Communications Officer (m/w) for 'Strategic partnerships for the implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPIPA)'

Apply by 12 July 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 12 June 2018

Job Description

Job description

Climate change is a global challenge that requires a decisive and confident response from all major economies, which account for some 80% of global emissions. The EU as a key proponent of international action is committed to sustain cooperation and build partnerships and alliances towards achieving internationally agreed climate objectives. This project contributes to EU’s climate diplomacy efforts and cooperation between the EU and non-European major economies to promote the implementation of the Paris Agreement. It translates the political commitment for advancing bilateral dialogues and cooperation in the field of climate action into concrete interventions in line with the global ambition level as set by the Paris Agreement. The project objectives are to (1) Facilitate the exchange of climate policy options and good practices between the EU and non-European major economies with a view to enable policy changes; (2) Advance bilateral cooperation and investment in pursuit of the goals of the Paris Agreement and of Nationally-Determined Contributions, and (3) Contribute to improve public awareness, including by the business community, of challenges and opportunities associated with the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The project will focus on stepping up upstream policy collaboration along four thematic axes: mitigation policy instruments, mid-century strategies/renewal of nationally determined contributions to the Paris Agreement, climate transparency and adaptation planning. By fostering exchanges and collaborations among national and subnational administrations, business communities, the academia and civil society stakeholders from Europe and other major economies, the project will encourage and assist major economies in making their best efforts towards the goals of the Paris Agreement, harnessing international economic and political relations to move quicker together towards its full implementation. The project will be implemented in close collaboration with the European Commission and the European External Action Service, with funding from the EU Partnership Instrument and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB). It will build on and complement existing European climate policy dialogues and cooperations with Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and USA.

Your tasks
  • Development and deployment of the communication strategy of the project to support and facilitate climate diplomacy activities in cooperation with EU Commission staff
  • Advisory support to the project management and Country Engagement Teams, and provide overall guidance on all communication related issues
  • Cooperation with target audiences, including stakeholders, non-state actors, CSOs, and businesses on raising awareness for challenges and opportunities of the Paris Agreement implementation, convincing these target groups of advantages of compliance and alignment with the goals of the Paris Agreement, and recognizing the imperative to implement NDCs in order to remain competitive in major economies’ markets
  • Production of communications materials for European and partner country audiences (general public)
  • Ensuring the alignment of communications and visibility materials with EU visibility guidelines
  • Coordination of communications and visibility activities with EU and BMUB Headquarters, Country Liaison Groups, EU Delegations in partner countries, and implementing partners from a Roster of Experts
  • Support to project reporting and linkage of communication and reporting with project monitoring and evaluation
  • Organisation of public diplomacy events with target groups, including the general public, in Europe and the partner countries
  • Leading social media campaigns and production of media reports
Your profile
  • MA/M.Sc. in communication, international affairs, or equivalent
  • Several years of experience in communications, preferably within the EU context
  • Basic understanding of climate policy instruments, tools and methodologies in mitigation, mid-century strategies, transparency, and adaptation planning
  • Experience in advising and working in/with non-European major economies incl. developing countries would be an asset
  • Sound experience in communication and visibility activities; experience with visibility guidelines of EU Commission, BMU and GIZ would be an asset
  • Diplomatic skills, climate diplomacy understanding, skillful handling of politically sensitive issues
  • Good analytical skills, strategic thinking, and smart networking
  • Good communications skills, intercultural skills, team skills
  • Well organized and structured approach, results-oriented and independent implementation of tasks
  • Skills in social media and communications
  • Excellent command of English and good command of another European main language (Spanish, Portuguese, French). Command of German would be an asset

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About the Organization

We create prospects for people and with people. As GIZ has an international mandate, we offer a multicultural working environment. We are committed service providers and dedicated professionals, even under difficult circumstances. We take pride in enabling our employees to develop their professional and personal skills. There are plenty of reasons to join our motivated team – ranging from the diverse challenges you will face on a daily basis in one of our 130 partner countries, to the broad scope you will have for shaping your work.