Remote, preference for being from the Global South
Salary: $100K - $115K USD, depending on location and experience.
Candidate Level: Director/CEO
Contract Type: Permanent
Working Hours: Full Time
Sector: Conservation / Environment / Climate
Link to Website
Closing date: 09/06/2024
Global Gas and Oil Network (GGON)
Communications Director
Background:

The Global Gas & Oil Network (GGON) is an international non-profit network of civil society organisations established to support global efforts to stop oil and gas expansion and catalyse a just and equitable global phaseout of production in line with the internationally agreed climate target to keep global warming below 1.5°C. This must be achieved through a just transition, at an equitable pace for all countries, in a way that centres the needs of people, communities and biodiversity. Since its creation in 2017, the network has steadily grown to over 300 organisations across more than 60 countries on six continents.

GGON provides movement infrastructure for this diverse group of members and partners through a variety of approaches, including convening critical conversations, coordinating strategy development, commissioning research and analysis, and providing communications tools and training. Where we are invited to, we provide coordination support to a number of national and regional coalitions and directly coordinate issue-specific thematic, global working groups. GGON operates with a lean secretariat, which is a fully virtual team based on several continents, across multiple time zones.

Description:

The Communications Director will be responsible for leading GGON's network communications activities, managing a small team to coordinate partners across the network's member organizations to help deliver a fair and equitable transition away from fossil fuels. The successful candidate will be a creative, passionate, and experienced communications strategist and team manager with a commitment to promoting social justice and a track record of successful collaboration with large and diverse coalitions.

The Communications Director will be responsible for leading the communications team to evolve the GGON Network communications strategy. This will include its implementation and the further development of some key areas, especially working to evolve and shift narratives about the energy transition, together with training and deployment of services to scale up the network’s communications capacity, to ensure that members feel engaged, reflected in, and empowered by the strategy operationalisation. They will ultimately be responsible for building and managing a high-calibre team with strategy, media, narrative, capacity building and training expertise to deliver the strategy. The role will also support fundraising efforts for the communications work and team.

Primary responsibilities

Lead the implementation of the GGON Network communications strategy

  • Focus on strengthening the existing GGON network communications strategy and maintain the focus of GGON’s role to provide movement infrastructure to the network.
  • Develop a communications work plan based on the strategy to identify short term and long term priorities, including overseeing the development of clear plans of action to make timely progress towards concrete objectives.
  • Ensure that within the coherent global communications approach, there is a focus on and integration with national and regional realities, and thematic needs.
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of JEDI-focused communication strategies that amplify diverse voices, including from marginalized communities (or Global South communities), and promote inclusive narratives within the climate justice movement.

Build and manage an effective communications team

  • Determine the team functions needed within the GGON Secretariat to deliver the GGON network communications strategy and prioritise the sequence for expanding the team.
  • Assist in fundraising for the identified roles.
  • Work with the team to prioritise, recruit & hire a diverse team of highly skilled communicators within the Secretariat, in alignment with Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) principles and recruitment and hiring policies.
  • Manage communications team members to work effectively with other members of the GGON secretariat, network members, and allies.

Ensure GGON member engagement

  • Ensure that member engagement around the operationalisation of the GGON network communications strategy is participatory and member driven on an ongoing basis.
  • Take stock of GGON’s current engagement with climate justice and energy organisations and networks from a communications perspective and identify ways GGON’s secretariat and international membership could add value to support existing and emerging campaigns, advocacy, communications, diplomacy, and other efforts.
  • Ensure the GGON secretariat develops and maintains a strong understanding of regional, national, and pan-continental climate justice work and priorities globally - with a key focus on the Global South - and how this is connected to the GGON Network communications strategy, building and winning narratives, storytelling and undermining the social licence of the fossil fuel industry.
  • Identify the ways to achieve more equitable access and participation in the international GGON network so that its strategies and work represent and are relevant to priorities both globally and regionally.
  • Identify gaps and opportunities for scaling up oil and gas communications/narrative-based phaseout work, and what yet untested collaborations and interventions allies consider currently most strategic and important.
  • Help identify how to expand connections and synergies with the international GGON network, including which countries, thematic issues or movement connections could be more deeply developed from a narrative perspective.
  • Recognising that members already engage with GGON working groups, identify ways to engage new partners in global conversations and communications strategy development so that network members share and build expertise and develop collective analyses on narrative interventions, winning messaging, compelling messengers that support campaign and advocacy strategies for scaled change.
  • Manage the communications team to implement GGON’s member-driven communications strategy, and priorities identified in this scoping effort.
  • Gather input to shape the long-term focus of this role so that it can be strengthened to meet the needs of other existing climate justice work and networks, including allied constituencies such as Indigenous groups and unions.
  • Manage processes to work with members to review and evaluate the network-wide communications strategy and related activities and outcomes, and update collective near and long-term objectives and revise strategy accordingly. Lead the implementation of new plans and initiatives identified.

