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Survival Skills for Freelancers

On the Driven Female Entrepreneurs Podcast recently,  I (Melitta) spoke with Marketing Copywriter and author of ‘Survival Skills for Freelancers’, Sarah Townsend, about how she has built her business and learned how to survive as a solopreneur.

Starting her own business was never part of Sarah’s grand plan, but when her daughter came along and working full-time as a marketing account manager was no longer possible, so her boss encouraged her to explore freelance work. It felt like the perfect move so she took the leap…but establishing herself as a new Mum and a freelancer at the same time was not all unicorns and rainbows!¨

However, over the next decade, Sarah learned (often the hard way), just what it takes to survive as a freelancer, and how to take control of her business and processes to get the best results for her clients and create a sustainable business in the process.

Listen to this episode to learn more about Sarah’s journey to date, and her fantastic advice for freelancers on how to thrive in their new role and build a business their own way.

Episode available on all your favourite podcast platforms and here: www.melittacampbell.com/sarah-townsend

By | November 25th, 2020|Other resources, Professional development|0 Comments

Online Panel Discussion – 2 December 2020; 12h30-13h30

Communications in 2021 – how are organisations managing communications in the current uncertain environment?

Until we can resume our traditional networking events, we would like to invite you to our next online event, which will be held on 2 December from 12h30 to 13h30. We will be using the Zoom platform for the event.

COVID-19 has had an impact on many facets of society including how organisations communicate. What are the implications for organisations and individuals? How are they adapting or is it “business as usual”? Our panel drawn from the non-profit, private and consultancy sectors will discuss how in 2020 they have changed the way they and their organisations communicate and what this means for communications in the future.

Date: Wednesday 2 December 2020
Time: 12h30 to 13h30
Location: Online via Zoom
Cost: Free of charge

Register for the event>>

The panel:

  • Elizabeth Poll, Director of Communications, Medicines for Malaria Venture
  • Rachael Remaly Franco, Associate Director Public Affairs, Europe Region, Incyte
  • Robert Bartram, Writing and Editing Consultant, RBComms
  • Panel host: Melita Campbell, Business Coach for Female Entrepreneurs
By | November 24th, 2020|GCN lunch events|0 Comments

Intern – Communications & Knowledge Management, UNEP (Temporary Job Opening)

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.

UNEP initiated a new Land Use Finance Project (‘the project’) to proactively help unlock and (re)direct public and especially private capital towards sustainable land use, including deforestation-free soft commodity production. The project is effectively an umbrella for a number of initiatives and finance facilities that UNEP either leads or is involved in, including the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (a partnership with BNP Paribas and ADM Capital), the GEF Good Growth Partnership, the & Green Fund (a new de-risking vehicle set up by the Norwegian Government and IDH) and a partnership with Rabobank, FMO, Mirova/Althelia and IDH to unlock capital for deforestation-free agricultural production. 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 (NCB/CFU) 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 minimum of three (3) months, with the possibility of extension up to a maximum of six (6) months, depending on the needs of the Unit.

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. The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.


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 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 digital communication (social media, eNewsletters, webinar and websites) and knowledge management;
• Create, design and produce multimedia content – videos, infographics, visuals and other supplementary communication assets – case studies, presentations and flyers;
• Support drafting and copy proofing of background documents, briefs, speeches, and other communication materials;
• Support the identification and development of solutions on knowledge management and knowledge sharing;
• Contribute to amplify dynamic knowledge sharing on innovative sustainable land use finance practices and tools;
• Assist in event planning and coordination;
• Help with the maintenance and 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.


Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits 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.

Teamwork: 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 informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Applicants must, at the time of application, meet one of the following requirements:
a. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
b. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
c. Have graduated with a university degree.
• Be computer literate in standard software applications;
• Have good analytical skills;
• Possess good report writing skills;
• Demonstrate pleasant interpersonal skills;
• 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;
• Have a keen interest in the work of the United Nations and has a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter;
• Applicants must be pursuing qualifications in an area of study that can significantly contribute to the responsibilities outlined and overall work of the Climate Finance Unit.

Upon completion of the assignment it is anticipated that the Intern will:
• Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and has a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter;
• Have improved communication skills through interaction with UNEP staff, Executive and Senior Management, governments and partner organizations;
• Have gained a better understanding of UNEP’s operations and the overall United Nations system.

