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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

Request for proposal: IDMC website redesign

IDMC invites companies to make an offer for their website redesign, further information here>>

Deadline for proposals: 31 July 2017.

By | July 5th, 2017|Careers, News|0 Comments

Consultancy: Development of communications strategies and materials for influenza projects

The Global Influenza Programme (GIP) in WHO HQ Geneva seeks to recruit a consultant for the development of comprehensive communications strategies and supporting materials for several areas of work currently underway.Expected start date is 17 July 2017. Contract duration is 5 months. Below is a brief description of the work to be performed:

Activities for the Pandemic Influenza Severity Assessment Tool (PISA)

    1. Develop a comprehensive communications strategy, a strategy for rollout, and a method for evaluating and refining the strategy
    2. Develop a training package for communications officers (at both the global and national level
    3. Develop a website devoted to PISA

Activities for burden of disease (BoD)

    1. Develop a comprehensive communications strategy, a strategy for rollout, and a method for evaluating and refining the strategy
    2. Develop a training package for communications officers
    3. Develop a website devoted to BoD

 Activities for global influenza situation reporting

  1. Develop a comprehensive communications strategy, a strategy for rollout, and a method for evaluating and refining the strategy

 Activities for risk assessment tools

  1. Develop, in consultation with WHO staff and experts, a comprehensive document explaining the currently available risk assessment tools, which tool is appropriate given a certain situation, identification of target groups, and tailored messages to various audiences.

Please see the attached terms of reference for more details on the activities and the expected qualifications.

Interested service providers should submit the following documents to WHOinfluenza@who.int  by 7 July 2017, 23.59h (Geneva time):

    1. CV (for individual contractors) or Company Profile (for institutional applications)
    2. Expression of interest (cover letter) that includes a financial proposal as detailed in the Terms of Reference (pdf).
By | July 4th, 2017|Careers, News|0 Comments

Marketing & Communications Internship – The Swiss Arbitration Association Geneva

The Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) is seeking an intern to provide support in its marketing and communications efforts. The successful candidate is a recent or soon to be graduate of an international communications/marketing program, based in Geneva, Switzerland or the surrounding area. They are looking to gain experience in web based marketing and event management and/or create a career in the legal industry.

Beyond gaining invaluable work experience, the role provides the chance to gain a deeper understanding of the legal sector alongside the opportunity to network with some of the biggest stakeholders in the international dispute resolution industry. The team will additionally provide training, guidance and support with the possibility of a flexible schedule.

Responsibilities & Duties include:

  • Web-based marketing (E.g. Email marketing using newsletters, templates etc.)
  • Event management and promotion
  • Marketing database management
  • Website content management (ASA, Swiss Arbitration Hub)
  • Social media management and content creation (primarily LinkedIn)

Desired Qualifications & Skills

  • Bachelor Degree (Marketing, Communications or Law preferred, but not limited to),
  • Previous work experience,
  • Service-oriented, courteous and polite,
  • Excellent English writing and speaking skills. Other languages a plus,
  • Technology-savvy: Proficient with all Microsoft Office applications,
  • Familiar with social media strategies/tools and web-based marketing platforms a plus (for content creation – newsletters etc.),
  • Event organization and promotion experience,
  • Website design and/or administration, Flair for creativity,
  • Keen attention to detail in all matters,
  • Self-starter: able to take initiative and stay on task, working independently and seeking help when needed,
  • Hardworking and dedicated outlook.

Duration: Minimum 6 consecutive months, at 70-100%

Start Date: As soon as possible

Remuneration: While this is not a full salaried position, a modest stipend will be offered. To be discussed.

Location: Geneva, Switzerland. The candidate must have a valid work permit.

Should you be interested, please send your CV and motivation letter to Alex McLin: alex.mclin@arbitration-ch.org.

By | June 21st, 2017|Careers|0 Comments

Social Media Strategy Masterclass – Impact Hub


3 hour workshop & 1 hour follow-up consultation with your trainer, Kathleen Holmlund (sign up here!)

Need to create a social media strategy but don’t know where to start?
Every action you take on your social networks should be a part of an overall communications and marketing strategy for your business or organisation. It may sound daunting, but every post, like and comment you make should be aligned with your organisational values and goals. By taking the time to create and implement a social media strategy you will find that your social efforts and skills will start to blossom naturally.

