Naomi Fowler ■ The Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation is hiring
The Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation is hiring. As part of the coalition that initiated ICRICT, we’re sharing the details with you below. Please see the job description below for full details and if you want to apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to: [email protected] by the closing date of 21 May 2017. Please put “ICRICT media” as the subject of the e-mail when applying.ICRICT Media Relations officer
Application deadline: 21st May 2017 before midnight Central European Summer Time.
Employment Type: Part-time/Full time
The Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation is a unique body of prominent and influential thinkers, from both developing and developed nations which promotes international corporate tax reform from the perspective of global public interest. ICRICT is seeking to recruit a Media Relations officer to support the Secretariat and the Commissioners in their work.
Background: The Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT) is a unique body of prominent and influential thinkers that promotes international corporate tax reform and a more inclusive discussion of corporate tax rules. Its perspective is that of the global public interest, rather than national or corporate interest, and it promotes tax reforms which support sustainable development, the reduction of poverty and inequality, good-quality public services and fulfilment of states’ human rights obligations.
ICRICT has become an influential global voice in the corporate tax debate, often challenging official orthodoxy and calling for the deeper reforms which are set out in its Declaration and subsequent statements. Its audience includes international institutions, national governments, business, trade union and civil society organizations and the public. The Commission makes statements and undertakes advocacy: it is governed by a Steering Committee (SC) of interested global organisations and individuals committed to a fairer, more inclusive global tax system.
For the next two years, ICRICT’s aim is to expand and deepen its influence on global debates about corporate taxation, focusing on two priorities: advocating its current policy positions and facilitating technical work to further build on those positions. The advocacy work will take the form of high-level influencing by the Commissioners, public and private events convened by ICRICT itself, participation in events convened by others and securing media coverage for ICRICT. This will require the creation of a regular media presence for ICRICT in a wide range of countries as well as building credibility with national governments and international institutions, with a particular emphasis on developing countries and key OECD countries. The technical work will bring together experts to elaborate and deepen the central issues raised by the ICRICT Declaration. ICRICT will aim to work closely with other coalitions and organizations which share its objectives.
As the media/public relations officer, you will be responsible for increasing the profile and exposure of ICRICT’s key messages to policy makers, the media and the wider public. A specific focus will be to increase ICRICT’s profile in the Global South.
Through regular dialogue with the Head of Secretariat, the Steering Group members and the Commissioners you will proactively identify media opportunities and you will pitch (and in some cases write or co-write) comment pieces, interviews and other features for international print, broadcast and online media in order to maximize media coverage.
You will also ensure a flow of regular and high-quality written content for the ICRICT website and other ICRICT media platforms, some of it written by you and some by others. The successful candidate will have substantial experience as a journalist and/a press officer and excellent network of worldwide contacts in the specialist and general media, especially in the Global South. You will be confident and experienced in devising and implementing creative media campaigns, and generating extensive coverage across a wide range of worldwide press/broadcast and online media.
- Developing and implementing a communications strategy for ICRICT which includes: identifying and making connections to relevant media in key countries (including developing countries and major OECD countries , notably Commissioners’ countries of origin); identifying key moments during the year which offer media potential for ICRICT, drafting and placement of publications and statements in the media; working with individual Commissioners to write and publish op-eds and commentaries in the media; managing the content of the ICRICT website, including ensuring a flow of fresh content and setting up a blog to be written by Commissioners or other experts associated with ICRICT.
Pitching to the media and developing relationships with key journalists in key countries, maintaining an active presence on social media platforms, responding to appropriate media enquiries, updating the media area of the ICRICT’s website and other ICRICT platforms and keeping accurate records of media engagement.
Support the work of the Secretariat in overseeing the organisation of ICRICT events in collaboration with partners.
You must have significant experience of working in or with the media especially in developing countries, excellent communication skills, the ability to plan and deliver results and the desire to work in a fast-paced team committed to making a difference. You will need:
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and, ideally, at least one other language;
The ability to write and support the writing of high quality press releases, opinion pieces, interviews and features in a way that establishes a consistent and authoritative voice for ICRICT;
Several years of working experience in journalism and/or international public relations or communications, with specific experience in a developing country context;
Experience working with social justice, trade union, human rights organizations and campaigns.
A strong network of key journalists and media contacts, particularly in developing countries and the international media;
Ability to deal quickly and confidently with media inquiries and an awareness of media-related legal and reputational risks for ICRICT;
Commitment to the importance of online media, including social media;
Creativity and open-mindedness. We are looking for a very good team player with excellent organisational skills;
Personal interest in tax justice and commitment to ICRICT’s mandate and values;
Proven experience in consistently meeting deadlines.
Willingness to travel to ICRICT events around the world.
The contract is for a fixed term (subject to a probationary period) that concludes at the end of the current funding agreement: 31st December 2018.
The position can be located anywhere in the world. However, the successful candidate will be required to work with the Head of Secretariat, who is based in the UK, and the ICRICT Chair, who is currently based in New York, and the position is administered via a UK organisation. Thus a demonstrated ability to work with people in these locations and time zones will be amongst the factors used in the selection. Reliable broadband connectivity will also be a key requirement.
Remuneration is competitive and to be determined in line with the funding and mode of engagement. Travel and accommodation expenses related to participation in meetings will be provided.
ICRICT is committed to a recruitment process based on the values of equity, diversity and inclusion. The position will be formally contracted to Tax Justice Network (either as employee or consultant) who will administer the contract on behalf of the ICRICT Steering Group. It is envisaged that the position will be offered on an ongoing full time or part time basis, subject to the incumbent maintaining the confidence of the Steering Committee and there being no change to the funding situation.