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Webinar: Internews Manual – How to Manage Misinformation in a Humanitarian Context – Wednesday, September 18, 2019 – 12:30pm to 1:30pm BST

To launch a new Manual on how to manage misinformation in a humanitarian context Internews is hosting a webinar for humanitarian, media and community practitioners.

By connecting the dots in local information ecosystems in humanitarian contexts, the Internews Rumour Tracking Methodology shows what needs to be done to manage misinformation, build trust and allow reliable information to build traction among those who need it most. They will highlight key elements of the manual and place the methodology in the context of some of the trickiest misinformation challenges faced in our work.

The webinar will be facilitated by Viviane Lucia Fluck, PhD, who authored the manual. The manual was produced with financial support from the United States Agency for International Development.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 – 12:30pm to 1:30 pm British Summer Time / BST
Join on Zoom here: https://zoom.us/j/695246798 (Hosted by Earth Journalism Network)
For queries or to join the webinar by phone, contact Emily Cowlrick –ecowlrick@internews.eu

 

By | September 16th, 2019|News, Other events|0 Comments

Lunchtime Discussion Forum – are you meeting the challenges of digital communications? – Friday 4 October 2019

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

Lunchtime Discussion Forum – are you meeting the challenges of digital communications? – Friday 4 October 2019

Managing digital communications is one of the main challenges for communicators today. How is your organisation coping with the ever-changing digital landscape? What solutions have organisations found to manage multiple social media platforms and websites? What priorities are organisations setting and which audiences are they aiming to reach? How to ensure the legitimacy of your message in a world increasingly overwhelmed by fake news? Do you have best-practice tips to share?

Whatever your questions, come and discuss with like-minded communication professionals at our lunchtime discussion forum in the spirit of exchange to help all our organisations improve their digital communications and be better heard in this age of social media and online buzz. Attendees will be divided into discussion groups to address several questions and report back to the wider group.

Date: Friday 4 October 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 >>

We look forward to seeing you!

By | September 12th, 2019|GCN lunch events|0 Comments

Seminar: Igniting Change: How to Cover the Climate Crisis?

The next Webster University Spotlight Seminar has been announced:

Igniting Change: How to Cover the Climate Crisis?
Wednesday, October 2nd 2019
Webster LLC Commons Room, Geneva
18:30 – 19:30 (networking apéro will follow)

How can the media help engage the public and inspire action on the most compelling issue of our time? Should journalists be hopeful and inspire? Or should they, as Greta Thunberg has said, “tell it like it is”?

Join us on for a free presentation by Ed Girardet, Editor of Global Geneva, on this important and timely subject. Open to Everyone. Find out more about the event >>

While this is a free event, we kindly ask that you register >>

By | September 11th, 2019|News|0 Comments

New jobs online

New communication jobs have been posted online:

Experte ou expert en médias et communication, 60 % au bureau de Greenpeace Suisse à Genève

Director, Communications and Public Affairs, IAS Geneva

By | August 23rd, 2019|News|0 Comments

Experte ou expert en médias et communication, 60 % au bureau de Greenpeace Suisse à Genève

Greenpeace est indépendante, courageuse, innovante. Dans plus de 55 pays, Greenpeace mobilise la population, l’économie et la politique avec des campagnes internationales, nationales et régionales de protection de l’environnement. Au total, près de 3000 employés, des milliers de bénévoles et 2,9 millions de donateurs soutiennent notre organisation à travers le monde.
Vous avez un intérêt marqué pour les questions climatiques et environnementales et souhaitez mettre vos connaissances et vos compétences au service d’une action utile? Alors, rejoignez-nous, dès aujourd’hui ou à partir d’une date à convenir, pour occuper le poste de:

Experte ou expert en médias et communication, 60 % au bureau de Greenpeace Suisse à Genève.

