Job posting: Communications Officer 80%

4 May 2021 13:52

Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC): GAAMAC ( is an inclusive, state-led network created in 2013 by States and NGOs joining together to engage in atrocity prevention. GAAMAC provides a platform for exchange, dialogue and the dissemination of learning and good practice in prevention. It supports States to build their capacities to prevent mass atrocity crimes (war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, ethnic cleansing) as well as to develop and implement national prevention strategies and serves as a space for exchange and sharing among different communities of practice and stakeholders.

The Association for the GAAMAC Support Office: The Support Office implements the goals and activities set out by the Steering Group of GAAMAC, inter alia. The Support Office is responsible to support the GAAMAC Chair and the Steering Group, to oversee the global administration, to organize internal and external events, and to ensure the overall functioning of GAAMAC’s virtual platform, outreach and fundraising efforts.

Objective of the Communications Officer: Develop, support and promote GAAMAC’s communications and outreach goals, including message development, social media content creation and media outreach. Outreach and community collaboration are key components of the position. 

The successful Communications Officer is self-motivated, has strong analytical writing and verbal communications skills, demonstrated experience in organizing and supporting online events, diplomatic skills and is used to working in a diverse political and multicultural environment and has strong attention to detail. He/she is fluent in English and French; an additional UN language is welcome. He/she has experience in the issues related to prevention (among others, human rights, international justice, migration, early warning systems), and is committed to staying abreast of new developments in the field. This strong team player will work in Geneva with a small dynamic and very motivated team, in direct collaboration with the Managing Coordinator based in New York.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Communications: drafting and editing
    • Contribute to and spearhead the implementation of GAAMAC’s communication strategy;
    • Draft, copy edit, format documents in line with GAAMAC’s language and branding;
    • Under the supervision of the Managing Coordinator coordinate and perform specific communication tasks:
      • draft and edit communications material related to GAAMAC events and GAAMAC IV global meeting;
      • contribute to developing and advising on institutional messaging;
      • draft, design and distribute the GAAMAC newsletter;
      • liaise with GAAMAC’s community for the production of videos and other joint projects and events, prepare the dissemination of videos as well as any other communications support;
    • Work closely with the Managing Coordinator and draft communications material to complement and enhance fundraising efforts.
    • Ensure consistency and edit written GAAMAC Support Office outputs;
    • Liaise with external service providers for the organisation of events (e.g. video editors, streaming providers, facilitation consultants…).
  • Publications and content development
    • Collect and research news, events, updates, reports and research related to the prevention of atrocities from around the world:
      • Particularly regarding the community’s (i.e. partners, Regional Initiatives, Steering Group) activities relevant to atrocity prevention to be showcased on calendar of events, newsletters, website
    • Develop content for GAAMAC’s newsletter and website keeping a cultural, political, geographical and gender-based balance;
    • Oversee the ongoing development and maintenance of a curated library and resource center showcasing toolkits, practical guides, manuals and other material from the GAAMAC community.
  • Website content and social media management
    • Contribute to the GAAMAC website (English and French);
    • Coordinate and manage the actualization of the website content, and the My GAAMAC platform (content, databases, information, agenda, partner information, etc.);
    • Contribute to the planning and coordination of new content, functionality and feature development of the website and MY GAAMAC together with the Web Administrator;
    • Manage all social media platforms, produce social media content and campaigns, spearhead the social media strategy.
  • Outreach and public relations
    • Develop and disseminate outreach materials;
    • Build and maintain relationships with journalists, bloggers, communications officers in permanent missions, the UN and other NGOs in international Geneva (and other locations);
    • Liaise with media;
    • Support the organization of (online) events including outreach to panellists, drafting of communication materials, promotion, community engagement, etc.
    • Support online learning opportunities for GAAMAC community, including such things as webinars, GAAMAC’s resource center, discussion groups on My GAAMAC and other digital tools.
    • Perform any communication and public relations duties as required.


  • At least 5 years of proven experience in communications strategy development and implementation, public events and online events
  • Ability to prioritize workload on multiple projects and events simultaneously with minimal supervision
  • Team player
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong social media skills and knowledge of social media analytics tools (i.e. Hootesuite)
  • Excellent knowledge of mailing software (Mailerlite, MailChimp)
  • Basic knowledge of HTML/coding
  • Good knowledge of graphic design software (i.e. Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Canva)
  • Good knowledge of website CMS and Google Analytics
  • Knowledge of video software (i.e. Adobe Premiere Pro) is an asset
  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills and ability to communicate with a wide variety of audiences
  • Knowledge of and keen interest in atrocity prevention, transitional justice, human rights or similar fields
  • Fluency in English and French, knowledge of another UN language is an additional asset.
  • Bachelors’ degree (or similar level, notably through experience) in communications, journalism, public relations, international relations or related field.

What we offer

  • Be part of a small, committed and very friendly team
  • Be part of a very exciting multi-stakeholder start-up initiative launched by states and civil society leaders, with very innovative skills and methodologies in a strong multicultural environment
  • Contribute to a growing inclusive initiative in cooperation with many governments, civil society leaders, personalities, women and men from around the world,
  • Networking opportunities within International Geneva and beyond
  • Compensation in line with other non-governmental organizations based in Geneva
  • The post is at 80%
  • The contract is for 1 year, until June 30th, 2022 with the possibility to renew with a permanent contract based on performance and available funding.

Please submit your cover letter and CV, reference letters (no more than two pages) to with the subject line: “Application for Communications Officer” by Monday, 17th May 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please note that unfortunately the GAAMAC Support Office is unable to sponsor a work visa for this position; the candidate shall hold a valid work permit in Switzerland.