Environmental Defenders and Investigations Coordinator

Location: EJF offices in London or Bath (with home working)

Contract: Full-time, permanent

Salary range: £40,000 - £48,000 (according to experience, skills and location)

Closing date for applications: 6pm 14th January 2022


Generous annual leave of 28 days (including bank holidays) increasing by two days for each year of service up to a maximum of 48 days and additional paid leave over Christmas.

Comprehensive private healthcare and life insurance.

Generous pension contribution rising with each year of service.

Cycle to work allowance.

Position overview

The successful candidate will be a senior member of EJF's international investigations and film team, which holds those responsible for environmental destruction to account. The role will also identify opportunities and strategies to strengthen our vital support for environmental defenders across the globe. This is a unique opportunity to work with an international environmental protection and human rights leader.

This role will help plan and implement investigations, gather irrefutable evidence that underpins our campaigns; develop advocacy materials (reports, briefings and film/photos); and identify and liaise with candidates for our Environmental Defenders programme, providing distance management, skills-sharing and guidance with a specific focus on film commissions, investigations, campaign and media strategies.

EJF is lean, agile, creative, strategic, and results-driven. Join our world-leading professional team to help protect people, wildlife, and our shared natural world.

About the Role

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

You will need demonstrable experience of field-based studies, research and 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 in filming and photography is strongly preferred.

About the successful candidate

  • You enjoy and have extensive research experience and understand the fundamental need for attention to detail, factual accuracy, intellectual and academic rigour.

  • You have outstanding communication skills and can produce high-calibre written documentation (including reports, briefings and blogs) to tight deadlines and give compelling presentations in-person to a range of audiences.

  • You understand how visual material is used to provide evidence of environmental and associated human rights abuse and to tell a compelling story. You can brief and manage freelance photographers and videographers to achieve this outcome.

  • You can 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 manage multiple individuals and teams in diverse locations and across different cultures and settings.

  • You can deliver to the highest professional standards on agreed outcomes on time and budget, at times managing multiple projects and tight deadlines, prioritising your workload according to the direction given, reflecting the needs of the campaigns and projects. You understand how to assess and make the most from challenges and opportunities, adjusting and learning to deliver high impact for the campaigns.

  • You are entirely comfortable taking and giving direction and feedback, working in an international, multicultural team, with equal ability to work independently, taking the initiative and responsibility.

  • You can travel internationally, occasionally at short notice and for extended periods. As covid-19 restrictions allow, you may be required to travel for up to 4 months per year.

  • You will collaborate across the international teams to ensure investigations have application and impact into the broader campaign strategy to further EJF's work for environmental protection.

  • You are solutions-oriented, providing cost-effective, appropriate skills, equipment and capacity building to get the best out of grassroots partners.

  • Committed to making change happen, you can also make swift judgement calls in challenging situations, unflappable and able to exert calm judgement and decision-making to keep people safe and secure.

  • You will have experience assessing and implementing safety and security protocols for investigations in various countries, including the Global South. This will include taking vital steps to ensure the safety of all colleagues, including external partners, agencies and individuals providing EJF with information.

  • You are calm, friendly, outgoing, confident, and energetic. You share EJF's commitment and determination to change the world for good.

Essential skills/experience

  • 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/experience

  • Foreign languages.

  • Camera (video and stills) experience.

  • Experience working in the global South documenting environmental or human rights issues, working in challenging situations.

  • Experience delivering training (ideally internationally).

  • Experience in working in hostile environments/training in personal and situational security.

  • Documentary/journalistic experience

Please send a detailed CV and cover letter explaining why you are the right person for this job to:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Closing date for applications: 14th January 2021