Media Assistant

The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) is a non-profit think-tank aiming to support informed debate on energy and climate change issues in the UK. It is funded by philanthropic foundations and works with an Advisory Board that includes expert academics, MPs and Peers from a range of parties and backgrounds, and civil society in the broadest sense.

In November 2020, the UK will for the first time host a United Nations climate summit. The timeline of the Paris Agreement makes this summit a critically important one, with expectations on the UK to lead delivery of meaningful outcomes. The summit also offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to deepen understanding of and engagement across UK society with climate change and the transition to a net zero economy.

We are recruiting a Media Assistant to help deliver our work leading up to the 2020 summit. Over the year we will be working with a wide range of stakeholders and media to develop understanding and promote discussion of the context in which the summit takes place, its importance and relevance, and the implications of potential outcomes.

Working to ECIU’s Head of Communications, the Media Assistant will be tasked with helping to deliver ECIU’s programme of work during 2020. This will involve helping develop opportunities for engagement with media organisations, journalists and other stakeholders; writing briefing materials; taking charge of practical arrangements such as booking travel, accommodation and facilities; maintaining contact databases and ECIU’s website; and scheduling activity, including media engagements, for ECIU’s spokespeople. Although most work will relate to the UN climate summit, this post will also support other ECIU workstreams such as on UK decarbonisation.

You will be able to demonstrate an active interest in energy and climate change, including some knowledge of the UN climate process and the pathways to a net zero economy, but will not need to be an expert. You will also have an interest in UK and international politics. You will be able to demonstrate some understanding of journalism and the UK media landscape. You will be able to operate in line with ECIU’s position as a politically neutral, evidence-based organisation, working proactively and professionally with stakeholders from a wide range of backgrounds.

This is a great opportunity for someone at an early stage in a career path focussing on communications or journalism, or perhaps someone practised in operations who wishes to move into communications, to develop greater understanding and build a network within the climate change sphere. Either way, the successful applicant will need to demonstrate the capacity to plan and organise both their own work and that of others, to handle bookings, invoices and databases, and to remain calm under pressure. Some degree of travel in the UK will be involved, potentially including a fortnight in Glasgow for the summit itself.

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate strong communication skills, both written and verbal, with excellent command of English. An ability to distil complex concepts into accessible language and write engaging copy is essential. The successful applicant will either need to have or be willing to learn simple desktop publishing software. Experience and flair with social and visual media will be a bonus.

In a small team such as ECIU’s, staff need to be flexible, to respond quickly and confidently when events demand, to cover each other’s functions when needed, and to take initiative without waiting for direction. The successful candidate will be a proven self-starter and team player.

Key responsibilities

  • Give administrative support to ECIU’s communication activities, including practical tasks such as booking facilities
  • Take an active role in communication activities through writing, preparation of background materials and social media output
  • Liaise with a variety of individuals and organisations including media and journalists
  • Maintain contact databases and ECIU’s website
  • Proof-read and otherwise ensure ECIU’s published output is of high standard, including with use of graphs and other visuals.

Experience and Competencies


  • A genuine interest in the mission and values of ECIU
  • Interest in and some understanding of national and international politics, the UN climate process and the pathway to a zero-carbon economy
  • Strong communication skills, written and verbal. Excellent command of the English language
  • Some understanding of journalism
  • Good administrative skills, and proven capacity to organise effectively work of self and others
  • Interpersonal skills, good team player, calm under pressure
  • Understanding of and ability to work well with a broad range of cultures
  • Ability to work effectively on multiple workstreams at once.


  • Experience in a fast-paced and wide-ranging work environment
  • Skilled in social and/or visual media
  • Capacity in another UN language
  • Previous working roles in the energy and climate change field.

Terms and Conditions

This full-time position is offered as a one-year contract. It is possible that the post will continue beyond one year, but this is by no means guaranteed.

Salary is £22,000-26,000 per year, depending on experience.

We envisage that the post-holder will principally work full-time in ECIU’s central London office, but will consider other working arrangements for the right candidate. Some degree of flexibility is necessary, with occasional out-of-hours work needed and setting ‘getting the job done’ as a priority – but this flexibility works both ways.

Travel within the UK and abroad may be necessary from time to time. Holiday entitlement is 30 days per year, plus statutory holidays. ECIU also provides an auto-enrolment pension scheme with Aviva.

How to apply

Please send a CV and one-page cover letter to before midnight on Monday 2nd December 2019. Interviews will be held in the week commencing December 16th, with the aim of the successful applicant starting as early as possible in the New Year.