What is a social media strategy?
Quite simply, it is a summary and action plan for everything you plan to do and hope to accomplish for your business or organisation using social networks. It follows three main stages:

  1. An audit of your social media presence to establish your starting point
  2. Goal setting for how you would like it to look in the future
  3. Selecting the resources and tools you will need to reach those goals

What you will learn
During the workshop, I will take you through the whole process of creating a social media strategy. You will learn how to:

  • Conduct a social media audit
  • Create your social media goals & objectives
  • Create & improve your social profile
  • Get inspiration from industry leaders, peers, competitors, clients, etc
  • Create a content plan and editorial calendar
  • Experiment, track, reflect and adjust your plan

Who should attend?

  • SME business owners
  • Startups
  • Nonprofits & NGOs
  • Marketers & PR practitioners
  • Creative professionals
  • Anyone wishing to start their own business
  • Employees who have to manage social media channels

Pre-Course homework and post-course support

Before coming to the workshop, you will be invited to complete a set of tasks to get the most out of the training. Following the workshop, you will have a 1 hour one-on-one consultation either in person or over Skype. You can use this to review your progress, set some goals or get further clarity on specific areas of social media.

Your trainer & coach: Kathleen Holmlund

Kathleen has worked in the communications field across various corporate and nonprofit sectors for over 18 years. These include consumer electronics, automotive electronics, human rights, climate, business ethics, health and food. She has been developing and executing social media plans for over 10 years and loves being kept on her toes with this fast moving industry. She joined Impact Hub Geneva as a collaborator in Spring 2015, and has since focused her efforts on working with social entrepreneurs, startups and nonprofits who are purpose-driven in making a positive impact in our world. Check out her LinkedIn profile for more information.

Social Media Strategy Masterclass

By | June 14th, 2017|Other events, Professional development|0 Comments

GCN workshop day (9 June 2017) – wrap up

Thanks to all the participants who attended the GCN workshop day on 9 June 2017. A special thanks to the three trainers: Leyla (Giray) Alyanak for her workshop on “The Truth About Successful Blogging”; John Zimmer for his workshop about how to “Ignite your Public Speaking, and John Scotland for his workshop on “Digital Storytelling – Video for Social Media”.

Many thanks also to the photographer Geraldo Pestalozzi for the great images of the event below.

We look forward to seeing you at our summer apero. Stay tuned for the official invitation.

  • image by: Geraldo Pestalozzi
    GCN workshop day, 9 June 2017 - "The Truth About Successful Blogging" with Leyla (Giray) Alyanak


By | June 13th, 2017|GCN workshops, Guest posts|0 Comments

FIND – Head of Communication, Geneva  

Position Objective
The primary objective of the position of the Head of Communication is to raise the profile and reputation of FIND as a thought leader, coordinator and innovator of accessible, affordable and
effective diagnostics in low income settings.

He/she is required to understand the landscape of actors in the field of diagnostics in low income countries and must be able to shape and articulate FIND’s responses to emerging issues.
The position requires good management skills to implement a global communications strategy that targets key media effectively and uses high‐quality, scientific communications as its cornerstone, and the ability to produce publications for external audiences.

The position is in charge of a small team in Geneva, managing the writing and placing of scientific articles and publications and the production and use of different tools, notably for digital and social communication.

The Head of Communication reports to the CEO.

Specific Job Responsibilities

Management and planning:
‐ Enhance and implement a comprehensive communications strategy to support FIND’s mission
‐ Lead FIND’s communication operations by determining targeted audiences, identifying channels and developing messages
‐ Manage a team in Geneva, as well as consultants.

Communication coordination:
‐ Draw up and implement the annual publication plan (annual report, regular newsletters, website, leaflets, etc.) in accordance with FIND’s strategy and its scientific
programme achievements in TB; Malaria; NTDs; HIV/HCV; and Fever, AMR and Outbreaks
‐ Champion the role of diagnostics as an essential element in good healthcare through the publication of diagnostics‐related thought leadership materials
‐ Amplify FIND’s messages by telling the story from both FIND’s and our partners’ perspectives
‐ Increase use of and engagement with mainstream and social media to increase FIND’s visibility
‐ Produce articles, editorials for targeted journals/audiences about FIND’s model, the key challenges in the field
‐ Validate and support all major communication efforts
‐ Participate in team leaders’ meetings, coordinate regular global communication meetings with all team members, and ensure coherent approaches throughout a matrix organization.

