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Brighton (2+ days per week), London (for meetings) plus some remote working if wanted
Posted: 14 Sep 2022
Deadline: 2 Oct 2022
Compensation: £35,000 to £37,000 (depending on experience)
Paid Full-time Fixed term / contract
Job Title: Public Affairs and Media Officer, Pesticide Collaboration
Salary: £35,000 to £37,000 (depending on experience)
Reporting To: PAN UK’s Head of Policy & Campaigns
Location: PAN UK’s office in Brighton (or able to work from Brighton a minimum of two days per week)
Contract: Three years (the length of the funding)
Hours: Full Time (35 hours per week)
Travel Requirements: The post may involve regular trips to London and occasional national travel
Closing date & Interviews: The closing date for applications is 11pm on Sunday 2nd October. In-person interviews will be held in Brighton on Thursday 20th October. If necessary, second interviews will be held online on Friday 28th October.
PAN UK is the only charity in the UK dedicated solely to raising awareness of the problems with pesticides and working for better solutions. It is an independent, non-profit organisation, which works nationally and internationally to eliminate the use of hazardous pesticides, to reduce dependence on pesticides and to increase the adoption of sustainable alternatives to chemical pest control in agriculture, urban areas, homes and gardens.
RSPB is the largest nature conservation organisation in Europe; with 1.2 million members. RSPB has experience and expertise in all relevant aspects of this work: science, campaigning and policy advocacy, as well as on-the-ground farming experience at Hope Farm and farm advisory teams across the UK.
PAN UK and RSPB launched The Pesticide Collaboration in January 2021 to work towards achieving a significant and urgent reduction of pesticide-related harms in the UK.
While PAN UK and RSPB are jointly managing the project, the Collaboration represents a broad range of interests and sectors including health, environment and consumer and workers’ rights. It is made up of a range of stakeholders including civil society organisations, farmers, trade unions and academics. Beyond the Collaboration’s key role of bringing these voices together to be more than the sum of their parts, its main activities are lobbying government, parliamentarians and other decision-makers, working with journalists to secure media coverage, conducting policy work and deploying strategic communications.
We are looking for a passionate, organised, self-motivated individual to lead the Pesticide Collaboration’s efforts with decision-makers and journalists. You must be dedicated to pushing for environmental and social justice and enjoy working at a fast pace in a constantly changing advocacy environment.
As Public Affairs and Media Officer, you will be involved in a wide variety of tasks including; lobbying decision-makers and liaising with journalists, writing online and offline communications materials, feeding into campaign strategy, public speaking, organising events and contributing to fundraising proposals and reporting. You do not need to have existing knowledge of pesticide issues but must be able to pick up new topics quickly and communicate them confidently.
You will work closely with the Collaboration’s other full-time member of staff who will be based at RSPB and will be responsible for a range of project management and coordination tasks including communicating with membership organisations. You will also be part of PAN UK’s Policy and Campaigns Team and report directly to their Head of Policy and Campaigns.
PAN UK particularly encourages applications from diverse backgrounds. We view diversity in its broadest form which includes, but is not limited to, the consideration of race, nationality, gender, age, class, disability, sexuality, language and educational background.
Overall aim: To develop and deliver strategies to build support for the Pesticide Collaboration’s positions among political decision-makers in order to influence public policy and legislation and ensure it drives a reduction in UK pesticide harms to human health and the environment.
Overall aim: To secure media coverage on pesticide harms and alternatives to pesticides in order to raise public awareness of these issues and put pressure on political decision-makers.
Experience skills and knowledge
Please send your CV and a covering letter of no more than two pages explaining how you meet the person specification and what you can bring to the role to email@example.com by 11pm on 2nd October 2022
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About PAN UK
PAN UK is the only UK charity focused on tackling the problems caused by pesticides and promoting safe and sustainable alternatives in agriculture, urban areas, homes and gardens. We work tirelessly to apply pressure to governments, regulators, policy makers, industry and retailers to reduce the impacts of harmful pesticides to both human health and the environment.