Communications and Outreach Associate

Transparency, Accountability & Participation (TAP) Network
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Dec 22

Position description

The Transparency, Accountability, and Participation (TAP) Network is a broad international coalition of civil society organizations (CSOs) working together to advance SDG16+ to promote peace, justice, and inclusive societies, and to help enhance accountability for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The TAP Network includes hundreds of civil society organizations operating in every region of the world, with TAP’s work evolving to not only coordinate collective global advocacy on behalf of its members, but to also provide indirect or direct support to its members to advance SDG16+ and SDG accountability in their own contexts. The Vision of the TAP Network is to transform people, institutions, and societies to support lasting change for a more peaceful, just, inclusive, accountable and sustainable world at all levels, by building and fostering a community of empowered civil society actors working to advance SDG16+. 

TAP Network is fiscally sponsored by the Proteus Fund who partners with foundations, advocates, and individual donors to advance democracy, human rights, and peace.

Find out more about the TAP Network at


The TAP Network is seeking a qualified and creative candidate as a Communications and Outreach Associate to support the TAP Network Secretariat in managing a thriving, international network of civil society organizations working towards SDG16 and the 2030 Agenda. This Communications and Outreach Associate is expected to develop and maintain key internal and external communications and outreach channels, for showcasing and engaging with TAP’s members and partners. This includes leading the network’s communications and outreach activities, such as managing the TAP Network’s website and social media and developing and maintaining inclusive and effective platforms for engaging with and showcasing the work of TAP’s diverse Member Organizations. 

This is an exciting mid-level opportunity for someone with a creative and entrepreneurial mind, and a passion for advancing issues related to peace, justice and inclusion at all levels. This role will allow the Communications and Outreach Associate to develop and implement a wide range of opportunities that will engage directly with key international partners, in a way that showcases and amplifies the voices of civil society at all levels. 

This is a fixed-term position extending until 31 December 2021, with the possibility of extension. 

This is a full time (40 hour per week) remote position, with the TAP Network Secretariat operating on Eastern time from New York, NY. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead a comprehensive communications, outreach and engagement plan for the TAP Network in 2021, including opportunities for engagement with Members, key dates for mobilization, and plans for engagement around such opportunities
  • Develop and maintain platforms for showcasing the work of the TAP Network’s Members, with a focus on creative and innovative means of “storytelling” through interviews, case studies, video and web blogs and other engaging media resources
  • Help in development of a comprehensive Membership portal, which showcases the work of TAP Partners and Members, and allows for increased collaboration and learning amongst TAP’s Membership
  • Create opportunities that provide for inclusive and effective engagement of TAP’s Members at all levels, including web-based or virtual platforms 
  • Developing tools and platforms that are responsive to the needs of the TAP Network’s wide-ranging Membership through diverse and creative approaches, methods and activities
  • Manage the TAP Network’s communications and outreach activities, including website, social media and other reports, capacity-building resources, and publications for an internal and external audience
  • Manage and update the TAP Members and Partners lists on a regular basis, and respond to requests for support from TAP Members and Partners as needed
  • Assisting the TAP Network Coordinator in following all relevant UN processes related to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including identifying key opportunities, note-taking, and advocacy, as needed


The Communications and Outreach Associate will be proactive and able to self-manage, prioritize work assignments, problem solve, multi-task and manage multiple deadlines, and represent the TAP Network in a polished and professional manner. This candidate will also have a creative mind with the ability to develop and implement effective communications and outreach strategies from a civil society perspective, with a strong capacity for thinking outside the box. The ability to write and communicate clearly and effectively to a diverse audience is vital, with knowledge of graphic and web-design and of civil society engagement also strongly preferred. 


What you’ll ideally bring to the TAP Network: 

  • A team player with an ability to work with diverse teams with accountability and responsibility
  • Strong ability to analyze and communicate complex issues in easily accessible language for a diverse audience
  • Story-telling ability to showcase the work of a diverse set of stakeholders in clear and compelling ways
  • A creative mind, with the ability to think beyond traditional civil society communications and outreach approaches, including virtual means of engagement with partners
  • An entrepreneurial approach, with the ability to think beyond simple tasks to identify additional opportunities or engagements
  • Background and knowledge of coordinated civil society advocacy campaigns, and understanding of how to maximize engagement of a wide range of partners 
  • Ability to manage communications tactfully and professionally with high attention to detail and accuracy 
  • Versatility, adaptability and ability to multi-task in a team-focused, and fast-paced environment 
  • Strong time management and organization, and an attention to detail
  • Proficiency in various graphic and web-design platforms, and prior experience in producing creative media and web-based products 
  • Maturity in dealing with sensitive and sometimes difficult subjects impacting a wide range of diverse stakeholders from around the world
  • At least 2-3 years of relevant experience in the fields of communications and outreach, civil society engagement and/or international relations. 
  • Fluency in English is required; knowledge of a foreign language (particularly Spanish or French) is a plus 

Alignment to Culture and Values:

  • Commitment to the vision and mission of the TAP Network as a progressive organization and network 
  • Cultural responsiveness and an alignment with our values and commitment to equity and inclusion and personal accountability
  • Strong relationship building and public diplomacy skills; high ethical standards, discretion and tact
  • Personal qualities of humility and empathy


The salary range for this position is $48,000-$62,000 per year. Paid time off in the form of vacation, sick time and holidays is also available. 


Application instructions

To apply for this position, please submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and cover letter by Wednesday, 13 January 2021 with the subject line “Application for TAP Communications and Outreach Position”