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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.

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.


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


  • 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

Digital Content Manager – IDMC Geneva

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) is the world’s authoritative source of data and analysis on internal displacement. Since their establishment in 1998 as part of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), they offer a rigorous, transparent and independent service to the international community, and inform policy and operational decisions to improve the lives of people living in, or at risk of, internal displacement.

1. Role and responsibilities

The Website Content Manager will be responsible for creating, improving and maintaining content in support of IDMC’s strategic plan and business goals. The main responsibilities also include sharing content to raise brand awareness and monitoring web traffic and metrics to identify best practices. The ideal candidate is an experienced communications professional with demonstrated skills in developing creative digital content.

The following is a brief description of the main responsibilities of this position:

  • Develop content strategy aligned with short and long-term information dissemination and marketing objectives.
  • Create and publish engaging website content, including written content, videos, animations, digital campaigns and other.
  • Edit, proofread and improve writers’ posts through staff capacity-building.
  • Analyse website traffic to understand users’ interests.
  • Lead on the development and management of IDMC’s digital strategy to improve outreach, dissemination of IDMC’s key products and messages, and impact across multiple platforms.
  • Stay up to date with website developments and generate new ideas to draw our audience’s attention.
  • Provide IDMC’s External Relations Team with general communications support during peak periods.

Specific responsibilities 

Website development and improvements

  • Develop and maintain an internal working group to revamp IDMC’s website. 
  • Develop and implement a digital strategy for IDMC, with the objectives of increasing outreach, dissemination and access to IDMC’s products and key messages through its website, social media, et.al. 
  • Continually add new functions and features to ensure IDMC’s website is user-friendly and accessible to a broad audience.
  • Manage website design contractors.
  • Research IDMC’s website users: conduct user-mapping exercises to promote IDMC products that align with our audience’s needs.

Content Management

  • Develop and maintain a website editorial calendar and ensure content team is on board.
  • Meet weekly with the Data and Analysis team and Policy and Research team to prioritise content to be featured on IDMC’s website and social media platforms.
  • Plan and develop site content, style and layout.
  • Promote and market IDMC’s latest updates and key products using creative approaches and design.
  • Adjust and design content based on website analytics and user mapping results.
  • Repurpose content for different mediums – including social media and video.

Social Media

  • Foster relationships and liaise with IDMC’s partners’ communications teams to improve cross-promotion of our work and key products through partners’ social media platforms.
  • Manage content distribution to online channels and social media platforms to increase web traffic.

Critical interfaces

  • IDMC Director and Head of External Relations – for overall approach, strategy development and quality control.
  • Publications Coordinator – for support on design and layout, planning for publications and coordination, and to ensure brand consistency.
  • Strategic Communications Advisor and Special Advisor to the Director – for alignment on messaging, events participation, and shadowing Director to gain footage and photos during important meetings and trips.
  • IDMC’s External Relations Team – to align digital content with all communications products and to elevate brand identity.
  • IDMC’s Data and Analysis Team and Policy and Research Team – to mobilise content editors, prioritise newsworthy content to publish and to support enhancements to IDMC’s website.
  • NRC’s Media and Communications team – for access to NRC’s photo library and for technical support. 
  • IDMC partners’ communications teams – to maximise outreach and dissemination.

2. Competencies 

a. Professional competencies 

Generic professional competencies for this position: 

  • At least 7-10 years professional communications experience, particularly focused on writing/editing, marketing, content development, and/or design.
  • Excellent English writing skills; French, Spanish and/or Arabic a plus.
  • Highly organised and detail-oriented.
  • Able to oversee large projects and to coordinate and consolidate work from others.
  • Able to research, collate, and summarise information from different sources.
  • Able to translate technical language to key messages for a broad audience.

