Communications Assistant

ESCR-Net - International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jul 15

Position description

ESCR-Net - The International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) is seeking a communications assistant to work in its New York City secretariat office.

ESCR-Net connects over 280 NGOs, social movements and advocates across more than 75 countries to build a global movement to make human rights and social justice a reality for all. Through ESCR-Net, members exchange information, build solidarity across regions, develop new tools and strategies, and advance collective actions to secure economic and social justice through the human rights framework, with a special focus on economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR). The member-led, collective work of ESCR-Net is guided by core principles of gender and regional balance in leadership and participation, intersectional analysis, and centrality of grassroots groups and social movements.

For a complete overview of ESCR-Net’s work, please visit our website at


Based in our New York City office and supervised by the communications coordinator, the communications assistant will be part of a two-person communications team.

This position will assist in the maintenance of ESCR-Net’s communications systems and implementation of strategic communications initiatives. This will include: leveraging and increasing our social media presence, including producing engaging graphic and audiovisual content across different platforms; regularly updating and disseminating information online about ESCR-Net collective actions, as well as individual member activities, across four languages, in order to facilitate information-sharing amongst diverse ESCR-Net member organizations and individuals; and assisting other secretariat staff in utilizing ESCR-Net’s communications tools.


  • Work alongside ESCR-Net Communications Coordinator to set communications strategy, vision, and goals.
  • Produce and edit written, audiovisual and graphic materials, specifically short videos, event flyers and social media and web visual assets.
  • Create, update, and maintain content and community engagement across all ESCR-Net social media platforms – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube – in order to mobilize around ESCR-Net advocacy objectives.
  • Co-create editorial calendars, social media posting schedules, and work plans.
  • Define and track key metrics for our online channels and use that information to optimize communications performance.
  • Regularly update ESCR-Net website (in 4 languages), and over time, working closely with the Communications Coordinator, assist in the process for restructuring the Network’s website.
  • Craft and send ESCR-Net quarterly newsletter content (copy and visuals) and assist in growth strategy , as well as support copy-editing on targeted updates on specific projects-working groups (via our CiviCRM.)
  • Facilitate effective internal communications and track communications projects in ESCR-Net’s internal project management system.
  • Provide technical support to ESCR-Net staff and members on communication systems, including overall coordination of translations across our four working languages, email blasts, webinars, website CMS, Google Groups and G Suites.
  • Interface with consultants hired to work on communications projects, receiving invoices and coordinating with our finance team.


  • Excellent communication skills in English, with proven writing, editing and proofreading ability.
  • A proven track record (3+ years) in communications, social media, online campaigning or a comparable mix of relevant experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, new media or related field.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing human rights, climate justice and/or related social justice issues.


  • Ability to synthesize complex information in meaningful and creative ways for distribution to a variety of audiences.
  • Organization and project management skills with the ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously while meeting tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated experience managing social media platforms.
  • An eye for good design with demonstrated experience using Adobe Suite or similar (Photoshop, Illustrator, Canva)
  • Fluency in French and/or Arabic.
  • Some experience with linear media editing (audio/video)
  • Some experience using Website Managements Systems (WordPress/Squarespace /Drupal)
  • Some experience using newsletter platforms.
  • Some experience with data analytics tools such as Google Analytics, Facebook insights, etc.


  • Campaigning/organizing experience, ideally involving effective use of communications strategies to advance human rights and social justice.
  • Ability to work in a third Network language, including French, Arabic or Spanish.
  • Experience working in a multicultural environment.

Application instructions

Please email your curriculum vitae along with a letter of interest and a social media portfolio, with the subject line that includes “Communications Assistant”.

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