‐ Generate hard news angles for scientific & medical journals to raise the profile of FIND’s brand and, through the coordination of proactive press relations by the team, with mainstream news media, and social media
‐ Increase use of and engagement with mainstream and social media to increase FIND’s

‐ Support media outreach by the team with the necessary range of written materials, such as press releases, e‐newsletters, press packs, movies and other documents
‐ Support liaison offices in developing messaging for regional/local media
‐ Identify key scientific events and opportunities for presentation of the FIND and its activities

‐ 10‐15 years’ work experience in a similar position, with a background in journalism,  communications management, media relations or global health, and ideally with a strong public health background
‐ Master’s  degree or equivalent in communication, public health,science or related field
‐ Rigorous, organized and experienced in managing a team and coordinating a network of multi‐cultural collaborators
‐ Understanding of poverty related health issues in low income countries
‐ Ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines
‐ Excellent command of written and spoken English as a mother tongue, French desirable, other languages a plus
‐ Good computer skills, especially PowerPoint, Word, design.
‐ Proven track record in strengthening communication around organisations, policies and projects

To apply
Please send a motivation letter, a detailed CV and three references to hr@finddx.org
Deadline to send your application: 21st June 2017
(But don’t wait until the deadline! We will start screening right away and if we find the right person, we will stop searching.)
Please note that only applicants meeting the profile requirements will be personally contacted.
Applications sent by recruitment agencies will not be considered.

By | June 1st, 2017|Careers|0 Comments

FIND – Communications Intern – Geneva

FIND is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to R&D activities that accelerate access to new diagnostic technologies and to building global diagnostic testing capacity for poverty-related diseases in low- and middle-income countries. FIND was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
With programmes in diagnostics for tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis C, HIV, four neglected tropical diseases, febrile illnesses, outbreak preparedness and fighting antimicrobial resistance, FIND works across the spectrum from test development through to delivery. FIND also works hard to increase access to diagnosis. Over the past 14 years, FIND has delivered 21 new diagnostic tools. These achievements have helped increase the global prioritization of diagnostics and, in some cases, revolutionized the landscape of disease control programming in low- and middle income countries.

Are you a strong writer, a quick learner, a user of social media and interested in communications and global health? Do you want to learn more about the development and use of diagnostic tests that meet the needs of low- and middle-income countries?
Starting in July 2017 (or earlier), we are looking for an intern to join our communications team for three months, with a possibility for extension.
FIND uses a variety of media, including print, web and social media, to inform our technical and non-technical stakeholders about the progress and successes of our programmes and to communicate the importance of diagnostics for global health. As Communications Intern, you will be working as part of a small team in Geneva under the supervision of the Senior Communications Officer to complete some key projects and to plan and produce communications materials. Keep in mind that this is a two-way street – while we have stuff that needs to get done, we also want to be sure that you leave this internship with something for your CV. Think about what you might like to do and we’ll talk about it. We’re open to your ideas.

Primary Responsibilities:
-Take responsibility for FIND’s social media, with input and support from the communications team, including planning, engagement strategies, daily posting and indicator tracking.
-Update FIND’s website using WordPress templates.
-Research, write, edit and/or proofread content for FIND’s print media, monthly enewsletter, website, presentations, press releases and the like, as needed.
-Update FIND’s photo library, as needed.
-Work with the communications team to develop and implement new ideas and projects.
-Other communications support, as required.

The skills and competencies we are looking for:
-Excellent writing, editing, research and interpersonal communication skills
-Strong organizational skills, independent work habits, creativity, critical thinking and deadline-sensitivity
-Good sense of humour and able to work well as part of a team
-Able to correctly spell “centre”; have common sense around the use of the Oxford-comma
-Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite and social media, and familiarity with content management systems (e.g. WordPress or others) and on-line photo library platforms
-Graphic design capacity and knowledge of Adobe InDesign and/or other design software would be icing on the cake
– Fluency in English required; knowledge of French, Spanish or other languages an asset
– Experience working in a multicultural environment and with non-profit organizations, and some knowledge of global health – or else a burning interest in learning more

-Must be a graduate student in good standing or a recent graduate of a Master’s programme, preferably in global health, international relations, journalism,
communications or related
– Must be able to work 40 hours per week during July and August (negotiable if available to work full-time for part of June or September)
– Must have the necessary legal documentation to work in Switzerland

Please mail your motivation letter and CV to hr@finddx.org before the 7th June 2017

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

By | June 1st, 2017|Careers|0 Comments