JOB VACANCY: Advocacy and Communications Consultant

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Consultancy period: 10-month consultancy contract (July 2021 – May 2022) at 60 percent, with option to renew and/or to make permanent should fundraising targets be met

Level: Mid-career (minimum 5-10 years relevant experience)

Deadline: 18 June 2021 – although applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

To Apply: Please send a CV and one-page cover letter to


The Global Detention Project is seeking an experienced Geneva-based advocacy and communications professional to assist the organisation in meeting publishing and outreach targets. The ideal candidate will have at least 5-10 years of experience working in the international human rights system, expertise in working with a team to create effective media products, and knowledge of migrant and refugee rights. The candidate must be bi-lingual English and French (additional languages desired but not required) and be able to demonstrate superior English-language drafting and editing skills.   


Working directly with the organisation’s Executive Director, the consultant will be required to: 


  • Participate in key working groups, civil society meetings, and briefing sessions (English and French), where they will be required to present the GDP’s latest data and research, and advance key strategic issues.
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of GDP interventions and submissions.
  • Draft and co-author op-eds and other articles with the GDP’s Executive Director.
  • Contribute to the drafting of joint advocacy reports and collaborate with other organisations in launching advocacy initiatives.


  • Draft, edit, design, and publish in-depth reports and newsletters.
  • Oversee and maintain a timely production schedule.
  • Manage and update the GDP’s website (WordPress) and social media channels, and regularly contribute to the organisation’s online database (the Global Immigration Detention Observatory).
  • Monitor and analyse statistics related to the GDP’s website and social media channels.
  • Research immigration detention-related issues around the world, and contribute blog entries to the GDP’s COVID-19 Immigration Detention Platform. 
  • Assist with donor reporting and grant applications.



  • Fluency in English (native or equivalent) –written and oral, with exceptional English-language drafting and editing skills.
  • Fluency in French (native or equivalent)—written and oral.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of international human rights, including experience working with or within the international human rights mechanism.
  • Experience in managing production schedules.
  • Knowledge and familiarity of:
    • WordPress (or another similar CMS platform)
    • Adobe – including InDesign
    • Social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin)


  • Experience working in the field of refugee and/or migrant rights.
  • Advanced degree in international law or social sciences.
  • Additional language(s).

To apply, please send a CV and one-page cover letter to by 18 June 2021 (applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so we strongly encourage interested applicants to apply ahead of this date).