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.
Do you have demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views?
If your main language is not English, are you fluent in English?


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the Internship advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Spanish is desirable.


Potential candidates will be contacted by a hiring manager directly for further consideration.

Special Notice

Your application for this internship must include:

1. A Completed application (Personal History Profile) and Cover Note, through the UN careers portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The Cover Note must include:
– Title of the degree you are currently pursuing;
– Graduation Date;
– IT skills and programmes you are proficient in;
– Explain why you feel you are the best candidate for this specific internship;
– Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme, ensure to include all past work experience (if any);

2. Proof of enrollment from current University (if not graduated);

3. A copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).

Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.

For further information and to see the full job posting>>

By | November 24th, 2020|Careers|0 Comments

Webinar – what PR metric should I measure? 25th November 2020, 12.30 GMT

As part of the AMEC* Measurement Month,  join Glenn O’Neil, co-founder of GCN for a webinar:

 Ask the Expert: What PR metrics should I measure?

Summary: Join members of the AMEC European chapter for a interactive Q&A discussion on the metrics that really matter. Ask our panel of Europe’s leading experts anything you like about metrics. From how they choose what to measure to the pros and cons of different metrics and what makes a good report.


Dr. Glenn O’Neil, Founder, Owl RE
Dr. Maya Koleva, Head of Research and Insight, Commetric
Dr. Martin Löser, Managing Director Insights, Kantar Media

Date: 25th November 2020, 12.30pm GMT

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/4416028451632/WN_LvsxNzJoS7-dHssPdZu8gw

*AMEC: International association for the measurement and evaluation of communication

By | November 20th, 2020|Other events|0 Comments

online event – Why We Need Journalists, Thursday, November 12th 2020, 18h30-1930

Seminar: Why We Need Journalists

Webster University in Geneva is hosting an event for all interested persons and communicators.

How have cybertechnologies changed journalism?

Date: Thursday, November 12th 2020
Time: 18h30 – 19h30
Online Event: Click HERE to join us (Zoom Link)

While this is a free event we kindly ask that you register HERE

During this pandemic, access to accurate, trusted information can literally mean life or death.

Increasingly confined to our homes, we need journalists more than ever to bring us the news, and yet they face increasing challenges: from restrictions to their movements and threats to security to accusations of “fake news”.

Corinne Perkins, Reuters Pictures’ North American Editor and Gaetan Vannay, journalist, security expert and strong believer in “boots on the ground” reporting talk to us about the state of journalism and photojournalism today: the challenges faced and why we need journalists more than ever.

The event organised by the Media & Photography Department, Webster University Geneva, will honour the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

Dr Sarah Grosso, Lead Professor, MA in Communications Management, Webster University Geneva

By | November 11th, 2020|Other events|0 Comments

online roundtable: Managing knowledge in multilateral organizations; Wednesday 04 November 2020: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join GCN co-founder Glenn O’Neil for this interesting online discussion hosted by the Swiss Knowledge Management Forum:

How do global multilateral organizations manage knowledge? 

In this roundtable we will explore the challenges and possible solutions for managing knowledge across multiple partners, stakeholders and countries for the benefit of all.

Wednesday | 04.11.2020 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Registration not required; join us directly on Zoom>>

By | November 2nd, 2020|Other events|0 Comments

Programme officers – Global Initiative for ESC Rights, location – flexible

Vacancies open until Sunday 15 November. Please apply as soon as possible, interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. To apply, please fill in the form on http://bit.ly/HealthEducationApplicationGIESCR.

The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR) is a non- governmental organisation that believes transformative change to end endemic problems of social and economic
injustice is possible through a human rights lens. Our vision is of a world where the human rights framework reflects the real-world experiences of all of us, effectively furthering social and economic justice and human dignity, and catalysing change from the local to the global, back to the local.

