Oil Change International

Senior Campaigner, Africa - Virtual/Remote



Oil Change International is seeking an experienced, organized, and detail-oriented Senior Campaigner within the Africa region. The Senior Campaigner, Africa will research, write, and communicate about energy access topics in Africa, including: oil and gas expansion in Africa, public energy finance and subsidies, particularly for fossil fuels; energy access and distributed renewable energy finance; the nexus between oil, gas and poverty; and additional equity issues relating to fossil fuel production in Africa. The Senior Campaigner, Africa will work with OCI's Africa Director and program team members to determine the most effective writing and communications pieces to support OCI's work in Africa.

The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to campaign successfully on climate, environmental and social justice issues: identifying strategic opportunities, engaging in diverse coalitions, using creative tactics, and inspiring others to join the effort. The Senior Campaigner will develop and execute effective advocacy and communications strategies at an international level in close coordination with partner organizations and our Africa team. If you are passionate about climate justice, adept in engaging with coalitions and partners, and have experience coordinating complex international campaigns, then this is the role for you!

Title: Senior Campaigner, Africa
Reports to: Africa Director
Application deadline: applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the role is filled
How to Apply: We are pleased to be using a hiring platform, career.place, that strives to eliminate bias in hiring by keeping candidates anonymous in the initial screening processes. To apply, please follow the 'apply' link to make an account and submit some basic information about yourself as well as short written answers to 6 questions in place of a cover letter, as well as your resume. Note that you do not need to complete your responses all at once, you may sign out and continue to edit your questions later until you hit 'Submit'.

Please note: your application will initially be evaluated only by your answers to the screening and homework questions. In your answers to the homework questions, please provide examples that clearly explain where, when, and how you meet the qualifications and have gained the experience for the position, even if that information is repeated in your resume.

• Oil Change International offers a generous salary and benefits package, including paid health and wellness benefits. We believe everyone needs to restore and recharge, which is why we’ve adopted policies of flexible working arrangements and every other Friday off. We also offer at least two weeks paid vacation, at least 10 paid sick days, 11 flexible holidays, and 8 all-staff holidays. We provide cell phone and internet reimbursements, and support in setting up your home office, or a local co-working space. We also encourage and offer funds for professional development, and a paid sabbatical after 7 years of service. As supporters of paid family leave, we also provide regular full-time employees a minimum 12 weeks (480 hours) of paid, new parent leave for the care of a newborn, adoption of a child, or foster care placement.
Oil Change International is a nonprofit organization that campaigns to expose the true costs of fossil fuels and facilitate the ongoing transition towards clean energy. We wage hard-hitting campaigns, grounded in solid and credible research, to confront the fossil fuel industry and its responsibility for the climate crisis and to push for policy change towards a socially just and environmentally sustainable future. We work together with a broad network of allies, in the United States and globally, to overcome the political barriers to a clean energy transition and advance a rapid and just transition off of fossil fuels.
Founded in 2005, Oil Change International now has a creative, passionate, and dedicated staff of twenty across seven countries and a supporter base of hundreds of thousands. Known both for our credible, insightful research on the fossil fuel industry and our hard-hitting campaigns, Oil Change is a talented group that continues to punch above its weight.

At Oil Change International, we know that a diversity of experiences and perspectives will help us build stronger strategies, teams and movements. We strongly encourage Indigenous people, people of color, and people with disabilities to apply. While we are a US-based organization, we have staff spread across five continents and encourage applicants from Africa to apply. We are continually working on becoming a better workplace for everyone.
For more information, explore our website and read our Annual Reports at the bottom of our About page.
Facilitating, leading and coordinating time bound projects in support of team strategies
  • Develop and provide leadership for campaigns and projects in line with program strategies, coordinating and sharing within the team and across teams as needed
  • Develop clear roles and responsibilities for the campaign or project. 
  • Undertake analysis, communications, and advocacy in order to execute and support projects in the team and across teams
  • Develop and release research and analysis, in coordination with research team where relevant
  • Develop and execute program and campaign related communications, in coordination with comms team where relevant
  • Write articles on the impacts of oil, gas, and coal projects in Africa biodiversity hotspots 
  • Organize periodic evaluations of the project or campaign to assess progress and take advantage of strategic opportunities, and decide when it is time to end the campaign or project.
Strategy and campaign development 
  • Monitor developments in your area of work and identify strategic opportunities for engagement.
  • Develop and implement campaigns based in research, communications and advocacy in support of campaign goals
  • Analyze data on: projected oil and gas expansion in Africa; the volume and impacts of public energy finance flowing from international financial institutions to energy project
Advocacy, strategic communications, partner engagement, coordination
  • Develop and implement strategic communications efforts to amplify and advance campaign efforts. This may include engagement with media, digital campaigning, and more.
  • Write briefings and contribute to reports on energy and fossil fuel issues, particularly in Africa
  • Build coalitions with civil society partners and participate in regular discussions and planning with these partners.
  • Identify and build relationships with other relevant stakeholders.
Organizational Values and Culture, Equity and Inclusion
  • Demonstrate collegiality, good judgment, decision making, and problem solving skills; proactively working to resolve conflicts and issues as they arise; demonstrate strong interpersonal communication skills, and foster collaboration, inclusion, and equity as part of your work.
  • Contribute to a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
  • Incorporate an inclusion and equity lens internally in the organization and externally in the work
  • Update and maintain quarterly and annual workplan for self.
  • Consistently work established core hours, as agreed with manager and as appropriate to time zone and work preferences.
  • Respond to internal administrative and other communications, such as slack or email requests, on a reasonable timeline.
  • Participate in organization-wide staff meetings.
  • Submit timesheets and expense reports in a timely manner. 
  • Participate in 360 management reviews and be responsive to feedback. 

Experience Requirement and Education
  • 5+ years of experience coordinating an international campaign on a related issue
  • Excellent academic and persuasive writing skills
  • Research experience in energy or environmental issues
  • Demonstrated ability to develop complex campaign strategies and translate them into a clear and understandable written manner
  • Digital and traditional communications experience
  • Previous experience utilizing social media for professional purposes is a plus
  • Strong computer and internet research skills
  • Experience managing international coalitions and working with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Time and project management skills, with ability to shift priorities depending on urgency 
  • Able to effectively work and collaborate with individuals world-wide
  • Commitment to the mission of Oil Change International and passion for social justice

  • 5+ years of experience coordinating an international campaign on a related issue
  • Experience engaging in international coalitions and collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop complex campaign strategies and communicate them into a clear and understandable manner
  • Research experience in energy or environmental issues
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission of Oil Change International, a passion for advocacy and campaigning, and a collaborative, team-oriented work style.
  • Understanding of issues of privilege, class, and race, and dedication to incorporating principles of justice into organizational and campaign work.
Oil Change International values diversity, equity, and inclusivity as central to our work. Oil Change International provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.