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Activist Training and Investigations Coordinator

Based: EJF office in London or Bath (with some international travel)

Contract: Full-time, permanent

Salary range: £40,000 - £48,000 (dependent upon experience, but please note there can be no negotiation outside of this range)

Benefits:

• Private healthcare package

• Generous pension rising with each year of service

• Annual leave of 28 days (including 8 public holidays) increasing by 2 days each year of service, plus 1 personal day per year and additional paid leave over Christmas

• Cycle-to-work scheme

• Home working 1 day per week (after completion of 6 month trial period and subject to Covid-19 restrictions)


Position overview

A rare and exciting opportunity to work with the Environmental Justice Foundation investigations and film teams to help design and implement investigations, developing advocacy materials (reports, briefings and film/photos) alongside work to identify and recruit candidates for our Activist Training programme, providing distance management with a specific focus on film commissions and investigations.

The role will focus on EJF’s campaigns to gather the evidence and visual materials that underpin and support our campaigns and advocacy work. It is a unique opportunity to work with an international leader in environmental protection and human rights.

The successful applicant will play a key role across a range of EJF's investigations, working with and reporting to the Investigations Unit, to deliver in-house field-based investigations. The post holder will also expand our network of partner organisations working under EJF's Activist Training Programme, with a specific focus and emphasis on film led investigations. In both these tasks the aim will be to provide high-calibre information, evidence and film to inform our campaigns and advocacy. Across both segments you will work closely with the EJF film unit.

You will need demonstrable experience of field-based studies, research and/or investigations, alongside a professional history in campaigns, journalism or documentary production.

A personal and professional commitment to EJF's Mission and Values, alongside a strong sense of journalistic ethics is essential.

Experience of filming and photography is strongly preferred.

About the successful candidate

  • You enjoy and have extensive experience of research and understand the fundamental need for attention to detail, factual accuracy, intellectual and academic rigour
  • You understand how visual material is used both to provide evidence of environmental and associated human rights abuse and to tell a story and you can brief and manage freelance photographers and videographers to achieve this
  • You are able to work remotely and engage effectively with potential activists and contacts across the globe to deliver on campaign objectives. You have the necessary skills and experience to effectively distance manage multiple individuals and teams in diverse locations and across different cultures and settings.
  • You are able to deliver to the highest professional standards on agreed outcomes on time and on budget, at times managing multiple projects and tight deadlines, prioritising your workload according to direction given, reflecting the needs of the campaigns and projects
  • You are entirely comfortable taking and giving direction and feedback, working in an international, multicultural team, with equal ability to work independently, taking initiative and responsibility
  • You are able to travel internationally, occasionally at very short notice and for extended periods. As covid-19 restrictions allow, you will be required to travel for up to 4 months per year - time off in lieu is not granted.
  • You will be able to collaborate across the international teams to ensure investigations have application and impact within the wider campaign strategy to further EJF’s campaigns for environmental protection.
  • You are solutions-oriented, able to provide cost-effective, appropriate skills, equipment and capacity building to get the best out of grassroots partners.
  • Committed to making change happen, you are also able to make swift judgement calls in challenging situations and keep people safe and secure.
  • You will have experience assessing and implementing safety and security protocols for investigations in a range of countries, including in the global South. This will include taking robust steps to ensure the safety of all colleagues, including external partners, agencies and individuals providing EJF with information.

Essential skills and attributes:

  • A minimum of five years of relevant work experience (journalism, NGOs, documentary production, etc)
  • Developing leads for new investigations or stories, and working with sources
  • Management of sensitive digital assets
  • Experience working with external partners and commissioning new work
  • Superb written communication, research and organisational skills. You will be required to draft detailed investigation reports to a standard suitable for publication.


Desirable skills:

  • Foreign languages
  • Camera experience
  • Experience of working on hostile environments / training in personal and situational security.
  • Documentary/journalistic experience


Applications: please send your CV and cover letter explaining why you are the right person for this job to: recruitment@ejfoundation.org

Closing date for applications: 25th May 2021

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Candidates must have the legal right to work in the UK.