For further information about GI-ESCR work, mission, and values, you may visit our website at www.gi-escr.org

Job Titles
Programme Officer, Right to Education
Programme Officer, Right to Health

Location: Flexible. Nairobi preferred, but other locations considered. We understand that this moment, during the Covid-19 pandemic, makes travel difficult, and therefore we aim to be flexible regarding the programme officers’ location.
Commitment: full time, 40 hours a week.
Salary Range: 1,500 USD to 2,000 USD gross per month (including income taxes), depending on level of experience and location.
Benefits: Contribution to health insurance; 25 days of annual leave and 10 days of public holidays.
Deadline for applications: Sunday 15 November 2020, 23.59 hrs GMT. Please note that interviews with candidates will be done on a rolling basis and the positions will be filled as soon as the adequate candidate has been identified. We advise you to apply as soon as possible.
Start Date: As soon as possible.
Duration: 12 months contract, with the intention to extend, depending on funding.
Probation period: 3 months.

Job Profile
GI-ESCR is seeking to recruit two committed programme officers who will contribute to the programme working on public services on human rights: a Programme Officer, Right to Education, and a Programme Officer, Right to Health. The responsibilities and skills will be similar, with respective focus on education and health. The two positions will focus on addressing privatisation in these sectors. The programme officers will, under the management of the head of the programme on public services and human rights, assume primary responsibility for planning, developing, and implementing GI-ESCR’s research, advocacy and communications plans on the right to education and the right to health, and act as a focal point for coordinating with partners.

• Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law or in related fields (political science, international relations, social sciences, etc.) with strong experience doing legal analysis. A first-level
university degree in combination with 5 additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A very good understanding of human rights law, acquired through studies or professional practice, is required.
• A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in human rights work, including substantive experience working on economic, social and cultural rights. Experience with another human rights organisation is highly desirable. Experience working on the rights to education and/or health will be an asset.
• Experience conducting human rights research, advocacy and monitoring on economic, social and cultural rights is highly desirable. Strong networks with civil society organisations working on economic, social and cultural rights will be a strong asset.
• Fluency in English is required. Fluency in other languages is highly valued.
• Understanding and experience of project management is desirable.
• Experience working with staff from diverse backgrounds and located in various time zones and working remotely will be an asset.

Person Specification
• Specialist and in-depth knowledge of the legal frameworks for economic and social rights – in particular the right to education and/or the right to health. Good understanding of the nature of key human rights concerns, as well as the relevant political, social, legal, economic, cultural, ethnic, racial and gender issues;
• Professional experience of undertaking research on human rights and the thematic area of your brief.
• Good understanding of human rights mechanisms, and the international and national levels.
• Demonstrated ability to analyse human rights issues, and to develop short and long-term strategies to achieve human rights impact and solid change. Ability to think strategically and exercise sound political judgement in developing policy positions.
• Excellent written English and the ability to produce clear, persuasive, and concise research documents, policy positions, and strategy papers, using human rights as a legal tool for analysis.
• Ability to represent GI-ESCR to a variety of external stakeholders, to present ideas clearly, and advance compelling arguments in English (essential) and other relevant languages (desirable).
• Experience of working in a team, participating in the collective coordination of the work of the team by contributing to setting priorities, motivating self and others, and resolving team conflicts. Ability to work independently and remotely with a team.
• Passion for social justice, and in particular the defence and promotion of public services to realise human rights. Good understanding of the political and legal issues at stake related to privatisation and public services.
• Rigorous, and in particular attention to details when producing documents.
• Ability to work well under pressure and to manage multiple priorities while working effectively towards deadlines.
• Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within GI-ESCR as well as with external partners, across cultures.
• Flexibility in schedule to accommodate meetings with people in different time zones.
• Willingness and ability to travel for at least 25% of the time (when possible).

Main Responsibilities
Research and analysis
• Assigns, coordinates, participates in, and/or conducts research and monitoring activities on privatisation and the right to education/health, including in particular by working with partners.
• Prepares advocacy reports, statements and other relevant materials related to privatisation and the right to education/health.
• Provides analysis on the political dynamics relevant for the right to education/health.
• Conducts legal analysis of the right to education/health to input into internal documents, to support partners, or to engage in external processes.
• Works with the Women’s Rights Officer to provide a gender analysis of privatisation and the right to education/health.

