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Next lunchtime seminar – Friday 5 April 2019

The Geneva Communicators Network is pleased to announce our next lunchtime seminar for 2019:

Personal brand and reputation management: security strategies to keep your identity safe – Friday 5 April 2019
The digital transformation has had a profound impact on organisations and individuals. It has created new opportunities for communications but also requires new skills to understand and manage the dangers and risks. Digital threats including cyber-attacks, ransomware and “hacktivist” movements are increasingly prevalent in our society. Through social media these threats can spread quickly and impact not only our working environment but also our personal reputation. In addition, fake news, bots and influence buying, have facilitated the spread of misinformation and the means to manipulate both our personal brand and the reputation management of organisations.
How do we protect ourselves from these threats? Stephane Koch, expert in internet security, cybercrime, and digital strategies, will explain some of the most important threats that we face today and how to manage information and reputation in light of these dangers.
Date: Friday 5 April 2019
Time: 12h30 to 14h00
Location: The Swiss Press Club, Route de Ferney 106, La Pastorale, 1202 Geneva.
Fee: CHF 30.- per person includes drinks and snacks
Please register online >>

About the speaker: 
Stephane Koch has a Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Economic Crime Investigations, and a degree of Specialist in Public Relations (ISRP). Specializing in online reputation, Crisis, Social Media, and information security. Stephane is also a trainer and lecturer both in the public and private sector, also working with a number of schools and universities. In recent years, in collaboration with Reporters Without Borders, he has conducted information security workshops for journalists at the Medill School of Journalism, the National Press Club and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
By | March 14th, 2019|GCN lunch events|0 Comments

Performance Web – Geneva 17 May 2019

This one day conference (in French!) for web professionals will feature 18 presentations, 3 workshops, and an opportunity to network. The conference topics will include SEO, SEA, social media and French-speaking web experts will be available throughout the day to talk to you about new features and strategies to adopt in the face of change. It will be about SEO, SEA, marketing automation, social networks, influence marketing and many other topics.

For further information and to register>> 


By | March 11th, 2019|Other events|0 Comments

LEC (L’Événement Connecté) – 9 to 10 April 2019

The LEC (L’Événement Connecté) will be held at Palexpo in Geneva from the 9-10 April 2019.

The event was formerly known as the Salon eCom/Swiss IT Business, SMARC and Retail-Expo show, considered the biggest Swiss event dedicated to digital and IT.

The 2 days will feature events that will focus on the new technological and organisational challenges facing all Swiss industrial and service companies today.

For more information and to register>>

By | March 11th, 2019|Other events|0 Comments

English copy-editor, Sphere Geneva

Sphere is calling for proposals for professional English copy-editing service. The Sphere movement was started in 1997 by a group of humanitarian professionals aiming to improve the quality of humanitarian work during disaster response.
Initially developed by non-governmental organisations, along with the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the Sphere standards have become a primary reference tool for national and international NGOs, volunteers, UN agencies, governments, donors, the private sector, and many others. Today, Sphere is a worldwide community which brings together and empowers practitioners to improve the quality and accountability of humanitarian assistance.
Required competences and experience
• English native speaker with several years of experience in providing professional English proofreading and copy-editing services, including to Non-Governmental Organisations.
• Thorough understanding of the humanitarian sector and of its technical lexicon. Previous experience working on content related to humanitarian quality and accountability /humanitarian standards is a strong asset.
• Capacity to respond promptly to requests (ex.: 2 days maximum for 1,000 words).
• Attention to detail; understanding of plain and inclusive language.
• Strong understanding of the editing requirements of different communication platforms(web, newsletters, social media, etc). How to submit a proposal
Interested service providers are invited to submit the following:
• A detailed résumé(or agency portfolio).
• An indication of the requested copy-editing fees per type of editing (light / medium / heavy)and of proofreading fees, per 1,000 words.
• Two copy-edited writing samples on matters related to the humanitarian sector.
• The contact information of two references.
Applications should be submitted to communications@spherestandards.org no later than 15 March 2019.
By | March 1st, 2019|Careers|0 Comments

Become an Independent Professional – Event

Have you ever considered starting up as an independent professional or freelancer?

If so, Excelerate Institute as created the event for you!

On March 7th, experienced entrepreneur André Delafontaine, will be sharing how exactly you can create a successful business in the Suisse Romande region.

He will be joined by a team of coaches – including our own Business and Communications Coach, Melitta Campbell – who will be available to give you personalised feedback on your own ideas and questions.

Learn more about the half-day event and reserve your place

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By | February 28th, 2019|Other events|0 Comments

Communications Manager – GAIN – Geneva or London

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is a Swiss-based foundation launched at the UN in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition. Working with both governments and businesses, we aim to transform food systems so that they deliver more nutritious food for all people. In particular, we aim to make healthier food choices more desirable, more available, and more affordable. GAIN’s mission is to advance nutrition outcomes by improving consumption of nutritious and safe food for all people, especially the most vulnerable to malnutrition.

The Communications Department in Geneva has witnessed a large increase in the number of internal and external requests for support, mainly linked to the growing importance of nutrition in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the need for GAIN to better communicate and disseminate information about programmes and projects, and the desire to influence key policy decisions in the development/nutrition sector.

To respond to this growing demand and to support the Communications team in developing and implementing a variety of global communications activities, we are looking for a seasoned communications professional who will be able to manage projects independently, while being part of a global team.

Reporting to the Head of Communications, the Communications Manager will lead projects related to content production, media outreach, events, digital communications, writing/editing, and monitoring of communications strategies and results.

