Public Affairs & Issue Manager (m/w)

As a federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.

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  • Assignment period:
    06/01/2018 - 11/15/2020
  • Field:
    Public Relation
  • Type of employment:
    full- or part-time
  • Application deadline:

Job description

The International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3) is a new international organisation that GIZ is setting up on behalf of the German Government. The aim of ISC3 is to help foster the global breakthrough of sustainable chemistry as a concept and make a substantial contribution towards overcoming the challenges faced in the area of chemical safety and management. In so doing, it should play a key role in implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ISC3 will therefore function as a catalyst and meeting place for the international community, an international knowledge platform, a global think tank, and also a driving force and multiplier for innovations in sustainable chemistry. ISC3 is located in Bonn. Its working language is English, while its administrative language is German.

Your tasks

  • Identifying, classifying and processing topical issues and questions of political, scientific and/or social relevance for ISC3
  • Preparing issues for public relations work as well as the political work of ISC3 (issue management)
  • Establishing and maintaining contacts, especially in the chemical industry
  • Identifying, classifying and developing contacts with other initiatives in the areas of sustainable chemistry, green chemistry, chemicals management and sustainability (public affairs)
  • Developing and supporting an online platform to network contacts and discuss ISC3 issues; refining the content and contacts on the online platform, at events and in ISC3 publications on an ongoing basis; marketing the online platform on a global scale and acquiring new users; collating and processing best practice cases and relevant information for visitors to the online platform (for instance funding information)
  • Setting up a virtual marketplace in the medium term; answering questions from users and interested parties in writing and over the phone
  • Assisting with the preparation of the newsletter, managing social media channels and providing support with publications and videos (in terms of content, topics and contacts)

Your profile

  • You have a university-level degree with a focus on communications, chemistry, biology, business or political science
  • You have several years of professional experience in the area of public affairs, public relations, stakeholder management, scientific communication, media relations or network management, as well as excellent conceptual and editorial skills
  • You have a strong affinity for sustainable chemistry as well as environmental and sustainability issues; knowledge of the chemical industry would be welcome
  • You have a knowledge of the circumstances in developing countries and emerging economies
  • You have a high level of personal responsibility and are able to work independently
  • You have strong communication skills, including in an intercultural context, are a quick learner and are able to process complex specialist content
  • You have excellent oral and written communication skills in English and a good command of German
  • You have a sound knowledge of MS Office products; experience of an online dialogue tool and online network management would be an advantage


You must be prepared to travel internationally.

Please note that we basically can only receive and process applications sent via our e-recruiting system. Should you not be able to do so, please contact the person named in the job advertisement.

GIZ would like to increase the proportion of employees with disability, both in Germany and abroad. Applications from persons with disabilities are most welcome.

Our benefits

We are a global service provider within the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. We offer you the opportunity to deploy your technical know-how at one of our locations in more than 130 countries., Diversity and respect are key elements of our corporate culture: GIZ promotes and supports every individual and in this way safeguards the individual opportunities for all employees, irrespective of sex, nationality or religion. Naturally, our management team is made up of both men and women., During the preparation phase, you will receive initial insights into GIZ and the local conditions. This ensures you are as well prepared as you can be for your placement. You have the opportunity to contact other new starters, and to expand and develop your personal network., We are happy to support your professional development, for example with the training provision of the Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ), the leading provider of international skills development., We are convinced that employees need a healthy balance between their private and professional lives. This is why we offer childcare allowances and support to accompanying partners. Our family-friendly nature also extends to situations where relatives are in need of care. As part of its family-friendly staff policy, GIZ aspires to support employees while they are carrying out their work., Our flexible working hours offer you the time and the flexibility to reduce the overtime you work in agreement with your manager. If necessary, we will find even more flexible working hours for individual employees., We take your wishes into account when it comes to your daily working schedule. We offer diverse part-time formats including flexi-time to be agreed on a daily, hourly or monthly basis., Do you need a longer period off? We have a special part-time block model which also allows you to take a leave of absence lasting several months. You can save up your working time credit over a longer period and work it out within the framework of an exemption., Our corporate healthcare management is available to all employees. The range of classes at our Bonn and Eschborn locations include fitness boxing, yoga, back fitness or Zumba, for example – there’s something for everyone here. , You will receive a medical check-up, as well as detailed advice on precautionary measures, vaccinations and malaria prevention. Every two years, you and your accompanying family members will receive a precautionary check-up. The medical service is available in emergencies for employees domiciled in Germany. It also provides advice for ergonomically designed workplaces. , We set common objectives for the new year in our annual employee meetings. If you achieve these objectives, you may receive an additional variable payment., We want you to be able to get to your workplace in a simple and environmentally friendly manner; we will therefore support you financially with a job ticket., If your family is not able to relocate with you, we will provide you with support for your additional expenses with a separation payment. For example, you will be able to pay for travel and food and drink costs or costs for running two households which arise because your home is located elsewhere than where you are working.

About us

We create prospects for people and with people. As GIZ has an international mandate, we offer a multicultural working environment. We are committed service providers and dedicated professionals, even under difficult circumstances. We take pride in enabling our employees to develop their professional and personal skills. There are plenty of reasons to join our motivated team – ranging from the diverse challenges you will face on a daily basis in one of our 130 partner countries, to the broad scope you will have for shaping your work.


Barbara  Meincke