Senior Communications Officer

Would you like to be part of a team dedicated to supporting Indigenous Peoples and local communities? Are you eager to contribute to strategies that support climate mitigation, lower deforestation, promote gender equality and help solve long lasting land conflict? Yes? Then you are in the right place.

Overview of the position

The Senior Communications Officer reports to the Chief Development Officer of the Tenure Facility. She/he will support the Development Unit in evolving a strategy where internal-external communications contribute to Tenure Facility funding goals, as outlined in the Tenure Facility Strategic Framework 2023-2027.

She/he will liaise with counterparts among partners, media and donors’ media teams, and ensure Tenure Facility provides good, consistent communications outreach consistent with its Strategic Framework.

As part of the Development Unit, she/he will collaborate with the Unit, TF colleagues throughout the organization to develop content for internal and external audiences. She/he will provide input to the Development Unit’s strategy and workplan, focusing on communications and initiate, monitor and facilitate delivery of outputs of current communication consultants, service providers, and institutional partners as needed, or as may be assigned by the Chief Development Officer.


The Position 

Overarching responsibilities

  • Contribute to establishing the Tenure Facility as a highly credible and respected foundation among international development institutions and donors.
  • Generate mutual trust and respect of Indigenous Peoples and local communities and their cultures, with full awareness of the intricacies of relationships among them and their allies and supporters.
  • Contribute to a collaborative and resilient internal working culture for sustained progress on the Tenure Facility’s strategic goals and objectives.


Specific responsibilities


  • Lead in developing and implementing the Unit’s strategic goals for communications to support the Tenure Facility’s fundraising goal.
  • Support the implementation of the Tenure Facility fundraising strategy, such that it is aligned with internal and external communications, and consistent with the Tenure Facility’s Strategic Framework 2023-2027.
  • Participate in donor and other stakeholder initiatives to support the Development Unit’s target of reaching broader donor audiences.
  • Curate events to engage donors and other stakeholders around issues, trends, and changes in line with the Tenure Facility’s strategic framework.

Analysis, Networking and Learning.

  • Networking with stakeholders and analyse Tenure Facility’s communications niche, identifying its target audience, and aligning this with donor funding opportunities and trends.
  • Draft reports, analyses, and research documents in line with the Development Unit’s strategy and target audience.
  • Contribute to the production of the Tenure Facility’s resources and lessons learned from projects including stories, audiovisuals, photographs, etc, to inform all reporting and learning exchange (partially moved to Development Officer).
  • Develop talking points, briefings and procure links with useful videos, slideshows, photographs for effective engagement of TF (ED, Board, Heads of Unit, others) in public events and in international arenas for sharing lessons, strategies, and tools to scale up the implementation of collective land rights.
  • Develop and update of audience-specific factsheets and messaging documents that communicate to climate change, development, and tenure reform constituencies.
  • Create and follow through on opportunities to build the TF audience.

Strengthening Internal and external communications.

  • Maintain continuous lines of communication within Development unit’s team members, the Tenure Facility and its stakeholders and maintaining oversight over all critical communications issues.
  • Strengthening Development Unit team members to perform communications tasks and deliver key results as outlined in the annual workplan.
  • Advise on key messages for social media channels, help design podcasts, documentaries, and other audio-visual products.
  • Contribute to Development Unit’s efforts to promote and ensure consistency of the Tenure Facility’s branding and messaging.
  • Develop tools and train TF team to communicate the Tenure Facility’s core messaging of how tenure rights result in achieving climate change mitigation, sustainable and just development, green growth, and other sustainable development goals.
  • Conduct training needs assessments of Tenure Facility backed projects partners’ training requests for developing its communications and outreach capacities and procure service providers as fits these needs.
  • Manage or share management of the Tenure Facility’s communication consultants and service providers.


Qualifications and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in communication, public relations or journalism. Other degrees are also welcome if the working experience is relevant to communications. A Master’s degree is a plus.
  • At least 7 Years experience supporting communications and/or public relations.
  • High-level knowledge and experience developing social media strategies and managing social media tools.
  • Track record of on-time and high-quality delivery of communication initiatives.
  • Strong writing skills, including the ability to effectively translate technical content for specific, non-technical audiences.
  • Strong visual design experience, including creating or contributing to print and web products.
  • Experience with graphic design and editing programs such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.
  • Front-end web design or web development skills, including use of HTML/CSS and JavaScript.
  • Proficiency in English is essential. Multilingual is a plus (French, Spanish etc).
  • Additional qualities include among others, having worked in the field with IP and/or LC, a good communicator, a team player.

Preferred characteristics

You have a genuine interest in the civil society sector and thrive in a multi-cultural environment. As a person you are ambitious and enjoy learning and working independently as well as in teams. You like to take initiatives and are able to drive processes and improvements independently. You are also an excellent co-worker and responsive to the needs of project partners.


About the Tenure Facility

Indigenous peoples and local communities live in more than half of the world´s land area yet they legally own less than 10% of their territories. Securing their land and forest rights enables them to have the cultural and economic independence to thrive and continue to protect systems vital to our global climate, fresh water, and food security. The International Land and Forest Tenure Facility (Tenure Facility) offers grants and technical expertise at the speed and scale required to secure tenure and sustainably manage millions of hectares at risk today. The Tenure Facility works directly with the Indigenous Peoples and local communities and their allies’ ensuring laws on community rights are translated into rights recognition on the ground. It supports them to achieve formal legal recognition of their land and forest rights on maps, in laws, and in the plans and operations of governments and private investors. It works strategically with local, national, and international stakeholders to foster community-level partnership and joint action with governments and the private sector.

The International Land and Forest Tenure Facility is an organization based in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Tenure Facility has secured multi-year funding and the Secretariat, with around 25 staff, is therefore looking forward to adding a Senior Communications Officer


Terms of employment

The position refers to full-time permanent positions with six months’ probation period. Starting date as agreed. Salary by agreement.

How to apply

Send your application; presentation letter and your CV via e-mail to latest April 12, 2023. Please mark the application Senior Communications Officer.

For further information kindly contact us at the email address above.

The Tenure Facility  promotes a balanced, diverse workforce a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance .


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