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Communications and Campaign Manager – FDI World Dental Federation, Geneva

Reports to: Communications and Advocacy Director
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Position type: Full time
Contract type: Permanent
Start date: Immediately

FDI World Dental Federation is a Swiss-based not-for-profit organization. It serves as the principal representative body for over one million dentists worldwide. Founded in Paris, France, in 1900 it is one of the oldest organization’s in the field of dentistry. Its membership includes some 200 National Dental Associations and specialist groups in over 130 countries. FDI is the global voice of the dental profession and works with its member organizations to improve the oral health of people worldwide. It is in official relations with the World Health Organization and works closely with other UN agencies.

We are seeking an experienced and creative Communications and Campaign Manager to help enhance and maintain FDI’s profile and reputation as well as raise the visibility of oral health issues across multiple stakeholder groups. You will have a demonstrable track record of creating, managing and delivering multi-faceted campaigns and ˗ under the leadership of the Communications and Advocacy Director ˗ will help develop and deliver the World Oral Health Day Campaign as well as coordinate all internal and external communications. This is a fast-paced and varied role, which demands superb multi-tasking abilities, excellent communication skills, and proven experience of working closely with the media and external agencies.
The successful candidate will have strong knowledge and experience of developing media strategies and messaging, coordinating multi-channel campaigns, writing promotional plans and material, managing social media platforms, writing compelling stories, presentations, toolkits and speeches as well as working within a defined governance and reporting structure.

Main duties and responsibilities

General communications support
•Assist in the implementation of the communications strategy that supports FDI’s 2018-2021 Strategic Plan
•Help enhance the organization’s image and position
•Support the development, implementation and evaluation of communications plans for projects and partnerships
•Source and write news stories for the website and monthly newsletters, as well as write content for promotional material, publications, press releases, articles, speeches, presentations, toolkits, reports, etc., and coordinate their roll-out
•Implement strategies to maximize media coverage
•Provide editorial support across the organization
•Work closely with the digital team to maximize the effectiveness of social media channels
•Develop and implement a comprehensive promotional plan to raise the profile of FDI’s International Dental Journal
•Manage press contact list and external media monitoring and distribution services
•Manage relevant FDI Committees and Task Teams as well as provide logistical support
•Other work as required to support the development of the communications strategy

World Oral Health Day (WOHD)
Manage the day-to-day running of WOHD and coordinate all deadlines for the timely delivery of the campaign:
•Coordinate the campaign strategy and work plan
•Participate in the in-house campaign development
•Assist in the development of campaign branding, messaging and asset production
•Support the development and implementation of digital media strategies and work closely with the digital team to develop campaign material and content
•Assist in the development and implementation of strategies to increase media reach, campaign engagement and participation
•Source external service providers where necessary and manage relationships, including media partner, media agency and other suppliers as relevant
•Prepare regular campaign communications, updates, reports and background presentations
•Coordinate WOHD workshop and meetings
•Manage the WOHD Task Team and secure all necessary approvals
•Perform regular metrics tracking as well as a comprehensive post-campaign evaluation

•At least 5 years of relevant experience in communications, PR or journalism; master’s an asset
•A proven track record of campaign and project management skills
•A good understanding of the not-for-profit healthcare sector
•Strong analytical mind with the ability to turn complex information into compelling stories and content
•Extensive experience in promoting content on a wide range of digital and traditional platforms
•Strong copywriting, editing and proofreading skills
•Knowledge of online multimedia tools: Google Analytics, social media publishing tools and insights; experience in Drupal CMS an asset
•Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills
•Meticulous attention to detail
•Excellent time management skills and an ability to meet conflicting deadlines under pressure
•Excellent oral and written English communications skills (fluency in other language(s) an asset)
•Excellent team worker with a positive, solution-focused approach to work
•Willingness to travel
•Valid permit to work in Switzerland

Desired skills and competences
•Strong interest in oral health issues and global development
•Proven ability to work effectively in a multicultural setting
•Entrepreneurial mindset and a willingness to innovate and propose new ideas
•Ability to influence
•Strong problem solving and multitasking skills

Application: interested and qualified candidates should send a CV and cover letter to communications@fdiworlddental.org, addressed to Chaz Jagait, Director of Communications and Advocacy by 15 July 2018.