Vos fonctions

In dieser Funktion sind Sie gemeinsam mit weiteren Medienfachleuten, Kommunikationsspe-zialisten und den Kampagnenverantwortlichen zuständig für das Entwickeln und Umsetzen der Kommunikation von Greenpeace Schweiz und für die mediale Präsenz unserer Themen in der Westschweiz. Zudem sind Sie erste Ansprechperson für französischsprachige Medienschaffende.
Sie arbeiten bei der Entwicklung unserer Kampagnen mit und beraten die Kampagnenverantwortlichen in Bezug auf die Medienkommunikation einzelner Projekte sowie bei öffentlichen Auftritten. Ihr Arbeitsschwerpunkt wird im Themenbereich Plastik/Einwegprodukte liegen. Sie
schreiben und redigieren Texte für On- und Offline-Produkte unserer Kampagnen und Themen in der Westschweiz.

Votre profil

Au bénéfice d’une formation dans le domaine de la communication, vous disposez d’une solide expérience professionnelle dans le journalisme (actuel) ou dans les relations avec les médias au sein d’une organisation ou d’une entreprise. Vous rédigez de manière sûre et concise. Vous savez rendre compte de réalités complexes de manière simple et compréhensible. Capable de communiquer avec différents groupes cibles, vous avez une grande affinité pour les médias sociaux. De langue maternelle française, vous pouvez communiquer couramment en allemand ou en suisse-allemand, même sur des sujets complexes. Une très bonne maîtrise de l’anglais est également attendue. Vous adhérez aux valeurs et aux objectifs de Greenpeace et connaissez le paysage médiatique de Suisse romande. Vous disposez d’un réseau de professionnels des médias dont vous connaissez les besoins. Vous faites preuve d’une grande flexibilité en ce qui concerne les horaires de travail, c’està-dire que vous acceptez de travailler le week-end et en dehors des heures régulières de travail si cela est nécessaire. Vous êtes également prête ou prêt à travailler régulièrement au siège de Zurich.

Nous offrons
● un défi professionnel vous permettant de faire bouger les choses, d’assumer des responsabilités et de prendre des initiatives;
● un travail de bureau et en équipe plus que de l’action à bord d’un canot pneumatique;
● un travail valorisant, un système de rémunération transparent et des conditions de travail agréables et flexibles;
● un salaire annuel brut compris entre 88 077 et 95 167 francs selon votre âge pour un taux d’occupation de 100%;
● un environnement international et stimulant avec un employeur qui allie professionnalisme, engagement et passion.

Votre candidature
Dites-nous pourquoi vous souhaitez devenir notre experte ou expert en médias et envoyez-nous votre dossier de candidature complet, y compris des exemples de texte, au format électronique d’ici
au 15 septembre 2019 à : bewerbungen@greenpeace.ch. Les entretiens auront lieu à partir du 1er octobre 2019 à Genève et à Zurich. Nous attendons votre candidature avec impatience!

By | August 23rd, 2019|Careers|0 Comments

Director, Communications and Public Affairs – Geneva

Founded in 1988, the International AIDS Society (IAS) is the world’s largest association of HIV professionals, with members in more than 170 countries. Working with its members, the IAS advocates and drives urgent action to reduce the impact of HIV. The IAS is also the steward of the world’s most prestigious HIV conferences: the International AIDS Conference, the IAS Conference on HIV Science, and the HIV Research for Prevention Conference.
More information on IAS can be found at www.iasociety.org.

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

Purpose of the Position:
The Director, Communications and Public Affairs will be responsible for building and maintaining the brand and public reputation of the International AIDS Society (IAS), including creative direction, public and media relations, digital engagement, marketing, and editorial mapping. The Director will lead a team of professional staff, consultants and service providers to implement a comprehensive communications and public affairs strategy that spans across conferences, membership, programmes and advocacy.

