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Practical workshops – Geneva – film-making skills and techniques – October 2017

True Heroes Films is running two 2-day practical workshops in October to teach film-making skills and techniques.

The training is designed for human rights and humanitarian staff and freelancers wishing
to film their own interviews and footage and produce the elements needed for short, simple films.

Module 1 (16-17 October) will get participants off the ground filming and directing their own interviews
Module 2 (18-19 October) participants will learn how to film well framed, editable shots and sequences and create a narrative.

Expect lots of practical exercises! Cameras provided (or bring your own)

Possibility of taking either or both modules.
Cost 2 days 400 chf
4 days 650 chf
Place: CAGI, Geneva

More information or to register: 
or contact jo@trueheroesfilms.org

By | September 20th, 2017|Other events|0 Comments

Senior Communications Officer – International AIDS Society (IAS), Geneva

The International AIDS Society (IAS) is the world’s largest association of HIV professionals, with members from more than 180 countries. IAS members work on all fronts of the global response to AIDS, and include researchers, clinicians, policy and programme planners and public health and community practitioners on the frontlines of the epidemic.

Details of Employment:
The Senior Communications Officer position will be based in Geneva, Switzerland and report to the Senior Manager, Communications. The position is full-time and open-ended to start as soon as possible.

Purpose of the Position:
The incumbent will play a senior role in the communications team, leading the strategy, writing and content production for the organization. We are looking for a savvy, seasoned, strategic communicator with a strong understanding of the scientific and political field of the HIV/AIDS and/or global health space.

Main Responsibilities: 

  • Lead development of IAS content, including op-eds, blogs, speeches, press releases and publications;
  • Generate compelling content that can be used across all channels and platforms to highlight IAS’ membership work and perspectives;
  • Provide leadership guidance, policy analysis, briefs, and strategic guidance to advance the IAS programme and advocacy portfolio;
  • Guide and execute communications strategies that support and advance the work of IAS;
  • Stay up to date on relevant political and research shifts in the field to navigate and position the IAS appropriately;
  • Manage editorial planning and prioritization across all IAS departments, including all IAS programmes and conferences;
  • Translate highly scientific materials to be easily understood across audiences, including development of key messaging;
  • Write, edit and manage internal approvals of communications content, including press releases, statements, emails, blog posts and publications;
  • Manage media monitoring and reporting to identify opportunities, track communications impact, and support overall brand management of IAS;
  • Manage relationships and agreements with external partners and suppliers while maintaining timelines;
  • Develop and manage external relationships and partnerships for strategic communications and marketing activities;
  • Oversee all media logistics for IAS conferences, including media registrations, press conferences, media briefings, speaker outreach and on-site management;
  • Support media relations, contacts management, outreach lists and media materials;
  • Support social media content development in collaboration with the IAS Digital Producer.

Academic Qualifications: 

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in communications, journalism, public policy, public health or related field or a first-level university degree in combination with communications experience.

Work Experience: 

  • Advanced experience working on communications, policy and/or advocacy in HIV/AIDS research or global health more broadly;
  • Background working on scientific research issues;
  • Experience leading communications efforts for high-level events;
  • Demonstrated experience working in an international context.


  • Must have a firm understanding of the HIV/AIDS and/or the global health landscape;
  • Technical and scientific knowledge of HIV/AIDS is a strong plus;
  • Comfortable presenting to leadership and public audiences about the communications work of the IAS;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills; a demonstrated ability to create persuasive and clear communications in all forms, for a variety of audiences;
  • Strong organizational skills, coordination skills and ability to multi-task;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously with meticulous attention to detail and tight deadlines;
  • Knowledge of relevant international and domestic broadcast media, a keen sense of what makes and shapes the news, and the ability to make well-informed decisions in targeting appropriate media outlets and reporters;
  • Stress tolerance and resilience, ability to work under pressure with multiple and shifting priorities;
  • High-energy self-starter who can operate with minimal supervision but also knows when to ask for counsel;
  • Ability to work well as a team member, as well as work independently.


  • Native English or full professional proficiency is a requirement;
  • 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. The applications will be selected on a rolling basis. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


For a full description of the position and to apply >>

By | September 16th, 2017|Careers|0 Comments

Seminar: Censorship and Democracy, Geneva – 13 September 2017

webster event

Webster University in Geneva is holding a seminar on “Censorship and Democracy” with guest speakers Dr. Silvia Angeli, University of Westminster and Hélène Sackstein, Reporters without Borders.