Please note only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

By | June 20th, 2018|Careers|0 Comments

Customised workshops available

The Geneva Communicators Network offers customised workshops for your own organisations – 1/2 day to 2 days with specialised trainers that we have worked successfully with previously – for between 3 – 15 persons. Interested? Contact us: genevacom@gmail.com 

We currently offer workshops in the following areas:

Social and digital media:
-Video for social media
-Video editing
-Advanced social media

Inter-personal communications:
-Public speaking
-Improving presentation skills
-Using your voice for greater influence
-Persuasive storytelling

-Media relations
-Media interviews

-Writing for the web
-Effective writing
-Communicating through images

Strategic communications:
-Engaging with your audiences
-LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®: Effective communication through creativity
-Exploring marketing
-Crisis management
-Measurement and evaluation

image by: Geraldo Pestalozzi
By | June 12th, 2018|GCN workshops|0 Comments

“Welcome summer” networking apero – 26 June 2018

We are pleased to announce our  “welcome summer” networking apero on 26 June 2018 at the Restaurant “La Vie des Champs”, a new lively and dynamic venue near the ICRC and ILO. Join us for some drinks and finger food to welcome the summer and network with fellow communicators.

The evening will also include an interactive improv workshop by the Geneva-based
Renegade Saints. Improv is fast, fun and unpredictable. People end up exploring ideas they were not even thinking of just minutes earlier. The results are spontaneous and and often hilarious. But improv also teaches important skills such as quick thinking, cooperation, active listening, creativity and leadership. When these skills are applied at work and elsewhere, great things happen; it is no longer “business as usual.”

Date/time: 18:00-20:00, Tuesday 26 June 2018

Venue:  Restaurant La Vie des Champs
Ch. de la Vie des Champs 15 Geneva 1202
Directions: the restaurant is located on a small road behind the ICRC, street parking is available in front of the ICRC and UN on Avenue de la Paix. Bus stop BIT for bus 8 is 5 minutes from the venue.
Cost: 30 CHF – includes drinks and snacks

Places are limited, so please register for the event>>  

We look forward to seeing you!
Patricia, Glenn, Ekaterina and Melitta
Geneva Communicators Network

Vie des champs restaurant
By | June 12th, 2018|GCN aperos|0 Comments

Next UN Designers meet-up – 22 June 2018

The UN Designers’ next meetup will be on 22 June 2018 from 9:30am in Room VIII, Palais des Nations. (For those who are available, we would also like to invite you stay and socialize over lunch afterwards).
During our 12th Meeting, we will revisit Branding & Visual identities in the UN Family, this time with the help of Carlo Mendes. Carlo has been leading a visual identity exercise at IOM, and will be able to share his insights regarding the challenges of branding de-centralized organizations with strong regional presences, and how to ensure your brand stays relevant across all channels. This will be a great opportunity to discuss branding matters in multi-stakeholder organizations and gauge how design matters develop as compared to the private sector.

Entry is free, and if you would like to attend, please add your name/organization to this list before 20 June.

By | June 12th, 2018|Other events|0 Comments

Communications consultant needed – Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction

The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC) is looking for a communication consultant to help the GABC with developing the foundational messaging tree with regards to its vision, mission and work areas. We are looking for an experienced professional to provide ca. 5-10 days’ work of communication support for the following tasks:

Take stock of existing communications material about the GABC
Participate in a half-day messaging workshop with GABC Work Area leads and Steering Committee members (29 June, London, to be confirmed) to determine key audiences, objectives and touch upon relevant key messages per audience
Develop vision and mission statement and USP of the GABC
Develop a set of key messages for key target audiences and an elevator pitch to be used by all partners of the GABC

The work will start with the 29 June workshop and should be finalized by 15 Aug. The work will be delivered to, and approved by the members of the Steering Committee of the GABC. The coordination will be done by the GABC secretariat, which is hosted by UN Environment.

