The Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP) aims to conserve the endangered snow leopard and the ecosystems it lives in across its range in Central Asia. The Bishkek Declaration that resulted in the formation of the GSLEP Program was endorsed by all snow leopard range country governments in 2013 at the Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum in Bishkek, hosted by President Atambayev of the Kyrgyz Republic.
The range countries have established a Secretariat in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, to coordinate the implementation of the GSLEP and assist national governments across the snow leopard’s range. The GSLEP program is supported by various national and international conservation organizations and international financial institutions.
The Secretariat’s key tasks include:
- Coordinating the implementation of the Global Snow Leopard Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP) and to maintain momentum as well as high level attention in order to progress towards the goal of the GSLEP Program
- Assisting in resource mobilization for implementing the goals of the GSLEP Program including the National Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Plans (NSLEPs) as well as the Global Support Components (GSCs)
- Facilitating the implementation of the GSCs of the GSLEP that transcend national boundaries and go beyond the capacity of any one country to address alone
- Acting as a hub for collating information regarding the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection (GSLEP) Program to enable knowledge sharing, program outreach, and joint program evaluation
To support the role of communications being played by the Secretariat, the Snow Leopard Trust, with support from UNDP and GEF are hiring a communications and media consultant. The Communications and Media Consultant will work closely with the Secretariat and the Snow Leopard Trust to help develop and implement their communication strategies, including social media, conventional media, translations, and keeping the Russian and English webpages up to date. Specifically, the key responsibilities of the communications consultant will include, but not be limited to:
- Creating and implementing a communications and media strategy to maximize the international visibility of the upcoming Snow Leopard Conservation Summit, to be held in Bishkek in September 2017
- Creating and implementing a long-term communications and media strategy to raise the public profile and visibility of the GSLEP program and the work being done by range countries to protect the snow leopard, both within these countries and outside
- Writing press releases, blog articles and other content for the GSLEP website in Russian (priority 1) and English (priority 2)
- Building relationships and collaborating with relevant journalists and bloggers to ensure visibility of the GSLEP program
- Building relationships and collaborating with communications teams at GSLEP partner organizations to maximize visibility of relevant content
- Keeping the GSLEP website up to date and relevant
- Managing the GSLEP’s social media account and raising the program’s public profile
The position will be based out of the GSLEP Secretariat office in Bishkek. The Communications and Media Consultant will report to and work closely with the Communications Manager at the Snow Leopard Trust (e.g. through bi-weekly teleconference meetings) and the Project Manager (to be appointed). The consultant will also work in close collaboration with other staff at the Secretariat.
For this exciting, challenging position, we are looking for a candidate who fits the following profile:
- A motivated, independent self-starter who proactively looks for and seizes opportunities to improve GSLEP program communications
- A creative thinker who anticipates issues and finds solutions
- An excellent writer who can draft press releases, blog articles, social media posts and other text formats; ideally with experience in a conservation-, science- or policy-related setting
- A knack for creating compelling content about complex topics for various channels and audiences
- Experience and ability to communicate and work effectively with international journalists and other communications professionals
- Experience with building and managing and social media communities
- Excellent Russian and English language skills are required, both in speaking and in writing.
- Fluency in one or several additional snow leopard range country languages is a plus
- An existing network of local and international media contacts, particularly journalists interested in conservation issues, is a big plus
- Skills in video creation, graphic design, web design and photography would be an added bonus
After a 6-month probation period, the consultant’s contract can be renewed for one year depending on her/his performance, with further extensions contingent to annual reviews. The consultant will be responsible for payment of all local taxes as per the Kyrgyz law. Either party can terminate the contract with one month’s advance notice.
Kubanychbek Zhumabai uulu
Country program coordinator, Snow Leopard Trust,
Chair of the Snow Leopard Foundation in Kyrgyzstan