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Campaigner, Africa Program, Forest Campaign

The Environmental Investigation Agency, a 501(c)(3) non-profit advocacy organization based in Washington DC, is seeking a motivated, organized and committed campaigner to join one of the most dynamic advocacy teams in Washington today. EIA’s Forest Campaign documents and exposes illegal logging and associated trade and supports civil society organizations engaged in forest governance reform around the world. EIA uses primary evidence obtained from in-depth research of illegal timber trade flows to push for systemic policy shifts to stem the demand and funding for these illegal activities.

Position description

As a member of the Forest Campaign Team, the Africa Program Campaigner will dedicate her/his energy and talents to the planning, execution and evaluation of EIA’s campaigns in Africa. Her/his goals, fully aligned with EIA’s vision and priorities, will be to halt illegal logging and related crimes, triggering changes in the international timber sector to support law enforcement, greater transparency, and improved governance. Her/his daily work will cover a wide geographical area: West Africa, the Congo Basin, and East/South Africa. Reporting directly to the Africa Program Coordinator, the campaigner will work in close coordination with the members of the Forest Team, articulating a multi-continent vision and strategies.

Main Activities and Responsibilities

• In close collaboration with the Africa Program Coordinator and the Forest team, the Africa Program Campaigner will be responsible for developing and implementing innovative strategies to halt illegal logging and improve forest governance throughout Africa.
• Conduct in-depth investigations of forest related crimes, using a variety of tools, sources and approaches, including data analysis and field research.
• Collaborate closely with partners in the region, in government, private sector, and civil society organizations, to implement the Africa Programs campaigns in the region.
• Assist in managing the budget and finances for the Africa Program.
• Coordinate and help produce and publish investigative reports, briefings, press releases, blog posts, etc. related to the region.

Essential Qualifications

• At least 2 years of experience in advocacy and campaigns at the national or international level.
• Background or experience in environmental policy, business, finance, economics, supply chain management, procurement and/or international trade policy in Africa.
• Strong demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, in particular a collaborative and cooperative approach to work, as well as an ability to network and to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people, across a variety of settings.
• Strong research and analytical skills.
• Willingness to travel frequently.
• High level of autonomy.
• Close attention to detail.
• Fluency in English and French is strongly desired for this position.

Desirable Skills

• Background in campaigning and/or advocacy.
• Experience in journalism, photojournalism, or documentary filmmaking.
• Experience working with journalists and media to advance international campaign objectives.
• Experience with database, trade network analysis, or other relevant analytical software programs.
• Prior working experience or knowledge of the forest sector, timber supply chains, and/or agricultural commodities.

Compensation and Location

Competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience. This position is based in EIA’s office in Washington, DC (United States) with some flexibility to consider other locations.

Application

Send cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae to hr@eia-global.org with the subject line “Africa Program Campaigner Application”

Due to the large volume of applicants, we are not able to answer emails or phone calls. Thank you for your understanding.

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