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GCN Lunch event wrap up

Thank you to all the GCN members who attended our GCN lunch event on Friday 13 April. A special thanks also to Vincent Lusser, responsible for communications at Geneva State’s Department of Town and Country Planning, Housing and Energy for his insightful presentation, presenting the innovative urban developments in Geneva and highlighting some of the communications challenges linked to their promotion.

Below are a few images captured by photographer Geraldo Pestalozzi.

  • Lunch event at CICG with Vincent Lusser, responsible for communications at the Geneva Urban Planning Office


By | April 20th, 2018|GCN lunch events, Uncategorised|0 Comments

Business communication officer (40% – 50%) – STSA Geneva

The Swiss Trading and Shipping Association (STSA) is recruiting a business communication officer at 40% or 50% (16 or 20 hours a week) for a minimum of 6 months. The officer will support the Secretariat in a full range of support functions but in particular in writing, editing and reviewing content of all type of documentations in English. He/she will help the STSA team in its daily operations to provide high quality communication material. 

Founded in 2006, STSA is the main professional association in Switzerland for commodity merchants, shipping companies and banks specialised in trade finance. It has become a respected platform in the commodity trading industry. It now has over 190 members, with businesses of all sizes. It represents the interests of the sector through various activities such as: 

  • Education & Training 
  • Working groups of common interests 
  • Commodity related services 
  • Public conferences 
  • Public affairs 

Main responsibilities

1. Business and administrative support

  • Edit various documents in English such as newsletters, position papers, website, etc.
  • Draft general correspondence in English 
  • Support the team in developing its communication on the various social networks (including active monitoring of social media activities) 
  • Work with the STSA team at maintaining and expanding the relationship with members through existing tools (extranet, Newsletter, communication alerts, etc.) 
  • Update the STSA website 
  • Perform other related duties as required 

2. Annual report  (August 2018) 

  • Prepare the STSA Annual Report in collaboration with the STSA Team and its external designer 
  • Propose and draft the texts in collaboration with the STSA Team 
  • Ensure that all deadlines are met 


3. Publication of STSA yearly magazine (December to March)

  • Contact contributors and manage the follow-up (article gathering) in a timely manner 
  • Proofread, comment and propose modifications to the articles 
  • Coordinate with STSA press partners 
  • Liaise with potential sponsors and advertisers 
  • Set-up a budget and issue invoices 
  • Ensure that deadlines are met 

Knowledge, skills and abilities: 

  • Must have exceptional written and proofreading skills in English (English mother tongue desired) 
  • Good command of French an asset 
  • Very effective organisational skills 
  • Good listening and communication skills 
  • Internal customer orientation 
  • Time management skills and able to work under time pressure 
  • Ability to maintain a high level of accuracy and confidentiality 
  • Excellent knowledge of the functioning of the various social networks (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) 
  • Problem solving skills and innovative thinking 
  • Team spirit 

What STSA offers: 

  • An international and dynamic environment 
  • An internship helping you to develop your abilities in business communication 
  • A varied daily work with a high degree of autonomy 
  • An environment offering you opportunities to grow your job 
  • A small team with a family spirit 
  • A close connection to industry’s participants 

Starting date: May 2018

Please send your CV and motivation letter electronically to: 

STSA, attention: Silviane Chatelain Email: Silviane.chatelain@stsaswiss.ch 


By | April 17th, 2018|Careers|0 Comments

New guide: five steps to better email

Our March lunchtime speaker, Michael Gentle on business writing, has just published a new free guide “Five steps to better email – how to write emails that people will actually read”. You can download the guide here>>.

By | April 16th, 2018|News, Other resources|0 Comments

UN Designers next meetup – Friday 27 April 2018

News of their next meeting from the UN Designers group:

Good news! A new UN Designers meetup is on the way. The meeting will take place at Room L in the ITU headquarters (Montbrillant building) on Friday 27th April, starting at 10:30am.

For this time we will have a double bill: Marc Friederich from Laussane based agency Antistatique will be discussing in ‘Design Systems’ how shifting from print to digital has shaped branding and design systems.

