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Country: Switzerland
Organization: The Global Fund for Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence
Closing date: 7 Aug 2020

Contract type: Two-year contract (with possible extension) – Full time 100%

Salary: Gross annual salary: from CHF 108,000 to CHF 114’000

(salary commensurate with experience and according to internal salary grid)

Start date: September 2020


The Global Survivors Fund (the Fund) has established an ambitious goal – to unleash at least 50 million USD for survivors of conflict related sexual by 2022. The journey towards establishing this ambitious goal has been a path forged by a diverse group of individuals over many years - spearheaded by Dr. Denis Mukwege.

The Fund is an innovative, survivor-centric mechanism whose mission is to ensure survivors of conflict-related sexual violence have access to reparations and other forms of redress, globally, including where the states or other parties responsible for the violence are unwilling or unable to providing reparations.

The Fund is a purpose driven partnership between multiple stakeholders who assume a shared responsibility to achieve transformative change for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence. The Founders of the Fund – Dr. Denis Mukwege and Ms. Nadia Murad believe this initiative will achieve its intended impact and build long lasting solutions for the deeply embedded challenges in communities afflicted by conflict-related sexual violence.

The Fund was endorsed by the UN Secretary-General in his statement to the Security Council on conflict-related sexual violence in April 2019 and language referencing the Fund was included in Security Council Resolution 2467. The G7 also recognized its support for the Fund in its August 2019 Declaration on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.

The Communications Officer, which will work under overall supervision of the Head of Operations and under technical supervision by the Head of Advocacy, will be responsible for the following:

Primary Responsibilities


Assist with the development of a solid strategic communications plan for the Global Survivors Fund, which includes strengthening the brand identity of the organisation, integration of communications between different areas (advocacy, fundraising, etc.)

Advise the organisation on Communications issues: clarity of message, branding and design

Set deadlines and manage the timely execution of multiple elements of the communications strategy

Be a creative contributor and innovator within the organization

Assist with the establishment of a purpose driven communications vehicles to create momentum and awareness as well as to test the effectiveness of communications activities

Social Media

Write and design original social media content

Create a social media plan per week: scheduling posts and prescribing reposted content

Respond as soon as possible to pertinent current events on social media

Manage our social media presence with design and brand cohesion

Repost and promote other organizations within our network

Manage Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Linked In accounts


· Assist with the creation of original written and visual content for the website

· Manage the organisation and presentation of the website

· Keep the website up to date with news and blogs

· Monitor our Search Engine Optimisation and website functionality

· Manage the process of website translation to French

Public Relations

· Write and contribute to stories and create opportunities for media appearances (op-eds, story pitches, interviews etc.)

· Handle and follow up media requests

· Manage and assist with press relations during planned events

· Support the creation of Press Releases and promotion of press appearances for the Senior team of the Global Survivors Fund; including, where applicable the Founders, Dr. Mukwege and Ms. Murad.

· Maintain relationships with journalists and media outlets and seek to develop media partnerships

· Prepare documents and talking points for interviews, publications and speaking engagements.

· Assist with the creation of talking points and overviews for senior team and Board members.

· Coordinate the writing of the newsletter


· Support the work with Fundraising to create a marketing plan and fundraising campaigns

· Assist with the implementation of the marketing campaign for set donation goals

· Track marketing data, create projections and set goals


· Develop and manage media assets

· Create photo stories and captions

· Create videos as is possible

· Design and layout physical communication materials in keeping with the Fund’s house-style


Experienced leader with at least 6-8 years of broad communications work, preferably with a non-profit organization. Ideally the individual will have had significant experience in multi-faceted communications work that involve multiple geographies and a diverse group of stakeholders in developing countries. The Communications Officer will have the following experience and attributes:

  • A minimum of a BS; a MA would be a plus.
  • Individual must have strong interpersonal and communications skills; ability to interact professionally with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Must be a team player, able to handle multiple simultaneous tasks, extremely organized, flexible, diplomatic and able to work well under pressure.
  • Ability to develop and implement creative strategies and trainings.
  • Strong analytical skills, plus excellent organizational skills.
  • Team player who enjoys collaboration.
  • Understanding of subject matter, a definite plus but not essential.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Be fluent in French and English. Additional language would be an asset.

How to apply:

Applications should be addressed to abigi@globalsurvivorsfund.org and must contain: CV 2 p. max. and letter of motivation 1p. max. – in French or in English.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted**.**

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