GBIF Secretariat is recruiting a Communications Officer

Unique opportunity to join a growing team in Copenhagen charged with supporting and promoting a thriving international network and data infrastructure

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The GBIF Secretariat is looking for a Communications Officer to join its team and expand the capacity of the Participation and Engagement group, whose work focuses on GBIF’s network and stakeholders.

The incumbent will focus further development, implementation and refinement of the user-driven framework provided by the GBIF Communications Strategy. They will also help design activities and initiatives to support the forthcoming strategic plan, respond to recommendations from the Twenty-year Review of GBIF and advance understanding of GBIF’s unique value proposition.

Primary tasks include preparing written and visual materials to support the Secretariat’s outreach and programme activities along with authoring and revising content on The incumbent should possess outstanding writing and editing skills, precise attention to detail and demonstrated ability to make technical information accessible and compelling. Experience coordinating virtual events and conducting media relations will be valuable.

The post is a full-time position located in Copenhagen for a period of two (2) years with the possibility of extension.

Preferred skills and experience

  • Five (5) years of experience in a similar communications position; experience of working in a similar science, technology or environmental organization is an asset
  • Undergraduate degree in a field relevant to communications or GBIF’s work, or equivalent experience
  • Full professional proficiency in English; proficiency in a second UN language is highly desirable
  • Experience in implementing audience-driven communications strategies and plans
  • Demonstrated competency in graphic design and/or production of audio-visual and multimedia resources, including experience with Adobe Creative Cloud Suite
  • Experience with social media and photo and video sharing platforms, as well as tools and best practices for the same
  • Experience with content management systems, markup languages (e.g. Markdown, AsciiDoc), email distribution applications, and web analytics helpful
  • Ability to contract and work effectively with external vendors
  • Ability to prioritize and balance parallel assignments while delivering reliable, consistent results

GBIF offers:

  • A positive team atmosphere and lively work setting in a small but dynamic world capital
  • The chance for hands-on work within a small, highly effective team coordinating an active global network
  • Opportunities to collaborate with highly skilled data scientists, informaticians and developers within the Secretariat and elsewhere
  • Varied and unique prospects for personal and professional development
  • A competitive remuneration package

This is an exciting opportunity for the right individual to develop or build on international experience working to support evidence-driven research and policy for the benefit of science and society. If your motivation, interests and experience match these requirements, we look forward to hearing from you.


GBIF salaries are competitive and exempt from Danish income tax.

The selected candidate is expected to reside in Denmark, and a relocation package is available for internationally recruited staff.

Application procedure and deadline

Applications for the position should be in English and include a letter addressing your experience and qualifications for the job, your curriculum vitae, two writing samples (at least one in English) and one example of graphic design, audio or video production. Submit application by email to by 21 June 2021.

Please indicate in the application where you saw this advertisement. Enquiries concerning the position can be addressed to communications manager Kyle Copas or to HR manager Susanne Sheldon.

Interviews for the position are expected to take place starting in July 2021. Our goal is for the successful candidate to start in the position in September 2021 or soon thereafter, and request applicants to indicate their availability in the application letter.

GBIF—the Global Biodiversity Information Facility—is an international network and data infrastructure funded by the world’s governments and aimed at providing anyone, anywhere, open access to data about all types of life on Earth.

GBIF is an equal opportunities employer and accepts applications without distinction on the grounds of gender, colour, racial, social or ethnic origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation, marital status or family situation, or any other status. Staff are recruited on the broadest possible geographical basis.