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Media and Communications Officer

Energy – Châtelaine, Geneva
Department Energy
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation 70,000 - 77,000 CHF

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an independent think tank that delivers the knowledge to act. Our mission is to promote human development and environmental sustainability. Our big-picture view allows us to address the root causes of some of the greatest challenges facing our planet today—ecological destruction, social exclusion, unfair laws and economic rules, a changing climate. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, Toronto and New York, our work affects lives in nearly 100 countries. We are currently looking for a Media and Communications Officer to join our Energy Program, primarily working with our Global Subsidies Initiative. The Media and Communications Officer will report to the GSI Manager.  

IISD’s Global Subsidies Initiative delivers research and practical policy support for the reform and redirection of fossil fuel subsidies towards sustainable energy systems. GSI works alongside country partners and governments to raise and tackle the issue of harmful energy subsidies through hands-on country-level work and via international forums such as the G20, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals, with groups such as the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform. Many governments are now removing subsidies to fossil fuels, and we are hiring a new Media and Communications Officer to communicate our work and the need for effective reform and reinvestment for sustainable development.

We are looking for an outgoing, motivated and highly-organized individual to join our team of 12, active in around 10 countries (including Indonesia and India), to lead delivery of outreach and external communication activities. We are seeking a dedicated communications professional with the ability to develop clear messages to convey complex issues to governments and the broader public on the issue of fossil fuel subsidies and the transition towards sustainable energy. They will have experience in developing and implementing strategies to achieve policy influence through communications, including events, print and broadcast media, websites, apps and striking infographics. The successful candidate will have a strong eye for detail, communications, design and branding and also be an excellent planner, organizer and multi-tasker.

The Media and Communications Officer will be responsible for:

  • Developing and implementing communication strategies and plans to ensure research, analysis and knowledge products have reach, engagement and impact.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of impact against communications strategies and plans, including collecting and analyzing relevant data on communications efforts, maintaining and updating media contacts.
  • Maintaining web pages (particularly www.fffsr.org and www.iisd.org/gsi) by posting edited content to the site using a designated CMS, creating pages and posts, tracking and compiling website analytics, and other related tasks.
  • Developing content, writing and editing various texts, for press releases, newsletters (i.e., Subsidy Scoop and the GSI newsletter), blogs, web content and other outreach materials.
  • Producing content and supporting the design of visual materials, including Twitter cards, posters, invitations, simple infographics, presentations, and other conference or workshop materials.
  • Working alongside staff to create videos, podcasts and stories to help make the issue of fossil fuel subsidies and their reform accessible to a wider audience.
  • Identifying areas for improvement and working with the team to advise on approaches to increase clarity and usability, encourage engagement, boost impact and align with the communications strategy.
  • Maintaining relevant social media channels, including developing social media packages, scheduling content delivery, monitoring feeds of partner organizations to identify content to cross-promote, and suggesting ways to grow audiences and encourage engagement.
  • Assisting staff in promoting international events, workshops and webinars.
  • Supporting and sharing information across IISD’s wider global network of Communications Officers engaged in sustainable development.  


  • Degree in communications, journalism, visual communication design, social media or other related social science discipline. 
  • At least 3–5 years of relevant professional experience in communications at a national or international level.
  • Proven ability to make complex issues accessible to wide audiences.
  • Experience working with think tanks or other research-intensive organizations desirable, especially focusing on sustainable development issues.
  • Media relations experience a plus.
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills.
  • Other languages, for example Nordic or French, useful.
  • Excellent track record in implementing strategic communications, including engaging with international media and designing and executing advocacy campaigns.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to translate technical findings to advance policy positions, including engaging with international media and international stakeholders.
  • Experience and comfort working with online content management systems and website monitoring (especially WordPress,  Google Analytics). Must be able to work in Word, Excel and PowerPoint (InDesign, Photoshop an asset).
  • Proactive approach to meeting deadlines and delivering results with limited supervision.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently as well as within a team.

This position is for a two year contract, subject to renewal upon funding and performance.

Candidate must have work authorization for Switzerland or the EU. Candidate must be in possession of a valid Swiss work authorization.

Application process:

  1. Cover letter (maximum one page) followed by a CV (maximum two pages) together in one pdf document via Bamboo. Must be submitted in English.
  2. Include a link to either a website or infographic or campaign that you have recently implemented and/or designed.
  3. Candidate must have work authorization for Switzerland or the EU.

Compensation: 70,000 - 77,000 CHF

Application Deadline is 20 March 4PM Geneva time


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