Post title: Communications Officer (Content Creation & Knowledge Management)
Work Hours Full-time (approx. 37.5 hours/week)
Start Date & Starting November 23, 2020, until May 31, 2021 (maternity leave
Contract Duration : Replacement, contract extension possible depending on
budget availability & performance)
Duty station: Victoria, BC, Canada
Salary: Will be determined by experience and qualifications and paid in CAD
Deadline October 24th 2020
Based in Victoria, Canada, the Artisanal Gold Council (AGC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the working conditions, opportunities, environment and health of the millions of people involved in the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining sector (ASGM) in the developing world. The AGC helps to improve the global gold sector by promoting better practices through technology transfer, formalization and policy development, professionalization, and awareness raising. The AGC consists of core staff, associates and a Board of Directors in areas of ASGM, science, economics, sustainable development, social responsibility, human and environmental health, as well as gold production and extraction engineering. For more information about the AGC and its projects, please visit www.artisanalgold.org.
- A key responsibility will be producing high quality content in support of the AGC's PlanetGold projects in collaboration with AGC leadership and staff. The incumbent will work closely with AGC's senior management team in Canada, AGC's national project managers and communication specialists in the countries of project implementation.
- S/he will implement the knowledge management and communications strategies and act as the AGC's main focal point with the PlanetGOLD Programme to align communication strategies with the rest of the PlanetGOLD projects.
- S/he will be required to participate in regular virtual meetings and international events as required. The incumbent will be responsible for taking large amounts of complex information and seeking innovative and effective ways to share it with all project stakeholders and partners, as well as the local, regional, national and international communities.
OTHER TASKS MAY INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING:
- Creates strategic and impactful content to promote AGC's innovative work and leadership, and improve public perception towards the ASGM sector by highlighting key development priorities and opportunities in ASGM;
- Drafts complex and effective communication content, such as blogs, reports, brochures, newspaper articles, opinion pieces, letters to editors, human stories, etc.
- Analyzes scientific findings and publishes relevant materials in venues such as academic journals and white papers;
- Takes lead on strategic drafting and editing of broader communications as requested, including input to managers' event participations, presentations, publications and reports;
- Manages social media presence for the organization, including oversight and guidance for national communications teams;
- Manages digital sharing platforms and media sharing/storage;
- Takes lead on strategic planning and implementation of AGC's communication priorities for external and internal purposes;
- Implements PlanetGOLD projects' communication strategies in line with the programme
REQUIREMENTS AND AGC'S MISSION;
- Provides advice and expertise to managers and other staff on communications strategies;
- Leads, inspires and works closely with the national communications team members;
- Develops and nurtures relationships and strategic partnerships with key constituencies and strategic agency partners and establishes new partnerships to maximize impact of projects;
- Serves as the focal point for media, governmental bodies, national groups, private sector and educational institutions, scientific publishers, and other entities, and may be asked to prepare speeches & talking points for senior management;
- Measures and evaluates results and impact of communication activities; reports on developments and trends regarding the PlanetGOLD Project and AGC's work at large;
- Organizes seminars, lectures, conferences, public events that align with AGC's priorities;
- Identifies media and advocacy opportunities, international ?days?, events, and strategic outlets to promote specific activities, AGC's work in general, and/or the sector;
- May coordinate and/or mentor and supervise the work of junior officers on specific tasks.
ORGANIZATIONAL SETTING AND REPORTING:
This position is located at the AGC head office in Victoria, British Columbia (Canada). The incumbent reports directly to the Executive Director and, for
all planetGOLD related tasks, to the respective Project Managers.
ASSESSMENT: Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a written assessment exercise, followed
by competency-based interview.
SUMMARY OF REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCES:
- Post-secondary education in science, communication, journalism, public affairs, political science, international relations, public administration, economics/business or related field;
- A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in a relevant field;
- Experience in drafting and editing complex materials in English is a must; proven track record of published articles (journalistic or academic) is a major advantage;
- Experience working with senior executives is desirable;
- Willing and able to travel to project sites when required;
- Able to thrive when working remotely, possess strategies for maintaining strong working relations.
- Self-motivated; driven by goals and objectives of the organization and its projects;
- Good time-management and organizational skills a must;
- Good knowledge of navigating media channels to advocate for AGC's projects and publish opinion pieces (op-eds), articles, letters to editors, and reports;
- Confident in scientific and academic communications and publications;
- Advanced-level skills in managing and maintaining social media accounts;
- An understanding of intellectual property rights for publications, media, etc. is an advantage;
- Knowledge of desktop publishing software (InDesign/Photoshop) is preferred;
- International development experience is an asset, including familiarity with the Sustainable
- Fluency in written and spoken English is required;
- Knowledge of other languages is an asset.
The PlanetGOLD programme is an initiative supported by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). It works in partnership with governments, the private sector, and ASGM communities in nine countries to significantly improve the production practices and work environment of artisanal and small-scale miners. By working to close the financing gap, supporting formalization, raising awareness, and connecting mining communities with mercury-free technology and formal markets, the programme aims to demonstrate a pathway to cleaner and more efficient small-scale gold mining practices that benefit everyone, from mines to markets.
To apply to this position please send a cover letter and resume, in English.