08/05/2019 / We are Hiring a Communications Officer – Become a Megaphone for the Laureates

We are Hiring a Communications Officer – Become a Megaphone for the Laureates

08/05/2019

Yahya Assiri, Saudi Arabian human rights activist. Photo: Wolfgang Schmidt/ Right Livelihood Award Foundation

Yahya Assiri, Saudi Arabian human rights activist. Photo: Wolfgang Schmidt/ Right Livelihood Award Foundation

 

Do you want to be the megaphone and shield for some of the most extraordinary changemakers on this planet, such as Dr Denis Mukwege (DR Congo), Edward Snowden (USA) and Khadija Ismayilova (Azerbaijan)?

The Right Livelihood Award Foundation, which annually presents the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, is hiring a Communications Officer in Geneva. In this role, you will raise awareness about the work of the Foundation and its, to date, 174 Laureates from 70 countries. Through various types of communications, your main challenge is to make the Laureates’ courage contagious and to inspire change.

ABOUT THE RIGHT LIVELIHOOD AWARD FOUNDATION

Established in 1980, the Right Livelihood Award Foundation honours and supports courageous people and organisations offering visionary and exemplary solutions to the root causes of global problems. Our vision is a just, peaceful and sustainable world for all.

The Foundation provides Laureates with long-term support and helps protect those whose lives and liberty are in danger. It has Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council and uses this role to facilitate Laureate’s work championing human rights, climate justice and democracy. The Foundation is a charity registered in Sweden, with eleven employees and offices in Stockholm and Geneva.

ABOUT THE POSITION

As our Communications Officer, you will be part of a highly dedicated and international team which aims to inspire positive change by promoting Laureates’ solutions on how to best meet the most burning challenges of our time. With your copywriting skills, you will play a vital role in producing press releases, news stories and other written content, mainly in English but also in French, to be distributed in various channels. You pitch stories about the work of the Foundation and its Laureates to the media and expand the Foundation’s networks to increase awareness of Laureates’ pioneering work, as well as the prestige of the Award.

The Communications Officer will play a key role in the Foundation’s communications team and will report to, and work closely together with, our Director of Communications. The position is based at our office in Geneva, which acts as a springboard for Laureates to advocate on a truly global level. In 2018, 15 Laureates visited the Geneva office.

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

•  Write press releases, Op-Ed articles, blog posts and other content for the Foundation’s channels, portraying the work of the Foundation and our Laureates, with a solutions-oriented and engaging tonality.

•  Media liaison, with a focus on the English- and French-speaking world.

•  Media monitoring and managing of send lists.

•  Produce content for online channels, such as video interviews with Laureates, live tweeting from events, etc.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

•  Professional experience (from an NGO, company, or similar organisation) writing press releases, Op-Ed articles, blog posts and other published texts.

•  Professional experience (from an NGO, company, or similar organisation) producing and publishing content, including filmed interviews, on social media channels.

•  Professional experience as a media liaison, including pitching stories to media in the English- and French-speaking world.

•  Full professional proficiency in English AND French (including writing and editing texts).

•  Professional experience working with issues relating to social justice, sustainability, or human rights.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

•  Experience of advocacy campaigning.

•  Experience working with graphic design and video production.

•  Experience working with UN institutions.

•  Experience communicating about champions of sustainability and social change

•  Professional proficiency in any of the following languages: Arabic, Hindi, German, Swedish or Spanish.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

The Communications Officer is a permanent full-time position, with an initial three months probationary period. The position is based at our office in Geneva and requires occasional travel.

Note: We will only consider applicants that already have the right to work in Switzerland.

Starting date: 12 August 2019 or earlier.

APPLICATION

We use a competency-based process for this recruitment, which is anonymous up to the interview stage. Therefore, you will not be asked to attach your CV or a letter to your application. Instead, we will ask you to complete the online application form accessed through the link below (to assess the minimum skills listed above) and to submit a work sample (instructions for the work sample are outlined in the application form).

Application Form

If you have further questions about the position, please contact Johannes Mosskin, Director of Communications at johannes@rightlivelihood.org or call +46-70-437 11 48. For questions about the application process, please contact Gunilla Kahm at gunilla@rightlivelihood.org.

Deadline for applications is 2 June.