Application Deadline: 10 September 2021

Date Posted: 31 Aug 2021

Company Description

The European Climate Foundation (ECF) was founded in 2008 as a major philanthropic initiative to help tackle climate change by fostering the development of a low-carbon society at the national, European and global level.

We support over 500 partner organisations to carry out activities that contribute to the public debate on climate action, drive urgent and ambitious policy in support of the objectives of the Paris Agreement and help deliver a socially responsible transition to a net-zero emissions economy and sustainable society in Europe and around the world.

As towns, cities and countries around the world declare climate emergencies, seas rise, forests burn, glaciers melt, increasing numbers of people take to the streets demanding urgent action and our societies begin to wake up to what the science has been saying for many years, there has never been a more important time to be working on climate change.


The ECF’s Strategic Communications Team is currently accepting applications for the role of Strategic Communications Senior Associate, Heavy Industries.

Working as part of an international team of expert communicators, you will provide strategic communications capacity to a wide network of partners, enabling them to run impactful communications campaigns which create more political space for action to phase out fossil fuels, and highlight the wider environmental impacts of oil and gas, including its use in heavy industries like steel and cement. We are most interested in relevant experience, therefore location can be flexible.

Working with colleagues across the globe, this is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and highly driven communications professional with the ambition to make a difference and play an active role in helping speed up the low carbon transition internationally.

The role will report to the Strategic Communications Senior Associate, Oil & Gas.

Key responsibilities

  • Creating impactful, creative campaigns that aim at decarbonising hard-to-abate industries, such as steel
  • Identifying key influencers in the industry and strategising ways to get them to agree to clear and accountable emissions reductions targets
  • Developing a solid understanding of the steel landscape and partners/allies we can collaborate with
  • Strategising and assisting on other global campaigns run by the Oil & Gas team, particularly those at the intersection of hydrogen and heavy industry
  • Building and maintaining relationships with relevant actors in the industry, finance and investor, policy, and media spheres on these topics, while leveraging a wide network of partners, and working with them to create or engage in media opportunities
  • Helping create communications plans around key intervention opportunities and coordinating rapid responses on reactive media moments


  • A genuine interest in the mission and values of the ECF
  • A passion to create change
  • Proven experience in either journalism, communications or campaigning
  • Outstanding English language skills
  • Proven skills to produce engaging and impactful written materials
  • A quick and curious learner who asks critical questions
  • A strategic thinker with proven ability to develop and implement robust communications plans
  • Excellent networking and interpersonal skills
  • Existing relationships with key commodities, finance, or climate correspondents is desirable (alternatively the proven ability to develop these swiftly)
  • Knowledge of the climate and energy space is desirable, but proven abilities to create exciting campaigns is more relevant
  • An independent self-starter able to work on their own and as part of a remote team
  • The disposition to work generously with colleagues in a high-trust global community of peers
  • The versatile and adaptable skills necessary to flourish in a fast-paced and wide-ranging work environment and work across phone/video conferencing, time zones, Slack, email, Trello, etc.
  • A commitment to an inclusive and empowering approach to facing climate change

Other information

What we offer

  • The unique opportunity to work as part of a highly dynamic, international group of individuals who combine their passion to make a difference with a rigorous and results-oriented approach to work;
  • A flexible work environment and a space to develop and challenge yourself;
  • A full-time position with a consultant or employment contract (subject to location) for 12 months, with a possible renewal after one year.


Flexible – must be willing to work with a number of time zones.

Some international travel will be required. We may be able to provide co-working spaces in some locations.

Only candidates with the right to work in their location will be considered.

Start date

As soon as possible

How to apply

Please upload the below:

– Your CV

– Short cover letter explaining why you would be suited to the position

Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

All applications will be treated confidentially. We will store your information in our internal database unless you specifically request otherwise.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our organisation. We strongly encourage candidates from historically disadvantaged or marginalised groups to apply.

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