Context related skills, knowledge and experience: 

  • Minimum Bachelor’s, preferred Master’s degree in Communications or related degree.
  • 5+ years working on digital content management and/or website development.
  • Knowledge of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and web traffic metrics.
  • Basic knowledge of HTML, Javascript and other website publishing technologies.
  • Familiarity with social media.
  • Demonstrated skills in creative film and video editing.

b. Behavioral competencies 

  • Creative thinker: thinks outside the box and takes initiative to troubleshoot challenges
  • Proven networking and relationship management skills
  • Strategic, able to develop strategic plans based on desired impact and outcomes
  • Committed and passionate about the issue of internal displacement
  • Highly professional and collaborative
  • Aptitude for critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving
  • Enjoys working in a fast-paced environment, and can successfully deliver on short deadlines Influential and decisive

How to apply:

Candidates should complete an NRC WebCruiter application including their CV and personal details.

Applications will only be accepted through the NRC recruitment platform.

Please note that for reasons related to the procedure for work permits in Switzerland, only candidates with an EU/EFTA nationality or a valid work permit for Geneva, Switzerland can be considered for this role.

Deadline for applications: 14 July 2019

For further information and to see the full ad>>


By | June 25th, 2019|Careers|0 Comments

Communications Coordinator – MMV Geneva

Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) is a leading product development partnership (PDP) in the field of antimalarial drug research and development. Its mission is to reduce the burden of malaria in disease-endemic countries by discovering, developing and delivering new, effective and affordable antimalarial drugs.

MMV is currently seeking a Communications Coordinator for a period of 12 months. The successful candidate will be responsible for the logistical and administrative activities of MMV’s communications department and supporting the team to implement the organisation’s communications strategy. He/she will be part of a small and dynamic team working to raise the credibility and visibility of MMV through a range of online and offline channels.

The Communications Coordinator will: 

  • Act as the focal point between external communication providers and the MMV legal, finance and business development teams to ensure a streamlined administrative process (i.e. purchase orders, contracts, timely payment of invoices, etc.) 
  • Oversee internal review of new content for web and print in consultation with wider communications team
  • Keep generic documents and presentations updated
  • Conduct desk research on specific subjects or in response to journalist enquiries, as required
  • Keep the MMV website up to date, by creatively posting new content 
  • Produce monthly newsletters, update MMV’s photo database and respond to web enquiries
  • Create and update presentations for the screen in the kitchen to ensure MMV staff are well informed
  • Assist in the development of MMV’s presence on social media
  • Coordinate the translation of content, including liaison with external translators and internal review, when needed
  • Organize regular internal and external team meetings (scheduling, agenda, minutes, actions)
  • Assist with other external and internal communications duties as needed

Education and Experience:

  • University degree 
  • 2 to 3 years of administrative experience; working with other communications teams an asset
  • Experience in global health/ development issues an advantage

Technical skills required:

  • Excellent command of the English language (mother tongue) both written and spoken; excellent command of French highly desirable
  • Expertise with all Microsoft applications
  • Good online research skills
  • Experience with social media management tools an asset
  • Experience editing images and preparing graphics

Behavioural skills required:

  • Excellent people skills (proactive, collaborative, creative, self-initiative, flexible multitasker, detail-oriented)
  • Excellent organizational skills (able to compile, consolidate and organize information)
  • Able to work under pressure and handle frequent changes to deadlines
  • High sense of responsibility; able to work independently under minimal supervision
  • Able to build relationships with the wider MMV team

Start date: Immediate

For more information about MMV’s activities please refer to our website www.mmv.org.  

Recruitment agencies are kindly requested to refrain from submitting applications. 

By | June 20th, 2019|Careers|0 Comments

Networking apero – Thursday 27 June 2019

We are pleased to invite you to our “welcome summer” networking apero on Thursday 27 June 2019 at the Restaurant “La Vie des Champs” near the ICRC and ILO. Join us for some drinks and finger foods to welcome the summer and network with fellow communicators.

The event will also feature an interactive wine tasting session offered by the Geneva Wine Society.

Date/time: 18:30-21:00, Thursday 27 June  2019

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: 33 CHF – includes drinks and snacks

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

We look forward to seeing you there.