13 September 2017
Webster University, Geneva

Further information>>

By | September 11th, 2017|Other events|0 Comments

American International Women’s Club in Geneva:

AIWC logo

Information from the American International Women’s Club in Geneva:

Are you new to Geneva or interested in learning more about the American International Women’s Club? Then we invite you to attend our next monthly Welcome Coffee. These casual events are a great way to learn about the AIWC’s 40+ activities, special events, excursions and community service projects. We also serve coffee and home-baked treats. We look forward to meeting you!

Our Welcome coffees are usually the second Wednesday of the month at our Clubrooms from 10:00-12:00 with the program starting at 10:30. 

Further information>>

By | September 11th, 2017|Other events|0 Comments

Female Wave of Change Event

The Female Wave of Change event in the Netherlands this month will feature an impressive line-up of speakers sharing the latest thinking and insights relating to leadership and women’s empowerment.

The event aims to ignite a wave of new opportunities by inspiring women worldwide to connect, share knowledge and create a new future.

Amongst the line-up will be Geneva’s own female wavemaker, Bonnie Fatio, founder of AgeEsteem and Inspired Women Lead.

If you want to be inspired by the latest leadership thinking you can find out more about the event through the Female Wave of Change website or watch the event via the Female Wave of Change Facebook page.


By | September 7th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Polio Transition Advocacy and Communications Consultant – United Nations Foundation, Geneva

Working closely with GPEI partners, and housed inside the GPEI secretariat at WHO, the consultant will provide advocacy and communications support for polio transition efforts, including:

  • Developing and communicating messages on polio transition priorities, strategies, country and agency level planning process;
  • Increasing awareness and understanding of global stakeholders on GPEI’s efforts to define and mainstream functions required to maintain a polio-free world;
  • Increasing awareness and understanding of global stakeholders on progress, challenges and priorities of country level transition planning; and
  • Engaging a broad range of development partners to better align the transition planning process with broader health and development priorities.

[1] Angola, Cameroon, Chad, DRC, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

Working Relationships:

Co-located in the GPEI secretariat at WHO, the consultant will work closely with GPEI partners, including GPEI leadership, the Transition Management Group, the Post-Certification Group and the Polio Advocacy and Communications Team.


  • As a part of the GPEI secretariat team, support broader GPEI transition communications and advocacy goals, as defined by GPEI leadership.
  • Support the development of transition-related communications and advocacy materials in line with the GPEI’s Transition Communications Strategy. This will include incorporation of partner data/reports as well as key elements of GPEI’s Post-Certification Strategy (PCS).
    • Partner data/reports will be used to characterize the: 1) impact of polio programs beyond polio essential functions, 2) impact of polio programs on polio essential functions, 3) gaps that will be created by ramp down of polio funding/personnel, etc.
    • Information from the PCS will be used to help inform a broad range of stakeholders about the range of polio essential functions covered by the PCS and the options for their transition.
  • Working with GPEI’s Transition Management Group (including programmatic specialists from the Task Force for Global Health, agency staff and country programs), support the development and dissemination of materials that will be used to help drive government and stakeholder support for country-level polio transition planning.
  • Support implementation of the Transition Communications Strategy, and draw on the strategy to develop and execute a Transition External Relations & Advocacy strategy, in coordination with the GPEI partners and relevant regional and country advocacy groups.
  • Help coordinate stakeholder engagement in polio transition at the global level, including support for information sharing and harmonized messaging on polio transition across the GPEI partnership.
  • Attend global stakeholder engagement meetings and missions to priority countries to help gather material and data for global stakeholder outreach.

Selection Criteria:

  • Advanced university degree in one or more of the following disciplines: communications, marketing, external relations, public affairs/relations, corporate communications, international relations, or international development.
  • At least eight years of combined national and international experience in communications, advocacy, marketing, and stakeholder engagement.
  • Considerable experience developing messaging for advocacy purposes.
  • Experience working in partnerships in the global health and development sphere.
  • Exceptional representational, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Fluency in English (written and verbal).
  • Knowledge of an additional United Nations language (especially French or Arabic) desirable.
  • Ability to travel internationally (approximately 4 trips)

Other Information:

For interested candidates, please submit a resume and cover letter to Holly Greb (hgreb@unfoundation.org).

This position is located at the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland

By | September 6th, 2017|Careers|0 Comments

Corporate Communications Manager – Firmenich, Geneva

This role’s mission is to lead and support multi-channel communication projects to advance the Group’s Employee Engagement, Executive and Headquarter Communication plans.

Reporting to the Group’s Vice President of Corporate Communications, and based in the Group’s Global Headquarters in Geneva, this role directly supports the Group’s strategy and reputation management.

Specific responsibilities include:

Employee Engagement

  • Write and edit news to be published across internal channels;
  • Manage internal news channels, editorial calendar and daily news publishing;
  • Build dialogue through internal social media channels;
  • Coordinate quarterly communication packages for targeted audiences;
  • Lead logistics and coordination of annual Employee Event.

