Current Opportunities with the GEO Secretariat

Secondments

Call for GEO Member and/or Participating Organization Secondments

The following list comprises areas of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) implementation which would benefit from additional personnel to support coordination, communication and outreach to the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Members, Participating Organizations and the emerging broader stakeholder network. Thus, Members and/or Participating Organizations are asked to consider providing secondments to the GEO Secretariat, to work under the direction and guidance of the GEO Secretariat Director.

These individuals will make a significant contribution to help realize the objectives of GEO, and facilitate the implementation of the 2016 to 2025 Work Programme. At the same time, these secondments, upon completion of their tenure in Geneva, join the cadre of technical, programmatic and organizational leaders and advocates for ensuring Earth observations inform decision-making at national, regional and global scales. The length of time for secondments is normally two years.

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Short-term Assignments

Call for Expression of Interest GEO/CALL/Comms/17/01

The GEO Secretariat is calling for expressions of interest for the following short-term need:

Strategic Communications and Social Media Specialist
Deadline for applications: 30 April 2017
Contract period : 1 June (11 Months)

Reports To:

Senior External Relations Manager

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Working under the responsibility of the Senior External Relations Manager, responsible for leading, developing and implementing GEO’s annual communications and dissemination plan based on the overarching engagement strategy supporting the objectives of the GEO Strategic Plan 2016-2025: Implementing GEOSS.
  • Developing targeted communication campaigns tailored to GEO Implementation activities and priority areas.
  • Establishing a two-way communication network to facilitate the continuous flow of information between members/users and the GEO Secretariat as a means of fostering growth of an active GEO community. Assess and identify the most appropriate and effective channels for conducting GEO’s external outreach and communications' activities with emphasis on Social Medial. Manage the ongoing outreach and communication activities.
  • Maintaining community liaison, disseminating news coverage and tracking press activities.
  • Working closely with the GEO web designer to ensure appropriate visibility and dissemination of achievements and relevant decisions. Ensuring that the GEO website presents clear, relevant and up-to-date information.
  • Staying abreast of events, developments, news and priorities relevant to GEO and make connections as appropriate.

 

Qualifications and experience:

Advanced degree in marketing, international relations or communications. Additional qualifications in environment and/or geophysical sciences would be a bonus.   At least five years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in public information and communication work, targeting multiple stakeholders, including public and private sectors, international organizations and media.  Experience providing information or scientific issues to non-technical audiences in multinational environments, knowledge pf (one or all) of climate change, disaster resilience or the United Nations Global Agenda 2030 in this respect is a bonus.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Excellent English-language oral and written communication skills. Ability to craft high-quality press releases and presentations, explain complex concepts in an easy to understand manner, using the most communicative language appropriate for the given audience;
  • Ability to manage work, set milestones, meet deadlines, and motivate others to supply you with necessary information and input under same conditions.
  • Ability to sharply assess and leverage opportunities;
  • A creative thinker with vision and ability to identify and pursue ideas and opportunities;
  • Well-spoken, well-informed, and well-prepared to speak on behalf of GEO during communication and outreach opportunities,
  • Ability to develop cooperative marketing partnerships; and
  • Ability to work in complex, multi-stakeholder environment.

To apply: Please send up-to-date Curriculum Vitae to: secretariat@geosec.org quoting the reference GEO/CALL/Comms/17/01.

 

Internships

Call for Expression of interest:  Internships

The GEO Secretariat is calling for expression interest for Internships in 2017.Applications should include a cover letter and CV and be sent by email to secretariat@geosec.org quoting the reference GEO/Call for Internships/01-17 

GEO Internships are open to students that have recently graduated (preferably at the Post Graduate level) or those approaching the end of their studies and preparing a thesis.  The minimum age is 21 and maximum age 35. Internships can be of three to six months’ duration.

The purpose of the internship is to provide interns with the opportunity to acquire experience and first-hand knowledge of GEO, enhance their educational experience through practical work experience and to provide GEO with the assistance of qualified students.

Internships are not paid and thus at no cost to the Organization.  Travel costs, travel arrangement and finding living accommodation are the responsibility of the intern, or their sponsoring institution, if that is the case. Interns must have adequate medical insurance coverage and provide a certificate of good health.  Interns are not considered as GEO officials.

Applying candidates need to be proficient in English.

The GEO Secretariat has the following internship possibilities available:

 

To support the GEO Marketing and Communications Strategy 2017:

Title: Social Media Intern
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Period: Three to six months
Date limit for application: 30 April 2017
Start date: 1 May, 2017 or thereafter

Terms of Reference:

  • Draft and schedule posts for GEO Twitter and Facebook.
  • Monitor GEO community (members and participating organizations) feeds for interesting posts and schedule retweets.
  • Expand the network of followers.
  • Support live coverage of events.
  • Plan social media content by establishing GEO Trello Boards.
  • Produce or edit simple visual aids to describe GEO’s work, such as Earth observation images, photos and infographics.
  • Carry out other tasks as requested.

