Communications Coordinator

Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems, International
  • Location
    Geneva, Switzerland
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    May 29

Position description

HURIDOCS is seeking a Communications Coordinator to join our diverse global team. Candidates should be passionate about human rights, curious about technology and excited to connect HURIDOCS with the world.

  • Title: Communications Coordinator
  • Employment type: 80-100%
  • Salary and benefits: Competitive for a human rights NGO (starting salary depending on location and experience; e.g. a 100% assignment based in Geneva, Switzerland: CHF 5,750 - 7,100 / e.g. based in Nairobi, Kenya (index 35 vs Geneva, Switzerland): USD 2,015 - 2,485 + social benefits). HURIDOCS staff has 20 days of paid vacation, in addition to year-end office closing and local bank holidays.
  • Supervisor: Executive Director
  • Location: The HURIDOCS office is in Geneva, Switzerland, but we are open to candidates that have experience working remotely.
  • Organisational website:

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement, monitor and evaluate the HURIDOCS communications strategy
  • Develop organisational messaging
  • Improve and consolidate HURIDOCS’ visual identity
  • Management of the editorial calendar for all communications channels, including websites, newsletter and social media, in collaboration with the HURIDOCS team
  • Copywriting and editing of blog posts, press releases and letters
  • Develop media relations for contributions and op-eds (recent example:
  • Producing fundraising and communications materials, including annual report, “pitch decks”, case studies and brochures
  • Represent HURIDOCS at conferences and other public and private speaking opportunities
  • Coordinate and identify consultants for design, video and other communications tasks
  • Support the development of resources (tutorials, guides, best practices) in collaboration with the HURIDOCS team
  • Manage search engine optimisation, including with Google Ads
  • Supporting the Executive Director to develop and maintain HURIDOCS’ organisational strategy

Skills and Competencies

The position requires strong organisational and networking skills, the ability to work on various tasks simultaneously and take initiative. Candidates should have:

  • Minimum of 3 years communications experience
  • Excellent public speaking and writing skills in English. Other languages, in particular French or Spanish, are desirable
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical and organisational skills
  • Graphic design skills are an asset
  • Capable of working both independently and collaborating with a remote team


  • Committed to human rights and social justice
  • Interest in technology and information management
  • Respect and openness for other cultures
  • Willingness to travel internationally

HURIDOCS welcomes diversity and does not discriminate on any basis, including age, gender identity, nationality or sexual orientation. Our team consists of parents and non-parents, self-taught and degree-educated. We seek to build a culture that allows everyone to fully bring themselves to the organisation. We value honest exchanges and respect each other for who they are.


Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems, International (HURIDOCS) is deeply rooted in the human rights movement, with decades of field experience and a high level of expertise in using information and technology. We are a global group of human rights researchers, documentation experts, information security specialists and software developers out to empower defenders to act strategically on human rights information.

Our work started in 1982 by helping grassroots organisations understand how to classify and manage their documents. Thirty-seven years later, HURIDOCS has become a field leader in developing innovative tools, methodology and resources for human rights defenders. We have designed reporting standards and thesauri; created open source software tools for documenting human rights violations, managing cases, and curating, annotating and sharing document collections; and delivered capacity building to organisations worldwide.

HURIDOCS believes that small, locally based organisations are the backbone of the global human rights movement: they provide direct support to victims, monitor crises first hand, and mobilise communities. HURIDOCS exists to provide human rights activists and organisations with customized solutions and services that enable them to gain an edge.

Application instructions

Your application and CV should be sent to [email protected] by Sunday 23 June 2019 24:00 CET latest. If you have any specific questions about this vacancy you may contact Friedhelm Weinberg at [email protected].

Online interviews with the short-listed candidates will take place in the week beginning 1 July 2019.

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