Washington, DC, USA
Help us stop the destruction of climate critical forests.
Join Global Witness as a Policy Advisor, with a focus on forests and finance, in our Washington office.
We believe that many of the world’s worst environmental and human rights abuses are driven by the exploitation of natural resources and corruption in the global political and economic system.
Our mission is to campaign to end this and we do this by carrying out hard-hitting investigations, exposing the facts, and pushing to change the system. We are independent, not for profit, and we work with partners around the world in our fight for justice.
About the role
You'll play a key role in developing policy and delivering advocacy campaigns to target the role of US finance funding the industries that drive deforestation.
Working with colleagues in advocacy and policy and investigations teams, you’ll engage with stakeholders in the finance sector (banks, investors and regulators) and policy makers to drive change in regulation, policy and practice.
A policy specialist skilled in developing and influencing financial policy relating to environmental risk. You will have excellent research and analytical skills as well as expert knowledge of the US financial sector and its regulatory environment. A committed team player, you'll also thrive in an environment which values collaboration.
You’ll bring a track record in achieving change through advocacy and campaigns, and experience working with local civil society and coalitions; bringing different agendas and voices together to achieve impact. An excellent communicator you can produce communication content for a diverse range of audiences.
Working for us
Global Witness has a talented team of people worldwide with offices in Washington DC, London and Brussels. We aspire to be a diverse and inclusive place to work, where difference is respected and celebrated. We know that a diverse and inclusive workplace is an asset to any organization and that different views and experiences improve the way we work.
Our benefits are competitive. We offer 25 vacation days (exc. Federal holidays), healthcare insurance and flexible and agile working arrangements.
Interviews will commence the week beginning November 18, 2019.
Please send in your resume and a cover letter (two pages maximum) telling us how you meet the role requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight (US time) November 3, 2019.
Job title : US Policy Officer, Forests and Finance
Reporting to : Head of Forests Advocacy and Policy
Salary : $73,296
Location : Washington DC, with overseas travel as required
About the role
You’ll play a key role in developing policy and delivering advocacy campaigns to target the role of US finance funding the industries that drive deforestation.
Working within the Advocacy and Policy unit in Global Witness’ Forests team you will engage with stakeholders in the finance sector (e.g. banks, investors and regulators), companies and policy makers to drive change in business practice, advocate for policy and regulatory change.
Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
Advocacy and Policy
Develops policy positions and recommendations relating to the role of private finance funding the industries and projects that drive deforestation;
Provides analysis of the regulatory and policy environment and key actors;
Develops and implements strategies for engaging with US policy makers, the finance sector, industry regulators, government and international organisations to strengthen policy and investor behaviour relating to the role of private finance funding the industries that drive deforestation;
Works closely with the Forest team investigations unit to develop key research to support compelling, evidence-based advocacy messages;
Works closely with the Civil Society lead to ensure our partners opinions and voices are reflected in our policies and advocacy and they can advocate alongside us;
Works collaboratively with members of the advocacy and policy team, as well as colleagues across the organisation, to ensure maximum impact for our policy and advocacy work;
Supports the Campaigns Learning Advisor to monitor, evaluate and implement learning from campaign initiatives;
Monitors key developments and participates in relevant conferences, meetings and public events related to Global Witness’ forest work;
Represents Global Witness in advocacy meetings with industry, policy makers, international organisations, governments, regulatory bodies and other key stakeholders;
Develops and maintains a strong network of contacts in the media, governments, international organisations, industry, civil society, regulatory and NGO sectors;
Works proactively with the investigations and communications teams to ensure that campaign products are designed to further our advocacy and policy goals;
Builds strategic and ongoing relationships with members of the media and proactively looks for alternative/innovative ways to communicate our core messages;
Produces written content for Global Witness’ website, social media channels, blog posts and briefing documents in consultation and partnership with the communications and advocacy and policy and investigations teams;
Represents Global Witness in the media including undertaking media interviews and discussions;
Prepares materials on key policy areas for Global Witness’ website, social media, for blog posts and talking points;
Signs off content e.g. facts, findings, letters, briefings and press releases;
Contributes to the production and proofread written materials in English.
Works openly and co-operatively with other team members;
Communicates effectively with other team members;
Responds to challenge, explores new ideas and takes initiatives in all aspects of team work;
Supports other members of the forest team as necessary;
Manages specific projects and delivers on time and budget to a high standard.
Ways of working and collaborating
Represents area of work to existing and potential donors and maintains a broad understanding of the donors supporting your area of work;
Uses networks and contacts to identify new funding opportunities;
Contributes to the development of funding proposals and internal and external reporting, working with Global Witness’s Finance and Development teams as needed;
At all times, works within Global Witness policies and procedures, including confidentiality, source protection and security, legal and contractual requirements and general office procedures;
Works collaboratively with colleagues across Global Witness to collectively deliver our mission, vision and aims;
Demonstrates a strong commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace.
Where appropriate, oversees the work of other team members, interns, volunteers or consultants;
Carries out any other duties equal to the skills and responsibilities required for this role as directed by the Head of Forests Advocacy and Policy;
Deputizes for the Head of Forests Policy and Advocacy where required;
This role is based in Washington DC with regular travel overseas, sometimes to high risk environments.