Executive Communications:

  • Support executive blog, ensuring regular news and on-going dialogue;
  • Support executive events (internal and external);
  • Research and contribute to executive presentations and speeches;
  • Coordinate executive video messages working closely with partners.

Headquarters (HQ) Communications

  • Support integrated HQ communication plan;
  • Coordinate publishing and distribution of Company’s Annual Report and Sustainability Report ;
  • Monitor and provide reports on all critical Geneva public issues relevant to company.


  • Bilingual in English and French, both written and spoken is mandatory, other European languages are an asset
  • University degree in Communications, Journalism, International Relations or related field
  • 2 to 5 years of experience in a Multinational Company’s Communications Department or Agency
  • Excellent writing skills, able to create compelling messaging for a variety of audiences (senior executives, employees, customers…) and channels (news, blogs, video scripts…)
  • Outstanding presentation skills
  • Understanding of digital channels and social media strategies
  • Excellent planning and organization skills (proven time management skills)
  • Pro-active, autonomous with a good team spirit
  • Ability to work well both independently and in a team
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines
  • Continuous improvement attitude, detail-oriented

For further information>>

By | September 6th, 2017|Careers|0 Comments

IPU – Communication Manager – Geneva

Responsibilities: The Communication Manager:

 Reviews and if need be revises the current IPU communication strategy, including the social media strategy, oversees and coordinates its implementation in collaboration with the various units in the Secretariat; ensures a single coordinated and coherent message from and corporate identity for the IPU; works closely with the President and senior political leaders of the IPU, as well as the heads of organizational units for that purpose; takes direction from the IPU Secretary General; manages the Communication Unit.

 Plans, supervises and manages public information products, advocacy and outreach activities of the IPU, draws up and implements the budget for those activities; leads and directs a team of communication staff, plans and allocates staff assignments, coaches, mentors and evaluates staff;

 Oversees and supports the Web team for the on-going development and maintenance of the IPU Website that serves the needs of parliaments worldwide and is accessible to a wider public; coordinates with a team of colleagues in all organizational units of the Secretariat that will provide input to the website and help ensure it is updated on a daily basis, supervises the IT Officer in order to create synergies between the IT and Web teams; oversees the ongoing development and use of social media by the Secretariat.

 Implements a media relations policy that takes into account the development of social media and provides services to traditional media and assists parliaments in particular on the occasion of major IPU meetings and other activities;

 Coordinates the production of the annual report and other publications on the work of the IPU; writes articles and op-eds for submission to major international dailies and weeklies; major speeches for the IPU President and the Secretary General.

 Acts as spokesperson for the Secretary General of the IPU, chairs press conferences, responds to queries from national and international media and gives interviews upon request on behalf of the IPU Secretary General.

Applications should be received on or before 15 September 2017.

Further information (pdf) >>

By | August 15th, 2017|Careers|0 Comments

Web, Communication and Social media Expert – DCAF Geneva

The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) is an international organisation with 63 member states. We help our partners achieve good governance of the security and justice sector. We work with governments, parliaments, security and justice providers, international organisations, civil society and media to assist the development of transparent and accountable governance of the security sector.

The Middle East and North Africa Division is seeking a highly motivated and creative person for the following position at its headquarters in Geneva:

Your mission
You will be responsible for editing the content, as well as the maintenance, design and development of the MENA Division’s web and social media activities and products.

Main duties and responsibilities:
Manage web content
Plan, organise and coordinate the work of staff and external experts
Liaise with the technical service providers
Monitor performance and ensure quality of the websites
Develop innovative digital products with our customers
Assist the division in designing and implementing its communication strategy

Your profile
Master’s degree in journalism, communication, business or another relevant area
A minimum of 3 years’ work experience in a similar position
A solid grasp of emerging technologies and social media
Excellent command of English and good knowledge of French
Excellent writing skills
Strong interpersonal skills
Ability to motivate and manage a small team

Are you interested in joining us? Are you inspired by this position?
Please send your dossier with the reference «WCSE 2017» to opmena@dcaf.ch by 2 August 2017:
a one-page cover letter in English describing your story and what you would bring us
a CV (maximum length 2 pages) the completed DCAF Application Form in attachment/to be downloaded from www.dcaf.ch › About Us › Vacancies › Web Communication and Social media Expert

By | July 17th, 2017|Careers|0 Comments

GCN in the news

image by: Geraldo Pestalozzi

Read about our last blogging workshop on Geneva Business News “5 tips on how to become a successful blogger” with our super trainer Leyla Alyanak,  blogger at Women on the Road.

By | July 6th, 2017|News|0 Comments