Program Associate Job at CEIL (CHF 51,180 – 63,472 per year)

Program Associate Job at CEIL (CHF 51,180 – 63,472 per year)

POSITION TITLEProgram Associate

PROGRAMFossil Economy Program OR Climate & Energy Program, Human Rights & Climate Change team

SUPERVISORDirector of the Fossil Economy Program OR the Human Rights & Climate Change Team Manager

LOCATION:  Geneva, Switzerland; or United States

SALARY: CHF 51,180 – 63,472 per year, Switzerland; or $50,000 – $62,000 per year, United States

Program Associate Job at CEIL (CHF 51,180 - 63,472 per year)
Program Associate Job at CEIL (CHF 51,180 – 63,472 per year)


This announcement is to hire TWO program associates – one for the Fossil Economy Program, and the other for the Climate & Energy Program, Human Rights & Climate Change team.

CIEL’s Fossil Economy Program works to transform the fossil fuel economy by fighting the expansion of petrochemical production, confronting the overuse of plastics, synthetic fertilizers, and pesticides, and working to expose and stop false solutions like carbon capture and storage, carbon dioxide removal, and other geoengineering approaches. By tackling the shared threats of fossil fuels, plastics, and agrochemicals and by unmasking the speculative nature of unproven technofixes, we can accelerate real solutions to the triple planetary crises of climate change, biodiversity collapse, and toxic pollution. 

CIEL’s Human Rights & Climate Change team focuses on the protection of human rights in the context of climate action. This work takes place on two interrelated fronts.  In UN processes and mechanisms CIEL advocates for inclusive and participatory climate policies that center on the needs of those most impacted while working to protect against ill-designed climate responses that threaten the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities. The team also plays an active role in CIEL’s work with partners to develop and support legal and judicial strategies that secure, strengthen, assert and exercise the right of people everywhere to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment and the rights of future generations.

The Program Associate will assist Program leadership and staff in supporting intra- and cross-program information flow and communication, participating in and supporting coalition spaces, maintaining effective working relationships and information sharing with partner organizations, conducting non-legal research in support of Program objectives and campaigns, drafting public-facing materials, and organizing events and other logistics to advance campaign objectives.

The position is ideal for an early career professional looking to gain experience doing a wide array of administrative and programmatic tasks in support of CIEL’s mission and to advance environmental justice. The role requires highly effective writing, curiosity and willingness to learn, ability to plan and execute events, strong organizational skills, the ability to work in collaborative processes with people from diverse backgrounds, a strong interest to work and engage with a diverse range of stakeholders, and a can-do attitude. The position may require occasional national and international travel. The Program Associate will report to the Director of the Fossil Economy Program or the Human Rights & Climate Change Team Manager.

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Program Coordination and Advocacy:

  • Help implement strategies and tactics to achieve goals as assigned, ensuring highest quality work products;
  • Develop and maintain working knowledge related to projects, and monitor ongoing activities affecting related program goals;
  • Assist in the implementation of strategies to educate and mobilize diverse constituencies in support of Program objectives and campaigns;
  • Assist in the preparation, research, drafting, and editing of written materials, for example fact sheets, written comments, social media materials, blog posts, and publication-ready materials for use by decision makers, civil society partners, frontline communities, journalists, etc.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, relevant partners, and other actors/stakeholders to achieve Program and organization-wide goals.

Logistical Support and Project Management:

  • Organization: Assist in information flow within and between the Program and other departments at CIEL, including keeping Program staff informed of progress on activities and engagements with partners and colleagues, working with the Communications Department, gathering documents, and maintaining filing systems.
  • Events: Help organize and participate in events to support Program objectives; this could include monitoring event/project budgets, helping with travel arrangements, managing venue logistics, helping with catering, and communicating with participants
  • Meetings and scheduling: Help convene and create agendas for internal meetings, coalition spaces, meetings with external partners, internal events involving staff from different teams, and public events
  • Monitoring: Assist in tracking progress towards deliverables and grant objectives,
  • Perform other job-related duties as requested or assigned.