If you are interested, please send us your offer indicating a working proposal and indication of needed support from the GABC secretariat to accomplish the work, by 13 June to Nicolas Jammes – jammes@wbcsd.org

By | June 8th, 2018|Careers|0 Comments

GCN Lunch Wrap Up – Friday 1 June 2018

Thank you to the many members who attended D. Helen Shapiro‘s presentation last Friday on the new EU data protection rules – General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came into effect on 25 May 2018. It was a very enlightening discussion and worth a follow up to ensure that you know your rights both as a business and an individual.

Below are a few photographs from the event, courtesy of photographer Geraldo Pestalozzi www.gpestalozzi.com 


  • GCN Lunchtime Seminar – new EU data rules – Friday 1 June 2018 with D. Helen Shapiro


By | June 6th, 2018|GCN lunch events, Uncategorised|0 Comments

Head of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations, UICC, Geneva

Job title: Head of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations
Reports to: CEO
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Availability: As soon as possible

About UICC

The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is a non-government organisation based in Geneva which serves an international and diverse population of cancer organisations to unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity and to integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda. We have achieved this by building a membership base of over thousand organisations and engaging in partnerships with more than 60 organisations across the UN, academic, health and private sector.

UICC convenes members and partners to encourage collaboration and new thinking through keystone events (World Cancer Congress, World Cancer Leaders Summit and World Cancer Day). Through our capacity building activities, UICC supports its members do a better job tomorrow than they do today and increase their impact by scaling up their relevance, reach and sustainability in their own settings. With our members and partners, we drive forward the key advocacy priorities building upon key international agreements (the Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Action Plan on NCDs and the 2017 Cancer Resolution at the World Health Assembly) to ensure that these global goals and targets are translated into national action.

UICC has a team of 45 people based predominantly in Geneva, Switzerland led by a CEO, reporting to a Board of Directors. It has an annual income of approximately $10m and has plans to grow significantly in the coming years. The UICC works in new offices in Geneva situated close to the United Nations and the World Health Organisation, with whom it has formal relations.

Summary of the position

The Head of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations will:

  • Lead the marketing, communications and public relations team, at the strategic and tactical levels, in coordination with the other functions of UICC.
  • Direct the development and implementation of related strategies and activities in the areas of marketing, communications and public relations both external and internal including the management of all digital platforms.
  • Oversee development and implementation of the UICC brand and visual identity across the organisation’s areas of work. Lead on specific projects for UICC as determined by the CEO. For example: World Cancer Day, CRM and other Management Information Database systems, delivery of e-UICC.

The Head of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations reports to the Chief Executive Officer and serves as a member of the senior management team. They will participate with the Board of Directors (at their regular meetings), CEO and other management staff in charting the direction of UICC, assuring its accountability to all constituencies, and ensuring its effective operation.

Main responsibilities

Marketing, communications and public relations

  • Responsible for creating, implementing and measuring the success of: comprehensive marketing, communications and public relations strategies that support the delivery of UICC’s objectives and enhance the organisation’s image and position amongst its network of stakeholders – this includes supporting all UICC teams in their publications, media relations, member communications, web and social media activities.
  • Ensure consistent use and positioning of the UICC brand, including tone of voice, messaging and visual identity both internally and externally, and those of UICC’s convening platforms World Cancer Day, World Cancer Congress and World Cancer Leaders’ Summit. Responsible for editorial direction, design, production and distribution of all organisational publications.
  • Coordinate media interest in UICC and ensure regular contact with target media and appropriate response to media requests.
  • Act as a UICC’s representative and spokesperson with the media, supporting the CEO in his/her interactions.
  • Ensure that UICC regularly monitors trends in the areas of communications, marketing and public relations and considers strategic shifts where relevant.


  • Leads projects as assigned by the CEO, such as:
    • Cause-related marketing
    • Special events
    • Global campaigns eg World Cancer Day
    • UICC Information database design and delivery
    • Sub-activities at the World Cancer Congress
    • Delivery of a UICC e-platform

Planning and budgeting

  • Responsible for the achievement of marketing, communications and public relations mission, goals and financial objectives. Ensure that evaluation systems are in place related to these goals and objectives and report progress to the CEO and Board.
  • Develop short- and long-term plans and budgets for the marketing, communications and public relations. Monitor progress, assure adherence and evaluate performance.
  • Keep informed of developments in the fields of marketing, communications and public relations, not-for-profit management and governance, and the specific business of UICC Use this information to help UICC operate with relevance, initiative and innovation.

