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Senior Communications Adviser (NRG)

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April 3, 2023

Senior Communications Adviser (Natural Resource Governance)

Global Witness is looking for a talented and motivated communications professional, with experience of delivering high impact media stories, alongside creative comms outputs, who can work collaboratively with a team of campaigners and investigators.

About Global Witness

Global Witness works to expose and challenge the underlying causes of the climate emergency.

We’ve been creating change for over 20 years, from alerting the world to blood diamonds to halting forest destruction deals.  Our investigations have changed the world.

The global energy transition, whilst being fought against by those with a vested interest in fossil fuels, has never been closer than it is today. This presents the world with a unique imperative to not just build a more sustainable planet, but to do so in an egalitarian way, that avoids the same malpractices, exploitation, and inequality of the past.

This is the challenge of Global Witness’ Natural Resource Governance (NRG) Campaign, as it embarks on its next phase of work. This campaign will focus squarely on the new challenges presented by the rush for extraction of critical minerals as part of the global green transition and specifically the lack of attention being afforded to key questions in this transition. Who suffers, whilst who benefits? Whose power is being reinforced and who’s being exploited?

This role is a pivotal one for the project, helping to bring cutting edge investigations and exposés into international media coverage, developing a regular drumbeat of engaging digital content and working with a dynamic team of campaigners to ensure the global energy transition is done in a way that benefits all.

About the role

As the strategic communications lead for the campaign, this role will help to shape a huge part of the NRG team, inputting on everything from what issues to investigate, what the key messages are and how to best deliver them.

You will work closely with the NRG Team Leader, campaigners and the Head of Strategic Communications to develop a regular stream of campaign activity that engages key audiences and delivers real impact.

This role will require extensive developing of key media contacts, keeping them updated with the latest work of the project, as well as drafting press materials to a high standard. This will include articles and opinion pieces, both drafting and pitching, and spotting opportunities for thought leadership.

Alongside this, you will be expected to be keeping a close eye on the global media landscape to understand how the issues of natural resource governance and just energy transition are being spoken about and relaying that back to the team. At the same time, you will be the key link between the project and the wider communications team, keeping both teams updated and clued in on plans, as well as galvanising the expertise in our dynamic communications team to create outputs on behalf of the NRG team.

You will be regularly drafting social media content, spotting the latest digital trends and developing outputs that can reach a multitude of audiences.

Some of this role will also include supporting the Global Witness Digital Threats team, drafting press materials and engaging with journalists as required by the Head of Strategic Comms.

More broadly you will become an integral member of the Global Witness strategic communications team, supporting with the handling of media requests by both phone and email and recognising, and helping to mitigate, reputational risk where necessary.

About you

Collaborative in nature, creatively minded and sublimely skilled at the art of communication are all essential for this role. You will work with campaign and policy colleagues to define objectives, consider audiences, and choose the right communication channels to get the best possible campaign results.

A strong understanding of global media markets is of course essential, with experience of working in busy press offices or newsrooms, handling multiple stories, and competing priorities at the same time. You won’t be phased when there’s lots on and more than one person requiring your attention – in fact you will thrive in such an environment.

A desire to make the world a better place and experience and knowledge of how to use campaigning communications to this end are at the heart of this role.

Working for us

We aim to be a diverse and inclusive place to work.  We value new perspectives, original ideas and different ways of working. We believe that different views and experiences improve the way we do our work. We do our best to make our jobs accessible to all regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation or identity.

We particularly welcome applicants from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, and those open to job-sharing. 

We offer an excellent benefits package including a competitive salary and 25 days holiday (exc. Bank holidays) private medical insurance and flexible working arrangements. Our hybrid working model currently requires staff to be in the office at least 20% of the working week and by June 2023 you will be required to work in the office at least 2 days a week.


To apply, please email [email protected] with:

- Your CV (max 2 sides)

- A cover letter which 

a) states why you are interested in the job; 

b) states whether you have the right to work in the UK; 

c) clearly outlines using bullet points how your experience meets the requirements of the job description.

The deadline for applications is midnight on 3rd April 2023.

Please use the following in the subject heading of the email: Senior Communications Adviser (NRG), and please use the following file name and protocol for our CV and cover letter: First name_last name_CV and First name_last name_coverletter

If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make any reasonable adjustments to enable you to apply or attend any interview, please let us know.