VACANCY: Global Engagement CATAPA officer (GECO) Cajamarca, Peru

 

CATAPA is a social and environmental movement that uses a participatory and integrated approach to work towards a world without mining of metals and minerals and its negative impact on people and the environment.

In Latin America, CATAPA supports local communities that are (potentially) affected by mining in their region. Catapa’s focus is on stopping new big scale mining projects from executing. 

For the years to come, CATAPA is campaigning on ‘the Right to Say No’. Communities that oppose mining projects face severe repression and human rights violations, CATAPA defends their right to oppose and stop these projects. The Global Engagement Catapa Officer(GECO) will be an important link on the ground to make this campaign a reality. 

The GECO will follow up on the cooperation between CATAPA and the partner organization Grufides (http://grufides.org/) and support them through, among other things, the internationalization of the struggle against new mining projects. Grufides is based in the department of Cajamarca, in northern Peru. Grufides works on issues such as human rights violations, environmental protection and mining.

Grufides supports communities in a variety of ways. They provide legal guidance to communities that suffer from mining conflicts, work on combating climate change, perform water measurements in communities to verify pollution caused by mining, support communities in the field of citizen journalism, human rights education, environmental protection, etc. They also support women in their economic independence and focuses on economic alternatives to mining in the region. Grufides unites farming communities from different regions in the struggle for ecological justice and works to stop new mining projects in the region.

Currently Grufides has three ongoing projects with CATAPA: on climate change, water monitoring, and women’s rights. In addition, they have mostly large projects around legal support for human rights defenders/women. Currently, there are several emerging mining projects that threaten the Cajamarca region. Grufides is mainly active in the provinces of Cajamarca, Bambamarca, Celendín, and Cajabamba.

Tasks Description

  • Follow up on large-scale mining projects in Cajamarca (and by extension in Peru).
  • Provide external communication on local and national current affairs on mining, extractivism, and social movements. This can be done through blogs, news articles and photos on CATAPA’s website and social media. Inform CATAPA and its supporters about recent developments in these topics.
  • Deliver information and material to strengthen our campaigns in Belgium. Collect visual content and documentation on emblematic cases for the Right to Say No campaign.
  • Prepare new projects with the partner organization: Write funding applications in collaboration with our partners and help with the implementation, follow-up and evaluation of these projects. 
  • Contribute to strengthening the operations of partner organization GRUFIDES.
  • Consult and participate within the different partnerships, locally and internationally. 
  • Participate in online meetings with volunteers from CATAPA (Catapistas) and provide input on how we strengthen collaboration.
  • Share expertise within CATAPA with the partners. Give presentations and workshops. 

Profile

  • You are at least 21 years old.
  • You have a very good knowledge (spoken and written) of Spanish. You are fluent in Dutch or English. 
  • A link with CATAPA is a plus (e.g. you have been active with us in the past, you have collaborated in some way with us, you have written a thesis with us…)
  • You have social and communicative skills.
  • You function well both independently and in a team.
  • You are diplomatic and handle potentially conflictive situations with carefulness and discretion.
  • You show openness and respect for cultural differences and can adapt to different environments and organizational forms.
  • Knowledge of mining, social movements, gender, environmental protection or water pollution is an asset.
  • You are interested in an engagement within CATAPA upon return.
  • You are willing to familiarize yourself with the themes of CATAPA and the partner organization before your departure in Belgium and participate in various training moments, including the CATAPA movement weekend from September 30 – October 2, ’22.

Period

Departure autumn 2022 (October/November). Will be for 1 year, with an intermittent evaluation after 6 months. You will be based in Cajamarca, Peru. 

We offer

  • Preparation before departure and supervision and follow-up during the stay.
  • Full travel insurance.
  • Visa refund.
  • A contribution to the living expenses (500 euros/month).
  • A contribution to the plane ticket to Cajamarca, Peru(€800 max). 

Interested?

Send your CV and motivation letter to charlotte.christiaens@catapa.be at the latest on September 11. We will invite the selected candidates within 14 days after the deadline for an exploratory meeting at the CATAPA office.  

CATAPA is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion.

More information?

Contact charlotte.christiaens@catapa.be or maxime.degroote@catapa.be

CATAPA
Maria Hendrikaplein 5 bus 401   9000 Ghent
www.catapa.be

Gezocht: Communicatiemedewerker (70-75% VTE)

CATAPA vzw zoekt een
Communicatiemedewerker (m/v/x) 
70-75% VTE – onbepaalde duur

 

In het kort: 

  • Contract: 70-75% VTE
  • Deadline: 25 juli 2022
  • Indiensttreding: Zo snel mogelijk
  • Duur: Onbepaald
  • Meer informatie: www.catapa.be
  • Werkgever: CATAPA vzw, Kon. Maria Hendrikaplein 5, bus 401, 9000 Gent, België

CATAPA 

In haar streven naar een rechtvaardige samenleving waarbij mens en natuur in evenwicht samenleven, focust CATAPA op de negatieve impact van metaalmijnbouw op mens en milieu. CATAPA heeft een wereld voor ogen waarin de ontginning van metalen en mineralen niet langer nodig is.

