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Head of Communications Full-time – International School of Geneva

Founded in 1924, and enjoying close ties with the UN, the Foundation of the International School of Geneva, commonly known as Ecolint, is the world’s number one international school.

Reporting to the Director General, and collaborating closely with the Director of Admissions and Marketing and the Director of Development, the Head of Communications will be responsible for internal and institutional communications to different stakeholder groups including staff, parents, students and alumni on topics which are not directly related to admissions, marketing or fundraising.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Work closely with the Director General both strategically and operationally to manage internal and external communications to staff, parents, Board members and external stakeholders using email, intranet, print publications and other communication tools such as webinars.
  • Write, translate, proof read and lead the process of sending messages from the Director General, Board, or other Foundation departments (e.g. Finance, HR, the Ecolint Pension Fund) using mass mailing platforms, leveraging the Director General’s administrative team.
  • Provide editorial and authoring support for internal documentation such as Board and Conférence des Directeurs policies, staff handbooks etc.
  • Lead internal communication on Ecolint projects e.g. the board approved strategic plan, Foundation mobility plan, negotiations of staff collective bargaining agreement (CCT) etc.
  • Manage traffic flow of work into and out of the shared service pool (graphic design, print shop, mailroom) to ensure different stakeholder needs are met.
  • Advise the Director General on internal communications and press releases, including managing potentially adverse or sensitive publicity/crisis communications.

Candidate requirements

  • Demonstrated experience and success at Mid-Senior to Senior level in Communications, Public Relations or similar, ideally in the field of education or similar non-profit organisations.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability in journalistic copywriting and production of communication materials across all media, especially print and digital.
  • Mother tongue standard of English and French, both oral and written.
  • Ability to write clear, compelling and stylish prose, with sensitivity for the needs of an audience whose mother tongue is often neither English nor French.
  • An attention to linguistic, grammatical and typographical detail bordering on obsessive.
  • High level of competence with major computer software packages, ideally including MS Office suite, Google Apps, at least one mainstream CMS (ideally Drupal), a mass mailing tool (e.g. Mailchimp, InxMail) and the Adobe suite of tools (especially Acrobat).

Candidates are required to apply on the link below by sending their CV, three references, one of whom must be your current or most recent employer, that may be followed at the point of interview and a covering letter addressed to David Hawley, International School of Geneva, before 1st August 2020 mentioning the reference number 100 001.

For further information and to apply>>

By | June 27th, 2020|Careers|0 Comments

Recording – online presentation Friday 26 June 2020 – Beyond Coronavirus – new technologies, media and communications

Many thanks to Dr Nicoletta Iacobacci for her fascinating presentation today on technology, the future and communications.  You can view a video recording of the presentation here.

clip from presentation of Dr Nicoletta Iacobacci
By | June 26th, 2020|News|0 Comments

Paid internship (1 year) – communications – EBU Geneva

The European Broadcast Union (EBU) is looking for a communications intern (French-speaking) for one year:

The Communications Intern is responsible for a wide range of communications, branding and events tasks including managing the French web content online, producing certain event and publication webpages, managing the online photo gallery, managing email marketing lists, answering general inquiry emails, assisting with the collection of web and social media analytics, assisting with large events and special branding projects. The successful candidate will be part of a fast-paced, busy digital production environment that targets public service media professionals and public audiences and will work closely with the Communications team and EBU Members. This role is instrumental in maintaining a French language website and gaining visibility for our brand among Members, stakeholders and important partner organizations.

Send your application to:  Amy Wong, online managing editor, wong@ebu.ch by 10 July 2020

Further information is available in the Job Description (pdf).


By | June 26th, 2020|Careers|0 Comments

online presentation Friday 26 June 2020 – Beyond Coronavirus – new technologies, media and communications

Dear Communicators,

With current circumstances temporarily preventing any further networking lunches, we would like you to join us in our first event of a new series of online presentations:

Beyond Coronavirus: new technologies, media and communications

The Coronavirus pandemic has made us increasingly aware of the essential role technology has in our lives, both professional and personal. The coming decade will be the most ground-breaking in history, with revolutionary new technologies becoming increasingly integrated into humanity. As a communicator, it will be increasingly important to be aware of, understand, and manage these technologies. Dr Nicoletta Iacobacci has been working in media and technology for over 20 years. In this virtual GCN presentation, she will discuss key topics such as emerging media, including, transmedia, technologies and digital cultures such as virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and digital humans.

