Global Climate Justice Communication and Advocacy Lead (1,0 fte)

Do you have experience with developing and leading communications, advocacy and policy work on climate change and resilience? Do you enjoy working with colleagues globally on amplifying voices and influencing towards climate justice? Then the CARE Climate Justice Center is looking for you!

About CARE

We are CARE, an international development organisation active in more than 100 countries worldwide. Originating from American food aid to Europe after the Second World War, we have been committed for 78 years to those who need it most.

CARE supports people in the most difficult places in the world in building a better life. We fight poverty by combating inequality. We do this by providing emergency aid, working on equal rights for women and making communities resilient to the effects of climate change and natural disasters by supporting them in building a sustainable livelihood.

CARE’s Vision 2030 shapes the confederation’s work in every context. One of the six outcome areas that CARE jointly works towards is Climate Justice. The CARE Climate Justice Center (CJC), hosted by CARE Nederland, has been assigned responsibility for leading CARE’s global commitment to Climate Justice. The CJC leads and coordinates the integration of climate justice across CARE’s development and humanitarian work. It also supports the confederation in reaching its impact goal of 25 million people who have strengthened their resilience and adaptive capacities to the effects of climate change.

The CJC, a team of around 10 experts based in CARE offices worldwide, is responsible for the delivery of a joint annual work plan.

What will you be doing?

Key responsibilities, amongst others:


  • Lead development and implementation of CARE Climate Justice Communications Strategy and Plan;
  • Identify key opportunities and venues for sharing and showcasing CARE’s climate policy positions within and outside of CARE.
  • Strategically raise the profile of CARE’s climate policy positions amongst priority audience groups by facilitating their articulation and working with CARE counterparts in member and country offices to achieve frequent, high-profile media coverage in international print, broadcast and digital media.
  • Produce, coordinate and provide input into quality CARE communications and campaigning materials to support international advocacy.
  • Lead communications at key climate change conferences and coordinate media trips or other activities by international or other media, as required.


  • Work closely with the Global Policy Co-Lead to facilitate the overall development and implementation of the climate-related advocacy and policy component in the CARE Climate Justice Strategy 2030 and related CJC work plan.
  • Support the development of advocacy and policy positions with the support and input from CARE entities.
  • Support coordination of CARE’s involvement in the UNFCCC process and other relevant international/regional and national level climate change policy processes.
  • Liaise with other civil society coalitions/organisations and social movements on joint advocacy and policy activities and coordinate and build transnational networks and alliances that can contribute to CARE’s climate change advocacy goals.
  • Provide technical assistance and capacity building on Climate Justice advocacy, for example through the CARE Climate & Resilience Academy, to CARE programmes and by supporting the development of advocacy strategies and programmes at global, regional and country levels.
  • Work closely with the CJC MEAL staff to contribute to CARE’s learning process about the impact from CARE’s advocacy and policy influence.

What do you bring to the table?

  • Degree level education (postgraduate degree level required or equivalent professional experience) in communications, international development, climate change/environment, human rights, or closely related fields.
  • At least 7 years of work experience in international advocacy and communication on climate-related issues. Expertise in climate finance, mitigation, renewable energy, and climate resilience is an added advantage.
  • Experience in developing and implementing high-impact advocacy and communication campaigns and strategies that integrate lobbying, research, media and other approaches and tools to influence the public, governments, and other decision-making bodies.
  • Proven ability to provide strong policy development and strategic analysis on multilateral policy issues and a strong understanding of multilateral institutions and processes and how to influence them.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the global climate justice policy landscape in developed and developing countries
  • Strong interpersonal and facilitation skills that include experience with coordination, mediation, consensus-building and working well with diverse groups within a global confederation.
  • Outstanding communication skills, including the ability to communicate and write effectively in English succinctly and compellingly.
  • Demonstrable experience in effectively representing complex issues and ability to influence high-level decision-makers, colleagues, media, and the public.
  • Strong people and project-management skills with experience working in diverse alliances – a proven ability to build bridges and break down siloes.
  • Excellent command of copywriting for publications, press releases and online information.
  • Good coordination and organisation skills with an ability to prioritise and handle a large amount of information under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Knowledge of diverse (social) media audiences – including ways to apply strategic communications approaches – as well as a global network of press and media contacts, design and communications agencies, organisations or individuals.
  • Highly motivated self-starter with intercultural sensitivity, who can work alone across a complex and virtual network and is a team player.
  • Fluency in English. Fluency in one or more of the other three languages used widely in CARE is an advantage (Arabic, French, and Spanish)
  • Prepared to travel abroad.

CARE maintains a zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation, abuse, and child abuse and takes all concerns and complaints about sexual exploitation, abuse, and child abuse involving CARE staff and related personnel seriously.

What does CARE offer?

  • A 1-year contract with possible extension.
  • A competitive salary based on expertise and years of experience.
  • An international work environment in which you work with colleagues from different backgrounds to achieve CARE’s Vision 2030 outcomes.
  • CARE can only hire personnel in countries where a CARE country office is situated. Depending on your country of residence, you will be hired and located in the CARE office in your country, and their scaling and grading policies will apply.

Ready to apply?

Are you interested in this position and do you meet the profile sought? Please send your application using the button below. The deadline to respond to this vacancy is Sunday, April 7 2024.

For more information, please contact Diana Kaekebeke, CJC Interim Director.

  • EU work permit is a requirement for this position, in case the selected candidate would work from the CARE Netherlands office.
  • We request two references as standard.
  • We require a Misconduct Disclosure Scheme (MDS) and, for some positions, a Certificate of Good Conduct (VOG).
  • As long as the vacancy is still visible, responding remains possible.

Acquisition in response to this advertisement is not appreciated.