Communication Consultant (short-term)

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Communication Consultant   (short-term)

GOGLA is seeking a short-term communications consultant to cover a staff sabbatical from April 2018 to autumn 2018. 


Please submit your application before Friday, 23 March 2018, COB.

Role and required qualifications

The role of Communications Consultant is a varied one, providing an over-arching advisory function to all work streams of the organization including: access to finance, policy and research and consumer protection/quality assurance. Strong writing and communications skills are essential. The candidate will ideally have English as a mother tongue, and, while additional languages would be beneficial, they are not essential. An interest in the international development sector, as well as climate change, renewables and the environmental would also be desirable, as would experience of working in a global context, for international organizations. Work experience in the off-grid solar energy or energy access sector will be considered an asset.

The off-grid solar sector is fast-growing and entrepreneurial, so the GOGLA teams’ approach needs to respond to this, taking a pragmatic, efficient path while often having to demonstrate flexibility, agility and quick-thinking. The team currently comprises 16 people, representing eight nationalities.

Essential information

Location: GOGLA HQ in Utrecht in the Netherlands, or Europe (working remotely will be considered)
Reporting to: Communication Officer
Contract date: April 2018 – until end of September
Part time: 0.4 – 0.6 FTE
Salary: Day rate to be discussed with Operations Director and Executive Director

What does the job involve?

This is a support and advisory role, working with different team members based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, London, Nairobi and Mumbai. With team members spread around the globe and with a lot of the team traveling much of the time, excellent internal communications are a key part of this job.

The role falls into three main categories; communications advisory, content generation and media/ partner relations.

Communications advisory role – around 40%

To provide direction on GOGLA external and internal communications. In particular:

  • Ensuring consistent messaging and tone of voice. To act as a ‘sounding board’ for GOGLA staff who require support on grammar/ tonal/ language of digital, written or verbal content. Excellent attention to detail and copy-editing skills are a must.
  • Providing day-to-day communications support, including working with the Communications and Project Officer to implement communications and PR strategies for large projects, reports and events such as the biennial conference.
  • Working with staff members across the broader team - including researchers, IFC Lighting Global and the GOGLA working groups - to offer a steer on communications when required.

Content generation – around 40%

Creating content such as newsletters and member communications, blogs, articles and social media posts. A key role for the consultant will be working closely with the team in writing, shaping and editing both GOGLA’s own and regular co-authored reports.

Media relations – around 20%

Lead on GOGLA’s media relations and outreach work. In particular:

  • Helping to grow GOGLA’s profile by building relationships with media representatives and liaising with journalists covering the sector.
  • Building capacity within the GOGLA team, ensuring staff are sufficiently equipped for presenting and giving interviews, providing guidance and documentation when needed – such as tone of voice and key messaging tool kits. 

Please submit your application before Friday, 23 March 2018, COB.

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