Online Communications Specialist

Online Communications Specialist, initial contract will be for one year with the possibility to extend. (32h)
The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) is a member-led worldwide network of civil society organisations active in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding. The GPPAC Foundation in The Hague fulfils the task of Global Secretariat for GPPAC. Founded in 2003, the network consists of fifteen regional networks of local organisations, each region having its own priorities, character and agenda. GPPAC members collaborate on issues of common interest. As part of our mission to work towards a shift from reaction to prevention of violent conflict, the network supports multi-actor collaboration and advocates local ownership of conflict prevention strategies. Together, GPPAC members create greater synergy in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding by strengthening the role of local civil society groups in conflict regions and connecting them on the national, regional and global level.
For more information see: www.gppac.net and www.peaceportal.org
About the function
The Online Communications Specialist will be part of the Communications and Information Management (CIM) team. The responsibilities of the team include:
  • defining and implementing the GPPAC Global Secretariat’s communications strategy;
  • supporting the public outreach activities of different projects;
  • advising management on IT solutions;
  • managing the Peace Portal and delivering online services to the network and external partners.
Responsible to the Manager Communications and Information Management, cooperates with other GPPAC staff as well as external stakeholders, in particular GPPAC network members and online partners.
Main responsibilities are:
  • Develop, maintain and update online content for the GPPAC website, the social media platforms and the bi-monthly newsletter.
  • Coordinate input for content production with programme staff and the GPPAC network.
  • Coordinate website development, customize communities and other Peace Portal functionalities.
  • Prepare functional specifications for software developers. Have a day-to-day relationship with technical providers and other technical services supporting the Peace Portal.
  • Research different Internet usage and technical possibilities to support the further development of the GPPAC’s online communications and the Peace Portal.
  • Monitor web analytics and trends, and evaluate and propose improvements to increase the reach out of GPPAC’s work.
  • Support production of materials and tools that contribute to the visibility of GPPAC.
  • Responsible for monitoring and improving GPPAC’s IT solution, including evaluation of adoption of new tools and their integration with the current IT solution (Google Apps for Business).
  • Liaise with external technical providers and services supporting GPPAC online platforms and in-house IT infrastructure.
  • Contribute to the documentation and the administrative manual of the Peace Portal and the IT manual.
  • Prepare training materials and conduct training on Peace Portal use and GPPAC IT solutions for GPPAC staff, GPPAC network members and online partners.
  • Maintain the help desk function.
  • Advanced education or university degree in Communications / IT
  • Tech-savvy, with knowledge of Internet design and Portal technologies (preferably including LifeRay).
  • Knowledge of graphic design (Photoshop and InDesign).
  • At least three years of relevant work experience with online marketing, social media, communications and functional development of web applications.
  • An interest in issues of conflict prevention and peacebuilding
  • Excellent organisational, writing and communication skills
  • Fluent in English, other languages an asset
  • Accurate, independent, flexible, capable to work in a cross cultural environment and under stress
  • The applicant must have a valid permit for working in the Netherlands.
What we offer
GPPAC offers an interesting and challenging job in an attractive, international and flexible work environment. GPPAC is an equal-opportunities employer. Conditions are in accordance with the Dutch Labour Law. The full-time monthly salary range is between € 2.548 and € 3.431.
Starting date
Mid-July, ultimately 1 September 2016
The Hague, the Netherlands

How to apply
Please apply by sending a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications, accompanied by a CV. The letter and CV should arrive in our offices no later than 23 May 2016, preferably by email toinfo@gppac.net. Please put ‘online communications specialist’ in the subject line of your email message.
The first round of (phone) interviews will take place between 1 and 10 June, and the second round - in person - in the week of 20 June. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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