COP26 Coalition Mass Mobilisation and Digital Engagement Officer

  • Full time
  • £30,582
  • Glasgow (initially remote working)
  • Closing 7th December 2020

  • Advertised from 16th November 2020
  • 35 hours per week. Fixed term contract January 2021 to December 2021. This post will require some work out of office hours, including evenings and weekends, for which time off in lieu will be granted. There will be no payment of overtime.
  • 28 days annual leave plus 11 days statutory holidays pro rata. Friends of the Earth Scotland operates a Company Pension Plan with NEST. FoES pension benefits exceed the statutory minimum. We are open to secondments for this post.


COP26 Coalition

From 1-12 November 2021, the UN climate talks (COP26) will take place in Glasgow. The COP26 Coalition is a broad UK-wide coalition of representatives from NGOs, faith groups, trade unions, direct action groups, student and youth, migrant and racial justice, grassroots and international climate justice networks, set up to coordinate activities around this crucial summit.

The Coalition will be the vehicle by which civil society plan together, share resources and learning, and organise a mass mobilisation and Peoples' counter-summit during the COP. It has the potential to support the transformation of the climate movement in the UK, to a stronger, more climate-justice centred movement long after COP26 is over.

The aims of the COP26 Coalition are to:

Organise around COP26 in a transformative, climate justice-centred way, that creates space for hope and is inclusive and accountable to the full breadth of civil society and international climate movements

Use COP26 as a moment to strengthen the Scottish, UK and International climate justice movements to build power for system change - before, during and after the COP.

Enable civil society to use COP26 as leverage for making gains at the domestic level that advance climate justice, and ensure best outcome possible from the COP itself.

The Purpose of this Role

The Cop26 Coalition has secured funding to employ a Mass Mobilisation and Digital Engagement Officer based in Glasgow). This is an exciting opportunity to work with diverse organisations, networks and movements across Scotland, the UK and internationally in creating a series of digital and in person mobilisations on the ‘road to COP’, culminating with a successful, safe huge public event with an expected 500,000 people attending.

Initially working remotely, you will be based in Glasgow and hosted by Friends of the Earth Scotland, with another Officer based in London, hosted by War on Want. The two Mass Mobilisation and Digital Engagement Officers will work closely to ensure a co-ordinated and successful delivery of mobilisation moments in the lead-up to COP26.

The post-holder will work with and alongside other key stakeholders such as NGOs, faith groups, trade unions, direct action groups, student and youth, migrant and racial justice, grassroots and international climate justice networks to ensure that popular mobilisations in response to the post COVID-19 economic crisis both integrate and centre climate demands, and anchor a ‘movement of movements’ approach.

As this is a UK Government hosted COP taking place in the devolved administration of Scotland, there is an unusual context to these talks. In planning and preparing for the mass mobilisation in November 2021, there will be cross-border political and civil society dynamics to consider, in addition to the repercussions of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The post-holder will need to be an excellent networker, highly organised, with a strong track record of planning and implementing events, preferably on a large-scale. Experience in online mobilisations and digital engagement is also required. Managed by the Coalition’s Glasgow Coordinator, also hosted by FoES, the role will be accountable to the Coalition. The post-holder will work closely with Coalition Working Groups, in particular the Mobilisation, Communications, and Glasgow Local Working Groups, in a flexible and open way that fully involves them in the planning and implementation of the mass mobilisations and any other planned mobilisations (digital and in person).

Reporting to: COP26 Coalition Coordinator (who is in turn managed by the Head of Campaigns at Friends of the Earth Scotland on behalf of the UK COP26 Coalition).

Application notes

To apply please go to Closing date 12 noon Monday 07.12.2020. Please note we do not accept CVs as part of a job application.

Interviews: Thursday 17 December, online