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Communications Intern, Conservation and Communities, Africa

Employer
Jamma International
Location
Surrey
Salary
£21,000
Closing date
2 Dec 2022

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Jamma International

Communications Intern, Conservation and Communities, Africa

Jamma International is an established Philanthropic and Active Impact Investment arm of a Private Family Office. Their sphere of interest is focused on sustainable conservation and community development in Southern Africa and also includes engagement with Wellbeing projects in the UK. An exciting internship opportunity has been created to undertake the development of Jamma International’s communications and social media strategy.   This role will suit someone used to working both autonomously and within a small team. They will work closely with the Director of Communities and Conservation, Africa, the Project Coordinator of Communities and Conservation, Africa, and the Head of Communications. 

Must be eligible to work in the UK.

  1. Background

Globally, conservation and environmental policy is changing rapidly in response to the climate and biodiversity crises, with this change bringing about a significant increase in tensions at both domestic and transnational levels. Two broad positions are emerging for reform of conservation policy – one which seeks to make international conservation more responsible to the rights and livelihoods of indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLC), and in contrast, substantial effort directed towards more traditional models such as 30x30 that lie in conflict with IPLC focused conservation efforts. For the most part, the willingness to reform and increased attention on conservation in the political agenda is a positive force. However, some agendas currently being pursued by western policy makers and animal rights groups could be extremely damaging to conservation efforts in the global south. Jamma and our partners are strongly committed to preserving the principles of sustainable use of natural resources and the rights of people living alongside wildlife to choose how best to manage and utilise it sustainably.

Policies and international regulations that seek to prohibit sustainable use are quickly gaining traction, increased media attention and growing political support. These policies will negatively impact some of the poorest and most vulnerable people who rely on the sustainable use of resources to survive. Not only are these communities suffering the worst impacts of climate change, but they remain marginalised from conservation and environmental policy decisions that directly affect them. Through our projects, communications output, and social media presence, Jamma is seeking to change this.

Scope of work & objectives

  • The communications intern will work closely with both Director, Conservation and Communities, Project Coordinator and the Campaign and Communications Manager.
  • Help refine and implement Jamma’s communications strategy.
  • Assist in building Jamma’s online presence through communications and social media by being credible, trustworthy, relevant, and evidence driven.
  • Assist in managing and maintaining the Jamma website with project updates, news, and relevant information.
  • Help cultivate and develop relations with media outlets to secure placement of thought leading content.
  • Explore opportunities for content-based partnerships with relevant media organisations.
  • Assist with developing and implementing a cohesive content and social media strategy for Jamma to maximise its reach and impact, including explicit identification of target audiences. As far as possible, ensure proactive engagement (not reactive) by regularly scanning the media landscape and identifying potential trigger points.
  • Assist with establishment of new mechanisms for dissemination of accurate information related to sustainable use and human centred conservation, especially through the use of innovative media channels and employing global best practices, in order to better inform public opinion on contentious subjects.
  • Help identify and bring together a network of likeminded organizations to communicate and amplify messaging.
  • Assist with development of relationships with communications teams in this network of likeminded organisations, with a view to developing mutually beneficial partnerships, including project-based partnerships, to maximise public impact.
  • Work with all project partners to sustain engagement, provide feedback, and achieve the above goals, collating and disseminating messaging, stories, and information across the board to relevant target audiences as defined by the strategy.
  • Help with monitoring and measuring the expected outcomes with the assistance of partners to ensure comms and social media targets are being achieved, and when targets aren’t met, devise effective programme of action for redress.
  • Be alert for misinformation and adaptable in how best to respond.

Required qualifications and expertise/experience

  • Candidate must be from a communications and marketing background and have a keen interest in conservation and a solid understanding of policy and decision-making processes.
  • Educated to master’s level in a relevant field
  • At least 1 combined years’ professional experience in communications, marketing, journalism, PR, or related field. (Desired)
  • Previous experience with social media strategy and content creation, preferably in the conservation, human livelihoods, and human rights space. (Desired)
  • Strong organizational and communication skills, and proven capacity for strategic thinking and attention to detail
  • Ability to perform well in fast-paced, highly political, cross-cultural, and multi-national team environment, ideally with skills in handling contentious and divisive issues.
  • Previous experience communicating issues and developing messages related to biodiversity conservation issues and with a reasonable grasp of the global and interconnected nature of conservation efforts preferred (Desired)
  • Experience working in African conservation related communications strategies preferred but not required.
  • Ability to work well independently but in close coordination and maintaining regular contact with a network of partners.
  • Experience building and maintaining an online presence across diverse social media platforms, identifying target audiences and creating engaging and educational content

Duration of work

  • 1-year initial contract.

Applications

  • All applicants must meet the minimum requirements described above. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
  • Each application should include the following:
  • CV and Cover letter with the applicant’s current contact information including how the candidate’s previous experience matches the scope of work and required qualifications
  • Applications not including all of the above information will not be reviewed. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

 

 

Company

Jamma International is a UK-registered charity founded in 2010 to encourage, support, fund and implement meaningful conservation, wellbeing, education and innovation projects around the world. We support organisations that want to tackle issues to help communities and the environment thrive.

Company info
Website
Telephone
01483 958051/07802632046
Location
c/o BGM 114a Emperors Gate
Cromwell Road
London
London
SW7 4AG
GB

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