Communication Manager – Trafigura Foundation Geneva

Trafigura is one of the world’s leading independent commodity trading and logistics houses. Our business is advancing trade for a growing array of customers and counterparties around the world. The Trafigura Foundation (see was established in November 2007 and acts as the Group’s philanthropic arm. Similarly, the Puma Energy Foundation (est. 2013, see plays a comparable role towards the Puma Energy company, partially owned by Trafigura. Managed by the same team, both foundations work in very close interaction with the employees of the Group, in line with the ambition to nurture an informed, participatory connection between our people and the communities in the countries where we operate. The foundations also encourages the involvement of our staff in community-oriented initiatives, in particular through its Matching Funds scheme and the network of Charity Committees in our main offices.

Main Purpose
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Communication Manager defines the communication strategy for the Trafigura Foundation and the Puma Energy Foundation and ensures the timely and effective production and distribution of all communication materials. S/He makes sure the foundations’ on- and offline publications are at all times aligned with the foundations’ activities and philosophy. S/He defines, organises, plans and supervises all activities relating to the preparation, production and distribution of both Foundations’ communication materials.

The scope of the Communication Manager’s activities covers both external and internal communication and covers all identities under which or on behalf of which the foundations operate (i.e. Trafigura, Puma Energy, Impala and any other subsidiaries of the Trafigura Group). S/He supervises foundations-specific media-related activities, whilst maintining a close collaboration with the Head of Media Relations, due to the obvious interactions between the foundations and the corporate entities.
Limited duration contract of 6 months initially, with a possibility to extend until 30th September 2018.
70% job (with possible fluctuations over time), located in Geneva;
Preference will be given to candidates already residing in the wider Geneva area;
Highly competitive social benefits package;
Start date as soon as possible.

Key Responsibilities
Manage communication for the Trafigura Foundation and Puma Energy Foundation
The foundations’ communication strategy – external and internal – and plans are implemented as per yearly objectives and reviewed as and when necessary.
Both foundations’ websites are regularly updated with new stories, facts, figures and photos or videos.
Internal communication solutions are delivered (newsletters, announcements, ad hoc news bulletin…).
Both foundations’ annual reports are produced and distributed by early Q2 of the following year.
Communication materials (videos, photos or else) are produced based on opportunity, either by the foundations or by third parties under our supervision.
Information, copy and visuals for Trafigura and Puma Energy’s corporate communication needs are provided (Sustainability Report, Responsibility Report, websites, ‘Puma Connect’ internal e-newsletter, ‘Trafigura World’ internal magazine).
Whenever necessary, potential outsourced services may be sought and submitted to the Executive Director.
The Communication Manager may engage with external suppliers as required to ensure appropriate, timely and professional provision of required support services (e.g. copy-editing, graphic design, photography and video production

Ensure consistent, vibrant brand image and consistency for the foundations
All communication materials comply with the respective visual identity guidelines.
Templates and brand guidelines for all collateral are created and used by all staff and suppliers.
Photo library is maintained and updated.
All copy, photos and logos used by third parties to describe the foundations are provided, checked and approved.
NGO partners receive support and materials for their communication about the foundations.
The correct implementation by the foundations’ grantees of the contractual requirements with respect to highlighting or acknowledging the foundations’ support is being regualry verified and, if required, corrected.
Whenever necessary, briefings, background papers and/or editorial support when foundation spokespersons are being interviewed or required to deliver a speech are produced.
Press and media released are produced and disseminated in close coordination with the Head of Media Relations for either Puma Energy or Trafigura.

Educated minimally to the equivalent of a university level 4 to 5 years education post-18 years (or relevant experience).
Native-level fluency in English and French (reading, writing and speaking).
Ability to read, write and speak in Spanish desirable.
Full proficiency in Windows suite of software, and well as in usual web-management instruments.

Proven relevant experience (5 years minimum) in a comparable position is a prerequisite.
Previous NGO exposure in the field and/or in headquarters is highly desirable.
A keen personal interest in international humanitarian and/or development issues, and in all aspects relating to corporate strategic philanthropy.

Competences & Skills
Ability to recognise and adapt his/her own style and approach to different cultures.
Ability to manage multiple projects and to multitask effectively.
Capacity to organise him-/herself and others with clear short, medium and long term goals.
Has clear thought processes and the ability to articulate plans and ideas in a fast moving multicultural environment.