Educational Requirements

University level studies in the following fields:

Communications, Journalism, Social Media and related fields.  Additional qualification is related science subjects such as Earth Sciences, Geography, etc. are a bonus.

 

Title: External Relations Intern
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Period: Three to six months
Date limit for application: 31 January, 2017
Start date: 1 February, 2017 or thereafter

Terms of Reference:

  • Review the public relations mailing lists, update contact details.
  • Systematize email lists for specific groupings of contacts.
  • Provide administrative support to targeted communications with specific groups of contacts in the GEO Community.
  • Carry out other tasks as requested.

Educational Requirements

University level studies in the following fields:

Communications, Journalism, Social Media and related fields.  Additional qualifications in related science subjects such as Earth Sciences, Geography, etc. are a bonus.

 

To Support the Implementation of the GEO 2017-2019 Work Programme in the domain of Disaster Resilience

Title: Disaster Resilience GIS Database Intern
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Period: Six months
Date limit for application: 30 April 2017
Start date: 1 May, 2017 or thereafter

  1. Contributing to the collection of information on sources and characteristics of space-borne remote sensing data for the knowledge base established through the relevant GEO initiatives:
    1. GEO Geohazard Supersites and Natural Laboratories (GSNL)
    2. Global Wildfire Information System
    3. GEO-DARMA (Data Access for Risk Management to support the implementation of the Sendai framework 2016-2030)
  2. Support the coordination of disaster resilience efforts and of other GEO societal benefit areas and priorities in the GEO Secretariat as required, including but not limited to flood management, climate change, biodiversity, drought monitoring, agriculture or water security.  
  3. Perform online research to identify and catalogue official reports and other materials of relevance referencing use of space technologies and space-based or in-situ data in disaster management, as well as in other priority areas as identified in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (and SDGs)
  4. Support to summarize possible actions and recommendations from specific advisory missions and past workshops organized in developing countries and addressing use of space and geospatial technologies in disaster management (such as those in the context of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications, the UN-SPIDER programme, or through the Regional Commissions. 
  5. Implementing a process to structure identified recommendations into categories, prioritizing based on relevance to countries and relative to potential number of population impacted.

Additional duties as required

Educational Requirements

University level studies in the following fields:

Geography, meteorology, physics, earth science or hydrology. Additional qualifications in information technologies are a bonus.

 

To Support the GEO Initiative: AfriGEOSS

Title: AfriGEOSS GIS Database Intern
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Period: Six months
Date limit for application: 30 April 2017
Start date: 1 May, 2017 or thereafter

  1. Contributing to the collection of information on on-going projects and programmes on Earth observations in Africa, with a particular focus on:
    1. Agriculture and food security incl. livestock
    2. Sustainable forest management
    3. Sustainable urban development
    4. Water resource management
    5. ICT infrastructure development
  2. Support the coordination of Africa related efforts in GEO and priorities in the GEO Secretariat as required.  
  3. Perform online research to identify and catalogue official reports and other materials of relevance referencing use of space technologies and space-based or in-situ data in Africa, as well as relevant African policies that may be supported by Earth observations, focusing on AfriGEOSS priority thematic areas.
  4. Support to summarize possible actions and recommendations from specific advisory missions and past workshops organized in African countries and addressing use of space and geospatial technologies in the priority thematic. 

Additional duties as required

Educational Requirements

University level studies in the following fields: Geography, agriculture, forestry, earth science or hydrology. Additional qualifications in information technologies are a bonus.

Professional posts

Director level position

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is recruiting its next Director of the Secretariat. The Director will lead in policy planning, strategy development and execution, stakeholder engagement, and management and administration of the Secretariat and the GEO Trust Fund.  The Director works closely with the governing bodies of GEO to identify and frame core issues, risks and opportunities, and to inform and facilitate their decisions.

The successful candidate will have solid scientific literacy and broad understanding of the role and use of environmental information in decision-making. He/she will have extensive experience in organizational leadership at senior management or executive level, demonstrated capacity to work effectively in a multilateral environment, ability to develop relationships with diverse stakeholders, and manage multicultural staff. The position is based in GEO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

For a complete description of duties and qualifications and to apply please use the link to the Vacancy Notice at GEO’s host organization’s website, WMO at https://erecruit.wmo.int/public. Deadline for applications is May 15, 2017.