FOLU Communications Manager

Communications & Engagement London, UK

Job Summary

In this role, you will play an essential role in the Food and Land Use (FOLU) Coalition’s ambition to make the case for the urgent transformation of food and land use systems. You will work closely with the FOLU senior leadership team to shape strategic messaging, work inclusively and collaboratively across the partnership, make connections with internal and external stakeholders, and have the opportunity to work at a global level. Reporting to the FOLU Programme Head, you will develop and implement the Coalition’s Communications strategy, the key elements of which include:

  1. Launch and dissemination of FOLU thought leadership pieces, messages and research products
  2. Communication of FOLU partner work, in FOLU priority countries and at the international level
  3. Communications capacity building for FOLU priority country platforms; and
  4. Communications support for FOLU and partner messages at international events. The Communications Manager will coordinate and collaborate closely with the communications teams of other FOLU Core Partner Group members. 
Job Responsibilities

  • Refining and overseeing implementation of the 2020-2023 FOLU communications strategy
  • Supporting FOLU Country Platform development of their national communications strategy Management
  • Leading a team of communications professionals to implement the FOLU communications strategy
  • Providing guidance, feedback, and professional support to the communications team
  • Managing public profile by regularly analyzing and supplying online intelligence around FOLU mentions, including recommending paths forward when issues arise
  • Coordinating publications and media calendar, including op-eds, press conferences, press releases, etc
  • Managing media relations by raising visibility and profile of the FOLU coalition, ensuring a cohesive media strategy across FOLU platform countries, and managing relationships with press and media to place editorials, quotes, media, etc. in national and local media publications Website and Social Media
  • Maintaining FOLU website to keep content up to date
  • Continuously refining and implementing the FOLU multimedia strategy, including video interviews and other assets (e.g., podcasts)
  • Developing and executing creative ways to translate FOLU global research and country impacts into compelling storylines, including through multimedia online content such as videos, photos, and infographics
  • Improving, managing, scheduling, and analyzing all FOLU social media platforms and content
Coordination and Other Responsibilities
  • Providing communications support for FOLU in international events
  • Hosting monthly communications group calls with communications representatives of the Core Partner Group and the FOLU country platforms
  • Updating to the WRI communications team to share updates and secure feedback where required
  • Other duties as assigned 
Job Qualifications

Essential Qualities
  • Master's degree in relevant discipline (or BA degree and a minimum of 2 years additional relevant experience)
  • Minimum of 7 years of full-time professional experience in creating and implementing communications strategies, particularly in relation to sustainability and the environment with 3 years in a leadership role
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills in English (other languages a plus)
  • Excellent understanding of the media landscape in relation to sustainability
  • Strong communicator of scientific/ sustainability/ environmental subject matter to a range of audiences
  • Experience working in a collaborative organization (e.g., coalition/ partnership models) We are keen to receive applications from all parts of the global community. Ideally, you have the Right to Work in the United Kingdom. This position is based in London, United Kingdom
How to Apply: Please submit a resume with cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. 

Potential Annual Salary:   London £59,083-  £73,854; The Hague  
€ 69,810 - € 87,265 
Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors. 

Program Overview

The Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) is a self-governed Coalition of organizations and individuals working collaboratively to achieve a shared objective: the urgent transformation of food and land use systems to deliver a better future for people, nature and climate. FOLU supports science-based solutions and helps to build a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities to unlock collective, ambitious action.

FOLU’s Growing Better report recommends an integrated reform agenda along ten critical transitions to deliver positive outcomes for environment, health, inclusive development and food security, ensuring food and land use systems support delivery of globally agreed sustainable development, climate and biodiversity goals. FOLU’s light-touch governance and adaptive management have enabled the FOLU community to grow and evolve since FOLU’s inception in 2017.

The Coalition’s collective leadership is provided by a Core Partners Group comprised of: The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), EAT, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), SYSTEMIQ, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), World Farmers’ Organization (WFO), and the World Resources Institute (WRI).

Through the Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land Use, and Energy (FABLE) Consortium, FOLU has expert teams and networks in 18 countries, including the European Union. FABLE is a knowledge network that supports countries develop data and modelling infrastructure to promote ambitious, integrated strategies towards sustainable land use and food systems. FOLU country platforms are operating in: China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Ethiopia and Colombia, with partner networks in Australia, the UK and the Nordic region. FOLU is coordinated by a Program Office housed at the WRI London office. Other FOLU partners provide human resources that contribute to the Program Office, including the team managing the FABLE network.

WRI Overview 

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, watersustainable cities, and the ocean. 

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect. 

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.  

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $150 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 1,000+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices inAfrica, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexicoand theUnited States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.   

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.