Digital Communications Intern

The Gaia Foundation

Hampstead, London

Volunteer • Part Time (+44) 207 428 0055 Georgie Styles

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture, sustainability

Closing date: Friday, 15th June 2018  

Deadline: 4pm on Friday 15th June 2018, but we strongly advise you to apply as soon as possible

Hours: 3 days per week for 3-6 months (Ideally the candidate would be able to work on this project from June to November 2018)

Compensation: Travel and lunch expenses paid up to £15 per day, additional ad hoc travel expenses also reimbursed

Location: The Gaia Foundation, 6 Heathgate Place, Agincourt Road, Hampstead, NW3 2NU, but with flexibility to work from home. The candidate will also be offered the opportunity to take an optional 10-week placement at Greenhouse PR in Bristol.

About the project:

We Feed the World is a unique and ambitious communications initiative, designed to share the successes of agro-ecological farming practices to a global audience. Over the last two years, we have worked with 40 award-winning photographers who have given their time to document the lives of over 50 farming communities across 6 continents.

This has been a phenomenal collaborative effort to capture a snapshot of agro-ecological farming in action, helping us challenge the myth that we need an industrial food system and quick fix technologies to feed an increasing population. By sharing and celebrating the inspiring stories of the men, women and families who feed over 70% of the world, this project replaces the image of the poor, struggling farmer with a truer, more resilient picture, highlighting the political complexities yet simple solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time.

The exhibition and accompanying campaign, casts light on the current struggles faced by small, family farmers around the world – from landgrabbing to climate change, extractivism to water access – and illustrates how agroecology can help reverse negative climate impact, empower communities and protect natural resources. The exhibition is set to launch at the prestigious Bargehouse Gallery on London’s Southbank from the 11th to 21st October 2018 and will be accompanied by a programme of workshops, talks, films and performances.

The role:

In order to ensure the project’s success in engaging wide audiences, we are in search of a passionate and highly motivated individual to join our team and manage the social media output of We Feed the World.

Main tasks include:

  • Working with the We Feed the World team and Greenhouse PR agency to build and manage a campaign across social media platforms over the next six months, up to and including the exhibition (October 11th - 21st 2018)
  • Identifying and creating content relevant to a wide number of audiences
  • Overseeing the on-going, daily management of all We Feed the World social media accounts, engaging with the photography and arts sector as well as the environmental and food justice movements in order to increase the profile of the campaign and exhibition prior to the launch
  • To work with the WFTW team and the Greenhouse PR team to create and ensure that the digital communications strategy is implemented and maintained, reaching a desired number followers and levels of user engagement
  • To feed into global press outreach around the time of the exhibition

Some desirable qualities and skills:

  • Previous experience or qualification in relevant topics; food, environment, marketing, comms and PR, arts and photography
  • Strong commitment to and working knowledge of sustainable food systems, agroecology and/or the food justice movement
  • Prior experience in managing social media campaigns, ads and identifying audiences would be desirable
  • Ability to work across all social media platforms, using management system tools such as Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, Buffer and Facebook business manager
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills with strong written English abilities
  • An ability to self-motivate and manage time under limited supervision with an exceptional attention to detail
  • Positive attitude and willingness to learn with a strong work ethic and desire to work as part of a team
  • Confident and seeks out solutions to issues, wanting to make a contribution
  • Natural fixer, identifying issues before they happen and helping to find the right solutions

This role presents a unique and engaging opportunity for anyone looking to further their knowledge and gain experience in the marketing/communications, photography, environment or development sectors. Through the nature of the role, you will create valuable contacts with a wide-ranging number of NGO’s, media and PR organisations as well as art and photography initiatives. The We Feed the World Digital Communications Intern role also offers the candidate the opportunity to work closely with the award-winning PR agency, Greenhouse PR. 

If you think you may be the perfect fit, then please apply with your CV (maximum two pages) and a covering letter (maximum one page) to explaining how you are well suited for the role with ‘We Feed the World Digital Communications Intern application’ in the subject title by 4pm on Friday 15th June 2018, however we strongly advise you to apply as soon as possible.

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