Organisational strategy

  • Work with senior staff, other staff and volunteers to: develop and maintain a strategic perspective -based on marketplace and constituent needs and satisfaction – in organisational direction, programme and services, and decision-making; and, ensure the overall health and vitality of UICC.
  • Contribute to the strategic thinking of UICC and the business planning process undertaken each year.
  • Help ensure that UICC’s values, mission and vision are pertinent and practiced throughout UICC.
  • Develop and coordinate means to seek regular input from UICC’s key stakeholders regarding the quality of UICC’s communication capabilities.
  • Help formulate and administer policies to ensure the integrity of UICC.
  • Act as an internal consultant to bring attention and solutions to institutional priorities.


  • Maintain a positive and supportive work environment that attracts, retains and motivates top quality personnel, both paid and volunteer.
  • Recruit, train, appraise, supervise, support, develop, promote and guide qualified personnel, both paid and volunteer.
  • Ensure effective management within the marketing, communications and public relations function, with provision for succession.
  • Design, support and oversee cross-functional teams throughout UICC.
  • Manage the various demands on their team from across the rest of the UICC.
  • Effectively enable staff, suppliers and volunteers so they can take action on behalf of UICC by:
    • transmitting UICC’s values, vision and direction;
    • engaging people in the purpose of UICC;
    • respecting and using the skills, expertise, experience and insights of people;
    • providing direction and resources, removing barriers and helping develop people’s skills;
    •  articulating expectations and clarifying roles and relationships;
    • communicating which includes helping people transform information into knowledge and learning;
    • encouraging people to question organisational assumptions and ask strategic questions; ensuring quality decision-making;
    • anticipating conflicts and facilitating resolution;
    • engaging people in process as well as tasks; encouraging people to use their initiative, practice their authority, and accept their responsibility;
    • modelling behaviour; and
    • coaching people to success.

Skills and competencies

  • Advanced university degree in communications, marketing, public relations preferred or a comparable education.
  • Minimum of 7 years experience in marketing, communications or public relations with demonstrated success, preferably in the not-for-profit or association sector.
  • Demonstrated skills, knowledge and experience in the design and execution of marketing, communications and public relations activities (including digital media, and the production of electronic and print materials and publications).
  • Demonstrated successful experience in writing for different purposes, making presentations and negotiating with media and suppliers.
  • Experience developing and managing budgets, and hiring, training, developing, supervising and appraising personnel.
  • Commitment to working with shared leadership and in cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at a time and to work to tight timescales with others.
  • Computer literacy in word processing, data base management and page layout.
  • Strong creative, strategic, analytical, organisational and personal sales skills.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills.
  • English mother tongue; other languages will be an advantage, especially French and/or Spanish
  • The candidate should be eligible to work in Switzerland


Send your CV and motivation letter explaining how you think your skills and experience make you a strong candidate for this position to careers@uicc.org. Deadline for applications: 30 June 2018

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Download PDF version of Job description below:

By | June 5th, 2018|Careers|0 Comments

Pechakucha Night – International Geneva: The Art of Concise Presentations

The next “PechaKucha Night” will showcase those who influence “International Geneva”.

It will be held on 31 May  from 19h00 to 22h30 at La Pastorale, Route de Ferney 106 – 1202 Genève.

Speakers including Sami Kanaan (politician and presumed next Mayor of Geneva), Corinne Momal-Vanian (director at the UN Office at Geneva), Celine Van Till (elite Swiss athlete, ambassador for the disabled and author) Vincent Lusser, Deputy secretary general, urban projects, State of Geneva and Dan Acher (Founder, Happy City Lab) will present their ideas, works and thoughts at the upcoming “International Geneva Pechakucha Night”.

PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings held in creative cities all around the world, where local and international people get together and share their ideas, works and thoughts — just about anything — in the “PechaKucha” format: 20 images for 20 seconds each. Organized in collaboration with CAGI (Geneva Welcome Centre) and UNOG (United Nations office Geneva) perception change project, the short and visual presentations will be given in French and English.

The event, hosted at the beautiful “La Pastorale” mansion situated at Route de Ferney 106, Geneva (100m from the Place des Nations), will be followed by a Garden Party, with a concert by The Emigrants, food trucks (by the Hamburger Foundation and Saveurs Migrants) and a cash bar with local craft beer from La Brasserie des Murailles. The evening is an opportunity to network and to learn about extraordinary initiatives, entrepreneurship experiences, hidden secrets and the exciting cultural happenings of International Geneva.

For further information>>

By | May 30th, 2018|Other events|0 Comments

Sold out – but extra tickets now available!

Our lunchtime event this Friday on new EU data rules has proven very popular – it’s sold out – but we’ve moved to a bigger room (same venue) – so some 20 more persons can attend!

Register here>>

By | May 29th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Sphere – Strategic Communications and Membership Director, Geneva

Sphere – Strategic Communications and Membership Director, Geneva

Are you a natural communicator and relationship builder? Do you enjoy the challenge of finding new ways to engage and connect with a wide variety of people and organisations? Can you harness that energy around a common goal and vision?

If so, join Sphere for an exciting opportunity as the Director of Strategic Communications and Membership to mobilise a global network of Sphere members intent on promoting principled humanitarian quality and accountability in practice!

What is expected of you in this role?

You will lead the vision for communicating effectively about Sphere as well as enabling communication with the members around the use of the Standards. You will also be responsible for member relations, including outreach, recruitment, retention and implementation of plans designed to cultivate, maintain, and strengthen the use and effectiveness of the Sphere Standards.

COMMUNICATION – You will lead the planning, development of, implementation and monitoring of Sphere’s strategic communications. Specifically, you will work with the Communications Manager to:

· Develop and implement a Sphere communications strategy to support Sphere’s new “Sphere Effect” proposal to Act, Learn and Connect.

· Find novel ways to promote the work of the Sphere members’ work on the application of Humanitarian Standards.

· Oversee the continued development of a new and engaging Sphere website.

· Expand Sphere’s social media presence.

· Lead the production of the monthly e-newsletter, annual report and other special reports as needed.

MEMBER RELATIONS – You will work with Sphere’s Membership Officer to manage the engagement of new members as well as retention of Sphere members.

· Oversee the continued development for identifying membership needs for Sphere.

· Promote membership and member benefits and services.

· Solicit new members and oversee renewing membership.

· Provide a high level of service including building strong relationships with members, non-members, donors and others.

· Oversee the timely completion of administrative tasks related to membership and payment processing, coordination of membership renewals, updating membership data on website and other functional systems.

· Plan and manage membership events in coordination with other staff, including special workshops, networking events, Sphere’s General Assembly, and other events.

What we are looking for:

You are a seasoned professional with demonstrated experience in developing and leading strategic communications for non-profit organisations, preferably with global membership reach.

You embrace a spirit of problem-solving, communication and entrepreneurship to work with and adapt to multiple stakeholders around the world.

Your colleagues describe you as an exceptional communicator and advocate, and you would be comfortable representing Sphere at the highest level.

You enjoy working in small teams and enjoy guiding others in their work.

You have excellent oral and written English skills that are articulate and succinct, with other working languages as an asset.

You would ideally have experience using Sphere in field operations and policy development, as well as hands-on humanitarian field experience in a management or technical role.

The practicalities
You will report to Sphere’s Executive Director

You will supervise the Membership Officer and the Communications Manager

You will be based in Geneva (all candidates must hold a valid Swiss work permit)

Your time commitment will be full time. Flexibility on percentage of time will be considered for the right candidate.

You will start: ASAP


Please send your CV and letter of motivation to: recruitment@sphereproject.org including ‘Strategic Communication and Membership Director’’ in the subject line.

Application deadline: 21 June 2018.

Interviews will be held in the first week of July. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Further information>>

By | May 29th, 2018|Careers|0 Comments