Communications Manager, Coalition for Urban Transitions

Communications London, United Kingdom


The opportunity
(Application deadline is June 18)

If you are an experienced communications expert who can spot a story and distill a compelling narrative from academic research, have an eye for what might grab the interest of senior politicians, and want to make your contribution to tackling poverty and climate change, this might be just the job for you.

The Coalition is looking for an experienced, motivated and creative communications manager as we take a step change in the reach and impact of our project. You will lead the communications work of the global initiative, operating within a dynamic, committed and effective international team at the heart of a network of over 40 major organisations. The post will be based in London or Washington DC with some international travel opportunities.


  • You are a communications expert with significant successful experience in public relations, communications journalism or media relations.
  • You are experienced at developing and implementing communications strategies.
  • You have a sharp sense for a story, a decent grasp of environmental, development and urban issues, and are at home working with the media and social media.
  • Your writing is clear, precise and engaging, tailored for different audiences, and your English is native-level.
  • You take pride in high standards and attention to detail and care about the rigorous evidence base for effective communications.
  • You are experienced at coordinating the production of publications from start to finish and have some experience of overseeing website development.
  • You are skilled at project management and working effectively in a fast-paced office environment, both independently and as part of a global team of colleagues, partners and consultants.
  • You are committed to social change and environmental protection and have a positive and collaborative attitude.
  • You are able to work in Britain and travel internationally at times.

Main skills

  • You have a talent for understanding the communications needs of an NGO with ambitious goals and are effective at developing and implementing communications strategies and plans to advance a wider impact strategy.
  • You can rapidly translate technical language into accessible, engaging, authoritative and persuasive material for targeted audiences - from press releases, punchy tweets, and website copy to speaker notes and slides, background briefings and stakeholder updates.
  • You are effective at commissioning and overseeing the work of consultants, managing staff and identifying and pulling in additional resources in kind from wider networks.
  • You are impressive at media and social media campaigning, learning from communications trends and innovation.
  • You have a high level of initiative, are used to working proactively and are able to seize opportunities but are also an effective team-player with excellent interpersonal skills, able to work to agreed goals and in close collaboration with colleagues from a wide range of backgrounds across time zones.
  • You have excellent organizational skills, and thrive in a fast-paced office environment managing projects, staff and your time.
  • Some knowledge of Swahili, Spanish or Mandarin is an advantage

Job Qualifications

  • 3+ years of relevant, full-time work experience and a master’s degree, or two+ additional years of work experience.


  • Develop and deliver communication strategies that extend the reach, influence, media coverage and online presence of the project.
  • Oversee the production and publication of research papers including commissioning and coordinating the work of consultant copy editors and designers, proofreading, liaising with authors and colleagues and maintaining high standards and value for money.
  • Work closely with colleagues to craft compelling key messages for each research paper and for Country Programme initiatives and assist the Head of Impact to develop strategic messaging and narratives for the Coalition.
  • Write engaging press releases, draft media quotes for champions, media background briefings, media advisories and operations notes for press conferences and events.  Pitch to journalists and oversee the work of consultant media pitching specialists. Monitor the relevant media debates and trends and provide regular analysis of editorial trends to the wider staff team.
  • Oversee the production and publishing of op-eds from high profile champions and blogs from research authors and team members, including ghost drafting when appropriate, coordinating with the authors and with media outlets.
  • Oversee the production and distribution of compelling, creative communications products including presentation slides and speaker notes, a newsletter, videos, issue briefings.
  • Lead the Coalition’s online presence, keeping abreast of online media trends, debates and opportunities to deliver a step change in the reach of our Twitter, Facebook and LinkeIn platforms. Oversee the substantial development of the website to meet the needs of an increasingly ambitious programme.
  • Oversee the work of a range of consultants, contractors, interns, volunteers as required, providing clear briefs and managing their work to a high standard and managing their contracts.
  • Provide anchor management to junior communications staff as necessary through daily oversight of communications tasks, delegation of work, and ensuring the well-being and professional development of staff.
  • Collaborate with communications experts in our 40+ partner organisations, particularly with the WRI and C40 to align and amplify global communication efforts. Proactively develop relationships with external specialists such as journalists, media commentators, advertising agencies that are strategic to increasing our reach and influence.
  • Ensure the content reflects the values, tone, brand and key messages of the Coalition and is in line with overall strategies and is appealing to the target audiences.
  • Track and evaluate metrics of success including media and social media monitoring, provide regular updates for the staff team and adapt strategies to grow and improve results over time.
  • Develop and oversee the use of efficient internal processes regarding all aspects of the communications work ensuring value for money at all times. Complete necessary administrative and budget management tasks related to the communications work.
  • Participate in office and other meetings and take on other relevant tasks as required by the Head of Impact.

About the Coalition for Urban Transitions

The Coalition for Urban Transitions is fast-growing global initiative to support national governments to address economic, inequality and climate challenges through transforming cities.

It is a major collaboration between over 40 research institutes, intergovernmental organizations, investors, infrastructure providers, strategic advisory companies, NGOs and city networks to provide the best evidence, cutting edge policy ideas and analysis for national governments, particularly in rapidly urbanising countries, looking to step up to the challenge. The Coalition takes global initiatives and has a number of country programmes, led by local experts, to help accelerate good urban development.

It is a special initiative of the New Climate Economy (NCE) and is jointly hosted and managed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group in London and Washington DC.

About the WRI and Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

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 six 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, water and sustainable cities.

The decisions that national leaders, local officials, developers, and planners make today will determine how billions of people in urban centers will thrive over the next century. Already, half the global population resides in cities. That figure is set to increase to 70 percent by 2050.

WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities (WRI Ross Center) works to ensure cities drive economic opportunity while sustaining natural resources. We use technical expertise, cutting-edge research, and on-the-ground partnerships to design solutions that enable sustainable city growth. Aiming to influence 200 cities with unique research and tools, WRI Ross Center focuses on a deep cross-sector approach in selected megacities on two continents, and targeted assistance to additional 50 urban areas, bringing economic, environmental and social benefits to people in cities around the globe.

About the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40)

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 12th year, connects more than 90 of the world’s greatest cities which have committed to tackling climate change. We bring mayors from around the world together to learn from each other in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating resilient, sustainable and low carbon cities. C40 cities represent more than 650 million urban citizens and their economies account for 25% of global GDP. Our recent ‘Deadline 2020’ report sets out the critical role that the world’s major cities have to play in delivering the historic Paris Agreement to prevent catastrophic climate change.

How to Apply

Please apply online at sending us your CV and a 2 page cover letter outlining how your skills, knowledge, approach and experience make you an excellent fit for this exciting role.

Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.