Happy New Year from the GCN team. We are pleased to invite you to our first GCN networking apero of the year on 30 January 2018 at the Restaurant “La Vie des Champs” near the ICRC and ILO in Geneva, a new lively and dynamic venue. Join us for some drinks and finger food to ring in the New Year and network with fellow communicators.
Date/time: 18:00-20:00, Tuesday 30 January 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
Founded in 1988, the International AIDS Society (IAS) is the world’s largest association of HIV professionals, with members from more than 180 countries.
IAS members work on all fronts of the global response to AIDS, and include researchers, clinicians, policy and programme planners and public health and community practitioners on the frontlines of the epidemic.
Details of Employment:
The Senior Communications Officer position will be based in Geneva, Switzerland and report to the Senior Manager, Communications. The position is full-time and open-ended to start as soon as possible.
Purpose of the Position:
The incumbent will play a senior role in the communications team, leading the strategy, writing and content production for the organization. We are looking for a savvy, seasoned, strategic communicator with a strong understanding of the scientific and political field of the HIV/AIDS and/or global health space.
Lead development of IAS content, including op-eds, blogs, speeches, press releases and publications
Generate compelling content that can be used across all channels and platforms to highlight IAS’ membership work and perspectives
Provide leadership guidance, policy analysis, briefs, and strategic guidance to advance the IAS programme and advocacy portfolio
Guide and execute communications strategies that support and advance the work of IAS
Stay up to date on relevant political and research shifts in the field to navigate and position the IAS appropriately
Manage editorial planning and prioritization across all IAS departments, including all IAS programmes and conferences
Translate highly scientific materials to be easily understood across audiences, including development of key messaging
Write, edit and manage internal approvals of communications content, including press releases, statements, emails, blog posts and publications
Manage media monitoring and reporting to identify opportunities, track communications impact, and support overall brand management of IAS
Manage relationships and agreements with external partners and suppliers while maintaining timelines
Develop and manage external relationships and partnerships for strategic communications and marketing activities
Oversee all media logistics for IAS conferences, including media registrations, press conferences, media briefings, speaker outreach and on-site management
Support media relations, contacts management, outreach lists and media materials
Support social media content development in collaboration with the IAS Digital Producer.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in communications, journalism, public policy, public health or related field or a first-level university degree in combination with communications experience.
Advanced experience working on communications, policy and/or advocacy in HIV/AIDS research or global health more broadly
Background working on scientific research issues
Experience leading communications efforts for high-level events
Demonstrated experience working in an international context.
Must have a firm understanding of the HIV/AIDS and/or the global health landscape
Technical and scientific knowledge of HIV/AIDS is a strong plus
Comfortable presenting to leadership and public audiences about the communications work of the IAS
Excellent written and verbal communications skills; a demonstrated ability to create persuasive and clear communications in all forms, for a variety of audiences
Strong organizational skills, coordination skills and ability to multi-task
Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously with meticulous attention to detail and tight deadlines
Knowledge of relevant international and domestic broadcast media, a keen sense of what makes and shapes the news, and the ability to make well-informed decisions in targeting appropriate media outlets and reporters
Stress tolerance and resilience, ability to work under pressure with multiple and shifting priorities
High-energy self-starter who can operate with minimal supervision but also knows when to ask for counsel
Ability to work well as a team member, as well as work independently.
Native English or full professional proficiency is a requirement
Knowledge of other languages is an asset.
How to apply:
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and a cover letter, in English and by email only, to email@example.com. The applications will be selected on a rolling basis. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
IAS employees are evidence-based, human rights-focused, inclusive and accountable partners in the HIV response. Candidates should display genuine commitment to IAS values (learn more here).
The IAS is committed to recruiting and sustaining a skilled, effective, diverse and gender-balanced secretariat, and to the greater involvement of people living with HIV (GIPA) in all aspects of its work.
People living with HIV are strongly encouraged to apply.
Designing the Sphere Handbook 2018 – Call for proposals for graphic design services
Sphere is seeking a skilled graphic designer with both print and web design experience to produce the new version of the humanitarian community’s flagship manual, the Sphere Handbook 2018.
The Sphere Handbook (www.sphereproject.org) brings together the fundamental standards for life-saving assistance with dignity in the humanitarian sector. It is currently being fully revised, bothin content and structure. The final text will be ready for sign-off by end January 2018.
