Africa Program Campaigner, Forest Campaigns

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is a 501(c)(3) independent, international, non-profit advocacy organization based in Washington DC, with proven records of triggering and affecting systemic change to protect the Earth’s environment. Over the last three decades, EIA has established a unique paradigm of methods to drive change – including pioneering the use of undercover investigative techniques to expose environmental crimes. These crimes include illegal trade in endangered wildlife, illegal logging and associated trade in illegal timber, and the trade in both climate-damaging and ozone layer depleting gases.

EIA’s Forest Campaign documents and exposes illegal logging and associated trade as well as other commodities driving deforestation, and supports civil society organizations engaged in forest governance reform around the world. EIA uses primary evidence obtained from in-depth research of illegal timber trade flows to push for systemic policy shifts to stem the demand and funding for these illegal activities.

 

Position description

EIA-US is hiring a talented and highly motivated campaigner to bring our work in Africa to a new level. The campaigner is a multi-talented generalist and impact-driven professional who should be as comfortable devising and delivering creative campaign strategies as working very collaboratively with African partners on the ground. The ideal candidate will thrive in identifying and seizing new opportunities in order to stop forest crimes in Africa. They will support and work under the supervision of the Africa Program Manager and coordinate regularly with multiple EIA-US’s colleagues focused on other geographies and areas of expertise. As a key member of the Forest Campaign Team, the campaigner will dedicate their energy, creativity and talents to halt forest crimes, combat deforestation and trigger changes in the global supply chains that define the fate of the African forests.

 

Main Activities and Responsibilities

  • Working closely with the Africa Program Manager to implement campaign strategies and objectives and execute campaign activities.
  • Drafting briefings, reports, press releases, blogs, social media and other materials to engage a wide variety of audience, from key decision-makers to the public, in order to stop forest crimes in Africa.
  • Conducting outreach and advocacy to promote policies across Africa.
  • Liaising with and supporting local partners, including Indigenous People, local communities, and civil society.
  • Supporting investigations of forest-related crimes, through the analysis of trade data as well as on the ground field studies, and writing investigative campaign reports.
  • Contributing to program reporting tasks.
  • Representing the organization at relevant conferences and meetings as required, including high-level events and meetings with government officials, NGOs and other groups.

 

 Essential Expertise and Qualifications

  • At least two years of demonstrated experience in advocacy and campaigning roles at the local, national or international level.
  • Four-year degree in a relevant field
  • Strong strategic planning and project management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, ability to multitask, and change focus as projects and campaigns require.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, in particular a collaborative and cooperative approach to work, as well as an ability to network and build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people, across a variety of settings.
  • Work productively with a high level of autonomy, willingness and ability to travel with some frequency.
  • Fluency in English and French.
  • Passion for environmental and human rights issues.

 

Other Desirable Qualifications

  • Professional experience in/related to Africa.
  • Demonstrable experience working with communities and Indigenous Peoples.
  • Strong research and analytical skills is a plus for this role.

 

Commitment to Inclusion, Racial Justice and Anti-oppression

EIA strives to integrate values of equity, fairness, inclusiveness, transparency, and accountability into our work, which includes reflecting our commitment for racial justice in our programmatic work and our organizational structure and values. We are seeking candidates who have a commitment to engage in this ongoing process and work with us to create an inclusive work environment and world.

EIA is an equal employment opportunity committed to workforce diversity. All Employment at EIA are decided on the basis of merit, qualifications and business need.

 

Compensation, Benefits, and Location

This is a full-time position with an estimated starting salary range between $54,000 and $63,000, commensurate with experience. EIA offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental and vision coverage, life insurance coverage, 401K, paid time off (vacation, sick and personal leaves), disability benefits, workers’ compensation, professional development support, flexibly hybrid working arrangement, cell phone monthly allowance, and commuter monthly allowance.

EIA will favorably be looking at candidates who could join our Washington, D.C.-based office. EIA is open to hiring the best candidate if based elsewhere.

 

Application

Send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject line “Africa Program Campaigner” by February 28, 2023. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. The applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the large volume of applicants, we are not able to answer emails or phone calls.