For further information and to apply>>



By | September 27th, 2016|Careers|0 Comments

Communication Consultant, WIPO Geneva

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property policy, services, information and cooperation. A specialized agency of the United Nations, WIPO assists its 188 member states in developing a balanced international IP legal framework to meet society’s evolving needs.

WIPO engages individuals under ICS (Individual Contractor Services) contracts, who are experts in a specific field, as external resources to work in areas such as IP for development, copyright, IP services, translation and strategic projects. An ICS agreement is a non-staff contract and is not subject to WIPO Staff Regulations and Rules.

To research, organizationally contextualize and implement mechanisms so the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) can increase staff awareness and knowledge of the safety and security services, so as to foster an inclusive and robust organizational security culture. Further this role will adhere to the mandate, requirements and ethos of WIPO and remain compliant with relevant United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) standards.

An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communications, journalism, business administration, political/social science or international relations.
A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience in communications, advocacy and/or public relations at an internationally mandated organization (UN, IO, GO, INGO). These attributes may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience
A minimum of three (3) years with an advanced university degree (five (5) years with a first-level university degree) of progressively responsible experience in UN, IO or INGO is required. Alternate experience in a governmental development agency.

Program Management/Leadership
A minimum of two (2) years of progressive advancement reflecting escalating responsibility and work-stream development is required.
Prior experience working within a team environment that share varied backgrounds, experiences and/or profiles.

If you are interested in joining WIPO as an individual contractor and meet the requirements of the position, we encourage you to apply. The deadline is October 6, 2016.

For complete details on the vacancy and submission of application, please log on to

By | September 27th, 2016|Careers|0 Comments

Geneva Communicators Network lunchtime seminar, Friday 27 May 2016

We are pleased to invite you to our next lunchtime networking event to be held next Friday 27 May 2016 at the Geneva Press Club.

This event will feature GCN co-founder Glenn O’Neil who will speak about the complexities of communication evaluation.

Lunchtime seminar – Challenges and complexities of communication evaluation

Communication is increasingly recognised as a powerful and strategic tool for organisations. Yet little focus is placed on how to evaluate communication activities. Drawing from his recent PhD studies and over a decade of experience in evaluating communication campaigns and programmes, Glenn O’Neil will set out the challenges and complexities of evaluation and offer insights into solutions and approaches to ensure that evaluation brings value to communication professionals and their organisation.

Date: Friday 27 May 2016
Time: 12h30 to 14h00
Location: The Swiss Press Club, Route de Ferney 106, La Pastorale, 1202 Geneva.
Fee: CHF 25.- per person includes drinks and snacks – please register online>>

(In order to facilitate the registration process we ask you to pay in advance through our online registration system. If you are unable to do so, please contact us).

Places are limited due to the venue size, so please register early for the event.

About the speaker: As founder of Owl RE, Glenn O’Neil has led evaluation, research and communication projects for international organisations, NGOs and companies for over a decade. Co-founder of the Geneva Communicators Network, Glenn holds a PhD in social research and methodology from the London School of Economics and an Executive Masters in Communications Management from the University of Lugano.

By | May 19th, 2016|GCN lunch events|0 Comments

Workshop on emailing and e-newsletters (in French), 22 April 2016, Geneva

A very interesting workshop on Friday 22 April  in Geneva  (in French) from the social media / blogger expert Stephanie Booth:

Faire des mailings (newsletter) respectueux et efficaces!

– Pourquoi mettre 50 personnes en copie (cachée ou non) dans un mail… ça va pas 😉
– Comprendre le double opt-in (et la loi suisse)
– Qu’est-ce que je fais avec ma collection d’adresses, du coup?
– aweber, mailchimp, tinyletter, revue… que choisir?
– Créer un compte et se lancer

Cost: 60 / 40 CHF

16h00-18h00, Friday 22 April,
Venue: Soft-Space, 2, rue des Cordiers, 1207 Geneva, Switzerland
Further information>>


By | April 19th, 2016|Other events|0 Comments

Sold out! Pre-summer apéro, Tuesday 16 June 2015, Geneva Botanical Gardens

Our  joint IABC/GCN pre-summer apéro is now sold out! We look forward to seeing the 50+ communicators next Tuesday!