Date: Friday 26 June 2020
Time: 12h30 to 13h30
Location:  Online via Zoom
Cost: Free of charge
By | June 24th, 2020|GCN lunch events|0 Comments

Event Coordinator – The Oak Foundation, Geneva

Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. Oak Foundation makes grants to organisations located in approximately 40 countries worldwide.

Oak Foundation holds a Global Retreat for all its staff every five years. Our hope is that the next Global Retreat will provide us with the space to:
• Reflect on past achievements and challenges
• Affirm the common values that guide our work
• Consider future priorities for Oak
• Learn from each other
• Strengthen our internal networks and collaboration
• Reinvigorate our individual and collective efforts
• Explore the broader contexts in which we work
• Identify challenges and opportunities that define our work
• Inspire, motivate and connect us to each other and to Oak’s mission in the world

The foundation is searching for a coordinator for the Global Retreat, which will take place from 19-23 July 2021. They are looking for someone to work as follows:
1. 60 per cent from 1 July 2020 to 31 January 2021
2. 100 per cent from 1 February 2021 to 31 August 2021

Pre-Retreat responsibilities
The coordinator fills an important role in planning the Retreat. During the first few months, the coordinator’s primary job is to help the co-chairs to: book vendors (i.e., photographer and writers, etc.) for activities and events; organise dinners and activities at the event location; take meeting minutes; follow up on requests; and coordinate the various exploratory meetings of the committee and subcommittees.
In addition to the above, the coordinator’s job is centred on creating an organisational system to facilitate the work of the committee members and others. These tools should help map all relevant information for participants.
The coordinator also: creates a working budget; drafts communications to staff for co-chairs; drafts a survey to register guests to the Retreat; creates food allergy records to tailor catering; finalises all logistics for speakers and special guests; coordinates with vendors; drafts agreements; and creates schedules for deliverables.
A few months prior to the Retreat, the coordinator: finalises all agreements with vendors and speakers; collects bios and information to be used in the programme; provides draft material for the formal programme for internal and external guests; and maps Retreat logistics, which involves several weeks of organising and coordinating with committee members, hotels and vendors.
The coordinator will be expected to travel a few times from Geneva to Lyon, the conference site, to visit the venue and potential locations for events.

Retreat responsibilities
The coordinator’s main job at the Retreat will be to make sure that all of the logistics, which will be carefully planned, fit together seamlessly at the Retreat. During the Retreat, the coordinator will be responsible for all aspects of the lodging, vendors and venues (including ensuring and trouble shooting any IT needs in the meeting rooms). The Retreat coordinator also act as an “event producer” during the Retreat and needs to manage the technical needs of staging several sessions in one day.

Post Retreat responsibilities
With assistance from a co-chair and President, the coordinator will: finalise all invoices; present a final budget to the Director of Administration and President; assemble all photographic records into Flickr; liaise with speakers/presenters; draft surveys and a survey report; and gather all communication material needed for a final Retreat report, among other tasks.

Position requirements
The ideal coordinator will have:
• extensive event planning experience;
• high attention to detail;
• the ability to travel to Lyon, France;
• the ability to juggle a wide range of responsibilities that may demand ongoing reprioritisation;
• demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
• poise, maturity, warmth, curiosity, humility, and a good sense of humour;
• excellent oral and written communication skills in English. A second major language and/or a region-specific expertise would be an asset;
• demonstrated openness and capacity to learn quickly;
• excellent computer skills (Office, e-mail, database management, desk research); and
• committed to Oak’s organisational values.

How to apply
To apply, please send your curriculum vitae and a covering letter by e-mail only to – commdept@oakfnd.org no later than 22 June 2020. In the subject line please put Retreat coordinator – Oak. Applicants must be able to work as a consultant in Geneva, or have an EU or Swiss nationality or valid work permit. Please note that we will only be contacting shortlisted candidates.