Main Responsibilities:
Brand positioning and writing
Work across the organization to build and manage a comprehensive editorial calendar that leverages all available communications mediums in order to best position the IAS throughout the year
Develop, implement and update an annual communications and public affairs strategy that positions the IAS’ priorities across programmes and advocacy, conferences, and membership
Develop and manage conference communications plans, including public relations for high-level speakers, programme scripting, and digital programme development
Develop relevant messaging, and ensure consistent delivery of these messages across communications mediums
Lead proactive communications plans to leverage IAS leadership as spokespeople on IAS priorities
Identify and leverage priority communications and advocacy moments for the IAS to advance public and media relations, brand awareness and position the organization as a leader in the field
Write and/or edit media and promotional materials.

Creative and marketing:
Leverage user insights, set annual analytics goals and monitor analytics to guide the organization on tangible communications outcomes
Set the vision of the tone and voice of the IAS across mediums
Oversee content, design and vision for IAS presence across digital channels
Oversee drafting, creative design and production of marketing and promotional materials.

Media and public relations:
Develop and maintain strong relationships with media and serve as the media and communications focal point for the IAS
Develop the press programme and identify key media stories for all conferences and work with media to support the factual coverage of those stories
Provide media training to leadership and arrange interviews with key spokespeople
Develop and implement media training and media capacity building programmes to support accurate coverage of HIV and related issues.

Management:
Manage a multidisciplinary team of staff and work with consultants and service providers to execute communications and public affairs strategies and monitor implementation
Mentor and support team development and professional growth
Manage contract development and implementation for partners, consultants and service providers
Develop and manage the communications budget and plan all activities accordingly
Work closely with the Executive Director and Senior Management Team to ensure that communications is aligned with the larger vision of the organization
Work with the IAS Governing Council to guide vision and identify and pursue opportunities to enhance brand visibility.
Perform any additional tasks requested by the Executive Director.

Academic Qualifications:
A degree in communications, public relations, international relations, public policy, health communications or a related field.

Work Experience:
At least 8 to 10 years’ experience in a similar role
Experience in managing major media events and related outreach
Team management and organizational leadership experience
Project management experience, including budget management.

Skills/Competencies:
Proven ability as a communications professional: the successful candidate will have a sophisticated understanding of branding, membership communications and media handling
Excellent verbal and written English communication skills, talent and passion for writing
A successful track record in the use of new media and the internet in message shaping and dissemination
The capacity to convey complex messages, in particular about science, to lay audiences, as well as interacting meaningfully with experts
An understanding of HIV, including the social and political context of the HIV response, an appreciation of the scientific dimensions of the challenge and the importance of media in influencing knowledge about and responses to the HIV response
A manifest commitment to the evidence-based and human rights agendas of the IAS and its partners
Willingness and ability to travel
Ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment with a dynamic range of people
Strong people management and interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate commitment and excellence in colleagues and partners
Ability to maintain grace under pressure; flexible and creative when problem solving.

Languages:
Native-level English fluency is a requirement
French, Spanish, Russian, or other languages are an asset.

To see the full ad and to apply>>

By | August 21st, 2019|Careers|1 Comment

Call for Expressions of Interest: Communications Strategy Support

Call for Expressions of Interest: Communications Strategy Support

Deadline for expressions of interest: 21 August 2019, though applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Start date: to be negotiated but as soon as possible

Type of bid: Tender

Tenders to be sent to: recruit@cti2024.org, (subject line: Communication Strategy Support)

Queries to: Any queries, please direct these to info@cti2024.org or Ms. Charlie Diserens, Office Administrator cdiserens@cti2024.org or +41 22 730 8647.

What we are looking for

As the Initiative reaches the 5 year mark of a 10-year initiative, CTI is seeking communications support to raise the profile of the Initiative and its work, and to drive our activities and impact towards the deadline. We want to develop a communications strategy that helps us communicate effectively and meet our core objectives; and we are looking to outsource support for the implementation of that strategy, working in a close partnership with the CTI Secretariat.