Management and Administration:

  • Maintain timesheets contemporaneously and submit them on time;
  • As directed by supervisor, assist with short and long term work planning, and reports to funders;
  • Participate in weekly staff and team meetings and other organizational activities, including an annual staff performance evaluation;
  • Meet deadlines, prioritize tasks, and ensure high-quality work product; and
  • Share light office duties with the rest of a small and dedicated staff and perform other job-related duties as assigned by supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (may be substituted with additional years of relevant work experience)
  • 1 year of experience in a professional context, doing work relating to issues of the environment, human rights, climate, or corporate accountability
  • Experience participating in or organizing with diverse groups and facilitating meetings
  • Demonstrable organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Strong writing skills, and a demonstrated ability to write clearly and compellingly for a variety of audiences
  • Ability to work both independently and in close coordination with a team
  • Ability to travel occasionally, public health conditions permitting
  • Fluency in the English language, spoken and written

Desired Qualifications:

  • For the Fossil Economy team: familiarity with the fossil fuel industry, petrochemicals, food systems, geoengineering, climate justice and/or biodiversity
  • For the Human Rights & Climate Change team: familiarity with human rights including Indigenous Peoples’ rights, climate justice, climate governance, gender equality, and/or UN institutions
  • Experience working in a nonprofit setting
  • Experience using Google Suite (including Docs, Sheets, Forms and Chat) and project management tools like Asana
  • Experience with a variety of communication technologies and formats, including social media
  • Proficiency in Spanish or French

A successful candidate will demonstrate the following competencies: 

  • Action-Oriented: Makes things happen. Takes on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of curiosity, proactivity, and constructiveness.
  • Nimble Learning: Approaches unfamiliar tasks proactively and with an open mind. Can quickly adapt to new situations and to draw on past successes and failures to solve current problems.  
  • Effective Communication: Understands the value of effective communication. Can deliver messages in a clear, compelling, and concise manner. Actively listens, checks for understanding, and adjusts content and style to meet the needs of different stakeholders.  
  • Collaborates: Brings people together to leverage their skills, talents, and knowledge to achieve a common purpose. Creates synergy resulting in a combined effort with greater results than what can be achieved by individuals.  
  • Resourcefulness: Is able to make the best of limited resources and find a way to get things done even when the odds are against them.  Can look beyond the obvious for viable approaches to accomplish the goal.

Location note: This position may be eligible to work from the following locations:

  • In our Geneva, Switzerland office provided you have the ability to legally work in Switzerland,  (i.e., a citizen of EU/EFTA member states).
  • In our Washington, DC, USA office, provided you have obtained your own legal work authorization.
  • Remotely from the US, depending on the state, provided you have obtained your own legal work authorization AND can work in the US Eastern time zone.

This is a full-time, exempt position. CIEL offers a strong benefits package including employer-subsidized health, dental, and vision; paid vacation, sick, and parental leave; a 5% contribution of gross annual salary into a 403(b) retirement account; a relocation stipend; dedicated professional development funding; and paid sabbatical leave after 7 years. CIEL is a 501(c)3 nonprofit in the US, and full-time employees qualify for the US Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.  

Application instructions: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis; the first application review will take place on June 25. Desired start date: As soon as able. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and any other required materials or responses. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls, please. Note that CIEL does not sponsor visas of any kind. You must have prior authorization to work in the United States or Switzerland in order to be considered for this position.

Anonymous Demographic Survey: Please complete this anonymous demographic survey as part of your application to CIEL. The survey will only be used to help us evaluate our efforts to recruit a diverse pool of candidates. Your answers will not in any way be linked to your application, and the answers to the survey will not be handled by anyone on the hiring committee for the role.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with CIEL’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, CIEL requires US candidates to furnish proof of full COVID vaccination status in order to be hired for this position. ​​If you are not eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or vaccination is contraindicated by a licensed medical professional, you must provide documentation verifying this ineligibility or contraindication.

About CIEL: For 30 years, CIEL has used the power of law to protect the environment, promote human rights, and ensure a just and sustainable society. CIEL’s dynamic team of international attorneys and experts work together in a collaborative and supportive work environment to tackle some of the most interesting and challenging issues facing people and the planet. 

We are an equal opportunity employer, actively committed to the principles of multiculturalism and building an organization that is as diverse as the communities we serve around the world. We know that diversity and inclusion make us stronger, and we actively encourage qualified applicants with various backgrounds, identities, perspectives, and (dis)abilities to apply. If you need an accommodation or assistance with this application, please contact Human Resources at jobs[at]

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