Senior Campaigner, Offshore Oil and Gas

Senior Campaigner, Offshore Oil and Gas

CHF 60000 - CHF 80000 / year
Application deadline closed.

Job Description

Center for International Environmental Law

  • CAMPAIGN FOCUS: Offshore Oil and Gas
  • PROGRAM: Climate & Energy
  • SUPERVISOR: Climate & Energy Director
  • LOCATION: Remote
  • SALARY RANGE: $60,000-80,000 depending on qualifications (may vary depending on location)
  • DEADLINE: Rolling applications; the first/priority review will take place October 24


The oceans are increasingly targeted for new oil and gas drilling, as fossil fuel companies go to ever-greater lengths to extract resources and as they face mounting resistance from frontline communities on land. Despite their geographic separation, offshore developments in different parts of the world share common obstacles and risks. These shared problems offer a unique opportunity to build movements on a regional basis, to connect people working on these issues across the world, and to equip affected communities with the expertise, analysis, and arguments needed to respond.

The Senior Campaigner will help CIEL’s efforts to end global offshore oil and gas expansion by building and strengthening the global movement against offshore oil and gas, as described in the responsibilities outlined below. The position requires work within international coalitions and across timezones, as well as international travel, occasionally for significant periods (health guidance permitting). The Senior Campaigner will report to the Climate & Energy Program Director.


Coalitions and Campaigns:

  • In conjunction with Supervisor and relevant staff, shape and lead regional strategy and develop and implement strategic campaigns and advocacy that achieve measurable progress towards CIEL’s strategic priorities and programmatic objectives, ensuring the highest quality work
  • Build, coordinate, strengthen and/or mobilize diverse coalitions working toward shared strategic goals and objectives.
  • Organize, implement, and participate in events to assist campaign goals.
  • Develop education, outreach, and advocacy materials for a variety of audiences in coordination with the Communications Department as relevant,
  • Maintain a working knowledge of relevant policies, industry trends, and issue areas.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with relevant partner organizations, including frontline/grassroots groups, as well as government agencies, intergovernmental organizations, and/or other stakeholders.
  • As appropriate, represent CIEL before policymakers, in media interviews, and at public events to contribute to campaign objectives.
  • Assist in information flow within the program, and other CIEL programs.
  • Perform other job-related duties as requested or assigned by Campaign Manager, Deputy Director, and the Program Director.

Management and Administration:

  • Maintain timesheets and submit them on time.
  • Meet periodically as requested, with supervisor and other team members.
  • Participate in weekly staff and team meetings and other organizational activities, including an annual staff performance evaluation.
  • Meet target dates, prioritize tasks, and ensure high-quality work product.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least 7 years of professional experience, with at least 2 of those in developing and delivering successful and effective movement-based advocacy campaigns at the international, national, or regional level.
  • Experience with international coalitions and environmental or human rights policy campaigns, with a strong preference for experience related to oceans and/or oil and gas issues.
  • Comfort working with a wide range of constituencies, including community organizations and environmental justice groups.
  • Aptitude and willingness to work in rapid response circumstances where urgency is a necessity.
  • Familiarity with the drivers and impacts of climate change, particularly the fossil fuel industry, and their environmental justice implications.
  • Demonstrated ability to distill key messages from technical information, and translate them to different audiences.
  • Able to oversee and deliver multiple priorities by target dates and perform a wide variety of tasks over the course of the workday.
  • Able to work both separately and collaboratively, in close coordination across teams.
  • Comfort admitting what you don’t know and recognizing that seeking and receiving feedback is part of the learning process.
  • Awareness of how your words and actions affect others, openness to and respect for others’ perspectives.
  • Able to travel and for extended periods (public safety guidelines permitting).

Desired Qualifications:

  • Additional language skills, in particular Spanish and French

Location note: This position may be eligible to work from the following locations:

  • Remotely from the US or another country, depending on the country and provided you can work within South/North American and African/European time zones AND have obtained your own legal work authorization.
  • In our Washington, DC, USA office, provided you have obtained your own legal work authorization (CIEL cannot sponsor work visas).
  • In our Geneva, Switzerland office provided you have the ability to legally work in Switzerland,  (i.e., a citizen of EU/EFTA member states).