Campaigning consultant required
Peace campaign seeks part-time freelance worker to re-develop website & work with partners
GCOMS UK is a national affiliate of the Global Campaign on Military Spending, GCOMS, initiated and run by the International Peace Bureau. The Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) during April and May are the main annual focus of activity.
Our aim is to build sufficient political support that at least some of the public money currently devoted to the military will be re-allocated to health, environmental and social priorities.
The UK campaign has been a collaboration supported by dozens of organisations over the last 8 years.
Campaign actions have included social media/ selfie/ postcard campaigning, street stalls, public meetings – all supported by a range of web-based resources.
We are seeking a part-time consultant to re-develop the website (https://demilitarize.org.uk/), and to help the Steering Group coordinate the campaigning efforts on this issue by supporting organisations.
The duration of the contract would be 40 weeks, starting in early autumn. It is envisaged that consultant would work an average of one day per week over the period, with peak activity around GDAMS.
Contract value: £6,400 plus some expenses
Work to be done on a consultancy basis, with payment via a monthly invoice.
A list of project objectives and required skills/ experience are given below.
Oversight will be by GCOMS UK Steering Group. GCOMS UK has no office or staff but there is a new Steering Group* formed in early 2020, which is working online this year due to the Covid-19 restrictions. The project contract and finances are being administered by Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
DEADLINE for applications: Sept 18, 6pm
Write to the Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send a CV (maximum of 2 pages) and a cover letter highlighting your experience and indicating how you would tackle the work.
*Steering Group members:
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament; Conscience: Taxes for Peace not War; Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre; Fellowship of Reconciliation; Medact; Movement for the Abolition of War; Northern Friends Peace Board; Quaker Peace and Social Witness; Pax Christi England and Wales; Peace Pledge Union; Scientists for Global Responsibility
- Improve our web presence and make it known to individuals and organisations who may find it useful.
- Ensure that the following are all made visible and explained clearly:
- the various estimates of UK military expenditure;
- the diverse political positions on the subject;
- the campaign actions being taken; and
- the resources being generated by different organisations;
- Create resources – for example, fact-sheets – that can be used in dialogue with decision makers and the general public.
- Make sure that those taking action on the issue are in touch with each other and able to contribute to the website & social media streams.
- Support opportunities to make joint responses/input on military spending issues.
- Reach out to potential new Supporting Organisations and where appropriate arrange training or other activities to build campaigning capacity. This could include webinars to launch specific briefings or reports (jointly with Supporting Organisations or as GCOMS-UK).
Skills and experience needed
- Website development & management, including some design ability.
- Experience of using social media.
- Experience in campaigning and/or training groups.
- Good written and verbal communication skills.
- Knowledge of peace movement and/or related movements.
- Some research experience, particularly since part of the role is producing accurate and up-to-date documentation.
- Good time management; able to work to deadlines.
We are very grateful to the Lansbury House Trust Fund for making this opportunity possible.