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Campaigns and Communications Officer

Finance Watch is looking for a Campaigns and Communications Officer for a maternity cover, starting Mid-January 2020 for a minimum of ten months. The job position is based in Brussels.

Finance Watch, the Brussels-based public interest advocacy association dedicated to making finance serve society, is looking for a ‘Campaigns and Communications Officer’ to strengthen its Outreach team. This team comprises highly skilled and motivated professionals who bring together communications, campaigning and stakeholder engagement capacities.

Building on its reputation of excellence in research and advocacy, Finance Watch aims to strengthen the popularity of its messages (wide audience outreach) and network of partners throughout Europe and beyond – technical expertise and lobbying alone will not bring about the changes we seek.

The ‘Campaigns and Communications Officer’ will lead our efforts to facilitate collaborative campaigning with the Change Finance Coalition, an action-oriented movement that brings together people and organisations who share the common understanding that finance needs to change in order to deal with the big social, economic and environmental challenges we face today.

She/he will also support the development and implementation of campaigning strategies for Finance Watch and foster alignment of campaigning strategies, resources and activities between the Change Finance coalition, Finance Watch’s Brussels’ secretariat, Finance Watch’s Membership (currently 55 organisations and 33 expert individuals) and national and thematic networks of partners across Europe and beyond in order to maximise impact.

Job description

Campaigning

  • Develop campaign and communication strategies, campaigning guidelines and associated plans in consultation with members of the Change Finance coalition and the Finance Watch Secretariat.
  • Organise the implementation of these campaign strategies: Advise on and oversee the development and design of the campaign projects, host regular working group meetings to deliver joint actions, secure the support of policymakers, and use campaign tools available through digital mobilisation platforms (such as Action Network).
  • Monitor the impacts of campaigns and report it in various formats to keep funders and supporters engaged.

Communications

  • Liaise with researchers, campaigners and designers to develop appropriate campaign and communication materials, including editing documents where required.
  • Communicate to a non-specialist audience how finance affects the wider societal issues of inequality, climate, democracy, housing, health, education, food, gender etc. Encourage them to see real policy alternatives, and how the financial system can be transformed to serve society.
  • Manage the website www.changefinance.org, including liaising with the web agency and designers, and arranging translations in 6 languages. Source, publish and promote blog articles written by coalition members.
  • Manage and develop the social media channels of Change Finance (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube) as well as direct mails to our mailing list.

Networking & Capacity building

  • Across various countries, establish and maintain contacts with civil society, citizen activists, researchers, academics, ex-finance professionals (who endorse our messages), ethical finance professionals, inter-governmental organisations etc. Build this network in various ways, including by planning action-oriented forums and meetings.
  • Handle inquiries coming from the coalition, membership and broader network.
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of communication and campaign capacity building initiatives, including training, in support of the Secretariat and across the movement.

Profile / Qualifications

  • You are committed to Finance Watch’s mission.
  • Experience in leading the development, coordination and implementation of campaigning and communication strategies at national or international level; sound understanding of essential principles and ethics of campaigning.
  • Experience in coordinating campaigning networks: advising and supporting campaigners, young people or community groups, in the development of their activities, as well as experience with motivating members and entities to engage with a campaign.
  • Experience in organising and promoting campaigning events.
  • Experience in digital campaigning, including in using online and other digital tools to design (such as Adobe Photoshop and Premiere), run and coordinate a campaign across borders through e-marketing tools (such as email marketing, CRM management, Social Media Monitoring).
  • Experience in creating content for a variety of communication formats, developing and writing creative and motivating campaigning materials which argue a case, provide information and guidance, and spur to action.
  • Ability to translate complex issues into attractive formats.
  • Experience in developing innovative and creative campaigning techniques to support impact-oriented activities.
  • Experience in representing an organisation externally with media, other organisations, including at international events, and a diverse range of audiences.
  • Understanding of the main issues at stake with financial reform in Europe, and relevant regional and international mechanisms/institutions is a plus.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and experience of working in a multinational and multicultural environment.
  • Sound understanding of how to implement communication and campaigning strategies in different countries, with sensitivity to different cultures and backgrounds.
  • Fluent written and spoken English essential. At least one other EU language highly desirable.
  • Good judgment, political and general, to assess the most effective means of communicating information for the purpose of achieving campaign goals.
  • Ability to manage a substantial and varied workload effectively, including managing competing demands, maintain high levels of accuracy, and ensure excellent coordination of activities across diverse entities.
  • Results oriented and self-motivated.
  • Strong team player.

Remuneration:

  • Dependent on professional background, seniority and work experience.

Equal employment opportunity: 

Finance Watch is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees, regardless of sex, marital status, nationality, religion, age, sexual orientation and any other characteristics unrelated to the performance of the job.

Selection will be in accordance with objective, job-related criteria, and the appointment will be on the basis of applicants’ merits and abilities.

Application guidelines: 

Interested candidates are invited to send a letter of motivation and CV via email by the closing date to: recruitment@finance-watch.org

Please quote “Application for Campaigns and Communications Officer position (Maternity cover)” in the title of your email.

Deadline for applications:  15 November 2019

We regret that we will not be able to acknowledge receipt of the applications. As we expect to receive a large number of applications, we will not be able to respond to applicants who have not been shortlisted, and we apologise for this in advance. If you do not hear from us within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

We look forward to receiving your application.

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