Communications Officer

Job - 2014-07-16
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Please do submit your application letter and resume written in both Chinese and English

Valid from: 20 May 2014
Job grade: 3
Reports to: Communications & Action Unit Head or Communications Team Leader
Line manages: N/A

Overall purpose of the job

The Communications Officer provides multi-platform communications expertise in Greenpeace’s campaign project and is directly involved in the development and implementation of campaign project plans, under the leadership of the Project Leader. This position requires strong specialized skills and experiences in communications-related area, including knowledge of news industry, creating and pitching compelling stories, networking with traditional and new media, and utilizing tools and best practices to enhance Greenpeace’s ability on news making and building public support.


The post holder is line managed by the Head of Communications & Action Unit or
Communications Team Leader, and assumes responsibility in the development and execution of campaign projects under the leadership of Project Leader. The post holder also assists the Line Manager in carrying out non-project communications tasks to achieve organizational goals and enhance Greenpeace capability to influence public agenda and build public support. The post holder will usually work in a team composed of campaign, communications, action, research and fundraising staff. Effective work requires integrated approach and knowledge. The post holder may be assigned to work in projects which involve other Greenpeace offices. Discretion is exercised in handling confidential and sensitive information.

Major functions / responsibilities

Conceptual tasks, Strategy development and/or Project management

1. Champion communications in campaign and project planning. Provide multi-platform    communications expertise in the development of integrated project strategy and work plan.
2. Provide communications-related inputs on the future direction of campaigns. Seek and    recommend communications opportunities.
3. Engage in shaping Greenpeace long-term communications strategy and organizational    strategies related to communications. Stay abreast of the latest trends in communications.
4. Coordinate and execute cohesive, creative and effective communications strategies to   increase visibility of Greenpeace campaigns in traditional and new media, and enhance public support and alignment to Greenpeace campaign goals.
5. Identify media. Prepare press events and public communications materials. Contribute to of visuals and compelling stories to support communications plans and activities.
6. Handle press enquiries and respond to public organizational matters. Build and campaigns and issues.
7. Build and maintain relationship with traditional and new media. Maintain media contact database.
8. Work with agencies, designers and vendors to produce content, creative tools and database for effective communications.
9. Act as Greenpeace spokesperson as required. Support/ Coaching/ Leadership
10. Promote support within Greenpeace to advance campaign goals. Work with other    teammates to organize actions, activities and other events when needed.
11. Coordinate timing of events to prevent conflict. Compliance/ Keeping Framework Conditions
12. Work closely with others, including peers in other Greenpeace offices, to ensure   coherence of public messaging, alignment with Greenpeace global identity and values, and  adherence to Greenpeace global communications protocols and standards.
13. Carry our proper evaluation of communications impacts in cooperation with project team members and analytics staff.
14. Oversee professional management of the Greenpeace image collection, copyrights and  other creative assets.

Competency profile

Organization competencies

1. Professionalism, in particular knowledge of traditional media, online and social media
2. Achievement
3. Interpersonal relationship
4. Knowledge sharing
5. Values diversity
6. Innovation, in particular proven ability to create innovative ideas for effective public

Functional competencies


1. Understanding of the media advocacy needs of a campaigning organisation
2. Awareness and knowledge of media landscape   message testing and surveys)
3. Fluency in written and spoken native language
4. Fluency in written and spoken English
5. Skills in written and verbal communication
6. Knowledge and/or experience in public relation
7. Understanding of the roles that science, politics, economics,   change play in campaigning.
8. Be media trained so as to be able to act as a spokesperson   Method related
9. Knowledge and understanding of the NGO sector
10. Ability to evaluate and assess
11. Work under pressure
12. Time management
13. Decision making
14. Project management

Social/self competencies

1. Being a team player
2. Outgoing & confident
3. Aesthetic sense (helping to make good choices in graphics, layouts, …) Leadership competencies
4. Planning & Organizing


1. Commitment to the mission, principles and values of Greenpeace.
2. Commitment to, and demonstrated ability to work well as part of a team.
3. Ability to keep calm and work effectively under pressure.
4. Ability to work across a variety of issues, under pressure of deadlines and changing

Specific Work Environment

1. The position works in a standard office environment, and is required to travel to other
Greenpeace offices, campaign locations or locations where environmental problems require the presence of Greenpeace representatives.
2. The position may be required to work under pressure and in physically or mentally challenging
3. Be on call after hours and on weekends as requested.

As we receive a large number of applications for our advertised positions, we are unable to respond to applicants who are not invited for interview. We apologize for this in advance.
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