Vacancy Announcement

Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens is looking for a new Junior Communications and Media Officer to join the team starting from March 2020.

Deadline for applications: 2 February 2020
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We are looking for a motivated young professional who wants to engage in an international and working environment as the Centre’s Communications and Media Officer. The ideal candidate is a creative individual with expertise in international, multi-stakeholder communications.

About the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens
The BKMC is a quasi-international organization in Austria, under the leadership of the co-chairs Ban Ki-moon and Heinz Fischer. It is working to empower women and youth in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.
Our goal is to create a world in which all people can thrive as global citizens.
The current BKMC team is an elite group of dedicated young professionals from all over the world who share a passion for sustainability, youth and women empowerment and global citizenship.

About the role
The Communications and Media Officer handles the implementation of the BKMC’s social media presence, the publication of all output documents and PR materials, reports, brochures, etc. The successful candidate will ensure that the BKMC’s and its Co-chairs’ activities are shared widely and strategically. They will support the outreach of relevant content by the BKMC board members and partners, track media releases related to the BKMC and manage the overall communications activities.
They will facilitate project communication initiatives, and work with external communication experts including consultants, designers, printers, photographers and videographers.

Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the general supervision and guidance of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the successful candidate will serve as the focal point for the Centre’s communications and media activities and will be required to undertake the following duties:

Social Media Communications

  • Revise, elaborate, monitor and implement the Centre’s social media strategy to reach out to relevant existing or potential stakeholders, partners, institutions and international organizations (IOs) worldwide;
  • Manage web presence, social media platforms, and the Centre’s website and issue quarterly newsletters for the Centre, using platforms like WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Naver, Wikipedia, Mailchimp, and Flickr

Publications and Outreach

  • Facilitate publication of major project outputs and reports, and manage the Centre’s overall annual report, research results and success stories;
  • Support the CEO in activities/projects associated with external parties, and draft communications related thereto, as required;
  • Advise and support the CEO in establishing awareness-raising activities with potential stakeholders/partners and IOs;

News Outlets and Media

  • Track news on the Centre’s co-chairs and Board members and their organizations as well as other partner organizations that are relevant to the Centre’s mission;
  • Handle media requests, ensuring close cooperation with the CEO;
  • Assist in planning, coordinating and scheduling press briefings, conferences and public appearances, with particular reference to the activities of the co-chairs, and assist in organization of events of the Centre;

Any other duties as may be assigned by the CEO.

Required Skills and Experiences:

  • Proficiency in English (working language) and have well-developed oral communication and drafting skills. Fluency in Korean, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Mandarin is an asset.
  • Masters’ degree in a relevant field, such as communications, PR, journalism, marketing, international relations, language studies or similar. A Bachelor’s degree with applicable work experience is also accepted
  • At least three years of practical experience in a relevant field
  • Demonstrated experience writing compelling texts for various audiences and channels
  • Good intercultural communication and diplomatic skills
  • Experience with press or social media for an organization highly desirable
  • Expertise in stakeholder and relationship management to generate outreach
  • Ability to efficiently manage different tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Candidates should be knowledgeable about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the United Nations as well as foreign politics.
  • Demonstrable Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and WordPress skills.
  • Experience in working for youth or gender equality or in the framework of the SDGs (considered an asset)
  • Experience in conference organization internationally (considered an asset)

What we offer
This full-time position (40 hours per week) will take place at the Centre’s Secretariat located in Vienna, Austria. We offer a minimum monthly salary of EUR 2.140 (gross, paid 12 times per year for an annual salary of EUR 25,680, subject to Austrian social security contributions, currently free of income tax due to the Centre’s legal status). It further includes five weeks paid leave as well as an average of 13 Austrian public holidays per annum.
All employees are personally responsible for obtaining any required visas for Austria and for complying with local laws including residency registration (valid residence permit).
Individuals will need to provide proof of their nationality, residency and working rights as well as their degrees upon request.
The Centre is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard for age, gender, race, religion, marital status, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.


  • The candidate’s application in English should include a curriculum vitae with contact details of two references who are familiar with his/her qualifications.
  • The curriculum vitae should be accompanied by a concise motivation letter (max. 500 words), outlining the applicant’s interest in the position, relevant experience (academic and non-academic), and how he/she would be an asset to the Centre’s team.

Privacy notice for job applicants
By sending us your application, you consent to the processing of your personal data indicated in your application documents and related correspondence. Your application is treated strictly confidentially and in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Your personal data and application documents are only shared with the Ban Ki-moon Centre’s staff directly involved in the application process. In exceptional cases, recruitment processes include panel interviews which involve external members. If you are invited to such a panel interview, your application documents will also be shared with external panelists to allow them to prepare for the interview. The Ban Ki-moon Centre will store your personal data and documents until six months after the application process has been completed unless you consent to the Ban Ki-moon Center keeping your application in evidence for future job openings.