Communications Officer, Mediterranean Marine Initiative | WWF

Communications Officer, Mediterranean Marine Initiative

Posted on
27 February 2018

Would you like to use your communications skills for the protection of the Mediterranean Sea? WWF is looking for a talented communications expert to support its work in the Mediterranean.


WWF has identified the Mediterranean region as a global priority place where ecological integrity must be conserved to contribute to a more secure and sustainable future for all. Together with 5 WWF offices in the region, WWF Mediterranean has launched the Mediterranean Initiative, a common strategy aimed at scaling up WWF conservation efforts in the basin.
The level of protection of the Mediterranean Sea is largely inadequate. There are too few marine protected areas, and those we have are not ecologically representative of Mediterranean biodiversity and not effectively managed. The Mediterranean is also a critical source of food security, well-being and livelihood for millions of fishermen and local people. At the same time, 85% of Mediterranean fish stocks are overfished, while certain species of high economic and commercial value are in an alarming state due to over-exploitation. The WWF Mediterranean Marine Initiative engages those involved in protection and management of marine resources towards a threshold where marine biodiversity conservation becomes a political, economic and social priority.

Job profile

The Communications Officer will implement communications activities to achieve conservation, communications and revenue gains for WWF in the Mediterranean Sea.  He/she will focus on WWF marine projects, mainly related to marine protected areas, fisheries, sustainable tourism, blue economy and sustainable seafood consumption.
He/she will produce communications tools that target a diversity of audiences (international institutions, governments, local authorities, tourists, fishermen, local populations, investors, general public, donors, WWF network and partners) to gain support for the conservation of the Mediterranean Sea and the implementation of sustainability models. The Communications Officer will work closely with WWF staff, projects partners and pilot site teams in the Mediterranean (in particular in Albania, Algeria, Croatia, France, Italy, Greece, Libya, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey). Reports to WWF Mediterranean Director of Communications.
Location: Rome, Italy

Main responsibilities

  • Supports the implementation of communications strategies and activities.
  • Produces communications tools of all kinds according to project objectives : media and social media material, publications, articles for newsletters and web sections, web sites, blogs, videos, events, etc.
  • Cross-checks messages and contents with the relevant WWF experts and ensures they are understood and appropriate for key target groups.
  • Develops media relations, prepares media material and events. Answers media requests.
  • Organizes communications events (concept, logistics, consultants supervision, promotion).
  • Prepares social media plans and contents, mainly for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.
  • Monitors media coverage, collects statistics, analyses quantitative and qualitative results.
  • Writes stories and produces videos for project web sites and other channels.
  • Supports the production of communications tools by collecting content (e.g. figures, facts, news, stories, interviews, footage and pictures).
  • Supervises translations (by translators or offices/partners) of communications material.
  • Ensures alignment with WWF brand standards, strategy and methodology.
  • Collects material, information, data and analysis for completing project reports.
  • Carries out other tasks, as required, according to changes in strategy.

Required skills and competencies

  • A University degree in communications/public relations/journalism or related field.
  • At least 3/5 years relevant work experience in communications or related field.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English.
  • Capacity to translate sophisticated conservation, science and policy projects into compelling communications opportunities.
  • Good experience in main communications fields – media, web, social media, events, publications, visual communications (photos and videos), advertising, campaigning, etc.
  • Excellent mastering of social media, video production and writing skills.
  • Capacity to work on multiple projects and multiple tasks at the same time.
  • Experience working in an international environment, with excellent cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to communicate with individuals from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.
  • Ability to work proactively and efficiently with tight deadlines, while maintaining good work relationships in the face of conflicting demands.
  • Result-oriented person with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Knowledge of and passion for the communications field, its numerous diverse techniques and cutting edge approaches.

How to apply

Please send a motivation letter and CV in English mentioning how you heard about this position to:            
Application deadline: March 16

No phone calls please, only emails. We thank all applicants for their interest however we may contact only those candidates selected for interviews. For further information, contact: Anne Rémy

WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.
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