Communications Assistant

International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jun 29

Position description

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

ESCR-Net is a collaborative initiative of more than 280 Members—social movements, indigenous peoples’ groups, NGOs and advocates—from over 75 countries around the world working to secure economic and social justice through human rights. ESCR-Net seeks to strengthen the field of all human rights, with a special focus on economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR), and further develop the tools for achieving their promotion, protection and fulfillment. Through ESCR-Net, groups and individuals exchange information, develop a collective voice, amplify their actions, and develop new tools and strategies. By facilitating joint actions, enhancing communications and building solidarity across regions, ESCR-Net seeks to build a global movement to make human rights and social justice a reality for all. The member-led collective work of ESCR-Net is guided by core principles of gender and regional balance in leadership, intersectional gender analysis, and centrality of grassroots groups and social movements.

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


The communications assistant will serve as a key part of our NYC-based secretariat team and will be responsible for supporting ESCR-Net’s external and member-to-member and internal communications. 

This position will involve assisting in the maintenance of our ESCR-Net’s communications systems and implementation of strategic communications initiatives that advance ESCR-Net’s objectives. Working closely with the communications coordinator, primary functions will include: regularly updating and disseminating information online about ESCR-Net collective and member activities across four languages and facilitating information-sharing amongst diverse ESCR-Net member organizations and individuals. Assistance for other secretariat staff in utilizing ESCR-Net’s regular communications tools will also be a responsibility of the communications assistant.


  • Monitor ESCR-Net’s social media accounts, interact with users and work closely with the communications coordinator to develop social media campaigns and assess success
  • Track ESCR-Net media exposure, including activities published and shared by ESCR-Net members, and make recommendations to increase this exposure in line with communications objectives
  • 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 in regards to communication systems, including translations across our four working languages. email marketing, video conferences, website CMS and Google Groups
  • Draft and edit written and audiovisual materials as needed, including member and collective news articles
  • Assist in the design and layout of ESCR-Net materials and email newsletters and set up alerts and message dissemination through email marketing campaign systems


  • A relevant bachelor’s degree, in communications, marketing, international relations or a related field.
  • 2-4 years of experience as a communications assistant, communication specialist, social media manager or similar role
  • Experience in advancing human rights and social justice
  • Authorization to work in the United States


  • Excellent organization and time management, including ability to juggle multiple tasks and respond rapidly to new events and competing priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and present technical information to nontechnical audiences 
  • Creative problem-solver and systems thinker
  • Technical support experience and eagerness to learn new technical skills
  • Facility with website content management systems (Drupal or similar)
  • Familiarity with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and with HTML in email
  • An eye for good design with some experience using Adobe Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and Premiere)
  • Some experience with linear media editing (audio/video)
  • Some experience managing non-personal social media accounts, including sponsored campaigns
  • Familiarity with listservs and Google Groups


  • Campaigning/organizing experience, ideally involving effective use of communications strategies
  • Fluency in French
  • Proficiency in more than two working languages of ESCR-Net
  • Experience working in a multicultural environment
  • Previous experience living and working outside of the United States

Application instructions

Please email your curriculum vitae along with a letter of interest, with the subject line that includes “Communications Assistant Search” followed by your initials.

We encourage interested candidates to apply as early as possible as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning 9 July 2018. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.Thank you for your understanding during this process.

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