Digital Media & Communications Assistant, Economic Law and Policy Program – Part-Time (50%) 

Economic Law and Policy · Geneva, Switzerland
Department Economic Law and Policy
Employment Type Part-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation CHF 62,000 - 65,000 pro rated to 50%

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an award-winning independent think tank working to accelerate solutions for a stable climate, sustainable resource management, and fair economies. Our work inspires better decisions and sparks meaningful action to help people and the planet thrive. We shine a light on what can be achieved when governments, businesses, non-profits, and communities come together. IISD’s staff of more than 120 people, plus over 150 associates and consultants, come from across the globe and from many disciplines. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, and Toronto, our work affects lives in nearly 100 countries. We are currently looking for a Communications Assistant to join our Economic Law and Policy (ELP) Program at our Geneva office.


IISD’s ELP Program is devoted to supporting the elaboration and improvement of economic governance frameworks and tools that support the achievement of sustainable development objectives. ELP does so by developing research outputs, providing training and capacity support to the relevant stakeholder groups, organizing conferences and dialogues, and various other approaches. Increasingly, our work involves a dedicated “virtual” component, both in terms of the events we deliver and the communications and outreach efforts we undertake. Our team includes lawyers, economists, policy analysts, and journalists, among others, who are located across various countries and world regions. The program encompasses several workstreams, including investment law and policy; international trade; agriculture; sustainability standards; sustainable finance, procurement, and infrastructure; and mining.


About the Position


We are seeking a dynamic and experienced Digital Media & Communications Assistant with a talent for making complex ideas accessible to wider audiences and with a passion for virtual events and digital media. You are a proficient multitasker with strong technical capability in digital media (including production of short videos and social media assets), excellent writing and editing skills (in English), experience in virtual event organization and management, and a keen interest in and knowledge of sustainable development issues. You will work regularly with the programmatic teams devoted to different ELP workstreams, as well as being part of the ELP communications team and the wider IISD communications team.


Responsibilities may include the following:


  • Working with ELP’s programmatic teams to develop short video content that communicates complex policy ideas to broad audiences.
  • Creating inspiring audiovisual content and branded products for social media in line with brand standards.
  • Creating impactful PowerPoint presentations in collaboration with ELP program staff.
  • Developing specific content for social media, targeting key influencers online and reporting on results on a regular basis.
  • Assisting with the organization of online events from their initial conception to their final execution.
  • Implementing strategic communications plans for a broad range of projects, reports, and events.
  • Conducting media monitoring on a regular basis for assigned areas of work.
  • Maintaining and updating webpages using content management systems (i.e., Drupal, WordPress).
  • Working with outreach lists (including for media outreach) to ensure they are targeted and functioning effectively.
  • Working with digital images (retouching, resizing, etc.).
  • Continuously discovering and sharing new industry best practices to maximize impact.


Required Skills and Qualifications


  • A high level of computer literacy: must be able to work in PremierePro, AfterEffects, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and virtual event software, such as Zoom, MS Teams, etc.
  • 1–3 years of relevant professional experience in communications at a public policy-focused organization (think-tank, non-governmental organization, government, etc.).
  • Proven experience in managing virtual conferences and/or other event types is a strong asset.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Experience and comfort working with online content management systems and website monitoring tools (especially WordPress, Drupal, Google Analytics).
  • Demonstrated interest in issues related to sustainable development, especially economic issues.
  • Experience with Hootsuite for social media management and Mailchimp to produce newsletters is a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently as well as within a team.
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, marketing, graphic design, public relations, public policy, or a related discipline.


Location:  Geneva 


Salary:   CHF 62,000 - 65,000 pro rated to 50% 


Start Date: As soon as possible 


Closing date: September 15, 2021 


All submissions must be in English. 


Candidates must hold appropriate work authorization for Switzerland and/or EU nationality. 


Only those candidates we wish to interview will be contacted. Resumes will be kept on file for one year.  


Please do not apply for the same role in multiple locations as multiple applications will be rejected.  

IISD is committed to fostering a more equitable and sustainable world and welcomes candidates who uphold our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, to correct the conditions of social injustice and disadvantage in employment around the world, we encourage candidates from historically marginalized groups, including women, Indigenous Peoples, people with disabilities, people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, and those who identify themselves as 2SLGBTQ+ to apply for the Digital Media & Communications Assistant position. 


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  • Location
    Geneva, Switzerland
  • Department
    Economic Law and Policy
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    CHF 62,000 - 65,000 pro rated to 50%