By submitting your application, you confirm that you have read and understood Oak’s job applicant’s data privacy notice.

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Reporting to: co-chairs of Global Retreat
Type of contract: part-time consultant or temporary employee
Start date: 1 July 2020 – 31 August 2021
Application deadline: 22 June 2020

By | June 10th, 2020|Careers|0 Comments

New comms jobs online

New jobs online:

Senior Communications Adviser (consultant) – GANHRI, home-based

Senior Manager – Corporate Communications – SITA – Geneva or London

By | May 29th, 2020|News|0 Comments

Senior Communications Adviser (consultant) – GANHRI, home-based


Title: Senior Communications Adviser
Duty Station: remote/home-based
Duration of appointment: around 26 days over a period of 6 months (starting June 2020)
Employment type: Contractor (Consultant)

Background Information

The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) is a member-based network organization that gathers NHRIs from all around the world. Its mission is to unite, promote and strengthen NHRIs to operate in line with the Paris Principles and to provide leadership in the promotion and protection of human rights.

Representing more than 110 NHRIs, their members and staff across all regions, GANHRI is one of the largest human rights networks worldwide. With a Head Office in Geneva and a governance structure representing NHRIs around the world, GANHRI is truly global. Enriched by its diversity, its membership is united by a common vision: a world where everyone everywhere fully enjoys their human rights.

GANHRI works in close synergy with the four regional networks of NHRIs in Africa, the Americas, the Asia Pacific and Europe, creating one comprehensive structure of independent networks.

GANHRI is recognised, and is a trusted partner, of the United Nations. It has established strong relationships with the UN Human Rights Office, UNDP and other UN agencies, as well as with other international and regional organisations, NGOs, civil society and academia.

GANHRI is currently entering a new strategic period (2020-2022), as defined in the new GANHRI Strategic Plan, which overall objective is that by contributing to establishing, strengthening, supporting, bringing together, coordinating the joint efforts of and representing its members at global level, GANHRI has significantly contributed to the effective promotion and protection of human rights.
To achieve this ambitious objective and the goals of the new strategic plan, GANHRI needs to enhance its internal and external communications, in line with its core identity, including to increase visibility, transparency and accountability towards partners and members.

About the assignement

The Senior Communications Adviser will play a key role in leading GANHRI’s communications in the new strategic period (2020-2022). In particular, she/he will be responsible to the development, implementation, ongoing renewal and continuous revitalization of a comprehensive communications strategy and related plan of action for GANHRI.
The Senior Communications Adviser will provide principal guidance to GANHRI staff in relation to the internal and external communication needs of GANHRI.
The focus will be twofold: an external focus to help grow the profile and reputation of GANHRI among its audience by developing plans and reach out activities; and an internal focus providing guidance and support, to ensure that communications are integrated, and that effective and high-quality communications advice and support is provided internally from staff and governance bodies,.

Expected Key Deliverables

• Development and delivery of GANHRI communications strategy and related plan of action for internal and external communications and outreach. This could include, but is not limited to providing:
o Leadership in developing and monitoring implementation of GANHRI communications strategy and related plan of action;
o Advise GANHRI to align the communication strategy with its strategic vision, mission and objectives;
o Expert advice, guidance and support to GANHRI Head Office regarding external and internal communications, including in relation to communications with GANHRI governance bodies;
o Support the development and implementation of innovative external communication strategies and approaches, including news releases, social media postings, and other methods to effectively support messaging regarding key initiatives and activities undertaken by GANHRI;
o Assistance to the GANHRI Head Office to ensure coherence and consistency in external messaging and alignment of GANHRI communication activities in line with Strategic Plan and GANHRI Identity;
o Guidance and support for the development of new communication products, including an e-newsletter, corporate brochures and a review and update of the GANHRI website and other means of communication;
o Provide internal media and communications related training to the Head Office team.

• The Senior Communications Adviser will work with the Head Office team to provide strategic communications support including:
o Guiding and supervising the GANHRI Head Office staff working on communications;
o Leading in conceptualizing, drafting and editing GANHRI annual reports;
o Reviewing and improving GANHRI’s processes for content development, for documenting and showcasing the work of GANHRI and the NHRIs, and sharing lessons learned internally and externally (videos, articles, photos, etc.);
o Developing messaging guides for website and social media channels (website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and provide guidance on content development and use.

