Friday, January 15, 2016

Job opening with CAUX-IofC: External Relations Officer (80%)

Location : Geneva

Established in 1946, the CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation (CAUX-IofC) organizes and coordinates international and local conferences, seminars and training in Switzerland, primarily in its Conference Centre, the former Caux-Palace, bringing together a true diversity of people.

CAUX-IofC provides a safe and privileged space to inspire, equip and connect individuals, groups and organisations from around the globe to engage effectively and innovatively in the promotion of trust, ethical leadership, sustainable living and human security.

CAUX-IofC operates in line with its key approach of bringing global change through personal change and with its core values of absolute respect for human dignity, of truth, solidarity and care at every level of public or personal life. CAUX-IofC recommends silent reflection as a means to access creativity and inspiration.

Job description

The External Relations Officer works hand in hand with the Head of Communications and the Communications Officer to improve the positioning and visibility of CAUX-IofC Foundation and its activities in Switzerland. The Foundation’s activities include the organisation of and support to International Caux Conferences as well as various workshops, training and events across Switzerland in facilitation tools, Ethical Leadership, Dialogue in Diversity and Sustainable Living. 

Main responsibilities

  • Support the positioning and visibility of the CAUX-IofC Foundation and its activities in Switzerland
  • Support the development and the implementation of a strong corporate identity at the internal and external level
  • Develop and implement a media/press and a social media strategy in line with the Foundation’s and the communication strategies
  • Act as main contact for media/press interested in the CAUX-IofC Foundation and its activities
  • Track media on topics relevant for the foundation
  • Draft, edit and design various collaterals if required (i.e. brochures, flyers, newsletters etc.)
  • Support fundraising with draft, edit and design of documents if required
  • Coordinate external service providers such as translator, editors etc.
  • Be in charge of Social Media and community engagement
  • Write articles or Press releases for media outlets and press as required
  • Establish and maintain relationships with main stakeholders
  • Be present during the Caux Conferences in summer and act as a full member of the communication team, which might include being in charge of up to 4 communication interns during the summer and up to 1 intern during the year
  • Act as representative for the Head of Communications if required
  • Collaborate with the Initiatives of Change (IofC) staff in Switzerland and work closely with colleagues in the Geneva and Lucerne office, assisting them in communication matters whenever necessary and in agreement with the Head of Communications
  • Keep updated and informed of new trends, best practices, tools and means in communication, especially when these relate to NGOs and their work
  • Keep updated, informed  and attend major events in Switzerland related to the Foundation’s activities and promote the Foundation in agreement with the Head of Communications and the Secretary General

Desired profile

  • University graduate or equivalent work experience in the field of communications and/or Media
  • A minimum of two years professional experience in an international, multicultural environment
  • Knowledge of International NGOs
  • Adhesion to IofC’s values and approaches; prior IofC experience a plus

Required skills:

  • Good knowledge of and be well connected to contacts in Swiss media
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Outgoing personality
  • Team oriented and able to function well in a multilingual and multicultural environment
  • Good knowledge of branding, marketing and the importance of “corporate identity”
  • Passionate about people and about change
  • Previous experience with ethical leadership, trustbuilding, sustainable living, and migration issues
  • Flexible
  • French or German mother tongue, excellent command of the other language
  • Excellent knowledge of English
  • Excellent writing and editing skills in French and German, web writing an asset
  • Excellent knowledge of the social media environment and community engagement

Would be an asset:

  • Knowledge of Drupal
  • Experience in fundraising
  • Working knowledge of InDesign
  • Proficient in film/photography

Terms and Conditions

The candidate must be available to work in Caux above Montreux for the whole duration of the yearly summer conferences (in 2016: June 20- August 18).  Costs for accommodation and meals are covered. Only applicants with Swiss/EU citizenship or a valid work permit for Switzerland will be considered.

How to apply

Please submit your CV, a motivation letter (in English), a sample press release of approx. 400 words (in English, French or German) announcing the 2016 Caux Conferences and two references in one PDF document to until 7 February, 2016 mentioning the title of the position in the subject line. Only selected applicants will be contacted.

Start date and Salary

As soon as possible, competitive salary for NGO environment.


CAUX-Initiatives of Change

1 rue de Varembé

1202 Geneva