Job opening: Earth4All Senior Advocacy Lead

13 June 2022 –

  • Located anywhere – but must be available for daily meetings in the European time zone.
  • Salary: 55-75K Euro per annum (based on 40 hours contract under Swiss Law), depending on experience and location
  • Initially, a two-year assignment with the possibility of extension (depending on funding)
  • Full-time (40 hours per week) – But 36 hours are possible.

Join our team

We are looking for a Senior Advocacy Lead with a track-record of successful engagement and influencing with governments and multilateral processes at the highest level.

We need a future where our economies deliver greater wellbeing for all within planetary boundaries. Earth4All is creating a unifying agenda for our collective future on Earth. Can all of humanity prosper and thrive on a stable, resilient Earth? Yes, it can.

Earth4All is a new ambitious international initiative initiated by the Club of Rome, Norwegian Business School, Stockholm Resilience Centre and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. It is built around a call to action to re-program our economies, and five viable economic turnarounds that must be scaled immediately (eliminate poverty, address inequality, deliver women’s empowerment, transform the food and energy systems) to stabilise Earth and support thriving societies. The conclusion is unequivocal: only systems-level change driven by all of today’s movements working together will succeed. That’s where you come in – we need an experienced Senior Advocacy Lead who can join the Earth4All Campaign Team, and lead on our advocacy strategy and program.

About Earth4All

In 1972, the Club of Rome commissioned a report – The Limits to Growth – to look at the interconnected issues and complex problems faced by humanity. The report warned of unlimited material growth on a finite planet and was able to foster understanding of the varied but interdependent components – economic, political, natural and social – that make up the global system in which we all live; to bring that new understanding to the attention of policymakers and the public worldwide; and in this way to promote new policy initiatives and action.

Earth4All builds on the legacies of The Limits to Growth, as well as the ground-breaking Planetary Boundaries frameworks. Science is at the heart of our work. We rethink the current linear, growth-at-all-costs economic approach and promote policies to move beyond GDP for a safe, secure and prosperous future in the Anthropocene.

Earth4All is based on a newly developed system dynamic model looking at the interactions of environmental and socioeconomic factors, as well as a 21st Century Transformational Economics Commission with more than 30 esteemed economic thinkers from across the world. In September 2022, Earth4All will publish its findings, and launch an open campaign to promote the adoption by governments of long-term policies.

Role Overview

The Senior Advocacy Lead for Earth4All is responsible for co-designing and delivering an advocacy strategy that influences decision-makers in selected countries and multi-lateral fora.

This advocacy strategy is an integral part of the Earth4All Campaign, complemented by public-facing, media, research and participation strategies. The Senior Advocacy Lead will be matrix managed by the Earth4All Campaign Lead, and line-managed by the Co-President of the Club of Rome.

Key to this role is the ability to work collaboratively with a large variety of stakeholders to carry the messages and recommendations of Earth4All at key political and campaign moments.

The person will be joining a lean campaign team with global ambitions. Responsibilities will range from strategy to hands-on policy work, from convening dialogues to contribute to media and public campaign strategies from a policy perspective, from writing policy briefs to directly influencing key and senior decision-makers in government, civil society, or the financial sector. The Senior Advocacy Lead will support the participation of Earth4All participants in key events, including the members of the Transformational Economics Commission, and create concrete opportunities to influence.

The person will have access to a broad network of thinkers and decision makers via Earth4All team members but is expected to bring their own contacts and network via previous advocacy roles.

The strategic outcomes of the Earth4All advocacy strategy have been agreed, but room remains for the Senior Advocacy Lead to adjust the outcomes based on their own experience and analysis of the potential of the Earth4All initiative.

