Communications Specialist - Global Restoration Initiative

Communications & Engagement Worldwide


Job Summary

In this role, you will enhance Restoration communications to audiences worldwide. You will support the Restoration Communications Lead in content writing and editing, website maintenance, partnership building, and social media across the initiative. You will focus on supporting AFR100, a pan-African country-led restoration effort, and the Land Accelerator, a program that trains and mentors entrepreneurs whose businesses restore land, in Africa and South Asia.

This role offers an opportunity to have an international impact within a growing and effective communications team. You will work with the Restoration Communications Lead, associates for AFR100, the Land Accelerator, and WRI India, and others within the global Restoration team.

This position is remote due to Covid-19, this position can be based out of any of the WRI offices worldwide once restrictions have lifted.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support Communications Lead in daily tasks as assigned
  • Contribute to the development of and support execution of Restoration communications strategy in Africa and South Asia
  • Write, edit and/or produce a variety of outreach materials (e.g., blogs, videos, op-eds, presentations, infographics, media materials, etc.) as needed by the team
  • Develop and upload content for web platforms which have international, African, and South Asian audiences (AFR100.org, wri.org/restoration, thelandaccelerator.com, TerraMatch.org), including creating new web pages as needed
  • Create video and graphic content for Restoration social media accounts and web presences globally
  • Ensure content is up-to-date, of high quality, and consistent in tone and message
  • Work in collaboration with internal and external colleagues
  • Facilitate translation of English content into French and produce original content in French for African audiences
  • Carry out data analysis to report the way in which people access Restoration websites
  • Create content and manage the process for related newsletters
  • Coordinate logistics for public webinars related to AFR100 and the Land Accelerator in Africa and South Asia
  • Contribute to communications activities ahead of annual international partner meetings and other major outreach events 
Job Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Minimum of 2 years of full-time, relevant professional experience working in public relations, journalism, or communications with salient link to climate, energy or broader environmental issues
  • Fluency in French is strongly preferred
  • Proven ability to lead the planning, coordination, and execution of communications products, influence strategies, and audience targeting
  • Experience with video editing and visual design strongly preferred
  • Strong communication skills and ability to produce materials focused on diverse external audiences
  • Experience working with reporters or members of the media preferred
  • Experience working in a large US or global organization preferred
  • Work authorization is required for the country in which you will be based. WRI is unable to sponsor visas for this opportunity.
Skills & Other Qualifications
  • Articulate, versatile, highly-skilled writer with professional writing experience (professional writing samples required); strong oral communications skills required
  • Proven ability to lead the planning, coordination, and execution of communications products, influence strategies, and audience targeting
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment, both independently and as part of a global team
  • Excellent inter-personal communication skills, including the ability to encourage collaboration with other programs, international offices, and partners
  • Highly motivated, proactive work style and excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to think creatively and collaboratively about all elements of communications work
  • Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and able to manage multiple deadlines and deliver high quality work products
  • Strong commitment to WRI’s mission and values
  • A proven track record of searching for and implementing innovative approaches focused on achieving results or amplifying impact.
How to Apply: Please submit a resume with cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. 

Potential Salary: $46,000 - $60,000 if based in US. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors

Program Overview

The Global Restoration Initiative (Restoration) is part of the Forests Program at WRI and works to inspire, enable and mobilize action to restore economic and ecological vitality to degraded farms, forests, grasslands, mangroves, and peatland around the globe. Following commitments by governments to restore more than 210 million hectares of degraded land worldwide, the initiative is now focused on mobilizing private and public sector finance and reporting on action.

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.