Communications Coordinator

Forest Peoples Programme

Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire
£28,000 - £36,000 pa depending on qualifications and experience

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning, sustainability

Closing date: Friday, 8th June 2018  

Do you want to lead a team working to highlight the issues being faced by indigenous and forest peoples across the world? Forest Peoples Programme is a human rights organisation that stands in solidarity with indigenous and tribal groups. Our work is built on long-term relationships with local communities and we create political space for forest peoples to secure their rights, control their lands and decide their own futures. Our main audiences are international bodies, national governments, multi-national companies, policy makers, funders, national and international NGOs and people sympathetic with our cause.

We are looking for someone who can lead our communications with passion, compassion and respect, someone who can think strategically over the long-term, as well as responding to breaking news. If you are a strong team leader with a passion for creative communications as well as a knowledge of the human rights arena, we want to hear from you.

The role

You will lead and coordinate FPP’s overall communications strategy. You will engage diverse audiences and enhance the impact of our advocacy and media work at national, regional, and global levels. You will strengthen FPP’s communications platforms and tools to better promote our mission, vision and values. You will be responsible for the organisation’s communications outputs as well as activities designed to influence, inform policy and support information sharing across new and existing networks. You will also work closely with the FPP team across all programmes in identifying and designing effective communications and see through the implementation of these plans through the life of the projects. You will sit on FPP’s Programme Coordination Team.

This post is guided by FPP’s core principle of peoples’ right to self-determination, and therefore, you will ensure that FPP’s own communications ‘voice’ complements and supports, but does not replace the voices of forest peoples.

Duties and Key Responsibilities

  • Review, develop, implement and monitor FPP’s communications strategy working with FPP’s senior staff and Board
  • Lead on recommending and implementing operational improvements to our communications work
  • Lead and develop FPP’s media offering, identifying strategic opportunities for using the press to further communities’ needs and developing key messages
  • Lead and invigorate FPP’s digital offering, including the website, the electronic monthly news update and social media, particularly Facebook and Twitter
  • Coordinate and/or oversee the production of FPP’s key outputs, including publications, films, annual report, with the wider team
  • Support fundraising efforts, bringing creative communications to outreach efforts with potential donors
  • Work across the organisation to identify communication needs and audiences and have
  • regular planning sessions for communications activities with FPP staff and the communications team including developing and managing a communications budget
  • Advise on the use of communications for strengthening our partners’ work, messaging and outreach
  • Attend meetings and events, including overseas communications activities, in support of forest peoples, FPP and its partners as required
  • Oversee the work of the Communications Officer(s)
  • Oversee outsourcing and strategic partnerships for effective communications and publications

Skills and Experience

  1. Ability to think and act strategically regarding communications
  2. Experience of communicating complex advocacy issues and grassroots experiences in compelling, creative ways, to a wide range of audiences across a wide range of media
  3. Ability to work effectively as part of a multi-cultural, dispersed team of FPP staff and partners to achieve shared objectives
  4. Proven skills in developing and implementing media campaigns in both traditional and social media
  5. Experience in planning and implementing communication projects
  6. Excellent written and oral communications skills
  7. Previous experience of managing a communications team highly desirable
  8. Experience in the human rights field is desirable, particularly with indigenous peoples and/or other vulnerable groups
  9. Fluency in, or good knowledge of, French or Spanish is desirable
  10. Strong alignment with FPP’s values and principles


  • Salary in the range £28 - £36,000 p.a. depending on qualifications and experience
  • Full-time (at least 3 days a week in the Moreton-in-Marsh office, Gloucestershire, UK)
  • Benefits include:
    • 20 days leave per year, plus all public holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year when the office is closed
  • Reporting to: The Director

To apply for this post

Please download the application form from and send by email to with your name and Communications Coordinator in the subject line.

Closing date for applications: 8 June 2018

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