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Short online course: A relationship at stake: Media and aid organisations

The Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies is offering a two week online course,  24 April – 5 May 2023 (some 20-25 hours of study each week) on media, communications and humanitarian organisations:

The relationship between aid agencies and international/local media is often ambivalent yet vital for public and operational outcomes. This course aims at exploring the theoretical and practical issues and implications of this challenging relationship. The course programme analyses the two sides of the interaction: the first part examines public communications by aid agencies in a changing media environment and includes media training for operational purposes. The second part explores the principles of humanitarian journalism and crisis reporting, questioning the media’s agenda, the newsworthiness of humanitarian contexts and the impact of media coverage.

Application deadline: 2 April, 2023

Further information>>

By | February 1st, 2023|News|0 Comments

FMCG Sustainability Project Coordinator, Charlescannon – Geneva

FMCG Sustainability Project Coordinator

Who is Charlescannon?
Charlescannon is an award winning independent creative agency with a diverse portfolio of leading international brands. Our purpose is to Create Change. Set–up by creatives in 2007 and we have since built our team, processes and reputation upon our three values of: Business Flair, Creative Acumen, Productive Fun.

Who are you?
You are passionate about how sustainability communications build brands and businesses. You like working as part of a team and you have strong project management and communication skills. You like every day to be a different challenge.

The role:
This role will support our client, a Sustainability Project Manager for a high-profile FMCG luxury brand. This is an internship on a fixed-term contract basis (up to one year).

Responsibilities:
· Coordinate with the client, client’s sustainability partners and agency team members to execute the production of reports, presentations, and other collateral
· Directly support the sustainability manager in the delivery of projects
· Support the team with the delivery of the annual sustainability report and related materials
· Day-to-day coordination of workflows between client, agencies and stakeholders
· Responsible for updating and maintaining project documents

The Candidate:
· You will have a degree in Communications, Marketing, Sustainability, Business Studies, or similar
· The candidate should have up to one year’s work experience in a communications or sustainability focused role
· The ideal candidate will have some knowledge or experience of sustainability or communications in an FMCG context
· Strong coordination and project management skills
· Excellent attention to detail
· Native level English speaker and ideally French as a second language

This is a great opportunity for the right candidate to build their skills and experience working on a high-profile sustainability programme for a global brand.

You will be part of our agency’s creative team and dedicated to one client. You are a person who enjoys the challenges of a diverse multi-national environment in a fast-paced industry. The role will be 100% based in Geneva and include travel to the client within Switzerland. Our working language is English.

Please send your cover letter and CV to: jobs@charlescannon.com

By | January 17th, 2023|Careers|0 Comments

Photos – 1 December 2023 event

Thanks again to Michael Jordan for his very interesting presentation on Sustainable Storytelling on 1 December 2023.  Please see below some photos of the event!

  • GCN Lunch Seminar - Sustainability Storytelling – Thursday 1 December 2022
By | January 1st, 2023|News|0 Comments

Digital and Innovation Consultant – Geneva Canton – 70%

Digital and Innovation Consultant – Geneva Canton – 70%

(job posting in French)

L’office cantonal des systèmes d’information et du numérique (OCSIN) élabore et concrétise la stratégie des systèmes d’information et de communication de l’administration cantonale ainsi que la politique de sécurité de l’information. L’OCSIN esquisse les contours de la politique du numérique du Conseil d’Etat, visant à faire du canton un acteur important de la transformation de notre société, induite par l’essor du numérique. En savoir plus sur “Genève numérique”.

La mission du Genève Lab est d’accompagner l’administration genevoise dans sa transformation à l’ère du numérique. Le numérique est compris ici dans une perspective large incluant notamment des manières de faire qui n’ont pas encore toujours trouvé leur place dans l’administration cantonale : orientation usagers, travail en mode collaboratif, pluridisciplinaire et décloisonné, prototypage et itération.

Le Genève Lab accompagne les métiers en informant, en facilitant et en contextualisant l’expérimentation de nouvelles approches ouvertes pour répondre aux besoins des parties prenantes notamment les citoyens et les entreprises.

Dans ce cadre, Genève Lab recherche une conseillère ou un conseiller de direction pour renforcer son équipe.

La ou le titulaire devra notamment :

  • Catalyser, développer et promouvoir des démarches d’innovation au sein de l’administration cantonale.
  • Accompagner les porteurs de projets de l’administration cantonale dans leur volonté d’innover.
  • Concevoir des dispositifs d’innovation pluridisciplinaires et décloisonnés répondant aux besoins des porteurs de projets en intégrant les leviers de l’innovation. Le cas échéant animer et faciliter ces dispositifs.
  • Identifier, proposer et réaliser des explorations/expérimentations, avec les offices et/ou les services de l’administration.
  • Former aux méthodes d’innovation et aux outils correspondants.
  • Initier, concevoir et organiser des événements de sensibilisation s’adressant tant aux collaborateurs du secteur public qu’à la société civile en général.
  • Rédiger et publier les communications du Genève Lab sur les canaux de diffusion à disposition (web, réseaux sociaux, etc.).

