Switzerland: Communications Programme Assistant

Organization: Gender and Mine Action Programme
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 18 Feb 2017

The Gender and Mine Action Programme is currently looking for an intern in Geneva from 1 March 2017 for a period of at least three months but preferably more.


The overall task for the Communications Programme Assistant (Intern)** is to assist the Director and the Programme Manager in the implementation of the Gender and Mine Action Programme. This includes, but is not limited to, the following tasks.

In line with GMAP’s Communication Strategy

Revitalize the GMAP Website

  • Re-organize layout of the website

  • Enhance website’s user-friendliness and interactivity

  • Re-organize and update publications on GMAP’s website

  • Launch the revamped website through a Facebook and Twitter campaign

  • Coordinate the translation of the GMAP website content into French, Spanish and other languages

  • Consider options for search engine optimization

Enhance Social Media Outreach

  • Increase activity on Facebook and Twitter

  • Participate and expand on existing mine action campaigns

  • Design GMAP-specific photo campaigns

  • Create a public LinkedIn page

Develop New Communication Tools

  • Develop infographics for GMAP

  • Develop bi-monthly webinars/videos

  • Develop success stories

  • Establish a mailing list and issue bi-monthly or quarterly e-mail updates to subscribers

  • Draft, translate or edit correspondence, press releases, funding requests and various communications or advocacy material depending on the linguistic skills of the candidate

Engage Prospective Donors

  • Develop a case for support

  • Link donation amounts to practical outcomes

  • Create donor success stories


  • Upon request, undertake special assignments such as drafting articles or conducting research on a specific topic, or similar tasks

  • Attend conferences and seminars as needed and draft minutes and reports

  • Provide administrative support (filing, updating contact lists, financial and narrative reporting, etc).

Required qualifications

  • Ongoing or finished studies at Bachelor’s or Master’s level in communications, IT, gender studies, or related field

  • Strong interest and understanding of issues and challenges relating to the discourse of gender and diversity in humanitarian assistance

  • Excellent command of spoken and written English. Good working knowledge of French is an advantage

  • Excellent IT, outstanding content management systems (WordPress) skills, social media conversed (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin)

  • Experience in video production is an advantage

  • Previous experience in organising events and trainings is an advantage

Behavioural skills

  • Ability to handle several tasks simultaneously

  • Willingness to work with minimum supervision, independently, as well as to function as a member of a multicultural team;

  • Strong organisational skills.

The Gender and Mine Action Programme is not currently in a position to remunerate this internship. Candidates must be able to commit themselves for a minimum of three days per week for three months, and hold a valid permit which allows staying and undertaking internships in Switzerland. The intern should be available to start working on 1 March for a period of at least three months.

How to apply:

Applications – cover letter and CV in English – should be sent to l.schumicky-logan@gmap.ch by 18 February 2017 at the latest.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

GMAP is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage qualified male candidates and people living with disabilities to apply.

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