Time Span

The assignment is expected to be carried out for a period of 26 days over 6 months, with possibility of extension, and according to an agreed timeline.

Institutional Arrangements

The Consultant will report directly to the GANHRI Head Office and through it to the GANHRI Chairperson. GANHRI Head office and, where needed, individual governance holders will be actively involved throughout the process and will provide all relevant background documents necessary for the assignment.

Expected Expertise

Successful consultant should possess the following profile:

• Be a qualified and experienced expert communicator, with more than 10 years of relevant experience.
• Be a native English speaker (or native level).
• Have a good working knowledge of the UN/non-profit or international human rights field.
• Specific experience with NHRIs and NHRIs networks will be an asset.

Summary of Technical and Financial Proposal

Qualified candidates are requested to provide:

• A brief proposal of one pager on implementing the assignment, including methodology ;
• Unit cost for daily fees (in EUR);
• Curriculum vitae.


GANHRI will pre-select and invite three candidates to submit an offer.
A panel of two executive staff will assess the proposals and make a final decision.

This ToR does not entail any commitment on the part of GANHRI, either financial or otherwise. GANHRI reserves the right to accept or reject any or all ToR submissions without incurring any obligation to inform the affected applicant/s of the grounds.

Deadline for applications: 8 June 2020. Please send the application by email with the reference to the consultancy at: recruitment@ganhri.org


By | May 29th, 2020|Careers|0 Comments

Senior Manager – Corporate Communications – SITA – Geneva or London

Senior Manager Corporate Communications

London or Geneva

Our vision Easy Air Travel every step of the way.
Around the world, nearly every passenger flight relies on SITA technology. Globally, almost every airport and airline does business with us, and it’s our job to support their operations.
As the world’s leading air transport IT and communications specialist, we’re committed to meeting the demands of the air transport industry around the clock, every day.

The Senior Manager, Communications will work within SITA’s communications, brand and sustainability team to manage SITA’s media relations activities globally, boldly positioning SITA as the leading IT provider to the air transport industry. We are looking for a candidate to engage a range of audiences including the media, influencers and the wider business community. This is a hand-on role that involves managing day-to-day media activities while working with our global agencies and marketing teams to develop new media opportunities. The candidate will also need a good understanding of social media and how it can be used to support SITA’s media activities in a more integrated way. The candidate will be a key contributor in delivering a range of written content – both internally and externally.


• Work closely with our senior management, regional marketing teams, business divisions and SITA’s global agencies to identify and execute media and other external communications opportunities across trade, business and broadcast media globally while engaging influencers and analysts.
• Ensure that SITA speaks with a single, clear voice, positioning the organization as a technology leader in the air transport industry
• Help drive a more integrated communications approach, incorporating media relations, social media and other external communication channels.
• Identify new opportunities to raise SITA’s profile through media, speaking opportunities and other interactions globally.
• Draft and provide quality control of press releases, blogs, presentations and speaking points to ensure consistent messaging globally.
• Deliver media training and coaching for key spokespeople across SITA, including SITA’s executive team.
• Play a key role in managing crisis communications.
• Develop strong relationships with key media and influencers globally.

Job Requirements

• Confident, proactive and results-driven communications professional with at least 10+ years’ experience within media relations globally.
• The position requires someone who is able to bring new approaches to raising SITA’s profile and portfolio to a range of audiences including media, analysts and other influencers.
• Strong writing skills with the ability to craft and develop compelling content including key messages, talking points, blogs, digital content and press releases that helps highlight SITA’s
leading position in it core market and showcase our innovation leadership.

• A good understanding of the tools and analytic methods to help drive better integration across more traditional media channels, social media and other emerging platforms.
• Strong experience of crisis management.
• Experience working in a global organization across multiple different geographical regions.
• In-depth knowledge of the air transport or IT industries. The candidate must also be passionate about keeping their finger on the pulse of these industries, identifying new trends and insights which can be leveraged to provide engaging media interactions.
• Ability to work with and support SITA’s Executive Team Members with external communication.
• Education in communications, journalism or related marketing field.
• Native-level English; a second language, especially French, Arabic or Chinese is desirable.