We are looking for an experienced and creative freelance communications consultant or company/organisation, with a proven track record, committed to advancing further CTI’s communication on the eradicating torture, universal ratification and implementation of UNCAT. Familiarity with the human rights world would be a distinct advantage. CTI is not a campaigning organisation, but rather an inter-governmental initiative, requiring nuanced communications yet we also recognise that raising the profile of the work will grow momentum towards our goals. The consultant / company will need to understand the constructive (“no name, no shame”) and diplomatic way in which CTI operates, yet be challenged to find innovative ways to raise the visibility of our work.

This position could be filled by a freelance consultant or company/organisation providing communications services.

Immediate task – strategy development;
CTI is looking for the preparation of a communications strategy including carrying out an evaluation of CTI’s communications work to date and identifying concrete opportunities across communications platforms for how to undertake more effective communications. We are looking for something practical and accessible that can be used by non-communications-specialists (limited in jargon).

CTI’s website is also due to be migrated to a new platform in the near future, and we would be looking for someone who could manage this process including a new website design that meets our needs.

Medium term – communications support:
CTI would hire the services of the consultant/company to help with the roll-out of the communications strategy, and continue to work with CTI in this area, over at least a 12 month period.

Your Expression of interest should contain:
Your name/name of the company/organisation
Your place of business
A short statement (maximum 2 sides of A4) of why you believe you have the right qualifications, or profile to help CTI in the stated area
A short portfolio of relevant past successful work and outputs (for individuals, this could be in CV format)
A statement describing your availability, e.g.:
Estimated timeframe and dates for the strategy/evaluation
Availability over the next 12-18 months to help with implementation
Your costs/fee structure
Applications should be sent by e-mail to recruit@cti2024.org (subject line: Communication Strategy Support)

CTI can provide further information about CTI to interested parties, though please also consult our webpage (https://cti2024.org/), Twitter @CTI2024 and Facebook pages.

Only shortlisted persons/companies/organisations will be contacted.

Please note that for interested individuals, this is not a recruitment; it would be a consultancy contract.
Further information: https://cti2024.org/en/employment/

By | August 9th, 2019|Careers|0 Comments

Central User Management System and new features for Sphere Website – call for proposals

New call for proposal – Central User Management System and new features for Sphere Website –  see terms of reference for further details (pdf). 

Deadline: 26 July 2019

By | July 8th, 2019|Careers|0 Comments

GCN Summer Apero 27 June – wrap up

Thanks to the many participants who ventured out in the warm temperatures to network on the beautiful terrasse at “La Vie des Champs“. The light breeze and entertaining wine tasting, organised by Maria Zioga and Anil Taneja from”The Geneva Wine Society” made for an enjoyable and hopefully memorable evening.

Thanks to Geraldo Pestalozzi for the lovely photos below.

We look forward to seeing you at our next event in September.

Wishing everyone a relaxing summer break!

The GCN Team

 

  • GCN Apero - 27 June 2019 - La Vie des Champs - Photo by G. Pestalozzi

 

By | July 2nd, 2019|GCN aperos|0 Comments

Strategic Communications Adviser – IDMC Geneva

The IDMC is recruiting a Strategic Communications Adviser to develop an institutional communications strategy for the organisation’s main spokespersons, and to work towards more sustained and strategic engagement with the media.

The post-holder will be responsible for strengthening the traditional and social media presence of IDMC’s senior management, in particular the Director, and for developing a coherent institutional narrative and messages in line with evolving media and political discourse on the topic of internal displacement. Working closely with the Director and Special Adviser, the post-holder will contribute to consolidating IDMC’s role and reputation as the world leader and reference on internal displacement, and to keeping the situation of IDPs high on the international agenda as well as within broader debates on displacement and migration.

The post-holder will be expected to develop and nurture strategic partnerships with journalists and media outlets with a view to ensuring that IDMC becomes the go-to source of expertise and commentary on internal displacement, including in connection with key related topics (e.g. cross border migration; conflict and security; disasters and climate change; sustainable development; disaster risk reduction; urbanisation; transitional justice), and that IDMC’s Director is recognised as a key spokesperson on this topic. The post-holder will be responsible for identifying new opportunities for promotion and commentary, including through media interviews, panel discussions, opinion pieces, etc., for supporting the Director’s public and media engagements through the writing of speeches and talking points, and for ensuring that IDMC is visible and impactful at events relating to its work and mandate.

