Communication officer

Application deadline: 1st of July 2024
Possible start date: 1st of August 2024
Duration: 2+ years
Job location: Waldeck Pyrmontlaan 14, 6965HK Doorwerth, The Netherlands
Bruto monthly salary: Starts at €3.270 gross per month (with possible bonuses)
Job type: Communication, Event, Multimedia
Employer: OpenGeoHub Foundation


OpenGeoHub Foundation is a not-for-profit research foundation with headquarters in Doorwerth, the Netherlands. We aim to become world experts in producing global and regional spatial predictions of soil, vegetation, biodiversity, and climatic variables. For this, we use high-performance computing/optimization and state-of-the-art machine learning.

OpenGeoHub is currently looking to fill in the position of communication officer. Ideally, a candidate for this job is highly adaptive, responsive, socially aware, has skills in processing multimedia and artwork, and can cope with a rapidly changing work environment. Moreover, due to enigmatic circumstances that can occur while running information exchange events, recognizing the needs of others up front is an asset. Furthermore, the job entails frequent international travel, thus being able to work in an ‘office on-the-go’ is a need. As part of the team at OpenGeoHub, you will be directly involved in the communication of projects including the Horizon Europe projects Open-Earth-Monitor (2022–2026); AI4SoilHealth (2023–2026) and the international projects such as WRI Land Carbon Lab / Global Pasture Watch (2022–2026).

OpenGeoHub has a close working relationship with many world-leading organizations, among them: IIASA (, Wageningen University (Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing), ETH (Tom Crowther’s Lab), The Woodwell Climate Research Center, Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry (Biogeochemical Integration Department), Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi) / University of Muenster, GFZ Helmholtz German Research Centre for Geosciences, and many other organizations.

Job description

Project communications and PR (cca 50% of the time) — includes the discourse between parties participating in research projects, which requires the constant checking, validating, and execution of communication activities between the different stakeholders within the project and those dependent on the output thereof. The project’s communications also involve community management duties on social media channels, such as Mastodon, X or LinkedIn. In sum, project communications entails:

  • Writing up, designing, and developing communications strategies/communications.
  • Communicating with key stakeholders in the research projects which are currently led by OpenGeoHub.
  • Designing, adapting, and scaling social media content for improved uptake.
  • Developing PR strategies and campaigns.
  • Preparing press releases, keynote speeches, and promotional material.
  • Updating, maintaining, and adapting content for the project websites (WordPress, Ghost or similar)

Event management (cca 40% of the time) — includes handling all affiliated activities in and around the execution of events. Each event has a different purpose, some are self-organized, and some are joined as a participating party. A third part of the event management includes support for hosting visiting individuals/companies/organizations. Altogether event management grossly entails:

  • Managing logistics leading up to, during, and after the event, including overseeing the budget.
  • Assisting with video and audio recording for hybrid events.
  • Processing video and audio materials and producing professional artwork.
  • Managing the people up to, during, and after the event.
  • Scouting and preventing possible (unnecessary) challenges.
  • Be available for problem-solving and crisis management.

Business development (cca 10% of the time) — would initially include a market analysis and overview of key actors in the sector. Such an analysis would entail a clear understanding of the relevant actors in the market, an overview and segmentation of possible end-user markets as well as preliminary insights on best practices for output strategy. In general, the tasks would include:

  • A map of key actors that currently represent the most important market share.
  • A map of key end-users and preliminary profiling of sub-groups.
  • Summative analysis of existing practices and available tools, along with SWOT’s.
  • Preliminary testing of output strategies in focus groups.
  • Contacting key actors and organizing workshops and co-development sessions.

Minimum requirements

  • Educational background in communications, journalism, or a related field e.g. MSc degree in communication, project management and/or journalism;
  • At least 3 years of experience in communication, event, project management, journalism, or related fields;
  • Technical skills in processing multimedia materials, generating artwork and graphical materials in professional software (Adobe Premiere / Illustrator, Canva, Inscape);
  • Affinity in photography and graphic design (graphic design eye);
  • Affinity or experience working on international projects focused on research and innovation;
  • Moderation skills for international events: the capacity to run interviews, discussion forums, and workshops;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Self-starter, enthusiastic, and a strong team player with good interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent command of the English language. Strong written and verbal communication skills in another EU language (Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German) is an asset;

Our Offer

We offer a full-time (38 hours/week) position for initially 2 years, with possible extension, in a stimulating international innovation and research environment with enthusiastic colleagues from a variety of countries. You will work in a dynamic work environment with enthusiastic colleagues usually from a variety of countries and working on solving global and regional environmental problems at large scales.

  • Starting salary €3.270 gross per month depending on experience;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary;
  • Travel allowance of €0,23/km;
  • A minimum of 29 holiday days under full-time employment;
  • Two weeks of professional and personal development time;
  • Up to 20% of the work time can be executed remotely;
  • Availability and interest to travel internationally.

We strongly encourage a high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with other colleagues. Flexible hours are also possible upon agreement with the OpenGeoHub Management Board.

Questions and Hiring Process

Questions regarding this position can be directed to Ichsani Wheeler:

You can apply for this vacancy using this link. Please prepare in advance a PDF of (1) your CV and (2) a statement of your interest and vision. In the link, you will also find a self-assessment based on the minimum requirements for this position.

Interested candidates should send their application in English by 1st July 2024, 23:59 (CEST).
OpenGeoHub Foundation values diversity and encourages applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or ethnic background. Candidates must already have a right to work in the EU to be eligible (read more about immigration in the Netherlands).

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