Media/Communications Consultant for COP26

8 October 2021

Climate Action Network UK (CAN-UK) is seeking a UK-based or international media and communication consultant to work remotely with CAN-UK and CAN International immediately before and during the UNFCCC 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) taking place in Glasgow 31st October to 12th November 2021. 
The candidate should be available in the GMT timezone.

Deadline: 14 October 2021
Interviews: On a rolling basis
Location: Remote, home-based
 [available in GMT/UK timezone]
Duration: 11-15 days of work, core working hours 11:00 GMT-17:00 GMT
Fee: Maximum budget for this assignment is £5,000.

The organisation

CAN-UK is a coalition of UK-based environment and international development NGOs working together on international policy issues at the nexus of climate-poverty-nature.

CAN-UK (formerly Bond Development and Environment Group (DEG) engages with officials across the UK government on policy advocacy towards the UNFCCC process and COPs, as well as related issues and processes (including G7, GCF, etc.).

CAN-UK is the UK node of CAN International – a global network of more than 1,500 civil society organisations in over 130 countries driving collective and sustainable action to fight the climate crisis and to achieve social and racial justice.
CAN co-convenes and coordinates civil society at the UN climate talks and other international fora.

Key deliverables

For CAN International

  • Write the daily press release for CAN International press briefings held at 11:30 GMT at the COP venue by logging in remotely to the UNFCCC live stream everyday. The press release, not longer than 1.5 pages, must capture key quotes from the speakers, the main news hook, and be written in clear language targeted at a public audience free of jargon. The consultant must send the draft press release to the CAN-I contact point by 12:30 GMT and complete any further edits by 13:00 GMT ready for immediate release. 
  • Similar to the process above, write the daily ‘Fossil of the Day’ press release for CAN-I and manage the sign off process. This must be written in the afternoon and finalised by 17:00 GMT each day.
  • Be available to provide support for CAN-I for any writing and/or proof-reading from 11:00 to 17:00 GMT every day during the days of the COP as needed.

For CAN-UK

  • Monitor COP related UK media coverage on a daily basis.
  • Manage engagement for CAN-UK and CAN-I with UK-based media outlets, monitoring responses to press releases and managing requests for interviews, background briefings, and quotes.
  • Manage and put out social media content on CAN-UK (@CAN_UK_) twitter account throughout COP.
  • Set up and manage CAN-UK’s COP26 media mailing list with UK news outlets.
  • Manage CAN-UK’s COP26 comms mailing list, compile and share a daily digest of press releases, newsletters, tweets, quotes, coverage, and other relevant information for our members, allies, and other relevant UK-based networks, as well as additional ad hoc updates as needed.
  • Write ad hoc press releases for CAN-UK, manage the sign off process, and send out releases, observing CAN’s ‘Calling the COP’ protocol.
  • Work with the CAN-UK Director before COP to put together a basic comms calendar based on the thematic days, advocacy influencing moments, and member’s events.
  • Provide any additional support to CAN-UK for comms and media throughout COP as needed. 
  • Liaise with the CAN-I communications team if and when necessary to enhance effective collaboration. 

Working day

  • Core fixed hours required are 11:00 to 17:00 GMT, with remaining working hours to be fixed in the morning, evening, or both depending on availability. 
  • It is advisable but not compulsory to be available to attend key coordination meetings to stay up-to-date on political context and daily messaging throughout COP:
    • Daily CAN Communications Coordination meetings, 13:00 GMT.
    • Daily comms team meetings (and prep for next day’s press conference), 19:00 GMT.

Timing and duration of consultancy

  • The consultancy is for a minimum of 11 days and maximum of 15 days during October and November 2021.
  • The consultant must be available for full working days Monday 1st to Saturday 6th November and Monday 8th to Friday 12th November inclusive (with a day off Sunday 7th November).
  • Additional prep work will be required prior to the start of COP (approx 1-2 days). 
  • If negotiations over run, additional paid hours may be offered during Saturday 13th to Monday 15th November inclusive, subject to the consultant’s availability. Full working days will not be required after 12th November, but some additional and flexible paid hours on reaction and wrap up for CAN-UK may be useful if available.

Budget and payment schedule

  • The maximum budget available for this assignment is £5,000.
  • The consultant will be paid in one payment at the end of the contract.

Contract management

  • The consultant will be contracted and paid by WWF-UK on behalf of CAN-UK in GBP.
  • The consultant will report to Cat Pettengell, CAN-UK Interim Director, and work with her on all CAN-UK assigned tasks.
  • The consultant will work closely with Dharini Parthasarathy, Senior Communications Officer CAN International, reporting to her for CAN International assigned tasks.
  • The consultant will be home-based – ideally in the UK – other locations considered but must be available to work the core hours (11:00-17:00 GMT, plus fulfil a full working day during the time period 08:00-20:00 GMT. 
  • The consultant is expected to use their own IT and communications equipment to fulfil the requirements of this remote media and communications role. No expenses will be covered under this contract, so the consultant’s daily rate stated in application must be inclusive of all costs. 

Experience, qualifications, and skills

  • Significant experience writing for news outlets or a communications consultancy with the ability to write clear text and concise headlines.
  • Strong editing skills, with attention to detail. Ability to fact-check details where required.
  • Native-level English language skills required. Ability to work in other languages particularly French and/or Spanish would be advantageous but is not a requirement.   
  • Must be able to capture key points from a live press briefing and distil into a press release in clear, jargon-free language with a strong news angle . 
  • Basic social media skills and ability to use and manage a twitter account and content.
  • Access to local media lists, UK-based media would be advantageous but is not a requirement.
  • Experience of delivering media and comms products for large events or big advocacy moments preferred.
  • Familiarity with the UNFCCC and/or interest in or knowledge of climate change and/or sustainable development is advantageous.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit a brief motivation letter explaining how their skills and experience match this role, a basic CV (max 2 pages), with samples of any previous relevant work. They must state their expected daily rate, and two references to Cat Pettengell, CAN-UK Interim Director by email to cpettengell@bond.org.uk

Short-listing and inviting to interview will be done on a rolling basis as applications are received, until the application deadline 8am GMT Thursday 14th October 2021.

Interviews will take place primarily on Friday 15th October 2021 (or Monday 18th October 2021 if needed). 

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