Votre profil

  • Formation et années d’expérience requises:
  • Master en sciences informatiques, ou formation jugée équivalente, complété idéalement par une excellente connaissance en lien avec le numérique et les démarches. En cas d’engagement, il est nécessaire de fournir une preuve d’équivalence pour les diplômes étrangers.
  • 5 ans minimum d’expérience dans une fonction similaire, de préférence dans une structure d’innovation ou dans le cadre d’une démarche d’innovation.
  • Connaissances et compétences spécifiques:
  • Compétences avérées en conception de dispositifs d’innovation.
  • Capacité de facilitation de groupes de travail et d’ateliers.
  • Compétences en animation de réseaux et de communautés.
  • Expérience en conduite du changement.
  • Compétences personnelles et relationnelles:
  • Faire preuve d’esprit d’initiative et d’autonomie.
  • Etre apte à travailler en équipe et à résister au stress.
  • Faire preuve d’empathie et d’entregent dans une perspective d’orientation usager.

Plus d’information / more information >>

By | December 19th, 2022|Careers|0 Comments

In-person lunchtime seminar – Sustainability Storytelling – Thursday 1 December 2022

The Geneva Communicators Network is pleased to announce our first post-COVID-19 in-person lunchtime seminar!

Pressure is mounting on companies and organisations to prove that they’re taking concrete, meaningful steps to achieve sustainability and ESG. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, for example, is pushing for new rules to require greater transparency in a company’s environmental- and social-impact reports. NGOs and UN agencies are increasingly aiming to showcase how they are contributing to achieve the SDGs. For communicators, sustainability storytelling is a solution as our speaker, Michael Jordan, will explain in the seminar.

Date: Thursday 1 December 2022
Time: 12h30 to 14h00
*NEW location*: The Swiss Press Club, Domaine de Penthes, Chem. de l’Impératrice 18, 1292 Pregny-Chambésy, Geneva
Fee: CHF 30.- per person includes drinks and snacks
Please register online >>

About the speaker: Michael J. Jordan is currently a Lausanne-based Specialist in Global Communications, Media Relations, Staff Training & Executive Writing. He has lived on four continents, working across three industries. As a Foreign Correspondent, he’s a former UN correspondent who’s also reported from 30 countries in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Southern Africa, for major media like Foreign Policy, French news agency AFP, the Christian Science Monitor and South Africa’s Mail & Guardian. As a Visiting Professor, he’s taught International Journalism from New York to Prague to Hong Kong; most recently, at top Chinese universities in Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou.

As a Global Communications Consultant, he’s shared his toolkit of skills, strategies and storytelling with both for-profit and non-profit clients, with Consultancies ranging from HIV orphans, maternal health and domestic violence in Africa, to environmental protection, worker’s rights and telecommunications in China. As an independent Consultant today, he serves in a variety of roles, including as Executive Writer for the Mekong River Commission in Laos; and as an Ambassador and Trainer for the Geneva-based NGO, ConnectAID. He recently delivered online trainings for NGO activists world-wide on how to generate storytelling that illuminates their organization’s impact and persuades skeptical donors; and a two-day workshop in Geneva for the Communications team of the Medicines for Malaria Venture, on how to craft Impact Stories.

 

By | November 16th, 2022|News|0 Comments

Lunch event – in-person – 1 December 2022

The Geneva Communicators Network is pleased to announce our first post-COVID-19 in-person lunchtime seminar!

Pressure is mounting on companies and organisations to prove that they’re taking concrete, meaningful steps to achieve sustainability and ESG. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, for example, is pushing for new rules to require greater transparency in a company’s environmental- and social-impact reports. NGOs and UN agencies are increasingly aiming to showcase how they are contributing to achieve the SDGs. For communicators, sustainability storytelling is a solution as our speaker, Michael Jordan, will explain in the seminar.

