Job was posted on:
January 4, 2023

Agrochemicals & Fossil Fuels Campaigner or Senior Campaigner

Remote, Geneva, or DC
full-time | remote


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POSITION TITLE: Agrochemicals & Fossil Fuels Campaigner or Senior Campaigner

PROGRAM: Climate & Energy

FOCUS AREA: Agrochemicals

SUPERVISOR: Deputy Director, Climate & Energy

LOCATION: Geneva, Switzerland; Washington, DC; or remote with timezone alignment

SALARY RANGE: Campaigner: $50,000 - $65,000/year (depending on qualifications)

Senior Campaigner: $61,000 - $80,000/year (depending on qualifications)


Industrial, chemical-intensive agriculture and fossil fuels are deeply intertwined. Fossil fuels are foundational to the petrochemical sector that manufactures chemical-based fertilizers and pesticides from fossil fuel feedstocks. These agricultural chemicals (agrochemicals) are thus integral to the industrial agriculture food chain. While the climate consequences of burning fossil fuels and the crisis of plastic pollution have garnered increasing public attention, the role and impact of agrochemicals as another form of fossil fuel pollution has remained comparatively overlooked.

As our first Agrochemicals & Fossil Fuels Campaigner or Senior Campaigner, you will use expertise and advocacy strategies to protect food systems, strengthen agriculture policies, and address health concerns around agrochemicals and fossil fuels. You will support this effort by building on existing work to map and establish the links between agrochemicals and fossil fuels; translating existing research into digestible content and campaignable tools; and identifying research needs to fill in specific knowledge gaps in order to link, educate, engage, and thus cross-pollinate different movements to accelerate the end of the toxic fossil economy through the lens of agrochemicals. 

With your assistance, CIEL will partner in developing campaigns and aligned messages for civil society and other partners, as well as useful and accessible information for media and decision-makers to confront the overuse of agrochemicals, safeguard human rights, and promote food sovereignty, climate justice, and overall ecosystem integrity. Your work will guide and support cross-movement strategies and synergies to advance campaigns and policy advocacy in key geographies.

While the job duties are similar for a Campaigner or Senior Campaigner, a Senior Campaigner is expected to bring significantly more expertise and experience in international coalition work and movement building on relevant or related subject matters. A Senior Campaigner will also be expected to take leadership in campaign development and strategy setting and take a more prominent role in representing CIEL in external and media spaces. The exact job title will be determined based on the qualifications of the candidate. 


Campaigning & Advocacy

  • Collaborate with, link, educate, and engage different movements with roots across food systems, plastics, fossil fuels, climate, toxics & chemicals to achieve cross-movement pollination to build a collaborative strategy to confront agrochemicals and fossil fuels.
  • Advocate for change with decision makers in relevant geographies (including in Europe, in the US and at the international level).
  • Maintain effective working relationships with relevant partner organizations, including frontline/grassroots groups, as well as government agencies, intergovernmental organizations, and/or other stakeholders.
  • Organize, implement, and participate in events to assist campaign goals.
  • Help fill in specific research and knowledge gaps, including through preparing factsheets or briefing documents as identified with movement partners (e.g. education, outreach, and advocacy materials for a variety of audiences).
  • Help build awareness of agrochemicals as fossil fuels, and their associated impacts, including through educating and engaging journalists.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of relevant policies, industry trends, and issue areas.
  • Senior Campaigner only: As relevant to experience level, represent CIEL before policymakers, in media interviews, and at public events to contribute to campaign objectives.
  • Senior Campaigner only: Lead strategy and campaign development and implementation for CIEL and movement partners in relevant networks.

Project Management & Administration:

  • Project-manage activities to build a cross-movement strategy, including organizing and hosting meetings (online, in-person, hybrid), proactively reaching out to movement allies and partners, building relationships with relevant media.
  • Assist in information flow within the CIEL Climate & Energy program and with other CIEL programs, especially Environmental Health.
  • Perform other job-related duties as requested or assigned by Campaign Manager, Deputy Director, and the Program Director.
  • Maintain timesheets and submit them on time.
  • Meet periodically as requested, with supervisor and other team members.
  • Participate in weekly staff and team meetings and other organizational activities, including an annual staff performance evaluation.
  • Meet target dates, prioritize tasks, and ensure high-quality work products / outputs. 
  • Senior Campaigner only: potentially manage responsibilities for additional campaigner(s) or other staff, as needed.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Campaigner: At least 3 years of relevant experience with international coalitions, movement building, and environmental or human rights campaigns related to agrochemicals, food systems and/or fossil fuels.
  • Senior Campaigner: At least 5 years of relevant experience with international coalitions, movement building, and environmental or human rights campaigns related to agrochemicals, food systems and/or fossil fuels
  • Familiarity with the impacts of industrial agriculture and the fossil fuel industry, and their environmental justice, health, and ecosystem impacts.
  • Exceptional project management skills and demonstrated experience working with flexible timelines and clear deliverables.
  • Demonstrated ability to distill key messages from technical information, legal arguments, research, and proposals, and translate them to different audiences.
  • Commitment to incorporating principles of justice, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of the work;
  • Ability to successfully work on multiple priorities concurrently, including having strong planning and organizational skills, and ability to work well under pressure.
  • Ability to work both separately and in close coordination with a team.
  • Able to travel internationally, and for extended periods (public safety guidelines permitting).

Desired Qualifications:

  • Professional proficiency in French and/or Spanish 
  • Campaigner: At least 3 years of experience implementing impactful strategies within international coalitions.
  • Senior Campaigner: At least 5 years of experience leading coordination of impactful strategies within international coalitions.

Location note: This position may be eligible to work from the following locations:

  • CIEL has the capacity through OysterHR to hire employees in certain jurisdictions outside of where we are headquartered. Thus, candidates may be eligible to work remotely from the US or another country, depending on the US state or other country and provided your work schedule can align with South/North American and African/European time zones. You must have obtained your own legal authorization to work and live in the country from which you wish to work.
  • In our Washington, DC, USA office, provided you have obtained your own legal work authorization (CIEL cannot sponsor work visas).
  • In our Geneva, Switzerland office provided you have the ability to legally work in Switzerland,  (i.e., a citizen of EU/EFTA member states).

This is a full-time, overtime-exempt position. CIEL offers a strong benefits package including employer-subsidized health, dental, and vision; paid vacation, sick, and parental leave; a 5% contribution of gross annual salary into a 403(b) retirement account; a relocation stipend if relocating to one of our offices; and paid sabbatical leave after 7 years. CIEL is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and full-time employees qualify for the US Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.  

Application instructions: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis; the first application review will take place on January 17. Desired start date: As soon as able. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and at least one relevant writing sample. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls, please.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with CIEL’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, CIEL requires US candidates to furnish proof of full COVID vaccination status in order to be hired for this position. ??If you are not eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or vaccination is contraindicated by a licensed medical professional, you must provide documentation verifying this ineligibility or contraindication.

About CIEL: For 30 years, CIEL has used the power of law to protect the environment, promote human rights, and ensure a just and sustainable society. CIEL’s dynamic team of international attorneys and experts work together in a collaborative and supportive work environment to tackle some of the most interesting and challenging issues facing people and the planet. 

We are an equal opportunity employer, actively committed to the principles of multiculturalism and building an organization that is as diverse as the communities we serve around the world. We know that diversity and inclusion make us stronger, and we actively encourage qualified applicants with various backgrounds, identities, perspectives, and (dis)abilities to apply. If you need an accommodation or assistance with this application, please contact Human Resources at jobs[at] 

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