The ideal candidate will have extensive professional experience, preferably at the international level in the private sector (food industry) or for large non-governmental organisations. You must be confident in developing and implementing complex communication strategies targeting a variety of stakeholders at the global, regional and national levels. You will be required to manage projects in a matrix environment, and to deliver high-quality communication materials within budget and deadlines.

You should demonstrate experience in content production, event planning and management, website and social media publishing, and media relations at international level. You must be capable of transforming complex ideas into concise and accessible messages for a variety of audiences, and able to work with external agencies and consultants.

If you are interested in the position, please apply via the link below:


Closing date: 9 March 2019

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and – as an inclusive employer – we are keen to reflect the diversity of our society at every level within our organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Our employees worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.

By | February 19th, 2019|Careers|0 Comments

GCN lunch – 8 February 2019 wrap up

Thank you to all the participants of our recent lunchtime seminar on “How to use storytelling to drive change” with Elissa Bertot of Elissa Bertot Communications, held on Friday 8 February 2019.

During the presentation, Elissa identified 6 components of storytelling: the title, the hero, the quest, the struggle, the secret weapon, and the happy ending. She expanded on the 3 most critical ones: the hero, the quest and the happy ending.  The Hero being your audience, not your organization so the focus should be on them. The Quest is your audience’s challenge/pain, something they want changed which you must identify in order to sell them a solution. And the happy ending is your audience’s desired outcome, the transformation they want to achieve (with the help of your solution). 

Those who missed it or want to share with colleagues can watch the recording of the live stream on Facebook.

Below, are some images from the event (thanks to Geraldo Pestalozzi www.gpestalozzi.com).

Look out for our next event in the Spring.

Glenn, Patricia and Ekaterina

  • GCN lunch seminar 8 Feb 2019 - How to use storytelling to drive change with Elissa Bertot
By | February 12th, 2019|GCN lunch events, Uncategorised|0 Comments

February lunch seminar – sold out – but watch it live on Facebook!

Our February 8th lunch event on Storytelling is sold out – but you can watch it live on Facebook – see you online!

By | February 7th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Web producer, International AIDS Society (IAS), Geneva


Founded in 1988, the IAS is the world’s largest association of HIV professionals, with members from more than 180 countries working on all fronts of the global AIDS response. More information on IAS can be found at www.iasociety.org. 

Details of Employment: 

The Web Producer position will be based in Geneva, Switzerland and report to the Director, Communications. The position is open-ended and full-time as start as soon as possible. 

Purpose of the Position: 

The incumbent will be responsible for developing, updating and maintaining the IAS website and the conferences websites. This requires experience in graphic design as well as technical understanding of how websites work and look. 

Main Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and design websites based on user experience and web optimization best practices 
  • Manage, review and publish all web content for the IAS, the IAS Conference on HIV and the International AIDS Conferences 
  • Develop and maintain work plan to coordinate with all departments in the organization for web updates 
  • Ensure consistency, quality and up to date content on all websites 
  • Work between ICT and other departments to guide and translate between programming, user experience and design to develop online applications 
  • Keep up-to-date on web industry standards and user experience trends to develop and design websites in line with the organization’s evolving priorities 
  • Serve as link between visual curation and user experience across web platforms 
  • Work within the Communications team to produce digital deliverables according to editorial calendar needs 
  • Provide design support for the IAS, the IAS Conference on HIV and the International AIDS Conferences (promo material, venue floor plans, signage, banners, etc.) 
  • Serve as the main point of contact between conference photographers and IAS staff, populate online galleries and curate photos for all conferences 
  • Manage conference photos archive and online galleries 
  • Edit and retouch photos as needed. 
  • Perform any additional tasks requested by the Director, Communications. 

Academic Qualifications: 

  • A degree in communications or similar area is required 
  • Training in web development. 

Work Experience: 

  • Significant years of experience in a similar role 
  • Proven ability to design and develop websites 
  • Experience in managing multiple websites 
  • Experience in designing both for online and printed materials. 


  • Proficiency in HTML, CSS and Bootstrap, knowledge of Javascript 
  • Strong knowledge of web Content Management Systems (CMS) and SEO 
  • Strong visual design skills with sensitivity to user-system interaction 
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud (particularly Photoshop and Illustrator) 
  • Well organized, ability to multitask, attention to detail and adherence to deadlines 
  • Ability to work independently and within a team 
  • Problem solver; relationship-builder; and strong inter-personal skills 
  • Stress tolerance and resilience, ability to work under pressure with multiple and shifting priorities. 


  • Native or advanced in English 
  • Knowledge of other languages is an asset. 

How to Apply: 

Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and a cover letter, in English and by email only, to recruitment@iasociety.org by Sunday 10 February 2019. 

For full job post and to apply>>

By | January 30th, 2019|Careers|0 Comments

GCN Apero wrap up

Thanks to all the enthusiastic communicators who joined our special apéro and participated in the The Annesci String Quartet’s interactive demonstration. It was a fun evening, that left everyone with some insights and inspiration.

Please find below, some photos thanks to Geraldo Pestalozzi www.gpestalozzi.com, www.objecitfsublime.ch.

Our next event is a lunchtime seminar, 8 February 2019, on Storytelling.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Glenn, Ekaterina, and Patricia

  • GCN Apero with The Annesci String Quartet - 22 January 2019
By | January 29th, 2019|GCN aperos, Uncategorised|0 Comments