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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

Digital Media Associate (Maternity Cover) – ISF, Nyon, Switzerland

International Seed Foundation (ISF) seeks a highly-motivated Digital Media Associate (Maternity Cover – 6 months) whose role is to support the ISF communications strategy by implementing the online engagement plan and managing the social media presence of ISF, its activities, and key topics.

This position will be responsible for the successful execution of digital and social media development activities for ISF on a global level. Digital assets include the following: websites, social media, Members Area, Channel World Seed, and others. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated interest in digital engagement, content creation, social media planning, execution, and reporting along with great writing and communications.

This is a part-time role (60%) from 3 January to 30 June 2023 within a small team that can be based remotely and entails some international travel to the World Seed Congress (mandatory) and presence in the office on a need basis. (S)he will report to ISF’s Communications Manager.

KEY TASKS

Campaign management: Work with the Communications Manager to plan and execute online campaigns around key international days and ‘ISF at 100’ celebrations
Social media administration: Monitor and update the ISF social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn using our preferred social media management platform, Sprout Social. Respond to comments and queries (process of approval to be set with Communications Manager). Provide quarterly reports on key metrics.
Content creation: Support the Communications Manager in designing and producing content in the form of text, audio-visuals (infographics, videos, photos, etc) and other communication tools, including recording at the ISF studio
Targeting: Find ways to scale up our communities and connect with new people. Build visibility.
Social media advertising: Develop ad sets and utilize social media metrics in order to track results, provide recommendations
Social media plan – ISF World Seed Congress 2023: Together with the Communications Manager, draft a social media plan and content calendar for campaigns related to the ISF World Seed Congress 2023
Onsite social media support during the ISF World Seed Congress 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa
Websites: Day-to-day content management using WordPress and coordination with the service provider/developer as needed; upload content on the ISF website and Members Area as needed

QUALIFICATIONS

Excellent writing skills (English); additional languages an asset
Knowledge of the agriculture and food sector an asset
Highly creative, visual approach, social media savvy
Knowledge of social media platforms including targeting and advertising
Knowledge of website content management system (CMS), specifically WordPress
Knowledge of photo/video editing and graphic design tools (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere, Lumen5)
Experience with social media listening tools (Sprout Social)
At least 2-3 years experience in a related area of work
University degree in communications, marketing, advertising, visual arts, or related fields

HOW TO APPLY

The position will be open until 3 October 2022. Send a resume, sample of previous work delivered, and a cover letter to Francine Sayoc, Communications Manager, International Seed Federation at careers@worldseed.org.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and the position shall remain open until a suitable candidate has been engaged.

The selected candidate will undergo in-person training and handover with the current post holder, which will take place for 2-3 weeks in December 2022 or January 2023.

Contract period: 3 January to 30 June 2023

By | August 22nd, 2022|Careers|0 Comments

Global Health Journalism Workshop – 19 August 2022

A workshop on publishing critical, independent, global health journalism through newsletters. Sharing lessons on media entrepreneurship.

About this event

Objective:

To share lessons on media entrepreneurship and publishing original reporting through newsletters.

Tags:

⮚ Global Health Journalism: An inter-disciplinary approach

⮚ Newsletter Publishing: Entrepreneurial Journalism

Target Group:

Journalism students, journalists, global health experts interested in learning to write critically. Essentially anyone interested in international health policy and global health journalism.

(Workshop size: 5-10 per session)

Content of Workshops:

▪ Introduction: Geneva Health Files

▪ Lessons from self-publishing

▪ Applicability to other potential niche journalism projects

▪ Audience engagement and building a community

▪ Discussing project ideas of participants

▪ Analyzing a newsletter edition or a story

Duration and Format:

Two hours

⮚ Introduction: Geneva Health Files and participants’ self-introduction (10 mins)

⮚ Presentation including interaction with participants (20 mins)

⮚ Q&A (10 mins)

⮚ Discussion of ideas from participants (30 mins)

⮚ A short on-the-spot assignment (20 mins)

⮚ Wrap up and synthesis (30 mins)

Requirements to participate:

⮚ A 100 word statement on what you hope to gain from this workshop

⮚ Willingness to turn your camera on during the session so that we can see each other

⮚ Consent to recording of the sessions (only by the organizer)

⮚ Students should be able to share proof of their status

⮚ A short self-introduction at the beginning of the session

Register here >>

By | August 17th, 2022|Other events|0 Comments

Communications consultancy – 6 months – UNICEF Geneva

A new communications consultancy is available at UNICEF Geneva – six months – apply now!

 

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

Communications Strategist – consultancy (6 months) – UNICEF Geneva

  • Communications Strategist – Business & Community Resilience (vacancy deadline: Friday 19 August 23:55:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time))
  • 6 month consultancy with UNICEF’s Office of Emergencies Geneva
  • Ideally in-person

Apply here : https://jobs.unicef.org/en-us/job/553228/inperson-consultancy-communications-strategist-business-community-resilience-6-months-office-of-emergency-programmes-emops-geneva-switzerland

By | August 16th, 2022|Careers|0 Comments