Strategic Communications Adviser

The Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) is looking to appoint a Strategic Communications Advisor. The deadline for applications is 24 January 2021.


Established in 2015, the GFCE is a multi-stakeholder community of more than 120 members and partners consisting of governments, IGOs, companies, academia and project implementers from all regions of the world. Its mission is to strengthen cyber capacity and expertise globally by being a pragmatic, action-orientated and flexible platform for international collaboration. The GFCE delivers its mission through coordination to avoid duplication of efforts and blind spots; knowledge sharing to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of projects; being a Clearing House to connect requests for assistance with offers of support; and identifying and filling knowledge gaps with the development of a global Cyber Capacity Building (CCB) Research Agenda. More information can be found on


As the GFCE’s key ambition and objective over the next two years is to strengthen the GFCE’s brand, a key enabler to achieving this objective/ambition is effective strategic communications, ensuring the GFCE and broader international cyber community understands the values, role, offer and impact of the GFCE. As the GFCE looks toward 2021, the GFCE has an ambition to raise the profile of cyber capacity building. Plans are in design to organize a high level political conference to (i) raise the profile and allocation of resources for cyber capacity building, as a core enabler of digital development and prosperity, and (ii) encourage global coordination and cooperation between existing entities. Simplifying and communicating the former message and positioning the GFCE as the International forum for driving international expertise and coordination on cyber capacity building, are key objectives for this conference The Strategic Communications Advisor will therefore lead the communication design and implementation of the high-level CCB conference. The Strategic Communications Advisor will work closely with the GFCE Secretariat Directors.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead and design the strategic communications for a High Level Cyber Capacity Building Conference to be organized late 2021 or beginning 2022;
  • Provide strategic advice, guidance, and support to the GFCE Foundation Board and GFCE Secretariat Leadership on how communications can help refine and strengthen the GFCE’s Brand. Provide clear investment recommendations to the Board on any initiatives needed to help deliver the GFCE’s Communication strategy and/or refine and strengthen the GFCE Brand.
  • Advise on the implementation of the GFCE’s Communication Strategy;
  • Support GFCE Annual Meetings and regional conferences, developing bespoke communication plans and initiatives, which maximize the GFCE’s objectives, mission and mandate, and aligns to the GFCE’s overall Communication Strategy
  • Advise on the development of a single community platform, ensuring alignment with the GFCE’s needs and ambitions.
  • Advise on strategic improvements across the GFCE Secretariat’s Communication channels, working with the GFCE’s Communications Lead

Candidate profile: requirements, qualifications and skills

The successful candidate will have:
  • Graduate or master’s degree in journalism, public relations, communications, economics or other relevant field;
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in the field of communications and/or brand management for an international organization;
  • Evidence of outstanding communication and presentation skills, utilizing different media channels and communication mediums to convey results, opportunities and impact to diverse audiences;
  • Knowledge of communication practices, tools and techniques, relating to social media and online platforms.
  • Experience in strategic communications in general and the strategic communications of (high level) conferences in particular;
  • The ability to think strategically and innovatively, leading thinking on how the GFCE can grow its Brand, reaching wider and more diverse audience groups;
  • Experience of engaging and influencing seniors (Board level) on the importance of strategic communications;
  • Experience of working with international donors across industry, government and the wider international digital and/or cyber sector.
  • Professional, confident, self-motivated, punctual, flexible, proactive and able to work both independently and as part of a multi-national team.
  • Verbal and Written communication skills in French and Spanish.
  • Experience of writing, implementing and/or directly advising on the creation of an International Organizations Brand Strategy.
  • Strategic Communication leadership/advisory role in an International Organization focused on or around telecommunications, digital and/or cyber security.

Place of employment

The Hague, with a flexible remote working policy.

How to apply

Please send a covering letter outlining your motivation in applying for the role, addressed to Ms. Marjo Baayen, GFCE Secretariat Director, plus your CV by 24 January 2021 to Interviews will be held starting from 25 January. Please ensure references are included on your CV as a reference check could be part of the selection procedure. Please note that relocation assistance will not be provided. For more information on this job opportunity, please contact Ms. Marjo Baayen via *The GFCE is an equal opportunities employer and accepts applications without distinction on the grounds of age, race, political, philosophical or religious conviction, sex or sexual orientation and regardless of disabilities, marital status or family situation