The Handbook is composed of eight chapters, five of which follow the same basic structure with some variations. This is primarily presented through the following elements, some of which appear as tables or charts:
Chapter contents page
Graphic presentation of the chapter’s standards
Key Actions with sub-action bullet points
Key Indicators with additional information bullet points
References and further reading for the full chapter
1. Interim (15 December) Set of design elements, in any suitable format.
2. Full set of elements (12 January) All digital files (InDesign or similar).
3. All finalized and validated files, ready for online and print publication (max. 28 February): Complete digital files (InDesign or similar); ready-to-print files (press quality PDF); cascading style sheet containing the equivalent design information for use for the online version of the Handbook.
Freelancers and agencies may apply.
Proposals should include:
a) A résumé, inclusive of your language skills (Fluent English or French required); summary information on all team members if several professionals are associated to the proposal;
b) Portfolio of past design work and (if possible) initial suggestions for the Sphere Handbook design;
c) Recommended file formats in which you will submit both the print and online deliverables;
d) An explanation of how the following will be achieved:
Clear, simple and attractive design that is easy to navigate by first-time users;
Consideration given to all the text elements listed above.
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:
An audit of your social media presence to establish your starting point
Goal setting for how you would like it to look in the future
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
Nonprofits & NGOs
Marketers & PR practitioners
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.
Good communication is crucial to the success of any business, we know that.
But for business owners and entrepreneurs who don’t already have strong communication skills, the cost of hiring an agency or freelancer to help plan and execute their literature, websites, social media, presentations, advertising etc. can be prohibiting.
With this in mind, our very own Melitta Campbell has teamed up with digital communications expert, Kathleen Holmlund, to create a one-day workshop that will give participants all the essential tools and knowledge they need to start producing impactful communications for themselves; thus cutting the cost of their communications, helping them achieve better results and faster, and giving them the confidence to communicate coherently and with impact across all channels – always!
The workshop will take place in Geneva at the Impact Hub on 3 March. You can get more information and register via the Geneva Impact Hub website.
** Early Bird discount available until 17 February **
The Geneva Communicators Network is pleased to announce our next lunchtime seminar on Friday 10 February 2017.
Blogging for Organizations: Are You Doing It Right?
Until recently, many organizations considered blogging suspicious, subversive even. Now, everyone is rushing to get a blog. But what exactly is a blog, and how does it differ from other web content? Who should be posting on your blog? How do you attract more readers and make sure you stand out from the crowd? Does your organization even need a blog?
Date: Friday, 10 February 2017 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
For those of you who cannot make it to the event this time, we will be BROADCASTING our lunch seminar LIVE ON FACEBOOK starting at ~12:40 until ~13:45 on Friday, 10 February. Join us remotely!
Leyla Alyanak is a freelance writer with more than 40 years’ experience as a journalist,corporate communicator (UNFPA and UNAIDS) and public relations consultant. In her spare time she runs the highly popular Women on the Road, one of the world’s Top 100 Travel Blogs.
The two-day programme will consist of an eclectic topic mix including SEO, content optimisation, client acquisition through social media, video, adwords, algorithms and more. Teknseo conference will take place on Thursday, June 15 with 3 programme cycles to choose from. Performance Web conference will be held on Friday, June 16 with morning and afternoon sessions.
Here’s the French description of the programme:
Pas moins de 30 experts réputés du webmarketing se relayeront durant deux jours pour vous partager leurs meilleures techniques pour booster votre performance sur le web !
Pour un cru 2017 de haute voltige, on vous propose un programme éclectique qui mélange SEO, optimisation du contenu, acquisition sur les réseaux sociaux, mais aussi de la programmatic, de l’optimisation du taux de conversion, des algorithmes. On parlera aussi de vidéo, d’adwords, et de pleins d’autres sujets passionnants autour du marketing digital !
Quelques exemples de conférences pour vous mettre l’eau à la bouche :
Comment reprendre le contrôle de ses données sur le web ?
De site de niche à site d’autorité, recette pour devenir GROS en partant de 0 ?
Comment dépenser intelligemment son budget publicitaire sur Facebook et les autres réseaux sociaux ?
Comment tirer profit de la data SEO pour sa stratégie d’acquisition de trafic.
Vous pouvez dès à présent prendre votre pass pour le jeudi, le vendredi ou les deux jours combinés. Les billets sont disponibles en early bird jusqu’au 15 avril, ensuite les prix passeront au tarif normal !