Strengthening South-South and South-North connections and impact

  • Work with GGON’s Latin America and Caribbean Regional, the Africa Regional Manager, Regional Communications Coordinators, and the Communications Capacity Building Manager to identify concrete ways to build stronger momentum related to communications/narrative work across organisations, networks, and movements across the Global South, including but not restricted to global opportunities.
  • Identify opportunities for strategic collaboration where innovative transition experiments are happening, and where there are common targets or objectives.
  • Identify potential new partnerships outside regions where GGON has staff or significant existing member representation with the objective of strengthening oil and gas phaseout movement infrastructure, exchanging knowledge, skills, experience, and new perspectives on key strategies.
Requirements:

Experience

  • Minimum of 12 to 15 years of experience in a related civil society communications field (for example, campaign communications, climate communications, advocacy and policy communications, strategic communications). This can include non-traditional experience that is relevant to the role.
  • Senior leader with a minimum of seven years’ experience and a proven track record of building diverse and effective teams, managing team members remotely across geographies and backgrounds, and supporting teams to deliver real-world impact.
  • Experience in key communications areas, including media relations, narrative monitoring, narrative analysis, digital/social media, and capacity building and training, recognising that this is not a traditional Communications Director role, given the role of GGON.
  • A proven track record in project management including budget management, strategic planning, role development, and monitoring and evaluating progress toward goals.
  • A proven track record in working with networks, movements, and organisations in all parts of the world including the Global South.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain strong professional organisational partnerships, and to work effectively with diverse stakeholders across classes, languages, cultures, and geographies, particularly those in the Global South.
  • Proficiency in English is required, with a strong preference for candidates with additional language skills, particularly in Spanish, French, or Portuguese, to better support our diverse global network and enhance our inclusive communication efforts.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritise multiple demands to meet deadlines, learn quickly and collaborate as an effective team member.
  • Strong commitment to social justice and the struggle to stop climate change.
  • Reliable access to the internet.
  • From the Global South, even if not currently based there.
  • The ability to travel as needed.
  • Desired, written and spoken language skills in addition to English, in Spanish, French or Portuguese.
Comments:

GGON supports our team’s work-life balance and mental well-being through flexible working hours and consideration of personal and cultural circumstances. The successful candidate will have access to external experts and professional development opportunities as part of this role.

We value diversity, equity, and inclusivity as central to our work and believe we are strengthened by the diversity of our staff and partners. Our recruitment process is designed to be inclusive and equitable, actively seeking and prioritising applications from individuals in the Global South, and encouraging participation from underrepresented groups including, but not limited to, indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, individuals from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Our selection process includes initial screening, interviews, and for final candidates, at least one practical task aligned with real-world scenarios you would encounter in this role. Feedback will be provided to all shortlisted candidates.

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this role, please submit a copy of your CV/resume and a cover letter outlining your interest in the role and how you fulfil the requirements set out in the job announcement by clicking on the link above.

There are additional questions as part of the application process to support GGONs commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. All the answers are confidential.

If you have any questions about the role or organisation and would like an informal chat ahead of submitting a formal application, please reach out to Ruth Gardner at ruth@darylupsall.com

The deadline for application is Sunday 9th  of June.

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Contact person: Ruth Gardner
Preferred method of response: Web
Apply link: Link to Apply
Closing date: 09/06/2024