Wednesday, 1 August 2012


1 Aug 2012 -- GRAIN has an immediate opening for a central position in our organisation: the person who helps us get all our publications and other information materials out! If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please click here. Please also help us spread the word around. Application deadline is 1 Oct 2012. Thanks!

Position opening at GRAIN
Application deadline: 1 October 2012
Background: GRAIN is a small international non-profit organisation that works to support peasant organisations and social movements in their struggles for food sovereignty. Our support takes the form of cutting edge research and analysis, networking at local, regional and international levels, and the fostering of new forms of cooperation and alliance-building. Most of our work is oriented towards, and carried out in, the global South.
GRAIN was set up in 1990 and currently has eight staff in Argentina, Benin, Canada, Chile, France, Mexico and Spain. Our head office is in Barcelona, but we are a very decentralised and horizontal organisation.
We have an immediate opening for a central position in our team: the person who helps us get all our materials out! GRAIN is quite active at producing reports and websites, presentations, datasets, occasional books or multimedia material plus other outputs -- most of it in collaboration with other groups and movements. We need someone to take charge of bringing those materials out, mainly in English and French. (Our Latin America team handle the Spanish and Portuguese work.) We also need help to rethink and improve our outreach work. It's a creative, challenging and busy job for someone who wants to be immersed in social and political struggles around food and agriculture, and has a passion for producing strategic materials that can help people in their work.
Start date: 1 November 2012 (or soon after)
Hours: This is a full-time job. Initial contract is for one year, with six months probation. It is GRAIN's intention to establish a longer term relationship.
Location: The work can be carried out from any country, as long as there is access to a good internet connection.
Compensation: Salary commensurate with rates paid in the location of work for similar positions, taking into account relevant experience. Benefits include health, pension and child allowance.

  1. Be in charge of the editing, production, translation and release of GRAIN and related materials in English and French. Make sure all GRAIN publications and other outputs get released in a timely manner on GRAIN's website.
  2. Help plan and organise the writing and outreach of all materials produced by GRAIN staff, and play a strong role in the outreach, including media work, for English and French.
  3. Prepare the content for and oversee the development of GRAIN's website, as well as GRAIN's presence in online social networks. Collaborate with other staff involved in sister sites, and with GRAIN's web developer, in further developing this work.
  4. Together with other staff, produce the content for and further develop GRAIN's electronic mailing lists.
  5. Take the lead in developing and improving GRAIN's overall outreach and communications strategies.
Skills and experience we are looking for:
  • Ability to work in English and French. (Spanish is a definite plus. Other languages appreciated.)
  • Experience in coordinating publications and outreach work at similar organisations.
  • Good knowledge of internet (including HTML) and social networking tools.
  • Ability to work autonomously, with little supervision, and good intercultural skills.
  • Proven capacity to organise people, work in teams and get jobs done.
  • Skills in editing, designing and producing publications will be a definite plus.
  • Experience in media work and communications strategies will be useful.
  • Political affinity to GRAIN's work is important.
Application procedure:
Please send a letter and CV, complete with three references, to before 1 October 2012. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 15 October 2012. Interviews will be conducted soon after.
Many thanks in advance to all applicants. Please share this job announcement in your networks or among any good possible candidates you may know. Learn more about GRAIN at
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