Kindly attach a cover letter and a writing sample (something from your portfolio) to your application.

Applications without an introduction/sample will be discarded.

Apply online>>

By | May 29th, 2020|Careers|0 Comments

Challenges and hopes for now and beyond Covid-19 – online conversation guided by De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats – Wednesday 20 May, 12h30-14h30 CET, online

Challenges and hopes for now and beyond Covid-19:  An online conversation guided by De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats

Wednesday 20 May, 12h30-14h30 CET, online on Zoom

We are going through special times coping with the circumstances of the lockdown. Working from home and being restricted in our movement influences our daily life in countless ways. Many of us find ourselves in many online meetings. They are not always pleasant. oStill, when we see the glass half full there are positive sides (solidarity, innovative and creative power of people, less pollution) and we can hope that something good comes out of this that will last beyond Covid-19, for us, our community, and the planet.

Are you wondering what kind of future this current experience will bring us?

Would you be interested to learn an approach that supports a group in thinking creatively together and in uncovering insights and options?

Would you be happy to join a different type of online conversation and exchange and digest with others your reflections, questions and hopes?

Imagine a conversation that is structured and guided in a way that helps everyone to contribute constructively, expand their patterns of thinking beyond normal habits, and explore directions beyond the obvious. De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats, a simple parallel thinking process, can enable such a conversation.

Our invitation to you:

We invite you to embark with us on a 2-hour inquiry, using the Six Thinking Hats approach. We would love to explore the following question with you:

“How can we use our reflection and learning from the Covid pandemic to challenge and change the way we live and behave towards ourselves, our communities and our planet?”

Join our online conversation about our challenges and hopes for now and beyond Covid-19 guided by De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats.

What we offer you

An introduction into De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats.

A facilitated online conversation about our challenges and hopes for now and beyond Covid-19 guided by De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats.

Reflection together on what happened in the conversation, how this approach made it different and useful, and how we could use the Six Hats in our work and life.

What you will gain from this workshop

Energy, inspiration and insights.

Experience of a powerful approach on how a group can think together constructively and uncover new insights and perspectives.

New connections or deepened relationships with people who joined the conversation.

Your hosts for this 2-hour workshop

We, Nadia and Sarah, are two passionate explorers and “travel guides”. Nadia, a facilitator and method coach, loves embarking on joint learning journeys. She loves creative challenges and feels energized by bringing conversation and collaboration to life. Sarah, a mountain leader and facilitator, brings groups to the mountains to share nature and her favourite parts of Switzerland. While her favourite workshop space is outdoors, she is enjoying the current opportunities for online connection and inspiration.

We both work in a networked way; putting our heads together and combining our talents gives us energy and satisfaction. The idea of working together with De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats started in a retreat in and with nature. We never imagined — until now — that we would do it online.

Are you curious? Then join us & register now.

Tickets and what is included

The online workshop will take place on Wednesday 20 May, 12h30-14h30 CET on Zoom.

The workshop fee is 85 CHF.

Refund Policy: We will not make refunds, but you are welcome to transfer your place to someone else.

You will get 120 minutes of joint inquiry. – A summary handout on De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats. – Tips and Tricks on how to bring the approach online. – Exchange with a group of 12-16 people.

Presented by:

Nadia von Holzen Learning Moments

Sarah Clark Clear Thinking – Clear Communication

By | May 7th, 2020|News|0 Comments

RFPs: Consultant(s) in the communication and advocacy  field (French-speaking)

Alive & Thrive, a NGO specialised in maternal, infant and young child nutrition has published two RFPs seeking consultant(s) in the communication and advocacy  field (in French):

 Consultant en Gestion /production de Connaissance – Région Afrique de l’Ouest; deadline: May 8, 2020

Placement dans les médias et diffusion d’une campagne médiatique visant à améliorer les pratiques de nutrition de la mère, du nourrisson et du jeune enfant – Madagascar: deadline: June 5, 2020

By | May 2nd, 2020|News|0 Comments