Policy Briefing on Media, Communication, and Climate Change

BBC Media Action
  • Location
    Remote, United Kingdom
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jul 13

Position description

Title: Policy briefing on media, communication, and climate change
Duration: 20 days. Expected completion by or before September 30th, 2021.
Issue Date: 13 July 2021
Closing Date: 25 July 2021

BBC Media Action is the BBC’s international development charity. We believe in media and communication for good. We work in over 20 countries around the world, reaching more than 100 million people a year – helping to save lives and improve health, protect livelihoods, challenge inequality and build more peaceful and democratic societies.
Our work on climate change, in partnership with local media, helps people in low-income countries take action to mitigate and adapt. We believe that media and the creative industries in the global south are critical for engaging people on climate issues and supporting them to take action to adapt and give voice to people across society (especially those most affected) to express their views and hold decision-makers to account.

The overall aim of this assignment is to produce a policy briefing paper about the potential role of media and communication to address climate change in the global south. The paper will be informed by literature, existing research from BBC Media Action and others, and key informant interviews.
The paper will be written for key decision-makers who influence climate-related funding and programming, such as development agencies and private foundations, government agencies, international development agencies, and other leaders and influencers in international development, climate and the environment. 


In consultation with the focal point at BBC Media Action, the consultant will deliver the following:

Draft outline for the paper
The consultant will propose an outline for the paper identifying key themes and areas for exploration based on priority policy agendas and opportunity for media and communication to make an impact. It should be informed by our current approaches in this area of work, our organisational strengths and positioning within this field. The following are expected to be identified as high priority areas, among others, but will be agreed at the outline stage: (1) Early Warning, Early Action (2) Governance and participation (3) Climate and conflict. The length of the policy briefing will be agreed at this stage, but is expected to be around 20 pages.

Key informant interviews
The consultant will identify a list of key stakeholders for interview, across the priority areas identified, based on desk research, existing contacts, and literature reviews as required. The consultant will interview the stakeholders (following professional standards and protocols), capturing notes and recordings as relevant.

Policy briefing paper
The consultant will write the policy briefing paper based on desk research, literature reviews, research data from BBC Media Action and other sources, and the key informant interviews.

Partnership recommendations
The consultant should identify potential partner organisations providing background into their expertise and experience and where they can support and add value to our work and if relevant, enable us to access new funding opportunities. BBC Media Action is particularly interested in building partnerships with regional institutions from the global south. Where appropriate, BBC Media Action and the consultant will invite these organisations for discussion and assess their potential to act as strategic partners in this area of work.


Application instructions

Applicants should submit their CV, a cover letter outlining their experience in relation to the scope of work described, and expected day rate by email to [email protected] Please include the title of the position applied for in the subject line.

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