For the second talk, ‘Visualizing for Change’, Nicole Lachenmeier and Darjan Hil, from Basel’s information design agency YAAY, will be presenting the seven principles of the agency’s information designers mindset. We encourage anyone interested in UX Design and Data Visualization to attend this exciting meeting. Entrance is free.

Please register here>>

By | April 12th, 2018|Other events|0 Comments

Request for proposal: Global Report on Internal Displacement 2018 microsite

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)  would like to invite digital agencies and contractors to submit bids for building the landing page of our annual report. The deadline for proposals is Friday 23rd March. See full details in the documents below:

Description of requirements:

  • Develop a microsite for the Global Report on Internal Displacement 2018

Manner of Submission:

  • Please submit your proposals in accordance with the requirements detailed below by email to george.binder@idmc.ch

Deadline for submission of quotations is 23:59 PM CET on Friday, 23rd March 2018. Those who do not submit their quotation by this deadline will not be considered.

Respondents may contact IDMC Geneva for clarification and information pertaining to this request for quotation. Any requests for information or clarification must be submitted in writing by e-mail to George Binder at george.binder@idmc.ch before the end due date of the RFPs.

For further information: Request for proposal ; Annex A – Terms of Reference

By | March 23rd, 2018|Careers|0 Comments

Request for Proposals for DNDi Film on the Discovery of a Cure for African Sleeping Sickness


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALSDNDi Film on the Discovery of a Cure for African Sleeping sickness 

1. Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi

Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is a not-for-profit research and development organization, DNDi works to deliver new treatments for neglected diseases: leishmaniasis, human African trypanosomiasis, Chagas disease, specific filarial infections, mycetoma, paediatric HIV, and hepatitis C.

2. Project overview: 

DNDi is requesting proposals for producing a compelling HD film (4-6’) that tells the story of the development of the first all-oral cure for sleeping sickness. This film will show how this innovative drug, called “fexinidazole,” will completely change the way we treat people living with sleeping sickness, a deadly tropical disease that affects some of the most neglected communities in the world.

Fexinidazole was developed through an alternative, non-profit driven R&D model and this film will showcase the innovative partnership that led to this scientific discovery – a partnership that could help challenge the prevailing notion how we develop drugs.

3. Project scope 

DNDi would like to develop a 4-6 minute film for on/off-line screening that shows, on the one side, this innovative partnership and development of a new treatment for sleeping sickness in Central Africa, and at the same time offers a moving human story that shows the ravages caused by sleeping sickness, how fexinidazole will change things for treatment of the disease now and control/elimination of the disease in future.

While there is a need to avoid excessive reliance on talking heads, the human side of both parts of this story should shine – the researchers and scientists working together for the drug’s development, and the health workers and patients working and living in the world’s most remote areas of the Congo.

Previous DNDi films have been made around these same angles but this film must have a distinct visual identity and brand that can serve as inspiration for a “mini-campaign” for social media, where DNDi and partners can take short clips/images of the video and share them.

4. Budget 

Please provide a budget estimate with cost breakdowns and maximum details.

5. Eligible criteria: 

• Experience in creative video development, production and post-production on social/development/scientific issues, including animated infographics, aimed at international general audience;
• Understanding the purpose and the scope of this video project
• Must have experience in producing videos of similar nature for international clients (must submit at least 2 similar sample work as a proof)
• Original and creative approach
• Demonstration of cost effective approaches to video production
• Demonstrated ability to coordinate resources, equipment and required staffing for video production and post-production
• Demonstrated experience producing videos for non-profit organizations
• Availability to travel to Africa and Europe in May/June 2018

6. Timelines 

• Milestone 1: Completion of briefings and production of initial outlines – May 15th, 2018
• Milestone 2: Production of storyboards – June 15th, 2018
• Milestone 3: DRC filming trip to be scheduled. 1st version of the film – July 13th, 2018
• Milestone 4: Final version of the film – July 25th, 2018

7. Proposal requirements 

The proposal should include:

• A cover letter that explains how the video producer can meet DNDi’s needs, citing experience, skills, capacity and motivation; and an indication of availability for a visio call or a meeting in Geneva the week of April 9th, 2018 if shortlisted.
• Any short creative proposals would be welcome based on the brief above.
• Samples of video productions

