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GEO Senior External Relations Manager

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is a partnership of 103 governments and 95 organizations that envisions a future where decisions and actions for the benefit of humankind are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations. Together, the GEO community is creating a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) that will link Earth observation resources world-wide to inform policies on sustainable development, mitigation and response to the effects of climate change, disaster risk reduction and protection of the environment.

Under the supervision of the Director, GEO Secretariat, you will formulate strategies for the production of a comprehensive stakeholder engagement and outreach programme to support GEO objectives.

We are looking for a seasoned networker who can foster increased collaboration across the GEO community (GEO members, participating organizations and affiliates) to ensure focus, alignment and strengthen involvement and you can further the expansion of an active GEO community including growth of contributions (both financial and human) required to support the GEO Work Programme foundational activities and GEO global initiatives.

The ideal candidate will also increase and facilitate commercial sector involvement into the GEO Programme, including commercial sector forums and targeted outreach campaigns.


Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in communication, business administration, journalism, international relations, political science or economics, complemented by a degree or equivalent experience in a scientific or technical field related to Earth observation and/or information.

At least 10 years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in the public or private sector, together with experience in public communication, media, policy formulation and analysis, and resource mobilization.

Other requirements
A solid understanding of the political environment of GEO; ability to think strategically, to identify key issues and related policy implications; strong analytical and policy development skills and ability to make clear, concise and articulate presentations to senior officials and convincingly argue one’s position; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships both inside and outside the GEO Secretariat.

Applications from suitably qualified female and male candidates are equally welcome. The statutory retirement age after 1 January 2014 is 65. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete the term of appointment will normally be considered.

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