Key Responsibilities

  • Co-design and lead the implementation of an advocacy strategy towards the European Commission, and key multilateral processes such as UNFCCC COPs, UNGAs, G20 and the UN Summit for the Future.
  • Lead, manage and coordinate coalition advocacy and alliance building with international civil society organisations, research institutions and think tanks, including by building and convene a Senior Advocacy Group with key Earth4All supporters.
  • Oversee the development of advocacy strategies for at least five countries, in partnership with local partners.
  • Build outcomes-oriented relationships with key stakeholders around multilateral processes, as well as relevant teams within the organisations that support these multi-lateral processes/institutions, such as the OECD.
  • Secure events, speaking slots and follow-up at key multi-lateral and national moments that have an influence on policymakers, finance sector leaders and business leaders.
  • Demonstrate measurable progress towards integrating key messages of Earth4All into policy documents / speeches.
  • Contribute to the development and the execution of one integrated campaign, by providing strategic advice and insight to support the delivery of Earth4All’s public facing campaign and inform Earth4All’s campaign actions with the latest political insights.
  • As and when needed, act as a deputy for the initiatives’ leads, or other senior members of staff, including in meetings and with media interviews.
  • Develop policy briefs and policy propositions, advice on policy-relevant research, provide timely and consistent policy sign-off for the team.
  • Refine and deliver the monitoring and evaluation requirements of the advocacy strategy.
  • Execute the key deliverables of our grant-funded work, and report on deliverables and impact to our funders.

Experience

  • Minimum of 7-10 years of relevant and progressive experience in public affairs, policy, advocacy, organizing and relationship management.
  • Demonstrated track-record in designing influencing strategies and achieving policy results, at both national and international level.
  • Passion to transform our economies and build a world of well-being for all within planetary boundaries.
  • Demonstrated ability to build consensus among different stakeholders, facilitate initiatives from the bottom up, especially initiatives that are alliance and network-based
  • Expertise in global, regional, and national trends regarding transformational economics and planetary boundaries.
  • Proven ability to advocate for global systems change agenda by identifying shorter-term, strategic, manageable interventions that can pave the way for greater mindset and policy shift.
  • Familiarity with advocacy in integrated campaigns (advocacy, media, public campaign); ability to conceive and design different tactics that reinforce each other towards one policy goal.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with external organisations, liaising with policymakers, high-level public officials, business leaders, advocacy leaders, researchers and activists with the same effectiveness.
  • Familiarity with one or more of the policy processes / actors mentioned above.
  • Ability to lead, think and operate strategically and creatively.
  • Experience writing and executing advocacy plans with measurable (quantitative and/or qualitative) outcomes
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written, and ability to represent Earth4All with external audiences.
  • You are a recognised leader, you are inclusive, foster diversity in thinking and can liaise with different genders, cultural and social backgrounds with empathy. You contribute to effective and enjoyable horizontal teams where cooperation and mutual respect are key.
  • Experience of matrix organisations / teams and working remotely across different geographies is a plus.
  • Fluent in English, other languages are an advantage
  • Ability to work with Microsoft Office, and remote working technology.
  • Masters’ degree in politics, economics, development studies, environment or equivalent combination of education, experience, and training.

Expectations for the position:

  • Will stay abreast of professional standards, trends and issues affecting this set of responsibilities, demonstrating continuous learning of the field.
  • Will perform all duties appropriately for a multi-cultural environment, treating all persons with dignity and respect.
  • Will hold themselves accountable to the purpose and expected outcomes of Earth4All.
  • Will understand gender justice and diversity within key areas of responsibility and a commitment to promoting gender justice and diversity in their work.
  • Travel is expected for up to 15% of the time.

This position is for the initiative, Earth4All, but the person will be contracted with the Club of Rome.

How to apply

Send the following documents to jobs@clubofrome.org indicating the post you are applying for:

  • Motivation letter (max. 2 pages) including salary expectations
  • CV
  • Contact details for two referees and your relationship to them

For any questions please contact lmiggiano@clubofrome.org

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2022.

The Club of Rome is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a working environment that promotes equality, diversity, tolerance and inclusion. We encourage qualified candidates to apply from all social and ethnic backgrounds, and do not discriminate against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, colour, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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