8. Proposal evaluation 

A selection will be made by the DNDi project team based on the proposal’s:

• Responsiveness to the scope of work as outlined, and DNDi’s needs
• Demonstrated experience and expertise in similar projects
• Bios, qualifications of personnel assigned
• Sample of video productions
• Cost effectiveness

9. Proposal submission 

• Send questions if any to sloiacono@dndi.org by Friday March 23rd, 2018
• Answers to questions related to the RFP will be answered in a document shared with all the bidders by Wednesday March 28th, 2018
• Send your full dossier containing all proposal requirements in pdf by Wednesday April 4th 2018. Proposals should be sent to: sloiacono@dndi.org
• Award project: Week of April 16th 2018 

For a full description of the RFP>>

By | March 21st, 2018|Careers|0 Comments

GCN Lunchtime Seminar, Friday 13 April 2018

Dear Communicators,

The Geneva Communicators Network is pleased to announce our next lunchtime seminar on Friday 13 April 2018.

Successes and challenges in communicating to multi-stakeholder audiences: the example of the Geneva Urban Development Projects.

Geneva is a great place to live and work, but some may find that housing and transportation have been a challenge! So what is Geneva doing about it? Come and discover at our next “Geneva Communicators Network” lunch event to be held on Friday 13 April 2018 at the Conference Centre in Geneva.

This special event will feature Vincent Lusser, responsible for communications at Geneva State’s Department of Town and Country Planning, Housing and Energy. While taking you on a special tour of the urban development project augmented reality display, Vincent will discuss the communication challenges linked to the development of the Geneva urban projects, the public debates they raise and how to manage the differing views and diverse publics.

Date: Friday 13 April 2018
Time: 12h30 to 14h00
Location: Centre de Conférences de Varembé (FIPOI); Rue de Varembe 13 – 1202 Genève (Near Place des Nations)
Fee: CHF 30.- per person includes drinks and snacks – please register online >> 
The exhibition presents the urban development projects in augmented reality on a giant floor photo of the region featuring aspects such as housing and activity areas, the Léman Express rail network, the Nations road and tunnel or public equipment and infrastructure for the canton’s energy transition. Projects for the Nations area are specially highlighted, including with the model of the “Cité de la Musique”.
We look forward to seeing you!
Patricia, Glenn, Melitta and Ekaterina
Geneva Communicators Network
urban exhibition geneva
By | March 16th, 2018|GCN lunch events|0 Comments

eCom Geneva – 24-25 April, 2018

The eCom Geneva exhibition is the largest event dedicated to the web, eCommerce, mobile and digital marketing in French-speaking Switzerland. The 8th edition will take place on April 24-25, 2018. 4,000 trade visitors will come to meet 250 companies (75% Swiss, 25% foreign) and will attend 120 themed conferences, keynotes and workshops.

The exhibition offers to its trade visitors a rich and varied program of themed conferences, an exhibition area, workshops, business meetings and training sessions.

This is a must attend event for company directors and managers responsible for digital, web and mobile, eCommerce, eBusiness, marketing and communication, IT, etc.

Not to be missed: 4 other parallel events

SMARC (new event dedicated to marketing and customer relation)
Swiss IT Business (SITB), the exhibition dedicated to business software and IT solutions
The BI Swiss Forum (BISF) with a conference room exclusively dedicated to BI and Big Data
Retail Expo, event dedicated to retail and point of sales

A unique concept: 2 days, 5 reunited professional events, one visit, 1 same visitor badge. A true 360-degree experience.

To register for the 4 events>>

For further information>>

By | March 15th, 2018|Other events|0 Comments

World Communications Forum – Global 2018 “Communication Power”

The 2018 edition of the World Communications Forum – Global “Communication Power” will take place on 21-22 March 2018 at Rue de Saint-Jean 98 in Geneva.

The goal of the Forum is to unite trend-makers and influencers from the global communications elite and provide a platform for discussion focused on the future development of communications and their role in business, society and politics; to provoke in-depth analysis of the form and content of interaction between business, media, and society, on the one hand, and the state, on the other.

