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We’re hiring: Caribbean Climate Journalism Programme Officer

We're looking for an ideal team member to help us develop, coordinate, and implement our upcoming Caribbean Climate Journalism Fellowship!
We're looking for an ideal team member to help us develop, coordinate, and implement our upcoming Caribbean Climate Journalism Fellowship!

Duration: 5 months 
Location: Caribbean, remote 
Reporting to: Regional manager 
Start date: May 2022
Deadline to apply: 29th April, 2022

About the organisation

Climate Tracker (CT) is a non-profit organisation that aims to support, train and encourage more and better climate journalism around the world.

We believe in the power of journalism, but we know that many young journalists don’t have the training, resources, or support to tell the stories they want to tell. We know that this challenge is even greater in those countries most affected by the climate crisis.

That is why we provide training and programs so that young journalists can tell the climate stories of their countries.

We also conduct media research to better understand the challenges, trends and obstacles to climate journalism around the world and support journalists from around the world to attend events such as the UN negotiations and other conferences.

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Part of our COP26 team covering the climate negotiations in Glasgow

About the role

Caribbean nations are among the most vulnerable towards climate change and, at the same time, undoubtedly at the forefront of an unstoppable renewable energy transition. However, this transition is still facing critical gaps in media coverage and public awareness, despite the enormous evidence that shows the necessity of Caribbean countries to embrace an energy transition.

To pitch in, we’re launching a Special Caribbean Climate Journalism Workshop and Grant.

Because we understand the urgent need for Caribbean journalism to embrace energy transition stories, we will be hosting a unique online climate journalism workshop for 30 journalists in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and Guyana. 

The workshop will be followed by an opportunity grant for 9 Caribbean journalists to work on energy transition stories, between June – August, 2022 (approximately). These stories will be published in their local media outlets and on the Climate Tracker website. 

As such, we are looking for a programme officer with experience in environmental journalism and editing to help us develop, co-ordinate, and carry out these cross-country workshops. 

Your focus areas

  • Coordinate each training session, which will include setting up a roster of themes and thematic experts to add value to each session for our fellows
  • Create a clear mentoring and follow-up system that will guide the work of fellows
  • Support the fellows in their respective reporting plans for each story
  • Have weekly (or bi-weekly, as needed) calls with each fellow to check in on their progress and deliver any guidance they need
  • Have group calls every two weeks, combining training, group reflection on journalistic challenges, and peer learning
  • Help the fellows develop a clear pitch for each article and promote its publication in national media outlets
  • Prepare a final report detailing everything done and the results obtained from the project

Requirements

We are looking for an individual to support this work. Ideally, you will have:

  • At least 3-5 years of experience covering environmental issues in the Caribbean
  • Educational experience in journalism or training
  • Experience working as an editor
  • Skills in research, reporting, and writing journalistic texts
  • Good internet connection and a flexible schedule that can be accommodated to the needs of the fellows
  • Good organisational and communication skills
  • Availability to work 15 hours per week on this project

What we offer:

  • A unique opportunity to work as part of a dynamic, globally-minded group of individuals who are passionate about the fight against climate change
  • A flexible work environment and the space to shape and continuously develop your role

Location:

This is a remote position but we’re seeking someone based in the Caribbean

How to apply:

Simply hit the button below and complete the application form by 29th April, 2022.

Start date:

Projected start could be May 2022

If you think this sounds like something that you’d be happy to be a part of, please don’t hesitate to apply! We’re looking forward to hearing from you. 

Contact details: 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me (Dizzanne) at dizzanne@climatetracker.org. I’d be happy to help! And while you’re at it, head over to our Caribbean Facebook community and join us and follow across social media. 

All the best!