Salary: £36,763 pro rata £22,058, plus 3% employer’s pension contribution
Location: LMN office London, with the possibility of some remote and flexible working and some overseas travel
Application deadline: 16th December 2021.
Are you interested in supporting communities affected by UK based mining companies and UK finance? Want to join a dynamic and growing organisation holding the powerful to account?
LMN has recently undergone a phased period of growth, and we are looking for someone to manage and develop our London-based work with communities and organisations in Latin America.
The role requires both ability to work well within a small staff team and a high level of self-management and work planning. It also requires an ability to work respectfully with members holding a range of ideological views which sometimes differ markedly from one another. Creating and maintaining relationships with communities and organisations in Latin America requires an exceptional level of human sensitivity and diplomatic skill, as errors of judgement could put our partners in danger, cause or exacerbate community division or ruin the reputation of London Mining Network. It will also mean holding the vision, mission and values of LMN throughout the work, ensuring the central importance of solidarity with communities affected by London financed mining projects.
LMN is a network of 23 diverse organisations and 9 associate member groups all concerned about human rights, social justice, and the ecological integrity of the planet, particularly the negative impacts of London-linked mining companies on communities and ecosystems around the world. All groups are united around LMN’s Statement of Purpose.
- Work closely with LMN’s working groups on countries in Latin America, the convenors of those working groups, and relevant workers in LMN member groups, to ensure good co-ordination of work on mining in Latin America across the LMN network.
- Develop, nurture, and manage relationships with communities and allies working in or on Latin America, including relevant faith groups, CSOs, NGOs and journalists.
- Develop and carry out a work plan.
- Assist in planning and carrying out field research on selected cases, to include visits to communities and other locations (field work is only expected to take place once the Covid situation allows).
- Monitor relevant media, NGO, think-tank and academic reports (in English, Spanish and Portuguese) on mining, illegalities, ecological harm and human rights abuses in Latin America and related government policy developments.
- Provide regular summaries from this monitoring to network members and working groups.
- Carry out desk research into chosen case studies, including through exploring company reports, company websites, satellite imagery, corporate records and trading websites, and meetings with relevant actors including journalists and activists in the countries concerned.
- Identify, contract and manage external consultants involved in research or filming/ photography for LMN in Latin America.
- Assist with the development of research findings into published reports, films and other external outputs, including through fact-checking and checking of translations.
- Where appropriate (e.g. for language reasons) assist the communications officer in maximising press attention
- Develop advocacy work relating to UK government policy in Latin American countries of direct relevance to our work (e.g. coordinating joint NGO letters)
- Represent LMN at relevant external meetings and provide interviews to media.
- Occasional administrative tasks
- Participate in team and group discussions and contribute to the health and mission of LMN.
- Provide direct support to the Coordinator and Trustees where required.
- Line management will be provided by the LMN Network Co-ordinator.
- Significant experience of working with grassroots communities in Latin America and managing differentials of power and privilege
- Ability to establish and maintain effective contacts and relationships
- Understanding of extractivism, just transition and social justice struggles
- Familiarity with London financed mining companies operating in Latin America
- Familiarity with the political and civil society context in Latin America
- Fluency in either Spanish or Brazilian Portuguese and at least an intermediate level in the other language; and at least an intermediate level of English
- Commitment to the principles of community-led solutions
LMN accepts applications from candidates all over the world regardless of background, ethnicity or religion and we are ardent proponents of equality and diversity; however, due to Brexit, the current government pandemic measures and the size of our organisation, we are unable to offer sponsorships to any candidates. You may still apply but if you do not have a right to work in the United Kingdom, you are unlikely to progress past the interview stage. Although LMN operates a flexible working policy, the Latin America Coordinator will need to be available for work in the LMN office in London frequently when conditions allow.
To apply for this role, please send a CV and cover letter of up to two pages outlining why you are a good fit for the role to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight 16th December 2021.
We plan to hold interviews on the 11th to 13th of January 2022. We would prefer to interview in person in the LMN office, unless current government guidance changes. Please tell us if there are any reasonable adjustments we can make to assist you if you are called for interview.