Communication Specialist – Kosovo for Green

06/07/2024
Application ends: 06/20/2024
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As an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations, the federally owned Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the German Government in achieving its development-policy objectives. It provides viable, forward-looking solutions for political, economic, ecological and social development in a globalised world. GIZ promotes complex reforms and change processes. Its corporate objective is to improve people’s living conditions on a sustainable basis. For more information see: www.giz.de

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, project

Circular Urban Development – Kosovo4Green in Pristina is seeking to fill the position of:

Communication Specialist

The overall purpose of the post

German Government, through GIZ Kosovo, has been active in the country for more than 20 years, contributing to the development of Kosovo institutions and its society. GIZ’s objective is to contribute to the improvement of citizen’s lives and welfare. In this sense, GIZ has been present through different projects contributing to the 5 pillars of the Green Agenda.

By signing the Sofia Declaration on the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans as part of the “Berlin Process” in November 2020, Western Balkans countries have pledged to follow the European Union in its de carbonisation path towards a carbon-neutral economy by 2050. Alongside other commitments, the Kosovo Government has taken many actions regarding the implementation of the commitments deriving from the Sofia Declaration, signed by the Western Balkans Countries in 2020. The adaptation of the legal framework is a work in process, while incentives to accelerate the decarbonization of the economy have been taking place, contributing this way to the awareness raising of the population.

Recognizing all the work that has been done and the challenges that Kosovo faces related to climate change, it is crucial to have an informed community, citizens, that are aware of the impact of climate change and their place in all of this. The objective of the position “Communication Specialist Green Agenda” is to ensure this on behalf of GIZ.

Main tasks and responsibilities:

The Communication Specialist will be responsible for:

Strategic coordination

  • Responsible for awareness raising, PR and communication in the field of Green Agenda for the Western Balkans and climate change (Green topics), which goes beyond GIZ Kosovo’s work and its particular projects
  • Supports several Team Leaders and the Country Director with strategic direction of communication in the country, through presenting Green topics to the public and assuring that GIZ is perceived as a strong voice in the field
  • Sets up and manages an awareness-raising campaign by incorporating the input from projects, German Embassy as well as donors, and manages the service provider who implements the campaign
  • Ensures effective communication and flow of information within the projects, GIZ offices and with the different donors.

Communication and PR

  • Develops activities for communication and PR (intranet, website, social media, and internal communication) and contributes to the knowledge management of all projects that work on Green topics
  • Develops a Visibility and Communication Plan on Green topics with clear actions and expected impact that goes beyond the awareness-raising campaign
  • Supports the planning, delivery and post-processing of communication-related workshops and conferences
  • Writes articles and any sort of written content for different formats on his/her own (e.g. publications, press conferences, the internet etc.) stemming from his/her deep understanding of the work of the projects and Green topics.

Networking

  • Keeps him/herself informed on the newest developments in Green topics in the country, in the region, in Germany and on EU-level
  • Sets up a network of potential speakers, influencers, cooperation partners and others on Green topics from both Government, NGO, research and business
  • Coordinates cooperation with external communication service providers (e.g. appraisers, agencies, photographers, trainers, copywriters) and assures timely implementation of contracts.

Project Management

  • Coordinates and implements communication work (including planning communication budget – quantity, formal and material quality, impact)
  • Supports the Team Leaders and the project teams in general project-related duties
  • Performs other duties and tasks at the request of the supervisor.

Required qualifications, competencies and experience

Qualifications

  • Degree in Public Relations, Communications, Marketing, Journalism, or relevant fields.

Professional experience

  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience in the field of communication (media and PR work, journalism, internal communication, lobbying or similar).
  • Experience in setting up and managing an awareness-raising campaign.

Other knowledge, additional competences

  • Strong communication skills and well-organized
  • Excellent knowledge of one of the local languages and English; German will be an asset
  • Experience and good knowledge of Green topics
  • Strong writing skills, as well as a solid understanding of social media
  • Knowledge of DTP or graphics applications
  • Excellent working knowledge of ITC technologies (related software, phone, fax, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office); experience in website updating/editing would be an asset
  • Experience in project and/or event management
  • Pro-active attitude towards work and strong motivation to take on new challenges.

Location: GIZ Office-Pristina

Expected start date: August

How to apply?

Interested and, suitably qualified and experienced candidates are invited to submit their electronic application in English, in PDF version, to application.kosovo@giz.de

  • CV (Europass template is recommended)
  • Letter of motivation
  • Diploma(s), references/recommendations
  • Exclusively to ensure transparency and avoid any potential conflict of interest, please provide the name(s) of any individuals who are related to you or you may know that have either previously worked for or are currently employed by GIZ, to the best of your knowledge (GIZ, in this case, will act in accordance with Article 13 of the Law No. 06/L –082 on Protection of Personal Data)
  • Subject of the email: Name & Surname – Communication Specialist – Kosovo4Green

Applications that do not meet these rules will not be considered!

Deadline for the application: 20th of June 2024

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted and invited to the next stage of recruitment.

GIZ encourages female candidates, candidates from ethnic communities, and candidates with a disability to apply.

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You agree that your personal data will be used for the purpose of the recruitment process, only. The information will only be accessed by recruitment staff and panel members. You understand that your data will be held securely and will not be distributed to third parties. You have a right to change or access your information. You understand that your personal data will be deleted after six months when this information is no longer required for this purpose.