Onze hoofdactiviteiten zijn: 

  • Campagne voeren over de impact van mijnbouw en duurzame productie van elektronica in Vlaanderen.
  • Ondersteuning van partners en lokale gemeenschappen in Latijns-Amerika die bedreigd worden door grootschalige mijnbouwprojecten.
  • Beweging creëren rond duurzame productie en consumptie van metalen.
  • Netwerking, onderzoek & stimuleren van alternatieven.

Gezien CATAPA een vrijwilligersbeweging is, zijn de ‘Catapistas’ (vrijwilligers en sympathisanten) betrokken bij alle aspecten van de werking; van strategisch tot operationeel. Om dit in de praktijk te brengen, werken we met een kantoorteam dat de vrijwilligers een professionele omkadering biedt.

 

Jouw rol binnen CATAPA

Als communicatiemedewerker (content manager) van CATAPA neem jij de externe communicatie voor CATAPA voor je rekening. Je geeft CATAPA een duidelijk gezicht, werkt het communicatieve luik van onze campagnes uit en weet het doelpubliek op een gerichte manier te bereiken. Je bent de drijvende kracht achter het bekend maken van onze verhalen en standpunten op onze sociale mediakanalen en digitale communicatie. Je zorgt ervoor dat ze worden opgepikt en mensen in beweging zetten. 

Als medewerker communicatie werk je in nauw contact met de twee collega’s die werkzaam zijn binnen onze socio-culturele werking en met alle andere medewerkers die werken op andere projecten. Je werkt zowel op strategisch als uitvoerend niveau.

 

Gewenst profiel

  • Je bent sterk in het vertalen van soms complexe inhouden in heldere en wervende boodschappen en verhalen voor het bredere publiek. Je past inhoud, toon en vormgeving aan aan de specifieke doelgroep
  • Sociale media kennen geen geheimen voor je: je kent de do’s en don’ts van Facebook, Instagram en Twitter en zet die strategisch in om onze campagnes en ons werk in de kijker te zetten. 
  • Je hebt inzicht in het voeren van campagnes. Het creatieve, communicatieve luik van campagnes uitdenken geeft je energie. 
  • Je bent flexibel en haalt deadlines. 
  • Je bent geïnteresseerd in de thema’s waarrond CATAPA werkt en zoekt opportuniteiten om gericht in te spelen op de actualiteit.
  • Je bent een teamspeler en kan een beperkt aantal mensen enthousiasmeren en aansturen (bijvoorbeeld freelancers en vrijwilligers)
  • Je hebt een goede kennis van het Nederlands en het Engels. Kennis van het Spaans is een meerwaarde. 
  • Pluspunt: Je hebt een netwerk met pers of kennis over het succesvol bereiken van pers.

 

Taakomschrijving

  • Je werkt aan een duidelijk en wervend verhaal voor onze organisatie. 
  • Je bouwt verder aan onze huisstijl.
  • Je beheert onze social media kanalen en voedt (in beperkte mate) mee de website en nieuwsbrief. Je ondersteunt of coördineert ook bij andere geschreven, visuele of audiovisuele communicatie.   
  • Je neemt het communicatieve luik van onze huidige ‘CTRL-ALT-DEL’- campagne en komende campagnes in de toekomst voor je rekening.
  • Je ondersteunt communicatief de activiteiten en reguliere werking van CATAPA.
  • Je werkt hiervoor nauw samen met collega’s en vrijwilligers. Je coördineert freelancers, collega’s en vrijwilligers voor alles met betrekking tot communicatie. 
  • Avond- en weekendwerk hoort bij de job.

 

Ons Aanbod

  • Een leerrijke job met ruimte voor eigen initiatief in een unieke, dynamische organisatie.
  • Een aangename werksfeer samen met zeven collega’s en vele vrijwilligers.
  • Een contract voor onbepaalde duur in geval van een positieve tussentijdse evaluatie.
  • Verloning volgens sectorbarema PC329.01, B1b.
  • Het werkvolume (70 of 75%) is onderling te bespreken. 
  • Werkplaats in Gent aan het Sint-Pietersstation.
  • Fietsvergoeding voor woon-werkverkeer of terugbetaling openbaar vervoer.
  • Combinatie werk-privé: flexibele werkuren & telewerk zijn mogelijk.

