Junior Assembly Communicator

Karlsruhe, Germany / Online | Communication | Full-time

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As the highest decision body of the World Council of Churches (WCC), the assembly gathers delegates and visitors from all over the world. The assembly is not only where the future direction of the WCC is discussed and staked out, but also a joyful event where the fellowship of churches comes together in a spirit of solidarity and compassion. It is a time of common prayer, celebration and sharing for delegates, ecumenical partners and other visitors at the event.


A central element is the spiritual life, where the community gathers for prayer and meditation, drawing on the diverse spiritual experience of the churches around the world. An event where also accomplishments of the ecumenical movement are showcased and where new bonds are tied. An event permeated by our faith in God and where Jesus is present in everything we do.

The theme of the 2022 WCC Assembly in Karlsruhe is “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity”.

Communication around and about the assembly is critical. No other ecumenical event gathers so many people from so many places and with such diverse backgrounds. And no other event has the same leverage and authority in shaping the future of the ecumenical movement. It offers a unique opportunity to raise awareness and build interest around pertinent issues confronting the fellowship of churches and the important role the ecumenical movement plays in today’s society.    


The WCC now starts the process of building a strong assembly communication team. A large number of young communicators will be recruited and given the opportunity to learn by being part of a professional communication team, either onsite in Karlsruhe, Germany, or online from where they live. The assembly also provides opportunities for young communicators to build and extend global networks.

The assembly is also an opportunity for more experienced communicators to take active part in the daily communication flow, where messages are crafted, stories produced and the media served. Several experienced communicators will be needed.

      

In June 2021, the WCC will open applications for young communicators to support WCC 11th Assembly.

Though the positions are not paid, a comprehensive online training package will be offered for accepted applicants. It consists of ten training modules on the ecumenical movement and ecumenical communication, both globally and regionally. The package also includes online training in social media, media relations and crisis communication.

Upon completion of the modules, young communicators will receive a certificate from WCC Communication, and be invited to support the global team at the WCC 11th assembly.

Communicators ages 18-30 are eligible to apply, and are asked to provide a cover letter, resumé, and a video introduction.

As a young applicant, you are not expected to have much experience, but you should be genuinely interested in communication and eager to learn more about the ecumenical movement. Full proficiency in English is not expected but applicants must be able to communicate well in English. Skills in WCC’s other official languages - German, French and Spanish - are also a plus.

Finalists will be selected for short online interviews in September 2021, and begin basic communication training in October 2021.

 

The WCC is also opening recruitment of a global communication team that includes senior communicators who wish to support the WCC 11th Assembly. These positions are also voluntarily, with the WCC covering the cost of travel and accommodation for those appointed to be in Karlsruhe. 

 

We are looking for communicators, who are specialized or particularly interested in one of the following areas of communications: 

  • Media relations
  • WCC website
  • Social media
  • Audio visual production
  • Support to WCC Communication officers with focus on logistics, administration, exhibitions.

          

Junior communicators will assist WCC communications staff with a variety of communication tasks on demand and under the supervision of more experienced staff.

Qualifications:

  • Sincere interest in communications as a profession to pursue.
  • Good knowledge of English. Skills in other WCC official languages - German, French and/or Spanish - will be considered an asset.
  • Team-working abilities.
  • A flexible, problem-solving approach to known, as well as unforeseen, challenges.
  • Agility and eagerness to learn.
  • Respectful and cordial manners.

We will ask young applicants to provide:

Cover letter (max 500 words) with short explanation of why they apply and a brief summary of experiences.

A two-minute (maximum) self-tape where they present themselves.      


More Information:

To learn more about the WCC assembly, please visit (website): https://www.oikoumene.org/

Only online applications will be considered.