Advocacy and campaigning
• Coordinates GI-ESCR’s advocacy activities on the right to education/health.
• Coordinates the relationship with partners working on the right to education, and develops, cultivates, and supports a strong network of like-minded organisations on the issue, including through existing networks
•In liaison with the Senior Research and Legal Advisor, liaises and advocates with education or health institutions, including UNESCO or the World Health Organisation, the Global Partnership for Education or the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the World Bank.
• Identifies other opportunities for advocacy and leads advocacy on the right to education/health with the target institutions.
• Generates public awareness and builds pressure to implement the human rights standards related to the right to education/health, in particular the Guiding principles on the human rights obligations on States to provide public education and to regulate private involvement in education (Abidjan Principles)

• Contributes to the development of new projects and supports the fundraising efforts regarding the right to education/health.
• Leads the reporting to donors on aspects related to the right to education/health.
• Performs all necessary administrative tasks to ensure effective functioning of the programme and projects.
• Engages in monitoring and evaluation and learning on the work conducted.

Please apply immediately, and at the latest by Sunday 15 November 2020, 23.59 hrs GMT. Please note that interviews with candidates will be conducted on a rolling basis as soon as candidates are identified, and the positions will be filled as soon as the adequate candidate has been identified. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
Please apply by filling-in this form: http://bit.ly/HealthEducationApplicationGIESCR.

Please include in the online form:
• A cover letter explaining your interest in this position, how you learned about it, and detailing your experience.
• A current resume or CV summarizing your related work experience and background.
If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, please email info@gi-escr.org, including “Programme Officers Health/Education” in the subject line. Due to the large number of responses anticipated, applications via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will not be answered.

Selection Process
The selection process will have the following phases:
1. Submission and review of applications.
2. Shortlisting of candidates. Short listed applicants will be contacted for an interview online.
3. Interviews and a brief practical exam will be conducted for all shortlisted applicants.
4. Notification of the successful applicant.
We kindly request candidates not to call or send inquiries by email to request information about the progress of your application. Only complete applications will be reviewed, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


By | October 30th, 2020|Careers|0 Comments

New job online: Head of Communications, HD – Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Geneva

New job online, Head of Communications, HD – Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Geneva >>

By | October 14th, 2020|News|0 Comments

Head of Communications – HD – Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Geneva

HD has historically maintained a low profile in traditional and social media due to the confidential nature of its projects. However, with the expansion of HD’s operations, there has been an increased need to take communication to the next level and better disseminate the organisation’s activities and results, both internally and externally. The Head of Communications will be responsible for creating and implementing global and regional communication strategies that increase the organisation’s presence on various platforms, especially on social media. Based in Geneva, s/he will also oversee the creation and dissemination of communication materials at the organisational and regional levels.

Reporting to the Deputy Executive Director, her/his main responsibilities will be to:

-Design, implement, and manage global and targeted communication strategies, in close coordination with the Senior Management Team;
-Oversee the maintenance of the organisation’s external and internal communication platforms (website, social media accounts, intranet) and track engagement across the various platforms;
-Oversee the creation of various communication materials (annual report, print, video, audio, etc.);
-Manage media relations, create press releases/statements, respond to journalist inquiries;
-Provide communication support to the different project teams;
-Manage the Communications Unit, its consultants, as well as the budget of the unit.

The successful candidate should have the following qualifications:

-At least 10 years of varied and relevant work experience in communications;
-Strong experience in and understanding of social media outreach, social media marketing and analytics;
-Proven experience in the design and implementation of communication and outreach strategies;
-Strong understanding of copywriting/editing, graphic design, layout, and publishing;
-Solid experience in managing content management systems (SharePoint, WordPress, etc);
-Fluency in English (required); knowledge of French is desirable;
-Strong professional writing and oral communication skills, as well as the ability to communicate effectively across cultures and via remote means;
-Highly motivated individual, able to demonstrate initiative and creativity, and confidence in dealing with senior practitioners.

If you are interested in this position and meet the criteria defined above, please send a complete file (CV, motivation letter with a maximum of 2 pages) to the following address hrgeneva@hdcentre.org by 08.11.2020.

HD is an equal opportunity employer. Female candidates are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit www.hdcentre.org.

By | October 14th, 2020|Careers|0 Comments

New job online: Internal community-engagement specialist (70%) – UniBE International

New job online:

Internal community-engagement specialist (70%) – UniBE International

By | October 8th, 2020|News|0 Comments