 

Selectieprocedure

Stuur je CV en motivatiebrief naar kim.claes[at]catapa.be met referentie “Sollicitatie communicatiemedewerker”, ten laatste op 25 juli om 17u.  Als je geselecteerd wordt, word je ingelicht op 28 juli. Je wordt dan uitgenodigd voor een korte schriftelijke proef die we je via mail opsturen op 29 juli die ten laatste teruggestuurd moet worden voor 30 juli om 17u.  Het selectiegesprek zal doorgaan in de eerste week van augustus. CATAPA maakt werk van diversiteit, inclusiviteit en gelijke kansen.


Meer informatie

Meer info over onze organisatie is te vinden op CATAPA.be. Neem zeker ook een kijkje op onze sociale media. Met vragen kan je terecht bij Kim Claes, kim.claes[at]catapa.be.

Study and Lobby Working Group Launch

We are pleased to announce the launch of CATAPA’s new Study and Lobby Working Group. The Working Group will produce cutting edge research and lobby on the following themes;

 

Research Theme 1: Planned Obsolescence: Ctrl Alt Del Campaign

Our current linear model of consumption and production is a driving cause of the climate crisis. In this “throwaway” model, the drive for limitless production and consumption of electronics places quantity above product quality.

Products are made with a limited life span (planned obsolescence) or the design makes repair difficult or unfeasible. Some products are designed to fail, with system faults purposefully incorporated to reduce their lifespan. This is a deliberate strategy on behalf of the electronics industry to encourage users to purchase ‘new and improved’ products. This is planned obsolescence.

Ending planned obsolescence requires policy change on the Flemish and EU level. The planet urgently requires strong politicians willing to take a stand against the electronics industry and implement strict regulation obliging multinational companies to produce eco-designed products. Electronic products must be repairable and made to last, instead of disposable products made to break down quickly and be replaced. 

 

Research Theme 2: EU Critical Raw Materials

CATAPA strives towards a world in which the extraction of non-renewable resources is no longer necessary. Achieving this requires a fundamental transformation of our society and relationship to nature. 

Under the guise of ‘green mining’, the EU’s Critical Raw Materials list outlines a strategy for the resourcing of over thirty mined resources, such as lithium, deemed ‘necessary’ for the green transition.

Securing such an increased demand for raw materials requires an expansion of mining operations within the EU. More mining will lead to severe negative socio-environmental impacts, such as human rights abuses, pollution and loss of land. The transition to renewable energy must be just. 

 

Research Theme 3: Right to Say No

A just transition includes local communities having the Right to Say No to mining projects. Under the ‘social licence to operate’ (SLO), a non-binding voluntary commitment to ‘good practice’, corporations are able to greenwash their operations. Local communities have no legal instrument to oppose unwanted mining projects. 

Where local communities resort to direct action to resist mining operations, they are dismissed, labeled as terrorists and face severe repression and human rights violations. 227 environmental defenders were killed in 2020.

Additionally, the Investor-State Dispute Settlement system (ISDS), embedded in international trade agreements, enables corporations to sue states, predominantly in the Global South, over opposition to proposed mining projects.

The ISDS system must be dismantled. Fairer, democratic consultation mechanisms must be adopted. Local communities must have the decisive, legally binding say over the fate of mining projects. 

 

Research Theme 4: Alternatives to extractivism

We’re living in an age of crises. The current mantra and false solutions of endless growth, consumption and subjugation of nature is pushing the planet towards socio-ecological collapse.

So, what is the solution?

To meet this moment, we must dare to imagine and embody bold alternatives such as Degrowth. Our economy must be based on social and environmental justice. We must repair our relationship with nature and recognise our co-existence within the web of life. 

 

Get involved!

Joining the Study and Lobby Working Group provides you with a means to improve your research and lobbying skills. Your work will support CATAPA’s vision and mission, and will be published on the website and social media platforms. 

There will also be an opportunity within the Working Group to develop other projects, such as an Open Journal, Book Club, Symposiums and more!

Sign up: https://forms.gle/sw7i6tm2ZmNojxzm7 

Want more information? Contact connor.cashell[at]catapa.be

Catapa communication education volunteer

Become a Communication or Education Volunteer!

Become a Communication or Education Volunteer

Would you like to be part of a volunteer team supporting the Communication or Education of some amazing social & environmental justice projects across Belgium and Latin America?

Become a Communication Volunteer!

Are you interested in social media, content creation or graphic design, etc? We are now recruiting for volunteers who want to help shape the communication strategy and output of CATAPA by being a part of our Communication working group!

Send an email to communication[at]catapa.be introducing yourself.

Become an Education Volunteer!

Are you interested in setting up educational events and trainings, develop educational material, guide workshops, and much more, we are also recruiting for volunteers who want to help shape the educational strategy and output of CATAPA!

Send an email to education[at]catapa.be introducing yourself.

 

We are looking forward to welcoming you in our team!