Some highlights from the programme include:

  • Communication Research and Global Health Promotion.
    Gary Kreps, Ph.D., FAAHB, Distinguished Professor, Department of Communication, Director of the Center for Health & Risk Communication, George Mason University (USA)
  • Gaming for social change (as a communicative tool).
    Jessica Muhamad, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication, School of Communication, Florida State University (USA)
  • Trust as the currency for communications.
    Dr. Gaya Gamhewage, World Health Organisation – Infectious Hazard Management & Risk Communications (Switzerland)
  • Culture: The True Brand of a Nation.
    Her Excellency, Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development of the UAE
  • What makes a country brand? Falling into Lost in Communications.
    Metehan Demir, Journalist, Turkey Promotion Group Communication Consultant (Turkey)
    Country reputation and corporate reputation: new challenges for global business.
    Diego Gilardoni, Global Business and Communication Consultant, and Author (Switzerlnad)
  • Get Branded – Stranded Managing Country’s Image Opportunities & Risk.
    Yogesh Joshi, President of the Association for Business Communicators (India)
  • The importance of managing a country’s digital footprint.
    Dave King, Founder and CEO of Digitalis (UK)
  • Ethics in PR.
    Dan Hill, CEO of Hill Impact (USA)
  • Impact Branding: Creating not only shareholders’ profit, but also social & environmental value.
    Gabor Hegyi, Founding Managing Director of Capital Communications (Hungary)
  • PR Revolution: or Revolution in PR?
    Maxim Behar, ICCO’s former President, CEO of M3 Communications Group, Inc. (Bulgaria)
  • Virtual Reality: a New Communication Space!
    Ganesh Chandrasekaran, Founder of ACG Consulting (India)
  • Who is in the driver’s seat?
    Halim Abou Seif, Strategic Communications Consultant & Trainer, RADA Research & PR Co. (Egypt)
  • We Create Wonderful Experiences.
    Ma. Yolanda C. Crisanto, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications of Globe Telecom (The Philippines)
  • Somos Livres – We Are Free.
    Eduardo Vieira, Founder and CEO of Ideal H+K (Brazil)
  • KFC – The Size Doesn’t Matter.
    Serafima Gurova, founder and CEO of RODNYA Creative PR Studio (Russia)
  • Women Influence.
    Lena Bäcker, Co-Founder and President at Good Government Affairs, Committee Member at UNEDUCH/United Nation, International top-relations, Global Goodwill Ambassador, UNEDUCH – Universal Education Charter, Central government administration, Stockholm (Sweden)

For further information on the programme>>

To register>>

By | March 15th, 2018|Other events|0 Comments

Website re-development consulting project – Defeat-NCD Partnership, Geneva

Request for Proposals (RFP): Re-development of Website


The Defeat-NCD Partnership invites web designers or design agencies to re-develop, design and host the Partnership’s website, which can currently be found at https://defeat-ncd.org.

This RFP provides potential bidders with an overview of requirements they are expected to deliver on and criteria against which their proposals will be assessed. Vendors are expected to complete the task according to the set timeline and within the cost that is agreed. It is understood that details may be subject to change upon vendor recommendation and / or research of more optimal solutions. In your proposal, please feel free to make such suggestions.

The vendor team is expected to include fluent English language skills and good availability to interact with the Defeat-NCD Partnership manager for this project as it proceeds.

Project Overview

The Defeat-NCD Partnership has a website that needs to be re-designed and restructured, in terms of text, pictures, layout and navigational structure. The deadline for this project is 5 April 2018.

  • The re-developed website is expected to fulfill the subsequent functions:
  • Ensure information is provided in an accessible and user-friendly manner;
  • Streamline user experience;
  • Showcase and promote the organization’s work, communications and social media activity;
  • Demonstrate the organization’s expertise in key focus areas;
  • Encourage increased traffic to the website; and
  • Increase search engine ranking.


