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Project communications officer, Waste and Marine Litter

The Waste and Marine Litter Programme at GRID-Arendal currently has a large and growing portfolio of projects which focus on plastic pollution, waste management and marine litter. Our projects address some of the most important and pressing environment and climate issues of our time, including plastic waste, wastewater, solid waste management and environmental governance.


We are seeking a dynamic and committed colleague with proven work experience in communications and a solid background in waste management or other environmental related topics to increase the programme´s impact.


You will bring your experience and expertise in effectively communicating new knowledge on one or more thematic areas, which could include pollution, biodiversity, marine litter, waste management, community-based initiatives or other environment-related themes.


The position will require flexibility and commitment to support a variety of long-term projects in the programme. You may also have the possibility to lead your own projects or develop new opportunities for GRID-Arendal, utilising your existing network and developing new networks where needed.


Main activities

  • Create communications content for projects and the programme (for example, press releases, website stories, social media posts, and speaking notes)
  • Write and implement communication and dissemination strategies,
  • Track impact of project results
  • Organise workshops, meetings, and capacity building and stakeholder engagement sessions (including logistics)
  • Strategic cooperation with partners, and networking
  • Represent and promote the programme at different national and international fora, and in the media
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with journalists (especially in Norway and Scandinavia)
  • (Co-)develop opinion papers and concept notes
  • Contribute to environmental assessments and science-policy work (can include fact checking and research support)


Qualifications & Skills

Essential requirements

· MSc in environmental science or a related field with proven work record in communication or journalism, or vice versa, MSc in political or communication science/journalism with solid working background on topics related to climate and environment

· 2 to 5 years of relevant professional experience, of which minimum 2 in a communications role

· Excellent writing, editing and analytical skills in English;

· Experience developing innovative communication products and communication strategies for a wide variety of audiences


Strongly desirable skills

· Knowledge and experience of working on waste and marine litter issues

· Experience with environmental assessments, capacity building and awareness raising activities

· Experience working with media and strong understanding of media landscape in Norway and/or Scandinavia and Europe

· Experience with Horizon2020 projects and/or EU frameworks

· Experience in working with either the United Nations system (especially UN Environment), NORAD, ministries

· Experience with reporting (Results Based Management, Theory of Change)

· Strong, proactive and pleasant team player

· Excellent networking and diplomatic skills and a solid professional network

· High level of flexibility and adaptability to take up different tasks and responsibilities


Compensation

GRID-Arendal’s salary system is linked to the Norwegian Government salary system. It is based on education and experience. Salaries are subject to Norwegian tax regulations. Insurance and personal benefits are provided in addition to salary.


Deadline for applications:

Starting date: as soon as possible


Application should include a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae. Please send your application by email to: Hr@grida.no and mark in the subject “Project communication officer, Waste Marine Litter.

For more information, please contact clever.mafuta@grida.no

Starting date: 2022-11-07

Position type: Permanent

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