI at high-level coordination or liaison meetings with politician’s office, governments and international institutions;
- Give public presentations on issues of strategic importance to BCI; and
- Provide technical advocacy expertise to the Council Fellows to help guide and support better policy proposal development, which may include writing or contributing to technical documents, and providing trainings, convening or participating in internal workshops or seminars.
Skills & Abilities:
- Excellent oral communication skills, including the ability to develop effective working relationships, work flexibly across professional and operational boundaries, and communicate professionally with internal and external stakeholders at all levels, able to work remotely with a team of diverse background;
- Excellent English writing skills and detail-oriented;
- Excellent organisational skills and ability to balance competing demands under pressure;
- Strong presentation skills and ability to present ideas appropriately and persuasively;
- Aptitude in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish (desirable).
General & Specialist Knowledge:
- Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office;
- Strong depth of knowledge on topics central to the BCI such as climate change, climate finance, blockchain technology and artificial intelligence preferred.
Education & Training:
- A relevant postgraduate degree or training in politics, international relations, communications, journalism, environmental science, law or technology is preferred;
- Experience in producing research outputs and structured reports for different audiences.
- Minimum of three years’ experience as legislative staff for member(s) of parliament or local/municipal council;
- Demonstrable track record in organising legislative petition campaigns;
- Experience in building constructive relationships with stakeholders;
- Experience of working independently and with teams to drive forward projects using own initiative;
- Experience in designing, planning and facilitating independent research and the ability to meet tight deadlines; and
- Experience in NPO/NGO or advocacy groups is a plus.
- All Volunteers are expected to commit at least one day per week on average.