The Defeat-NCD Partnership is addressing one of the most significant global health problems of this age: premature death, sickness, and disability from selected non-communicable diseases, primarily diabetes and hypertension. It aims to reduce the burden on resource poor countries through increased access to a range of interconnected essential services and resources with a focus on treatment.

The focus on diabetes and hypertension is justified by their huge public health significance. On their own, and especially in combination, these cause by far the most global NCD deaths – some 1.6 million deaths yearly are attributed to diabetes, and 5.7 million are attributed to hypertension (out of some 17.7 million from cardiovascular conditions more broadly).

The Partnership is focusing initially on diabetes and hypertension, and expanding to other NCDs when feasible and working with governments, multilateral agencies, civil society, philanthropic foundations, and the private sector.

The Partnership works by mobilising global knowledge, tools, capacities, and finances to benefit resource-poor countries according to their specific needs and defined NCD action plans. This includes the populations of humanitarian concern that are hosted by them. The priority focus is on the 49 least developed and low-income countries with technical capacity building support also available to a further 43 lower middle-income countries.

The Defeat-NCD Partnership prioritises countries according to their development and income status. Top priority is being given to the least developed countries, as defined by the United Nations, and lowincome countries, as defined by the World Bank. The selected vendor will be given more detailed information to enable them to better understand the work of the Defeat-NCD Partnership.

Project Goals

All proposals submitted as part of this RFP need to reflect the following requirements:

  • Overview of website architecture outlining suggested website sections and subsections.
  • Ensure the online content is accessible on all platforms offering a user experience reflecting up-to-date industry standards (PC, tablet, smart phone, etc.).
  • Website content, such as news, statements, programme descriptions and blog updates need to be easy to update and edit preferably through an Open Source Software.
  • As part of the contract, website support, and one set of changes based on user analytics will be required. As will a solution for the maintenance of the website after its launch.
  • Google Analytics need to be integrated.
  • A training session to staff about how to use the website and the content management system will need to be included in the proposal.
  • Content Management
  • The website needs to be able to contain new text, audio and video content in the most common formats.
  • The website must be responsive for use on mobile device platforms.
  • The website needs to integrate and interact with the most common social media applications
  • such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. Content needs to be made available throughout all of these channels.
  • Though text and website architecture has been included in this RFP, high quality images that reflect the text on every page will need to be included.
  • A proper hosting solution will need to be found, with VPS hosting options preferable. Please
  • provide information about minimum guaranteed uptime and response times of the hosting server in the proposal.
  • All rights of the content and the creation of the site must belong to The Defeat-NCD Partnership.
  • Expansion capability with additional sub-pages as content expands is expected.

Proposed Sitemap


Scope of Work

  • Project management
  • Illustration
  • Information design – wireframes
  • Visual design – source and edit high quality images
  • Search engine optimization
  • Front-end coding (HTML/CSS, animations)
  • Back-end coding (CMS, 3rd party APIs)
  • Web hosting
  • Mobile device optimization
  • Testing & quality assurance
  • Software training
  • Analytics software – Google analytics
  • Ongoing Support

Project Timeline

The deadline is April 5, 2018, with earlier completion welcome. The selected vendor will be expected to start work immediately, on notification of acceptance of the proposal.

RFP Submissions

  • The following submission requirements should be reflected in the proposals:
  • Information about the company and overview of previous client activities. Please include examples of similar projects.
  • Presentation of individuals to perform the work with a short summary of qualifications and previous experience.
  • Schedule for the delivery of the suggested accomplishments according to phases.
  • Budget overview for the required tasks including maintenance costs, training and future upgrades.
  • Details of proposed hosting server and location.


  • The deadline for submitting the RFP proposals is March 10, 2018.
  • Proposals need to be submitted electronically to Aliyah Esmail (aliyah.esmail@defeatncd.org) and Melanie Gerster (melanie.gerster@defeat-ncd.org).
  • The email subject must include “The Defeat-NCD Partnership RFP Website Development”. A confirmation of receipt will be sent to the bidders.

Selection process

  • The Defeat-NCD Partnership will contact relevant candidates and negotiations will start immediately.
  • All other candidates will be informed about the selection outcome after the submission deadline.
By | March 5th, 2018|Careers|0 Comments