position available - Climate Justice Campaigner

Employer: Friends of the Earth Australia
Work Type/s: Part Time (0.4 FTE), contract
Classification/s: Advocacy & Campaigns,
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Sydney

Applications close: 31 May, 2013.
Position title: Climate Justice Campaigner (REDD/Carbon Trading)

    About Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth (FOE) is the world's largest grassroots environmental network, uniting 76 national member groups and some 5,000 local activist groups on every continent. Across the world FOE campaigns for environmental justice and seek to resist corporate globalisation, and promote solutions that will help to create ecologically sustainable and socially just societies.

FOE Australia is looking for a campaigner to support our national climate justice campaign work on carbon trading and carbon offsets. We are looking for someone with community organising skills to support our international solidarity work with FOE Indonesia and the national campaign calling for an end to carbon trading in favour of policies and public investment that genuinely reduce emissions and provide for just transition away from fossil fuels.

    Overview of Position
FOE Australia has been collaborating with FOE Indonesia (Wahana Lingkungan Hidup Indonesia (WALHI)) on the issues of climate aid implementation and forest carbon offsets since 2009. Our climate justice campaign seeks to extend this work with member groups, including through a speaking tour of Sydney/Australia of local and national Indonesian activists. One of the core responsibilities of this role will be to facilitate the tour events and follow up. The second theme of focus is to facilitate national campaigning on carbon trading policy and climate aid in collaboration with FOE Sydney.

The campaigner will work towards these objectives in collaboration with FoE Australia’s  Climate Justice Campaign Reference Group and a volunteer collective based in Sydney. The main purpose of this role is to assist in the development of the group’s capacity and resources for campaigning.

Assist the Climate Justice Campaign Reference Group to implement its carbon trading and offsets campaign by:

  •     Facilitating a speaking tour of Indonesian visitors
  •     Facilitating public communications including media communications and public events

Assist FOE Sydney in building organisational capacity by:

  •     Assisting the campaign reference group and FOE Sydney collective in planning and executing their approach to climate campaigning.
  •     Developing resources and processes and organising activities that build the membership base of the collective.
  •     Incorporating into the work program opportunities to develop campaign group members’ skills in popular education and community organising.
  •     Identifying opportunities and strategies to organise with other community and civil society organisations.

    Selection criteria - Required skills, knowledge and abilities

The skills required for the position are:

  •     Demonstrated organising skills associated with organisational development and membership support
  •     Demonstrated skills in campaign strategy development and implementation with an organising team.
  •     Verbal and written communication skills.
  •     A demonstrated commitment to Friends of the Earth’s values, including a strong commitment to organising, building active membership and a belief in building a more equal and just society.
  •     A good knowledge of climate and energy policy and/or aid and development industries.
  •     Experience working with campaigners and communities in the Asia-Pacific is desirable
  •     Tertiary qualifications are desirable but not essential.

The commencing pay rate for this position is $28.39 per hour, as per Employment Policy – FoEA Policy. The appointment is for 8 months at the rate of 16 hours per week, from June 2013 to January 2014.

Applications close 31st May. Please submit a CV (maximum 2 pages) and cover letter addressing the selection criteria to [email protected]. For enquiries about the role, please contact Beck at [email protected]