Date: Thursday 1 December 2022
Time: 12h30 to 14h00
*NEW location*: The Swiss Press Club, Domaine de Penthes, Chem. de l’Impératrice 18, 1292 Pregny-Chambésy, Geneva
Fee: CHF 30.- per person includes drinks and snacks
About the speaker: Michael J. Jordan is currently a Lausanne-based Specialist in Global Communications, Media Relations, Staff Training & Executive Writing. He has lived on four continents, working across three industries. As a Foreign Correspondent, he’s a former UN correspondent who’s also reported from 30 countries in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Southern Africa, for major media like Foreign Policy, French news agency AFP, the Christian Science Monitor and South Africa’s Mail & Guardian. As a Visiting Professor, he’s taught International Journalism from New York to Prague to Hong Kong; most recently, at top Chinese universities in Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou. As a Global Communications Consultant, he’s shared his toolkit of skills, strategies and storytelling with both for-profit and non-profit clients, with Consultancies ranging from HIV orphans, maternal health and domestic violence in Africa, to environmental protection, worker’s rights and telecommunications in China. As an independent Consultant today, he serves in a variety of roles, including as Executive Writer for the Mekong River Commission in Laos; and as an Ambassador and Trainer for the Geneva-based NGO, ConnectAID. He recently delivered online trainings for NGO activists world-wide on how to generate storytelling that illuminates their organization’s impact and persuades skeptical donors; and a two-day workshop in Geneva for the Communications team of Medicines for Malaria Venture, on how to craft Impact Stories.
By | November 16th, 2022|GCN lunch events|0 Comments

Social Media Creator & Coordinator- Volunteer position – ESCA CancerSupport

ESCA CancerSupport (ESCA CS) is a non-profit association of volunteers and paid professionals. Its vision is that no one faces cancer alone. Its mission is to provide emotional support, practical help, well-being activities and a welcoming community in English for anyone affected by cancer and their family members for free.

ESCA CS is looking for a creative mind to join our team in creating content and maintaining a strong online presence for the organization’s social media accounts. In addition to creating visually compelling content you will help with managing the accounts and implementing strategies, to increase brand awareness.

This will include creating click-worthy captions, trending hashtags and other methods of attracting and growing our audience. This involves being knowledgeable about the latest platforms, best practices and updates.

Responsibilities
• Create engaging content and image/videos across all accounts
• Monitor activity on the social media accounts
• Develop content schedule and explore optimal posting times
• Cultivate new trending hashtags, captions and other methods that attract en-gagement and discoverability
Knowledge and skills
• Strong communication skills in English, both verbal and written
• Experience with social media platforms; Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and third-party scheduling tools
• Professional, reliable, polite, punctual and flexible
• Enthusiastic and team spirited
• Knowledge of Canva. Other design tools are a bonus
• French is not required but is a plus
• Video editing skills desirable but not essential

Reporting to: Communications & Awareness Manager

Conditions
• This is an unpaid volunteer position
• Average weekly time commitment would be about 3-5 hours
• It would be desirable to have a regular commitment, but hours are flexible and work can be mostly done remotely

ESCA CancerSupport is engaged to offer:
• The opportunity to build your employable working skills for someone early in their career or looking to break into the field
• Experience in a small office setting, providing direct access to senior staff and an opportunity to undertake/learn about a wide variety of tasks
• A letter of reference

Applications
• Send your CV with a short email message explaining your interest for this position to communications@cancersupport.ch
• Deadline for applications: 5 November 2022.

 

By | October 18th, 2022|Careers|0 Comments

Intern – Multimedia Communications (Temporary Job Opening), United Nations Environment Programme Geneva

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

This internship offer is within in UNEP/ Ecosystems Division / Nature for Climate Branch / Climate Finance Unit, in Geneva (Switzerland), but can be carried out from home as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

UNEP is interested in expanding its work in unlocking private finance for sustainable land use. This Internship position is located in the Climate Finance Unit of the Nature for Climate Branch in the Ecosystems Division of the UNEP Office in Geneva, Switzerland, with the intended purpose of increasing the exposure of work that the unit does and the deliverables and impact that it generates. The Internship is for 6 months and UNPAID. Interns work five days per week (35-40 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions. Candidates should:

  • Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter.
  • Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Responsibilities

The specific details of the internship will vary according to the individual’s background, the intern’s assigned office as well as the period of Internship. Under the supervision of the Head of the Climate Finance Unit and the Lead on Communications and Knowledge Management, it is expected that his/her responsibilities will fall within one or several of the following broad activities:

  • Assist in the Land Use Finance Programme’s overall communications and knowledge management plan, focusing specifically on multimedia communication for social media, eNewsletters, reports, webinar and websites and knowledge management.
  • Create, design, and produce creative multimedia content – videos, infographics, visuals and other supplementary communication assets – case studies, presentations and flyers.
    Contribute to develop a brand strategy and guidelines for the Land Use Finance Programme, including each facility and project.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders including partners, project managers, and third-party suppliers in the development of multimedia assets
  • Help with the value additions to our internal and external websites.
    Undertake other duties relevant to the role, including participate in events, draft minutes, report on achievements, and other tasks as they arise.

