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Lunch event – in-person – 28 April 2023

The Geneva Communicators Network is pleased to announce our first in-person lunchtime seminar for 2023!

The communications industry is full of great, creative, forward thinking and influential minds. Your skills have the power to change the narrative on sustainability and make lasting change. But the industry is awash with green claims, misleading messaging and exaggerated language… if you work in PR and comms, there’s no way you haven’t come across this type of disinformation and spin. Do you verify the claims you are being asked to communicate? Are you using your talents responsibly? Are these questions uncomfortable? This interactive and reflective workshop will use humour and out of the box thinking to explore purpose and help you identify how you can be part of the solution.
Date: Friday 28 April 2023
Time: 12h30 to 14h00
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: Alice Richard is a sustainability catalyst, designing and leading learning experiences that help bring sustainability to life. A Scottish national living in Switzerland, Alice’s career has bridged private and non-profit sectors and has been built around products and collaborations that drive positive change. A former United Nations staff member, she worked for UNICEF for 14 years before founding her sustainability training company Co-CREATE ImpACT. Today, Alice provides services to a wide range of educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and corporations; and is regular expert for UNITAR on the Sustainable Development Goals and the European Commission on gamifying sustainability. Alice brings together genuine passion for making the world a better place with her 20+ years of experience and expertise helping organisations ‘think out of the box’, to advance sustainability with inclusive, energising and thought-provoking training.
By | April 2nd, 2023|GCN lunch events|0 Comments

Social media manager – The WHO Foundation, Geneva

The WHO Foundation (WHOF), launched in May 2020 and headquartered in Geneva, was created as an independent Swiss foundation affiliated with but independent of WHO. Its mission is to mobilize greater private capital and partnership to advance the mission of the World Health Organization (WHO), enabling catalytic impact on the people whose lives rely on WHO’s work and facilitating innovation to maximize the impact of the resources invested.

WHOF was therefore created as an independent Swiss foundation affiliated with but independent of WHO to marshal new resources from philanthropists, foundations, businesses, and individuals to support its mission: promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable, while protecting the neutrality and independence of WHO as the world’s leading health authority. WHOF is a nexus for unique opportunities in global health, facilitating game-changing opportunities between the private sector and WHO. Our focus is on mobilizing grant income, shared value partnerships, and investment to power WHO’s work.

PURPOSE

The Social Media Manager is responsible for overseeing the digital communications function in support of the organization’s broader development objectives. He/she will develop and implement an integrated digital communications strategy to enhance the Foundation’s external profile and will liaise with service providers (social media production, web development, hosting services, security, external agencies). The digital communications strategist will serve as the lead for web and digital communications management.

REPORTS TO
The Social media Manager will directly report to the Chief Communications Officer of WHO Foundation.

ACCOUNTABILITIES & FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Strategy Development and Execution

  • Spearhead development and execution of an integrated digital communications strategy, working closely with the Chief Communications Officer, Foundation teams, and WHO counterparts to identify gaps, opportunities, and approaches for strengthening brand awareness and engagement with target audiences as the Foundation grows and evolves.

Digital communications

  • Oversee social media, liaising closely with WHO Foundation team, initiatives, campaigns, and partnerships leads to align and convert messaging narratives to appropriate digital channels.
  • Oversee management of Foundation website, social media and other externally facing digital platforms.
  • Develop digital communications protocols and engage external vendors for web maintenance and strategy as the Foundation and content needs evolve.
  • Craft, execute, and commission digital communication assets such as animations, film and social media creative (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Web) to support Foundation content opportunities.
  • Evaluate digital communications with social listening, analytics reports and provide recommendations and to report on successes.
  • Monitor social sites for news, trends and emerging themes to help inform the content, and provide alerts to the team on important marketplace developments as they occur.
  • Keeping online content up to date and in line with digital communication trends.
  • Researching and writing blogs for the website around key Foundation themes and activities.

Campaign strategy

  • Build and implement digital campaign communications/fundraising campaigns to support key milestones and initiatives of the Foundation and its partners.
  • Create, research, source high-impact content for campaigns, website, and digital channel appeals.

Internal Coordination and Management

  • Work with the communication and campaign teams to manage the digital communication workstream, with external agencies and other subcontractors where relevant.
  • Edit and update an editorial calendar with external key dates, internal events, global UN days, and more.
  • Participate in Interim Secretariat staff, campaigns, appeals, and various initiatives meetings and provide written updates on progress where requested.
  • Ensure harmonization between the campaigns, partnerships, strategy & impact, and communications workstreams.
  • Liaise directly with the CEO, members of the board, and WHO colleagues as appropriate.
  • Support Foundation events for digital communication activities.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

PROFILE

  • A minimum of 8 to 10 years of progressively responsible experience in digital communications strategy, with a proven record of conceptualizing and executing successful strategies/campaigns and working across sectors.
  • Self-starter with strong leadership skills and aptitude for working with autonomy and entrepreneurship, both individually and as part of a complex team effort.
  • Comfort with and/or experience of operating in a lean, start-up environment.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, ideally including executing large-scale, multi-actor campaigns and collaborations and reporting on metrics/measurements.
  • Experience managing under crisis conditions in fast-turnaround global “emergency” situations.
  • Knowledge of project budgeting and agency management are highly desirable skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and diplomacy, with insights into DEI are essential to the role.
  • Demonstrated record of setting clear standards for accountability, value for money, risk management and zero tolerance to fraud and corruption.
  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent), in digital communications, digital marketing or campaigning, international relations, or related fields.
  • Aptitude to work with flexibility, entrepreneurship, and diplomacy both individually and as part of a complex team effort.
  • Must have excellent writing and content development skills with strong proofing abilities and careful attention to detail.
  • Fluency in English, French is an advantage.

OFFER

  • Rewarding work in a dynamic and innovative non-profit environment with appealing growth and learning opportunities
  • A collaborative workplace within a truly global team
  • An agile, fast-moving and flexible environment
  • Potential to leverage a multinational name and organization in the form of WHO

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Type of contract: Permanent
  • Location: Geneva (relocation needed)
  • Working rate: 100%
  • Estimated start date: ASAP

For further information and to apply, click here>>

By | March 7th, 2023|Careers, News|0 Comments

Internship opportunity at UNEP Geneva

New internship opportunity with UNEP Geneva

By | March 3rd, 2023|News|0 Comments

Internship, communications and knowledge management – UNEP 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. UN Environment ‘s Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

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 a duration of six (6) months. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. 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.

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
¿ Computer literate in standard software applications
¿ Good analytical skills
¿ Has demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and has a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter

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.

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.

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.

Assessment

Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

To see the full ad and to apply click here>>

By | March 2nd, 2023|Careers|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