Role and responsibilities
The Strategic Communications Adviser provides communications and media support to IDMC’s Director by:

  • Developing the Director’s long-term media engagement strategy and building and maintaining a network of media partners and relationships between the Director and key journalists/media outlets.
  • Developing and implementing a strategic communications strategy and providing advice and support on effective communications, speeches, talking points and other content for interviews, presentations and events.

Media engagement

  • Identify new opportunities for positioning IDMC’s work in global, regional and national media and for influencing the way internal displacement is reported on by key news outlets.
  • Secure new strategic partnerships with renowned international media outlets.
  • Organise information and capacity-building sessions on internal displacement for journalists.
  • Create and implement public information and media campaigns – both global and regional/national – to promote IDMC’s activities, including its publications, events, initiatives, partnerships and/or new thematic issues.
  • Develop institutional communications plans around the launch of IDMC’s major publications, events and partnerships, and draft press releases to promote these in the media.
  • Develop and maintain a global network of journalists and media partners to ensure quality coverage of the findings of IDMC’s publications, events and initiatives.
  • Facilitate access for journalists to IDMC spokespeople.
  • Mentor, train and support the Director and senior management staff on media engagement and communications.
  • Manage high-level press trips by the Director to the field, drafting media plans, pitching media interviews and organising press conferences for each visit. Where relevant, accompany the Director on her travels.
  • Write and publish opinion pieces on behalf of the Director in international media outlets.
  • Manage the Director’s social media platforms in collaboration with IDMC’s events and social media officer.

Strategic communications

  • Keep abreast of any political and policy developments in the field of internal displacement in order to write and edit high-quality briefing notes, Q&As, and speaking notes for the Director and IDMC Heads of Departments engaging in external communications.
  • Produce high quality communications products including public statements, speeches, commentary, and social media content.
  • Promote, advocate for and raise awareness about IDMC’s activities through a variety of communication channels, in close collaboration with IDMC’s Department of External Relations.
  • Work collaboratively with IDMC’s departments of Data and Analysis, Policy and Research, and External Relations to ensure consistency in messaging and an integrated communications approach.
  • Tailor messages and styles to suit a variety of audiences and communication mediums/channels including intranet (SharePoint), email, video, presentations, workshops, events and webinars.
  • Build partnerships with other like-minded organisations that the Director can partner with in public communications and media.
  • Provide Heads of departments with strategic and operational advice and recommendations on the best communications approaches and tools to help them effectively promote the impact of their work.
  • Support the IDMC team during peak periods with any other communication and media work.

Competencies
Professional competencies

  • At least 8-10 years in progressively senior media & communications advisory roles.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience working on displacement and migration-related topics. Practical experience working in countries affected by internal displacement.
  • Solid experience managing media relations for Directors and CEOs, and developing and implementing strategic communications plans for senior management.
  • Outstanding English writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to find new creative media angles and to develop impactful messaging and opinion pieces.
  • Experience in managing the social media accounts for high profile figures, training and coaching senior management, and acting as spokesperson.

Education

  • Masters degree or equivalent in journalism, communications, foreign affairs, international development or related field.

Languages

  • Native level English
  • Working knowledge of either French, Spanish and/or Arabic desirable

Personal qualities

  • Outstanding communicator with excellent networking skills.
  • Committed and passionate about the issue of internal displacement.
  • Highly professional, collaborative, diplomatic and decisive.
  • Able to translate complex ideas into clear and accessible language.
  • Well-structured with an ability to deliver on short deadlines.
  • Out-of-the box thinker, creative and flexible, with a good sense of humour.
  • Able to handle a large workload, to cope with stress and to work under pressure, independently and with limited supervision.

For further information and to apply>>

Deadline for applications: midnight CET on Sunday 28th July 2019.

By | June 26th, 2019|Careers|0 Comments