By | June 12th, 2015|GCN aperos|0 Comments

Next Geneva UN designers group meeting

UNdesignerslunch_May20The next lunch meeting of the UN Geneva designers community is planned for 20 May 2015 hosted by OCHA. The meeting is an informal gathering open to graphic designers and visual experts working in the UN to discuss opportunities and challenges.

For more info, contact: or visit the Facebook page.

By | May 4th, 2015|Other events|0 Comments

4 new job opportunities!

Four new job opportunities are now online on our Careers page:

Nestle Research Programme Communications Lead – Lausanne

Communication Internship – Cereal Partners Worldwide – Lausanne

Global Brand PR Manager – Cereal Partners Worldwide – Lausanne

Internal communication unit traineeship – ICRC – Geneva

Good luck!

By | December 19th, 2014|Careers|0 Comments

1 day workshops on media relations, online media strategies and web writing, 18 November 2014, Geneva

The Geneva Communicators Network is pleased to announce its next workshop day for communicators which will take place on Tuesday 18 November 2014. All GCN members receive a 22% discount on the entry price (email us for the discount code:

Three one-day workshops will be run simultaneously including a networking lunch where all participants can meet and discuss. The groups will be small – between 8-10 participants – to allow instructors to address the specific needs of participants.

Workshop day : Tuesday 18 November 2014 at the Conference Centre (CICG) in Geneva – featuring three workshops (Note: you can only attend one workshop in the day!):

Cost: 450 CHF for GCN members, 580 CHF for non-members

(includes a buffet lunch and tea/coffee)

Location: Conference Centre Geneva (CICG), 17 rue Varembé, 1211 Geneva

Register now >>

Workshop 1:Media relations 

This is a practical and interactive course for communications and other professionals who want to hone their media relations, media writing and talking to the media skills. Given by a former BBC foreign correspondent, the course will give you a better understanding of how journalists think, how to generate media interest for your stories and how to give a great media interview.

More information >> 

Register now >>

Workshop 2:  Online media strategies

This workshop is designed for marketers and communicators to help you understand the role of the different online marketing communication tactics and create effective digital marketing campaigns. During the seminar, we will describe the different digital media and explore how to optimize your digital strategy using the right digital tool; website, SEO, Paid Search, Affiliation, email. We will provide a toolbox for digital marketing and communications professionals (Paid media) to help you understand the key issues and success factors of digital marketing strategy.

More information >>

Register now >>

Workshop 3: Writing for the web

Writing for the web is different. People who visit and use your website or Intranet have different needs and expectations to those who read your messages through other channels. In this workshop you will discover how to write great content that meets these needs and keeps your visitors coming back.

More information >>

Register now >>

We would like to thank the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for facilitating this location for us.


By | October 30th, 2014|GCN workshops|0 Comments

Communication volunteer needed (French-speaking)

A Geneva-based asssociation on Emerging Art is looking for a French-speaking communication volunteer:

Mettre vos compétences au services des arts émergents ?
Aparté – association pour la promotion des artistes émergents, soutenue par le MAMCO, la Loterie Romande, et la Migros recherche un-e professionnel-le de la communication pour compléter son équipe de bénévoles.

Au sein d’une association dynamique de portée suisse et internationale, le rôle de cette personne sera de mettre en place une stratégie de communication visant à promouvoir l’association ainsi qu`à développer le réseau de membres, partenaires et donateurs. Tout cela en coordination avec d’autres bénévoles enthousiastes, notamment dans le graphisme et la traduction.

Couvrant une large palette d’activités de communication, des relations presse à la communication digitale (site web trilingue, présence émergente sur les médias sociaux) et à l’événementiel, cette activité demande une bonne maîtrise du français et de l’anglais.

Intéressé-e à contribuer à promouvoir de jeunes artistes en mettant quelques heures par mois au service de notre association, en fonction de vos disponibilités? Merci de prendre contact avec Ghislaine Picker, 022 343 44 93 ou 077 420 43 07 ou

By | September 24th, 2014|Careers|0 Comments

New jobs online

Three new jobs have been posted on our Careers Page:

Communication Manager, International Seed Federation, Nyon, Switzerland

International Communications Coordinator, MSF, Geneva; Switzerland

Senior Communications Officer,  The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), Geneva, Switzerland

Good luck!


By | September 10th, 2014|Careers|0 Comments