GPPi Seeks a Communications Assistant/​Associate (2040 hours/​week)

The Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), an independent, non-profit think tank, seeks a part-time or full-time communications assistant or associate, who will join our team in Berlin. 

The successful candidate will help us communicate our research findings, policy advice and ideas to different audiences (clients and other officials in the public sector, journalists, politicians, and the wider public – in Germany, Europe and worldwide). The core of the role is helping to manage GPPi’s social media channels, website and various microsites. This includes writing short copy for those channels (in English), helping to develop them further, and – if interested and qualified – supporting visualization and graphic design projects and/​or helping us experiment with new audio and video formats on the side.

We are looking for a creative self-starter with extreme attention to detail, a knack for writing crisp messages, and the tech-savviness to work with a range of desktop and web-based tools (including our current CMS). You should have a talent for squeezing complicated ideas and policy arguments into 280 characters – and enjoy doing so!


As part of the small GPPi communications team, the successful candidate will:

  • Help manage GPPi’s website (www​.gppi​.net) and microsites (e.g., www​.ggfu​tures​.net).
  • Create compelling written (and, increasingly, audiovisual) content for GPPi’s publications and digital communication channels, particularly our Twitter and Facebook presence.
  • Help develop our social media strategy and presence further, including by closely following developments in the media landscape and contributing new ideas.
  • Help manage the content pipelines for several accounts across platforms and work with GPPi colleagues to support the social media rollout of publications, events, etc.
  • Track and analyze the key performance metrics of GPPi’s website, active microsites, and social media posts and channels, using common analytical tools like Google Analytics.
  • Help publish and develop GPPi’s quarterly e-mail newsletter.
  • Support the continuous development of GPPi’s website. 
  • Support the production of GPPi’s digital and print publications, including by conceptualizing visualizations, creating information graphics and other creative assets, and helping with the layouting process (optional, if interested and qualified).
  • Help tend to, steer and develop GPPi’s brand, including by advising colleagues and external partners on brand-related questions. 

The successful candidate will have:

  • A strong academic background (BA, MA or equivalent) in a relevant field such as journalism, marketing, communications, public policy or political science/​international relations.
  • An interest in and familiarity with GPPi’s main issue areas and fields of work.
  • A knack for clear, compelling language and outstanding writing skills in English (being a native speaker is a plus).
  • A passion for and experience in using major social media platforms, especially Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
  • Demonstrated experience in website management, including in handling common web content management systems.
  • Creativity, sound editorial judgment, a good eye for what’s on brand, and extreme attention to detail (seriously).
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • A passion for and the ability to quickly adapt to new technology.
  • The ability to work independently within a team context.

Additional skills that will be considered a plus:

  • An eye for design and experience in graphic design, particularly in working with desktop publishing programs (InDesign) and producing information graphics (Illustrator);
  • Photography and/​or photo editing skills; 
  • Familiarity with web architecture, development and responsive design;
  • Experience in producing and publishing podcasts;
  • Experience in working with video editing software;
  • Command of languages beyond English, particularly German (additional languages are always a plus).
Further Information

Please note: This position will generally require you to be based at and work in our Berlin office, and to make a commitment for at least one year. Any part-time arrangement should cover at least 20 hours per week. Moreover, preference will be given to a candidate who can distribute working hours evenly over the course of the week.

Starting date:
no later than September 1, 2019.

GPPi offers a dynamic work environment in the center of Germany’s capital and a young, international team working on a range of interesting topics. We’re a close-knit but open-minded community. Our working language is English.

Non-EU citizens are asked to clearly indicate whether you already have a valid EU study or work visa.

GPPi is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please send the following to applications@​gppi.​net:

  • Your CV (no Europass and no pictures);
  • brief letter of interest (in which you will let us know about your unique combination of skills and experiences);
  • References (e.g. web links) to previous relevant work – texts you may have written or edited, social media channels you may have run, podcasts or videos you may have produced, websites you may have helped manage – with brief notes describing the extent of your creative involvement and responsibility;
  • Links to your personal social media profiles (optional);
  • Samples of your graphic design work (optional).

Please make sure to clearly state communications position” in the subject line as we are currently hiring for several positions. You can expect a confirmation that we have received your application within a few working days. After that, or if you have questions about the formal requirements for the position, you’re welcome to inquire via email to applications@​gppi.​net.

Please do not call for questions or to inquire about the status of your application, and please do not submit paper applications. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted about the next steps in the selection process.

Closing date: We will assess applications on a rolling basis. Early applications are encouraged.