Global Geneva: A ‘local’ magazine with world-wide outreach

A new magazine has been launched – “Global Geneva” – aiming to be  a ‘local’ magazine for a world-wide readership exploring what international Geneva represents.

You can support the magazine by becoming a member – and help them reach their initial target of 5000 members! Join now>>

By | January 6th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Communications & Advocacy Programme Coordinator (Maternity Cover), ECLT Foundation, Geneva

Communications & Advocacy Programme Coordinator (Maternity Cover)

Reports to: Senior Policy & Advocacy Officer

About the Position: The Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco Growing Foundation (ECLT Foundation) seeks a skilled, strategic, and proactive Communications & Advocacy Programme Coordinator to implement communications strategies and activities that engage global, national and local stakeholders – in order to build a deeper understanding of the root causes of child labour in tobacco growing and agriculture, and to help inform public discourse on good practices which are having a positive impact in the fight against child labour.

This position is a maternity leave cover and will be from 16 January for approximately 7 months.

About the ECLT Foundation: Founded in 2001, the ECLT Foundation is a global leader in preventing and addressing child labour in tobacco agriculture with the primary purpose(s) of protecting and improving the lives of children and eliminating child labour in tobacco-growing areas. We work to strengthen communities, improve policies, and advance research so that tobacco-growing communities can benefit from agriculture while ensuring that their children are healthy, educated, and safe. Our Board includes representatives of the International Tobacco Growers’ Association (ITGA) and the major multi-national tobacco companies. The International Labour Organization (ILO) and Save the Children Switzerland are advisors to the ECLT Foundation’s Board.

Main duties and responsibilities:

The Communications & Advocacy Programme Coordinator will work under the direction of the Senior Policy & Advocacy Officer to:
• Coordinate communications and outreach across multiple messaging platforms including
print, web, social media, and events in order to increase awareness of ECLT’s efforts and
• effectively communicate to ECLT’s audiences and internal/external stakeholders
• Develop, edit, and coordinate content across all strategic/programme areas, distributing and
maintaining ECLT’s communications including, but not limited to, the website (e.g. blog,
images, and other content), e-newsletter, social media, videos, and print publications including
the 2016 annual report.
• Serve as the lead staff person on overseeing the ECLT website and social media platforms—
implement and participate in updating the ECLT Foundation’s Web Maintenance and Social
Media Plan to ensure that new and consistent information is developed and posted on schedule
and according to relevant best practices
• Partner with programme staff and/or partners on how to think how to creatively package
knowledge in interesting and engaging ways
• Enhance interaction/communications with field activities of ECLT’s constituency
• Utilize monitoring & evaluation tools, baseline surveys, and project reports as advocacy tools
• Provide communications support under Media Protocols – as directed
General Tasks of the Position
• Coordinate work with outside vendors and communications consultants and provide administrative/budgetary management of assigned vendor contracts
• Write and edit content for various communications, specifically to maintain and improve the website, internet presence, newsletter, briefings, background documents and annual report
• Assist in preparation, planning, and participation in work related meetings and development of meeting minutes
• Contribute to staff reports (i.e. ED Quarterly Report), field mission reports, etc.
• Support in administrative tasks and/or other tasks, as assigned

Qualifications and experience required:

A university degree in a relevant subject is required; Graduate studies in communications, international development, child rights/ labour, are preferred
Other studies or degrees in advocacy, sustainability, or international development are desirable

• A minimum of 5 years of work in communications-related work at national/international environments
• Demonstrated experience in writing, developing (and or assisting in the development of)
communications across various of platforms, including web and social media
• Demonstrated experience in implementing outreach/communication strategies
• Experience in global/international development settings strongly desired
• Applying a consistent approach to communication and maintaining professional and ethical standards
• Ability to develop effective relationships at all levels, internally/externally
• Using and developing the right mix of practical communication abilities to hold the confidence of peers and colleagues
• Good written and oral communication skills for various audiences in English
• Proven experience in the design, editing and production of electronic and print materials.
• Excellent computer skills; familiarity with WordPress, Constant Contact, HootSuit and Sharepoint, strongly desired
• Able to work on own initiative and make sound judgments
• Able to meet deadlines and targets
• Ability to work effectively as a member of a team

Embodies Humanitarian Values, Trust, Respect, Loyalty, Transparency, Integrity

• Native-level or equivalent in written and spoken English and proven drafting skills required
• Proficiency in French and ability to communicate with local vendors and partners desired
• A knowledge of other languages, particularly those spoken in countries where ECLT Foundation operates is an advantage.

Due to current regulations, only Swiss and eligible EU citizens, or those with a valid work permit for Switzerland can be considered.

How to apply:
Applications will include:
• A cover letter, which describes your interest, qualifications, and experiences, maximum 1 page
• Resume / CV
• Submit link to LinkedIn Profile
• Upon Request- Submission of written work

Please send your application to by 1 December 2017

Phone interviews will be held within one week from application deadline
Final on-site interviews will be held from 12 to 16 December.

By | November 18th, 2016|Careers|0 Comments

Communications Internship – WIPO, Geneva

The Communications Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is offering a paid internship opportunity. Visit the Internships at WIPO website for more information on interning with us.
Start date / Location / Duration:
The ideal candidate should be available to begin working full time at the Web Communications Section from January 16, 2017 at the WIPO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The initial duration of the internship is 6 months.

Main Duties
(a) Generation of content for digital and social media channels, in particular for the 2017 World IP Day campaign:
– Research and clear the rights of content material (written copy, images, etc.) for Facebook, Twitter and other social-media platforms;
-Write copy for publication on WIPO website and social media platforms;
– Coordinate the production of campaign materials such as photos, infographics, quote cards and other visuals.
(b) Assistance in social-media presence and campaign management, in particular for World IP Day 2017:
Prepare content for uploading/publication (imagery, copy, events, etc.), and schedule or publish posts;
– Monitor activity on social platforms;
– Coordinate, draft and send responses to queries from the online community;
-Compile and analyze web and social media analytics, as well as qualitative data, and incorporate in activity and performance reports.
(c) Curation of online event map for World IP Day:
-Research web and social media sources for events;
-Compile and administer event database including event title, teaser and links, and upload to Map;
-Manage communication with event organizers via e-mail and social media.
Qualifications and Competences

– Proven excellent creative writing skills in English;
– Graduate degree in marketing, communications, or other relevant discipline;
– Ability to compile, consolidate and organize information;
– Proven research skills.

– Knowledge of French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian or Arabic;
– Ability to grasp new ideas and subjects quickly;
– Knowledge of/willingness to pick up basic knowledge about WIPO and IP concepts;
– Experience or training in communications and public relations;
– Experience with social media management for organizations.

To Apply
Interested candidates should submit their CV and cover letter by November 29, 2016 to (please include “Communications Intern” in the subject line)

By | November 11th, 2016|Careers|0 Comments

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