Communications Associate

Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) Communications Associate
Location Berlin, Germany
Application deadline 21 August 2023
Contract type Fixed term
Hours Full-time
Salary Renumeration depends on level of experience and qualifications
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The Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) is seeking a full-time communications associate to join its team in Berlin.

Brief description of Organisation

The Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) is an independent non-profit think tank based in Berlin. Our mission is to improve global governance through research, policy advice and debate.

Brief description of role

This new colleague will support us in spreading the word about our research findings, policy advice and ideas to different audiences (such as politicians, policy- and decision-makers in public sector institutions, other researchers and experts, journalists, and the wider public – in Germany, Europe and around the world). We offer a fixed-term contract until December 2025 with the possibility of extension. The position will be based at GPPi’s Berlin office. While flexible working hours and periods of remote work are possible, GPPi expect the successful candidate to be based in and primarily work from Berlin.

Starting date: the ideal starting date would be October 1, 2023 (with some flexibility).

Key roles and responsibilities

The core of the position is to help manage and develop GPPi’s various publications, different social media channels, our newsletter, the main website, and several microsites. This includes writing tailored copy for those channels (in English), editing and proofreading studies, reports, shorter op-eds, and other written outputs, updating and further developing our web presence, and helping us experiment with new printed and digital formats to better communicate our work.

This role might be for you if:

  • You are a creative self-starter with what others may have called extreme attention to detail, a knack for writing crisp and accessible copy, and the tech-savviness to adopt and use a range of web-based tools (including our current CMS);
  • You consider yourself a bit of a language nerd (read: you’re a stickler for accurate punctuation and appreciate style guides) and often find yourself mulling over questions of spelling, grammar and style;
  • You have a talent for hitting the right tone and squeezing complicated ideas into pithy sentences – and you enjoy doing so;
  • You are structured, have no trouble organizing yourself (and others, including via shared project management tools) and keep your cool even when asked to juggle multiple projects;
  • You value collaboration and thrive in small teams and fast-paced work environments;
  • You are interested in all things international affairs and public policy and enjoy diving into a variety of topics, from Europe’s China policy to humanitarian assistance to AI regulation.

Experience and skills

The successful candidate will have:

  • Outstanding writing skills in English (being a native or near-native English speaker will be considered a plus);
  • Sound editorial judgment and strong attention to detail;
  • Proven experience in running and developing social media channels (experience managing an institutional account will be considered a plus);
  • A demonstrated background in website management, including in learning and handling common content management systems;
  • Creativity, an interest in aesthetics and a good eye for what is on brand;
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills;
  • Initial project management experience and a desire to grow into an independent project management role;
  • An interest in and proven familiarity with GPPi’s main issue areas and fields of work;
  • A strong academic background (BA, MA or equivalent) in a relevant field such as journalism, communication, PR, marketing, public policy, political science, or international relations.

Further assets are:

  • An aptitude for graphic design and data visualization;
  • Experience working with audio and/​or video editing software;
  • First experiences in managing other colleagues such as interns or part-time assistants;
  • A good command of languages beyond English, particularly German (additional languages are always a plus);
  • An interest in web analytics and generally in how to best measure success in communications endeavors.

In addition to laying out what we are looking for, the points above are meant to give you a better sense of what to expect from the role. Even if you cannot tick every box, we would still encourage you to apply. Similarly, if you have work or volunteer experience in other, even unrelated fields, feel free to explain how what you have learned is relevant to this position. We believe that many professional skills are transferable.