By | June 17th, 2019|GCN aperos|0 Comments

One week Summer Course on Digital Strategies for Health Communications – Geneva region

Join the Tufts University European Center in Talloires, France for this one week summer course.

Sunday, August 11, 2019 – Thursday, August 15, 2019

This course (taught in English) covers how to develop and implement a digital strategy to drive a health organization’s online presence, specifically the processes for selecting, using, managing, and evaluating the effectiveness of technologies to reach healthcare consumers. The course touches upon health communication theory, formative evaluation, and search engine optimization (SEO).

Further information >>

By | June 10th, 2019|Other events|0 Comments

Digital Threats & E-reputation Management – 13 June 2019 Spotlight Seminar, Webster University Geneva

Digital Threats & E-reputation Management – 13 June 2019 Spotlight Seminar, Webster University Geneva

June 13, 2019, 18:30 – 19:30

Digital threats such as cyber-attacks, data breaches and phishing have become increasingly common and pose a serious threat to the online reputation of individuals and organisations. Fake news and cyber-attacks have also created distrust in online communication. In this seminar, we explore some of these threats and advise on proactive measures communicators can take to protect or defend the e-reputation of their company or organisation. We also address the challenges of building consumer trust in this uncertain digital environment.


The event will be followed by a question and answer session and a free networking cocktail.

Whilst this is a free event, we kindly ask that you register:

Further information>>

Hosted by the Media Communication Department, Webster University Geneva

By | June 1st, 2019|Other events|0 Comments

Graphic Designer – Internship – CERAH Geneva

Internship – CERAH – Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action
Duration: Three months between June-September 2019

We are seeking a junior Graphic Design intern to join our tight knit team to support internal and external design efforts for 2019. This is a great opportunity for a nimble and conceptual-minded designer to get hands on experience within a friendly, dynamic team.

This is the right internship for you if you are comfortable working in a relaxed work environment – and if you flourish in small teams where everyone has great impact and responsibility. Beyond the basics – like being a typography and layout wizard – you’ll need to have a broad knowledge base of communications, graphic design and technology and be passionate about humanitarian, social and cultural issues.

You will be working alongside other communications professionals on a range of projects including publications, marketing materials and website/social media materials. You should be familiar with the editorial and design process. The internship has a minimum duration of 3 months between June-September. We require a part-time commitment (approx 30 hours a week) with flexible working hours.

This is a paid internship.


• Proven work experience in a design agency, at school/college/university or freelance.
• College diploma or university degree in graphic design or similar.
• Strong conceptual, organisational and problem solving skills.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to speak to the thinking behind design work.
• Adobe Creative Suite. Editorial Photography. Web Design is a plus but not mandatory!

Please send your CV and a cover letter introducing yourself and why you think this internship matches your skills to sian.bowen@graduateinstitute.ch

Deadline for applications: May 31, 2019.

CERAH is the joint centre of the Graduate Institute Geneva and the University of Geneva. The centre specializes in post graduate courses in humanitarian action for professionals. To find out more visit www.cerahgeneve.ch

By | May 18th, 2019|Careers|0 Comments

International Conference – How to Benefit from the IP System – Geneva, 20 May 2019

Join stakeholders from government, civil society, IGOs, NGOs, industry and other sectors to share insights in different domains of intellectual property (IP) and development. Explore national, regional and international knowledge and experience on recent IP and development issues, and strategize on how best to benefit from the IP system.

Geneva – May 20, 2019: 09h00-18h00

Further information>>

By | May 14th, 2019|Other events|0 Comments

Personal Brand Summit – Get your FREE pass

Go behind the scenes and learn how to build your own profitable personal brand with this online summit featuring more than 39 of the world’s leading online marketing experts – including our own Melitta Campbell.
For a limited time, tickets for the event starting 13 May are free.
Click here to get your free ticket AND a free Personal Branding Playbook, with instant tips to help you already uplevel your business.
By | May 6th, 2019|Other events|0 Comments