This is a 9 month contract (renewable pending funding and performance) for four days per week (80% FTE). The position will initially serve as maternity leave cover for the existing coordinator. However, pending funding, performance, and coalition priorities, the position may be continued, adapted, and/or renewed to provide broader support to the coalition's work.
350.org is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organisers in over 188 countries. 350.org works hard to organise in a new way—everywhere at once, using online tools to facilitate strategic offline action. We want to be a laboratory for the best ways to strengthen the climate movement and catalyse transformation around the world. The values that guide and drive our work are listed here.
350.org is an equal opportunity employer. 350.org strives to be an inclusive and collaborative group of people who bring a variety of approaches to the work we do. We're committed to the principles of justice, and we try to build a safe workplace where everyone is treated fairly and enjoys working together. We value new perspectives, ideas of all sorts, and different ways of working. Diverse perspectives and experiences improve the way 350.org carries out our work – including what we decide to work on and how creatively/effectively we do that. We do our best to make staff positions accessible to all potential team members, regardless of race, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, assigned gender, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation or identity, religion or creed, veteran status, marital or parental status, and genetic information. We also strive to include team members in communities most impacted by climate change or impacted by other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustice.
About the Climate Justice Coalition
The Climate Justice Coalition is a coalition of South African trade unions, grassroots, community and non-profit organisations. It is working on advancing a transformative climate justice agenda, which works to tackle inequality, poverty, and unemployment. The coalition advocates for a vision of climate justice which advances environmental, energy, gender, racial, climate, and economic justice together. The coalition aims to advance the struggle for climate justice using a combination of litigation, advocacy, education, training, mobilising, organising, campaigning, and non-violent direct action. The coalition's strength lies in our diversity both in terms of our member base and in terms of bringing together our different tactics to collectively advance climate justice.
The coalition is led by a secretariat and steering committee and has a diverse array of members working on a variety of social, labour, health, environmental, energy, education, gender, human rights, and climate justice issues. You can view a list of members on our website: ClimateJusticeCoalition.org. The coalition meets as a full coalition once a month. In addition, we work through task team structures. We currently have four different task forces focused on energy and mining justice, legal advocacy, economic justice, and communications. Education is also a cross-cutting responsibility of the coalition.
About the Climate Justice Coalition Coordinator
The CJC coordinator will help coordinate the work of the coalition towards realising it's objectives, both in leading specific projects and helping coordinate the coalition as a whole. The coordinator would aim to ensure the coalition is inclusive, and that coalition partners are able to input into the strategic direction and work of the coalition easily, and that information about the work of the coalition is easily available to partners. The day to day work would include convening and preparing for coalition meetings, coordinating and implementing projects, supporting campaigns and advocacy work and helping coalition members prepare for and implement projects. The ideal candidate will already have some knowledge or experience of working on climate change and social movements. The coordinator is expected to work closely with the organising team of the coalition, and so experience in organising, as well as managing and leading organising work is preferable.
The coalition is funded by grants, which is managed by 350Africa.org the fiscal host of the coalition. As such, 350Africa.org is the host institution which hires the coalition's staff of a coordinator, an organiser, and a digital and communications specialist. The coordinator will report to the 350.org South African Team Leader for 350.org related admin and to the coalition's secretariat for work with the coalition. The coordinator will also work closely with the coalition's steering committee and all coalition partners.
- Project work:
- Coordinate projects. Working with the coalition to develop terms of reference and manage projects through to completion, including regular feedback and support.
- Provide support to coalition partners & CJC projects, including logistical support and potentially on-ground support. Projects could include helping to organise a summer school on climate justice, or coordinating a research paper into a wealth tax to fund a just transition.
- Campaign, organising, and advocacy work: coordinate and implement campaigning, organising and advocacy, as well as scheduling of campaign activities among partners.
- The coalition works through task teams. The coordinator will need to have an overview of the task teams' works, liaise with and support task team leads, and help ensure work is communicated back to the broader coalition.
- Working with the 350.org finance team, prepare and track the CJC budget, including tracking of subgrants. Provide regular reports on the budget.
- Assist in coordination of the CJC meetings: scheduling, preparing the agenda and ensuring minutes are captured and shared.
- Manage CJC information resources - ensure all relevant documents and information is stored, organised and easily accessible to partners.
- For in-person meetings, be responsible for (potentially working with a service provider) the logistics of the meeting including venue, accommodation and transport.
- Together with the 350.org development team, compile regular reports on CJC work for funders and ensure reporting/project spreadsheets are kept up to date with accurate information.
- From time to time, take on other tasks assigned by CJC.
- Regular meetings with the coalition secretariat, digital communication specialist and organisers to advance the work of the coalition.
Technical: Familiarity with high level administrative and finance management, particularly for non-for-profit organisations, including setting up and tracking budgets, preparing narrative and financial reports. Experience in management of logistics of meetings, travels, workshops and other events. Knowledge and experience in organising files, data, etc.
Ethical Practice: Strong commitment to workplace justice, diversity, equity and inclusion and able to apply them in day-to-day work. Ability to make sound judgments, exercise discretion and credibility, and act as an agent who promotes fairness, integrity and accountability across the coalition.
Relationship Management: Ability to build, nurture, promote and influence healthy work relationships, particularly across different organisations with different ways of working and to work as an effective member of the coalition. Ability to discuss work issues and to manage conflict. Ability to interact with staff from diverse cultures and backgrounds with sensitivity and respect.
Strategic and Dedicated Organising and Campaigning: A strong candidate will have experience thinking strategically and working to organise people for meaningful and transformative change. This position is for those who are committed to working with coalition members and the broader movement to strategically drive forward climate justice.
Self-Management: Ability to set professional boundaries. Resilient and able to manage oneself and keep composure under pressure. Able to work independently.
Communication: Ability to communicate clearly internally and externally. Ability to listen to and address concerns of others, and to transfer and translate information from one level or project team to the coalition.
Others: Organised, detail-oriented and accurate. Able to create work plans and anticipate deadlines. Be comfortable juggling multiple priorities with competing deadlines.
Desired skills and experience
- Bachelor's Degree or equivalent work experience (work coordinating diverse stakeholders working together for a common goal, civil society coalitions, work in labour unions, etc.).
- Experience conducting or managing projects.
- Experience with administrative work with a focus on organisational-related tasks, budget management, budget management and tracking, reporting, ideally in an international context.
- Event organising skills, including stakeholder engagement, event management and communications, travel and accommodation bookings - or for larger events, the ability to work with and manage relevant service providers.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Proficient with virtual meeting technology, use of internet-based software for calendaring/scheduling, google drive, and other online communication and collaboration technologies.
- Must embrace the principles of workplace justice, diversity and inclusion and apply them to day-to-day work. Must believe in and embrace the coalition's vision, mission, and progressive values.
- High-level proficiency in Google Suite and Zoom Video Conferencing preferred.
- Has an interest in climate change, sustainable development, or other social & environmental justice issues.
We are looking for someone who is comfortable working both independently and in teams, highly responsive, and able to lead initiatives as well as take direction from others.
Position Type: Four-day week, 32 hours per week. 9-month fixed-term employment.
Application Deadline: This job is open until filled, or the hiring manager determines that they can no longer accept applications.
Travel: May be required to travel from time to time (domestic and international)
Compensation: ZAR 554,346 FTE (ZAR 443,477 actual salary)
Location: Remote in South Africa
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