Communication Officer for the CEPF-ATREE Western Ghats Programme

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Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) invites applicants for the post of Communication Officer for the CEPF-ATREE Western Ghats Programme, based at its Bangalore office. The officer will be responsible for providing comprehensive communication and visibility for the various activities of the Programme.

Position: CEPF-ATREE Western Ghats Communication Officer
Organization: Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)
Department: CEPF-ATREE Western Ghats Programme
Programme URL:
Location: Bangalore, Karnataka & Western Ghats

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) facilitates civil society participation in conserving some of the world’s most critical ecosystems. CEPF provides grants to nongovernmental and private sector organizations to enable conservation work in some of the world’s biologically richest yet threatened areas. In India, CEPF has partnered with Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) to focus on on-ground conservation action in the Western Ghats. ATREE hosts Regional Implementation Team (RIT) for the CEPF-ATREE Western Ghats Programme, currently supporting 69 conservation action grants in the Western Ghats.


  • Plays an active role in communicating Programme ’s work in the Western Ghats to a wider audience.
  • Ensures effective communication and liaison at multiple levels:
    • within the RIT/ ATREE/ CEPF/ donor network
    • to grantees, principal partners in non-governmental organizations, government agencies, academics, corporate, and the donor communities
    • to civil society at large about the conservation outcomes of the portfolio of grants and initiatives, based on RIT data
  • Plays a leading role in strategizing, designing and implementing the communication activities to be undertaken by RIT within the Western Ghats Portfolio.
  • Co-ordinates periodic reporting, project progress reports, preparation and issue of relevant press releases, and reviews of Programmatic effectiveness of RIT’s work in Western Ghats.
  • Updates and maintains contents of the RIT Western Ghats Programme’s web presence in cooperation with other ATREE staff, and with consultative links to CEPF’s global digital coverage.


  • Regularly reporting on issues highlighted by RIT, including grantees’ work progress, Western Ghats issues, grantee news through press releases and targeted publications (e.g. regional/English newsletters and leaflets) and the internet.
  • Generate content in the form of popular articles and blogs, presentations, webpages etc to broadcast Programme.
  • Organize and arrange meetings and workshops to increase awareness and outreach on the RIT and grantee outputs, and facilitate face-to-face interactions of grantees, donors, partners, etc, at Bangalore and locations in the Western Ghats.
  • Communicating regularly with partners in the ATREE and CEPF community, as well as with other NGOs and with CEPF’s donors. This includes (1) informal/formal communication on RIT’s work in Western Ghats, (2) help RIT/CEPF with semestral/annual reports to donors, (3) overseeing design for communication materials.
  • Working closely with CEPF’s Communications Co-ordinator and Communications Department at ATREE to lead implementation of communications and grant-related activities
  • In collaboration with other ATREE staff, drafting and delivering communications materials regarding grants such as brochures and newsletters as necessary.
  • Ensuring appropriate ATREE and CEPF Communication Policy procedures are followed with regard to publications and other communication modes.
  • Presentation of CEPF’s grant portfolio within the Western Ghats, including links with partners, donors, and other active civil society players in the region.


  • At least an undergraduate degree in communications (mass/visual), journalism, environmental science or related fields of study. Familiarity with the Western Ghats and related conservation issues would be an asset.
  • At least three years of experience in communications, journalism, media, etc. experience in conservation communication is an asset
  • Proficient written and spoken English, and one or more of the following languages (Kannada, Konkani, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil)
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work with a multi-lingual regional team.
  • Computer literate, with a demonstrable knowledge of standard word processing, print design and layout, related software, and a familiarity with social media platforms.

Working Relationships

  • Internal: Reports directly to the Project Coordinator of RIT in Bangalore. Works with other RIT staff in Bangalore and the CEPF Grantees all over the Western Ghats, as well as the CEPF Communications Co-ordinator, as required. Maintains a close liaison with ATREE and CEPF communications colleagues in Bangalore and Washington DC, resp.
  • External: Media and public relations contacts, academic institutions, ATREE partners, nongovernmental organizations, donors, and state and central governmental institutions.


  • Commensurate with candidate’s experience/ability levels and the overall ATREE salary structure.


  • Please send CV (with references and expected salary) and covering letter in English as attachments to
  • Please notify the applying position as “CEPF Communications Position” in the subject-line of the email.
  • Position closes as-and-when suitable applicant is selected/appointed

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