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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 15 April 2019 Recruitment Completed

Communications Officer, GEO


Geneva, Switzerland

1 June 2019
or as soon as possible thereafter

Fixed-term - 2 years

Group on Earth Observations Secretariat
WMO is committed to achieving diversity and a balanced workforce. Applications are welcome from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. The statutory retirement age after 1 January 2014 is 65. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete the term of appointment will normally be considered.

Under the supervision of the Senior External Relations Manager, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Lead, develop and implement GEO's annual communications plan to be based on the engagement strategy supporting the objectives of the GEO Strategic Plan 2016-2025: Implementing GEOSS;

(b) Develop targeted communications messages, campaigns, content and products tailored to specific target groups (writing, editing, graphic design, desktop publishing, photography and basic video editing);

(c) Facilitate the continuous flow of information in the GEO community (i.e., through maintaining and growing the GEO Communicators Network group and events, liaising with Work Programme leads to cross-promote, enforce brand standards and gather and promote GEO use and impact stories);

(d) Develop and expand GEO's outreach and communications activities, with an emphasis on social media;

(e) Develop press relations with relevant outlets and journalists, disseminate news coverage and track press activities, support event promotion and coordination of GEO events, and promote relevant events across the GEO community;

(f) Lead the development of a new GEO website, and work closely with the GEO IT Manager to ensure continued improvements and visibility/dissemination of achievements and relevant decisions. Ensure that the GEO website presents clear, relevant and up-to-date information;

(g) Stay abreast of events, developments, news and priorities relevant to GEO and make connections, as appropriate, including through web articles on the GEO website, GEO newsletters and other communications media;

(h) Monitor and evaluate impact of communications activities, using findings to continuously adjust and improve the communications plan;

(i) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Advanced university degree in journalism, international relations, communications or a closely related field. Additional qualifications in environmental or geophysical science would be an advantage.

At least five years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in public information and communication work, targeting multiple stakeholders, including public and private sectors, international organizations and media. Proven experience providing information on scientific issues to non-technical audiences in multi-national environments. Experience in using social media to convey information to technical and non-technical audiences. Proven experience in project management, organizing events and knowledge of data sharing.

Other requirements
High sense of integrity, responsibility, maturity of judgement, initiative and creativity. Excellent organizational, communication, presentation, interpersonal and analytical skills. Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and manage multiple workloads with minimum supervision. Ability to analyse and evaluate scientific and technical needs and requirements. Ability to draft reports, correspondence and documents clearly and succinctly in English. Proven experience in graphic design, desktop publishing, photography, videography and video editing. Familiarity with the work of the GEO Secretariat. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to foster team spirit.

Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of other working and/or official languages of the WMO Secretariat would be an advantage. Note: the working language of the GEO Secretariat is English.

(Note: The official languages of the Organization are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.)
The Secretary-General may appoint a candidate at a grade below the advertised grade of the post, with the possibility of promotion to that grade within three years of appointment, subject to satisfactory appraisal of performance.
Possibility of renewal within the GEO Secretariat only pending satisfactory performance after an initial probationary period of one year which can be extended up to a maximum of two years.

Annual net base salary on initial appointment is: US$ 60233

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 40718 (in addition to the net base salary)

Additional Information:
Only applicants in whom GEO has a further interest will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit a written assessment and/or an interview.
Date of issue of vacancy notice: 18 March 2019

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