Senior Associate, Strategic Communications, Sweden

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About the European Climate Foundation

The European Climate Foundation (ECF) was founded in 2008 as a major philanthropic initiative to help tackle climate change by fostering the development of a low-carbon society at the national, European and global level.

We support over 500 partner organisations to carry out activities that contribute to the public debate on climate action, drive urgent and ambitious policy in support of the objectives of the Paris Agreement and help deliver a socially responsible transition to a net-zero emissions economy and sustainable society in Europe and around the world.

As towns, cities and countries around the world declare climate emergencies, seas rise, forests burn, glaciers melt, increasing numbers of people take to the streets demanding urgent action and our societies begin to wake up to what the science has been saying for many years, there has never been a more important time to be working on climate change.

About the role

The European Climate Foundation is currently accepting applications for a communications specialist to join the strategic communications team in the Nordic countries.

Ideally based in Sweden, with a mandatory base in Scandinavia, the role offers a unique opportunity for an individual with a sincere interest in Swedish and Nordic politics and climate issues to develop, drive and execute on communications efforts in Sweden, playing an active role in helping to speed up the low carbon transition in the region as well as across Europe and on a global level.

The successful candidate will deliver strategic advice and communications support, actively crafting and delivering communications assets to a diverse set of partners from across sectors, in order to enhance the public debate on climate change and its solutions on a broader level. The work will involve maintaining trusted relationships with key journalists and stakeholders in Sweden, including pitching stories to journalists, initiating and planning political outreach and involvement in digital communications efforts.

We are looking for an entrepreneurial, driven and growth-oriented candidate, who, with the guidance of the Nordics Lead based in Copenhagen, thrives in running with projects, from strategy and idea development, including relevant stakeholders and creating a team-movement, to executing on projects. In other words, you will be given a lot of responsibility and room to manoeuvre, so it is vital that you enjoy taking charge and move forward on your own initiative.

You thrive in an environment where you have a large amount of both autonomy and initiative, while possessing a strong team-player mindset.

This role would suit someone with a background in communications, public affairs, journalism or campaigning. If you think this sounds like you, please apply!

Key responsibilities

The Senior Associate, Strategic Communications, will be responsible for:

  • Developing communication strategies and building narratives across diverse climate-related issues
  • Following the political and media debates in Sweden to identify opportunities for engagement and acting as a source of intelligence for colleagues and partners
  • Working with the Nordics Lead to establish and utilize relationships with a diverse range of partners from business, industry, finance, science and civil society
  • Developing and maintaining trusted relationships with key journalists and editors across mainstream and specialist media in Sweden
  • Consulting on digital outreach campaigns in collaboration with colleagues and partners, including monitoring digital impact and outcomes - with strong support from the Digital team in our organisation
  • The Senior Associate will be part of a pan-European team, and report to the Copenhagen-based Nordics Lead.

Experience and competencies

  • A genuine interest in the mission and values of the organisation and a good understanding of communication issues related to climate and energy
  • Proven experience in professional communications, with a proven track record of successful strategic communications and media relations
  • Proven track record of pitching stories, writing press releases and opinion pieces, preparing spokespeople for media interviews and an ability to think and comprehend political consequences of communications efforts
  • A strong understanding of the processes and dynamics of policy-making in Sweden - knowledge of EU processes and experience from the EU is a plus
  • Familiarity with the Swedish media landscape and the value of strategic story placement in an international political context; existing media contacts highly desirable
  • Fluent and flawless written and oral Swedish skills and an advanced level of English (the working language of the organisation), with experience in producing engaging and impactful communications materials in both languages; other Nordic languages a plus
  • The ability to work as part of a team, foster fruitful relationships and collaborate with stakeholders internally and externally – in other words, we are looking for a true team-player to join the newly formed Nordic unit fully integrated within a worldwide network
  • The disposition to work with colleagues in a high-trust international community of peers with a spirit of generosity and mutual support
  • The versatile and adaptable skills to flourish in a fast-paced and wide-ranging work environment and work across phone/video conferencing, platforms and time zones
  • A commitment to an inclusive and empowering approach to facing climate change

What we offer

  • The unique opportunity to work as part of a highly dynamic, international group of individuals who combine their passion to make a difference with a rigorous and results-oriented approach to work;
  • A flexible work environment and a space to develop and challenge yourself;
  • A full-time position with a contract of 12 months, extendable subject to funding.**Location**


Ideally Sweden, or in the Scandinavian region. We may be able to offer co-working spaces depending on location.

We are unable to provide sponsorship for work visas.

Start date

1st of February, 2022

How to apply

How to apply

Please upload below in English:

  1. CV

  2. Short cover letter expressing your motivation for this role

If you have any questions or need further information regarding the role, please contact Emma Fraser, HR Manager, on emma.fraser@europeanclimate.org or on 0032 490 11 31 16.

Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

All applications will be treated confidentially. We will store your information in our internal database unless you specifically request otherwise.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our organisation. We strongly encourage candidates from historically disadvantaged or marginalised groups to apply.