Vacancy Announcement: Join the Kofi Annan Foundations as a Communications Associate, Apply!!

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Communications and the overall supervision of the Executive Director, the Communications Associate will support the Kofi Annan Foundation’s communication, outreach, and advocacy activities, including online and in-person events.


The Kofi Annan Foundation is seeking a Communications Associate to start in late August/early September 2024. This full-time, 6-month position is based in Geneva, Switzerland, with the opportunity to renew for a further 6 months. Interested candidates should send their CV and a letter of motivation to [email protected] by 11:59 pm CEST, 14 July 2024.

Communications Associate: Key Responsibilities

  • Support the Head of Communications in their work related to managing and updating the Kofi Annan Foundation’s website and its social media accounts, as well as drafting, formatting, and disseminating newsletters, the annual report, and other publications.
  • Assist the Head of Communications in the timely and quality production of advocacy and branding content and material, including visuals, written content, and audiovisual material, as well as in the drafting of articles and other compelling communication materials to be widely disseminated.
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of communication materials and advocacy events/campaigns on target audiences, the Foundation’s reach on social media platforms, and website visits, and produce regular analytic reports in this regard.
  • Support the Kofi Annan Foundation in organizing online and in-person public events to promote strategic goals. This includes liaising with speakers and providing support on branding and communication for all events, under the supervision of the Head of Communications and in collaboration with programme staff.
  • Alongside the Head of Communications, maintain an updated calendar of events and communication activities for the year to plan communication activities effectively and efficiently.

Plus, as needed, the Communications Associate will be expected to:

  • Take meeting notes and share the follow-up items with relevant staff members and external partners as instructed.
  • Assist with the preparation of speeches, talking points, correspondence, and other written outputs.
  • Undertake official mission travel, training and related tasks as required by the Head of Communications and Executive Director.

Communications Associate: Essential Competencies

  • Excellent written and spoken English and French required. In particular, a passion and flair for editorial/creative writing for digital channels.
  • Advanced university degree, or equivalent, in communications, marketing, journalism, design, international relations or a related field.
  • Experience in a non-governmental or international organization is an advantage.
  • Experience with website content management systems, email marketing management (such as Mailchimp), and social media account management is a distinct advantage.
  • Familiarity with design software such as Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Canva is an advantage.

Communications Associate: Ideal Qualities

  • Attention to detail and a passion for excellence.
  • Excellent organisational skills and a quick learner.
  • Ability to convey complex information in a clear, concise manner.
  • Sound judgment, discretion, tact, and good interpersonal skills are prized attributes, as are the ability to take initiative and work to deadlines.


  • Education: Master’s degree or equivalent advanced degree in communications, marketing, journalism, design, international relations or a related field. Exceptional candidates with relevant experience and a first-level university degree are encouraged to apply.
  • Languages: Proficiency in English and French is required;

Contractual Arrangements

Associate positions are offered to people who have recently completed an advanced university degree or internship and want to acquire their first international full-time professional experience. Associates are normally recruited for 6 to 12 months, and there is no expectation of renewal beyond one year. The selected candidate will be offered an initial 6-month full-time contract, with the possibility of renewal for a further 6-month period.

The position is remunerated at the level of the minimum wage in effect in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland, and is subject to Swiss social charges and is taxable under Swiss/Geneva law.

The Kofi Annan Foundation is an inclusive employer. Depending on personal circumstances and work exigencies, the staff is offered flexible working arrangements.

The selected candidate would be expected to take up the position in late August/September 2024.

Application Process

Important: Applicants must hold a valid work permit for Switzerland or be EU/EFTA citizens (you are required to include this information in your application).

To apply, please submit your CV and letter of motivation (max. one page) in English with “Communications Associate” in the subject line to [email protected]. The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm CEST, 14 July 2024.

An interview and a written test will be part of the recruitment process.

About the Kofi Annan Foundation

The Kofi Annan Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organization, established in Geneva, Switzerland in 2007 by former UN (United Nations) Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the late Kofi Annan. Its mission is to build peaceful, democratic, and resilient societies, through its three main programmes: Youth and Peace; Elections and Democracy; and Multilateralism: the Kofi Annan way.

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