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Job vacancy: Research Assistant – Germany Talks Climate

The Climate Outreach team

The deadline has now passed; we are currently shortlisting applications. 

We’re looking for a motivated individual who is passionate about mobilising social science understanding to enable organisations to deliver effective climate change public engagement. In addition to supporting our Research Team to deliver a range of strategic research projects, you’ll be a critical part of our Germany Talks Climate project – an innovative communications project, which builds on the success of Britain Talks Climate, within the German context. 

This 16 month project will carry out original research to test and develop climate change narratives and approaches that resonate with a diverse range of German values and everyday concerns. Germany Talks Climate will be a shared, strategic resource for any organisation seeking to engage the public on climate change. It will be grounded in an interactive digital toolkit, with practical guidance and recommendations, and rolled out via a suite of proven stakeholder engagement activities that will build capacity, confidence and impact for key German climate change communicators.

Using your research and project delivery experience, you will be supporting Project Leads and Project Managers to design and deliver groundbreaking projects. You will help coordinate partner relationships, the planning and conducting of research plus dissemination of the findings, and integration with Climate Outreach’s project management systems. We are looking for someone passionate about working with a range of stakeholders from across German society and who also understands – and is prepared to advocate for – principles of good social research. You will be detail oriented, highly organised and be flexible to applying your research skills and your project management skills to ensure the smooth coordination of research projects. 

You will be based in Germany, and will be working largely with German partners but also with our UK-based team. There may also be opportunities to engage in research within other national contexts.

Salary: starting salary  £24,300.00 – £27,000 (FTE) 

Benefits: include 3.5%-5% pension (If eligible), flexible working arrangements, enhanced parental leave pay, cycle scheme and 33 days (FTE) of annual leave.

Hours: Full time (35 hours per week)

Type of Employment: Fixed-term, 16 months contract (possible extension subject to funding)

Reporting to: Research Engagement Lead

Location: Germany based  (remote-working)

Other: For this role, you need the right to work in the UK or in the Netherlands or in any of the EU member states.

Application details

Please send your completed application form to [email protected], with the subject: “Research Assistant – Germany Talks Climate”. You may also complete and send the optional diversity, equity and inclusion form. Please do not PDF your application or send your CV.

Application deadline: 10am BST, Monday 12th July

Interviews: The interviews will take place during w/c 12th July. The interview will include an exercise to complete. Interviews will be carried out remotely due to Covid-19.

Start date: The role is envisioned to start in August

Diversity, equity and inclusion

Climate Outreach is committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all of its employment programs and decisions. We recognise that a diverse and inclusive movement is critical to solving climate change and that we must ensure that those directly impacted – particularly those who have been excluded in the past – are at the centre of the movement for change.

We do our best to make staff positions accessible to all potential team members, regardless of race, colour, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, assigned gender, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation or identity, religion or creed, veteran status, and marital or parental status. We strive to recruit team members from communities most impacted by climate change or impacted by other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustice. We therefore strongly encourage applications from people of colour, women, LGBTQ people and members of marginalised communities. Climate Outreach Oxford Office is wheelchair accessible.

If you are invited to interview for the position, do let us know if you would like any carer’s costs that you incurred due to attending this interview to be reimbursed. Interviews will be carried out remotely due to Covid-19. Please contact Noora at [email protected] to discuss anything you might need to access and take part in the interview process, or have other questions about the application process.

Our values

Collaborative

● We co-design work with partners and seek to equip others with expertise and knowledge. We act in service to others and the wider movement.

● We empower each other by working closely together in a supportive manner, sharing ideas and knowledge. We actively seek to work without silos and with flexibility.

People-centred

● We put people at the centre of the climate story, rather than science, technology, finance or policies.

● We treat each other with respect – as equals with concerns, hopes and aspirations.

Credible

● We are evidence-based and research-led. Evidence is our starting point, not an add on.

● We seek to live by our values, including by reducing our carbon footprint. We know this isn’t easy but we do our best. Where we struggle, we are open and honest about that.

Integrated

● We act as a bridge between different sectors, disciplines and communities.

● We recognise that public engagement and the work we do is a part of the puzzle, along with the work by other actors in the climate sector.

Focused

● We focus on doing meaningful work that makes a difference to our mission. We seek leverage points in order to create systemic change.

● We recognise the tension between committing to our work and maintaining our wellbeing. We do not sacrifice the wellbeing of staff to this value, because we recognise that happy staff allow an organisation to be dynamic and creative.

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