Actions Coordinator - West Africa

Senegal

Job - May 17, 2017
Greenpeace Africa is an environmental campaigning organization with offices in Southern, West, East and Central Africa. The organization is currently seeking for an Actions Coordinator to join the Ships, Actions and Investigations team, based in Senegal.

Main purpose of the job

  • Plan, prepare, implement, execute and coordinate non-violent direct actions (NVDA) and Investigations in close cooperation with a multidisciplinary programme team, and participate in and/or to coordinate particular projects, not necessarily falling in line with his/her field of expertise however in line with the NVDA and Investigations overall integrated programme strategies
  • To carry out actions for specific projects, including but not limited to activists management, in field research, desktop research and sampling, depending on their area of expertise. Including coordination, logistics, budget control, legal and risk assessments
  • To contribute to the development of the Ships, Actions & Investigations unit strategic, creative and tactical capabilities in order to achieve the objectives of Greenpeace Africa’s annual development plan
  • To contribute, as part of projects within campaign teams, to the maintenance of the highest standards in the delivery and design of Greenpeace’s campaigns by providing the necessary information, in the most timely, well-structured and accurate way in their area of expertise
  • Collaborate under the supervision of the Ships, Actions and Investigations Manager on the topics of the campaigns and overall purpose of Greenpeace Africa and maintain a network and build a list of sources

Job specification

Actions

  • Be responsible for the logistical planning, co-ordination and execution of action, ship and investigation operations
  • Advise, execute and assist project teams in developing and implementing direct actions, environmental protests and other interventions, execute investigations as requested by the relevant departments
  • Ensure the appropriateness of targeting, campaigning relevance and tactics, the originality of approach, ambition, quality of research, development, detail planning, execution and evaluation of all direct actions
  • Prepare, plan and co-ordinate the execution of direct actions and take part in any debrief and evaluation. Create and develop new forms of direct action, protest and intervention. Taking inspiration from wider Greenpeace and other protest groups.
  • Provide support for the work of other members of the Ships, Actions and Investigations Unit as required. Provide technical and logistical support and advice to Greenpeace programme staff as required
  • Comply and keep framework by following up previous work done

Crisis Management & Rapid Response Team:

  • Head rapid responsiveness on the ground as a part of the team
  • Be an integral part of the Crisis Management Team as a back-up in information and intelligence for the Ships, Actions and Investigations Manager

Warehouse: 

  • Ensure proper use and maintenance of the Ships, Actions and Investigations unit storage facilities

People management:

  • Maintain excellent relations with the Ships, Actions and Investigations staff throughout all Greenpeace offices
  • Build external and internal networks with suppliers, activists, investigative journalists and other stakeholders
  • Support activists, GP staff and external providers in investigative operations

Training

  • Assist in the maintenance and development of a network of highly skilled internal and external activists with specialist skills by facilitating trainings such as; 
  1. Nvda / climbing / action planning / strategic responsiveness / risk & security
  2. Desktop research / scouting / field & investigative research / science sampling / hazmat
  • Others which fall within the Supporter Development Pathway
  • Assist the Ships, Actions and Investigations Manager in the development of the training programme 

Minimum job requirements

  • Must speak English
  • 3 years minimum in similar role (Events management, Logistics, creative actions etc.)

Preferred

  • Highly organised, good planning and research and excellent time management skills with experience in investigations which include but are not limited to investigative journalism, science sampling, desktop research, scouting and field research
  • Creative and analytical skills with the ability to think strategically and willingness to look for solutions
  • Flexibility and ability to quickly come up with solutions in often high stress situations, anticipate risks and security situations and develop workable scenarios in the field if the need arises
  • Develop training skills and oversee workable and safe actions and investigative scenarios, knowledge of equipment, techniques, strategies, understanding of the role of NVDA and investigations as part of the project and larger campaign
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills
  • Good technical and handcraft skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Experience as a trainer/or willingness to learn to train in one or more of the following;
  1. NVDA training
  2. Climbing
  3. Boat driving
  4. Desktop research
  5. Scouting
  6. Field & investigative research
  7. Risk & Security
  8. Science sampling
  9. Hazmat
  10. Event organising
  11. Campaign interventions
  12. Creative development of concepts
  13. Photography/Video Design
  • With the ability to train and motivate people and is familiar with working with volunteers, activists, supporters and stakeholders
  • Experience working or living in Africa is an advantage
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • Another Southern or Eastern African language a desirable

Personal qualities

  • Commitment to the goals, mission, vision and aims of Greenpeace
  • Excellent strategic thinker on the ground
  • Skilled in conflict resolution
  • Ability to provide effective leadership
  • Ability to keep calm under pressure
  • Willingness to work on a wide range of environmental issues
  • A high degree of initiative
  • Able to work with minimal supervision
  • Willingness to work unsocial hours as required
  • Willingness to travel both within the African continent and internationally
  • Self-motivated
  • Negotiation skills

 Direct action and investigation

  • An understanding based on applicable experience of non-violent direct actions and investigations in campaigning with Greenpeace or a similar organisation
  • An understanding of how actions and investigations are researched, planned and executed
  • Proven ability to innovate in relation to direct actions and tactical work
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety, Risks and Legal considerations in supporting Non-violent direct actions and investigative work
  • Excellent physical mobility and stress resilience
  • A full, clean driving licence, preferably with a truck license

How to apply

Interested candidates who meet the above requirements should email their CV and covering letter to the Human Resources Officer at stating the position they are applying for. The closing date for applications is 02 June 2017.

Greenpeace offers market related salary.

Please note that should you not receive correspondence from us within 20 days from the closing date, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.