Competencies

  • COMMUNICATION:
    – Proficient in creative multimedia software
    – Solid qualitative and quantitative analytical skills
    – Speaks and writes clearly and effectively
    – Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately
    – Asks questions to clarify, and shows interest in having two-way communication
    – Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience
    – Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed
    – Has demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand as well as be tolerant of differing opinions and views.• TEAMWORK:
    – Good interpersonal skills
    – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
    – Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise
    – Is willing to learn from others
    – Places team agenda before personal agenda
    – Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position
    – Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings• CLIENT ORIENTATION:
    – Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view
    – Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect
    – Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions
    – Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep supervisor informed and to anticipate problems
    – Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects
    – Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client

Education

Applicants must, at the time of application, meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); Enrollment in a
    graduation programme focused on multimedia design, graphic design, communications, (environmental) economics,
    finance, business administration or natural resource management OR
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent) OR
  • Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of
    graduation.
  • Computer literate in standard software applications
  • Good analytical skills

Work Experience

  • No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.

Languages

  • English and French are the official working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the internship, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French or Spanish is desirable.

To see the full job post and apply click here>> 

By | October 14th, 2022|Careers|0 Comments

Communications consultant needed

A new internship position (paid) – Communications Consultant – Medicines Patent Pool – Geneva/Mumbai – remote is now posted on our careers page.

By | October 5th, 2022|News|0 Comments

Communications Consultant – Medicines Patent Pool – Geneva/Mumbai – remote

COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT
10 months October 2022 to July 2023
Location: Geneva, Switzerland / Mumbai, India / Remote

The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) is a United Nations-backed public health organisation working to increase access to and facilitate the development of life-saving medicines for low- and middle-income countries. Through its innovative business model, MPP partners with civil society, governments, international organisations, industry, patient groups and other stakeholders to prioritise and license needed medicines and pool intellectual property to encourage generic manufacture and the development of new formulations. To date, MPP has signed agreements with eleven patent holders for thirteen HIV antiretrovirals, one HIV technology platform, three hepatitis C direct-acting antivirals, a tuberculosis treatment and a licence for long-acting technologies.

In 2020, MPP’s mandate was temporarily expanded to include COVID-19 treatments. In 2021 it was expanded further to include the licensing of technology with an initial focus on COVID-19 vaccines and pandemic preparedness. MPP was founded by Unitaid, which continues to be MPP’s main funder. MPP’s work on access to essential medicines is also funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

For more information, please visit our website, https://medicinespatentpool.org/

MAIN DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:
MPP is seeking an external communication consultant to work with the Head of Communications and the communication team at MPP to translate MPP’s new strategy into engaging communications tools and materials and to support the dissemination of the new strategy to MPP’s key audiences. And to develop, write and produce MPP’s 2022 annual report.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
MPP Strategy 2023-2025
• To work from MPP 2023-2025 Strategy to develop external document that sets out the objectives of the strategy, 4 to 8 pages.
• To develop tools that staff can use to explain the Strategy to external stakeholders and supporters, such as PowerPoint, graphics and animations
• Work with graphic designers and other consultants to deliver materials
MPP Annual Report
• To work with the different teams at MPP to revise, develop and write MPP annual report 2022
• To research and write engaging stories that will be included in the annual report to illustrated MPP’s work
• To work with designer on layout and to manage the key steps during the whole process.
• To produce both print and digital versions of the Annual Report
• To undertake other communications assignments that may occur during the period of this consultancy.

Knowledge/Qualifications:
– Experience in developing communication materials with proven ability to translate complex technical information into a story driven, engaging communication content for digital and traditional communication channels.
– Experience in project management with the ability to work with technical experts internally and external providers ( graphist, designers etc.)
– Experience designing and writing annual reports or other written communication material
– Excellent writing skills and the ability to craft communications for different audiences.
– Computer savvy, with successful experience using graphics, animations and other new technologies and innovative communication tools.

Experience (length and nature):
– Five to ten years of consulting experience or applicable communications experience
– Experience of communications in public health setting required.
– knowledge of issues related to access to medicines and intellectual property a plus.
Education and special training:
– University degree in communications, marketing or relevant field

Use of Languages:
– Full fluency in English
– Proficiency in French a plus.

Personal Qualities:
The Communications Consultant will need to demonstrate:
– Organisation skills, autonomy and ability to work within short timelines.
– Proactive approach.
– Ability to work analytically, creatively, and proactively in a problem-solving environment.
– Collaborative and supportive approach to teamwork.
– Sensitivity to different cultures and work styles.
– Demonstrable personal commitment to the public health goals of the MPP.

The MPP respects all individuals regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, HIV status or disability.

If you recognise yourself in this description, please submit your CV and a short proposal setting out how you would approach the project, detailing your fees and availability to recruitment@medicinespatentpool.org including “Communications Strategy Consultant” as reference in the subject line. This position will be closed as soon as the right candidate will be found.

Only short-listed consultants will be contacted.

By | October 5th, 2022|Careers|0 Comments