Communications Consultant for Czech Republic

European Climate Foundation Žižkov Czech Rep. Strategic Communications

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 280 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.

Position

Context

The ECF is looking to increase its support in favour of ambitious climate action in Czech Republic. Czech Republic is an important greenhouse gas emitting economy in Europe and an political actor not to be ignored. Given current developments, there is a real opportunity to push the country to be much more progressive when it comes to climate change. The ECF is in particular willing to support Czech Republic in seeking ways for carbon neutrality in the 2050 horizon, to develop a strong National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP), to phase out from coal and to promote a net-zero agenda at the EU level.

Role and key responsibilities

The ECF would like to hire a communications consultant to support a range of partners and activities in favour of the objectives mentioned above. The Consultant will perform the following tasks:

  • Support ECF grantees and partners in Czech Republic in their communication activities: this will involve advising on their communication strategies around political moments in the country, reaching out to journalists (environmental, energy, climate and mainstream) to ensure media coverage of partners’ reports and messages.
  • Support ECF programmes in their outreach in Czech Republic: this will involve developing communications strategies around wider ECF priorities, promoting a positive narrative on climate change in the Czech media and doing outreach of reports from ECF or non-Czech partners in Czech Republic.
  • Spot and disseminate useful stories from Czech Republic to other countries and the EU with special focus on stories relevant for Visegrád Four (the Czech RepublicHungaryPoland and Slovakia): the Consultant will work in close cooperation with the ECF strategic communications team to identify news and stories on climate change and climate action from Czech Republic and disseminate them to other countries or Brussels via the ECF communication network.
  • Maintain trusted relationships with key correspondents and editors across mainstream and specialist media in Czech Republic and work proactively with media contacts to shape the reporting around ECF priority issues;
  • Make full use of new and innovative methods of digital communications work to disseminate messages and raise awareness of ECF-supported initiatives and outputs;
  • Engage with ECF communications team: the Consultant will take part as necessary in regular catch up calls with the ECF’s communications team, with special focus on Visegrád Four countries

The consultant is expected to work closely with the ECF’s relevant programmes and communications team, as well as with the ECF partners in Czech Republic, and in other countries as necessary.

Requirements

  • At least 7 to 10 years of experience in media or communications
  • Excellent relationships with most mainstream Czech media
  • A good understanding of communication issues related to climate and energy;
  • Up to speed with the latest online communication tools and social media platforms
  • Fast-learning self starter comfortable to work in a fast paced international environment
  • The ability to work as part of a team, to foster fruitful relationships and to collaborate with stakeholders internally and externally;
  • A genuine interest in the mission and values of the ECF
  • The disposition to work with colleagues in a high trust global community of peers with a spirit of generosity and mutual support
  • A commitment to an inclusive and empowering approach to climate and energy issues
  • Czech mother tongue and fluent in English

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What we offer

An initial full-time consultancy contract for one year starting any time. 

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