Media Officer

2020 will be a very important year for climate change debate in the UK with among other things, the hosting of the major UN climate summit, COP26, in Glasgow. The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) – a non-profit think-tank with the objective of supporting informed debate on energy and climate change issues – has a track record of unpacking complex energy and climate issues for media and parliamentarians, and working with a wide range of stakeholders. We produce regular expert briefings working alongside our Advisory Board. With interest in climate change at an all-time high in the UK, next year will see an even greater need for broadening and deepening understanding of related issues.

Term: full time, December 2019 to April 2020

Project overview

Lead on media engagement project, enabling broader, deeper understanding of climate change related issues among national and regional media.


  • Devise and produce proactive media engagement plans
  • Write press releases, articles/blogs, letters, proof-read/write media statements
  • Arrange for spokespeople to speak to the media and brief them as required
  • Provide advice to senior members of staff on responses to the media
  • Support editorial engagement with key newspapers and magazines, and organise briefing events for the media
  • Following top-level engagement with media, run follow-up meetings with programme teams in both news and non-news strands
  • Initiate targeted engagement with significant regional media
  • Ensure integration of digital and social media alongside press and media campaigns
  • Liaison with media during times of crisis management
  • Routine media monitoring, reporting and evaluation
  • Compiling/managing lists of media contacts
  • Occasional out-of-hours or weekend work

Essential attributes:

  • Degree qualified with a minimum of a 2.1 in a relevant degree or equivalent journalism qualification
  • Strong understanding of broadcast and written media ideally from working in a similar role or from working in media
  • Broad understanding of climate change science and policy issues and the low-carbon transition
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Awareness of the media’s different audiences and sensitivity to how they are addressed
  • Ability to work with range of stakeholders and manage projects to tight deadlines

Desirable attributes:

  • Knowledge of and experience in working on environmental issues such as climate change
  • Existing contacts in media


The Media Officer will be required to work flexibly, sometimes to be available outside of normal working hours.

Terms and Conditions

This contract is offered on a short-term basis, subject to normal market conditions, with fees payable commensurate with the experience of the candidate.

We envisage that the Media Officer will work flexibly, attending the ECIU’s central London offices as and when required to fulfil the project's objectives.

Travel within the UK may be necessary from time to time, for which expenses will be duly reimbursed.

How to Apply

Please send your CV, including your day rate or full time equivalent salary and a covering letter of no more than two pages outlining how you meet the specification to before midnight on 6 December 2019.