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Vacancy: Communications Coordinator

Business for Peace is looking to hire a Communications Coordinator

Terms: Full time, permanent 

Reports to: Communications Director (interim) 

Location: Oslo, Norway


Business for Peace is looking for a Communications Coordinator to run daily communications operations for the organisation. This includes copywriting, website, social media, public relations, advertising, market research, and more. The Communications Coordinator will be working closely with colleagues on all teams to promote the organisation and the businessworthy concept globally and execute communications activities related to the annual Summit, other events and more.


We’re looking for a multi-talented communications professional who enjoys having a variety of tasks in their day. If you can hop from writing a blog post to diving into web analytics to giving graphic design feedback, we want to meet you! The ideal candidate is a skilled storyteller that can produce content, independently project manage whatever needs to get done, and also has an interest in data-driven decisions. It’s a small team, so it’s a very hands-on role with a lot of independence.


This role will be responsible for communicating about our programming (with a focus on our annual Award and Summit) as well as increasing our in-house content publishing and advancing our thought-leadership agenda.


Essential Job Functions

The overarching goals for this position are: to increase the reach, awareness of, and stature of Business for Peace globally; grow our audience and online presence; and ensure a positive stakeholder experience across platforms.


• Daily writing and content creation (social media, blog, website, newsletter, etc)

• Project management for video production, graphic design projects and print materials

• Plan, write, create, and send company newsletters

• Work with external designers, video producers, publicists, and other collaborators to achieve communications goals

• Support communications strategy and execution for annual events such as the Summit, award announcement, webinars, and local events

• Report on Google Analytics and recommend strategic changes accordingly

• Build relationships with local and international media, pitch stories and follow up

• Social media and website oversight (knowledge of WordPress is a must)

• Support the Communication Director in implementing the Foundation’s communication strategy to broaden awareness and participation globally



Qualifications and Capabilities

• Higher education in marketing, communications, or a related field

• Minimum 2-4 years’ experience in relevant international communications or marketing work

• Exceptional communication skills with an ability to develop and present strong narratives

• Excellent English skills, oral and written

• Good understanding of Norwegian is an asset but not required

• Understanding of digital platforms and professional experience with social media channels

• Good collaboration skills, ability to think strategically and innovatively

• Project management experience, working with internal or external stakeholders

• Self-motivated with an ability to manage deadlines and good prioritisation skills

• Understanding of international business and the sustainability landscape will be an advantage

• Prior experience from a non-profit, international organisation, or social enterprise is preferable



How to Apply

Send a CV and cover letter to with the subject line “Communications Coordinator” by the end of the day on 10 October 2021. If possible, please include links to writing samples (for example: a communications plan you prepared, a social media account you manage, a website you write content for, a blog post, a news article) and any other portfolio material you would like us to look at.


Join us on 28 September: Future of the Nordic Model

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The Nordics are leading innovation and spearheading the work towards the 2030 Agenda. It is argued that the Nordic Model offers an environment where value-driven innovation can flourish, meaning innovation that improves society by creating value for all stakeholders in an ethical and responsible way.


If innovation is the future, what does innovation look like “the Nordic Model way”? There are other models of innovation such as the Silicon Valley one, which worldwide entrepreneurs and policymakers alike have aspired to recreate as the perfect ecosystem for innovation. But Silicon Valley is no longer the only global paradigm for innovation. The Nordic Model offers a unique environment for socially responsible innovation that looks beyond narrow financial return.


In this panel we will bring together professionals from different fields to understand the connection between the Nordic Model and innovation, and what its future looks like.



⦿ Einar Kleppe Holthe: CEO and founder, Natural State


⦿ Marthe Haugland: Senior Innovation Advisor, Nordic Innovation


⦿ Malin Frithiofsson: Programme Manager, Startup Norway and President, Women in Tech Gothenburg



⦿ Karolina Olofsson: Executive Director, The Oslo Center


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Seats have now been filled up, but you can take part of the conversation through our livestream on 28 September at 17:00-18:00.


This event will kick-start our 2021-2022 edition of the #FutureOf talk series presented by Business for Peace and MESH. The event is part of the Oslo Innovation Week 2021 – you can view the complete OIW programme here.



Nominations for the 2022 Oslo Business for Peace Award now open

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Business for Peace is seeking candidates for the 2022 Oslo Business for Peace Award. 


Candidates can be nominated through the Foundation’s global partners: International Chamber of Commerce, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Global Compact and Principles for Responsible Investment.


The Award aims to highlight ethical and responsible business practices, and is the highest distinction given to a business leader who exemplifies outstanding businessworthy behaviour and accomplishments, creating value both for business and society.


There are three evaluation criteria:


1. Being a role model to society and their peers
The Nominee is acting as a role model to the general public and the business community by showing how to achieve long term success by being businessworthy.


2. Standing out as an advocate
The Nominee is an outspoken advocate for the importance of ethical and responsible business, seeking to solve problems and create value for both business and society


3. Having earned trust by stakeholders
The Nominee has earned recognition and appreciation as a business leader by stakeholders in the communities within which the business is developed and cultivated over time.


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As CEO’s, we don’t need to have more, we need to do more. When we have tools and resources to solve problems, we have to use them.” – Hamdi Ulukaya, 2019 Honouree and CEO of Chobani

Following the nomination process, Honourees will be selected by an independent committee consisting of Nobel Laureates in peace and economics. Current committee members are Ouided Bouchamaoui, Leymah Gbowee, Finn Kydland and Eric Maskin.


Read about the previous Oslo Business for Peace Award winners here

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A look at our 2021 Spotlight Series

View our speakers, social media highlights, videos and programme below. 



Spotlight Series Recap: Words from our Managing Director Marius Døcker


This week, we examined our shared objective to rebuild better systems of work, looked at ways to improve visibility for marginalised groups and explored how to turn challenges into opportunities with the SDGs as a roadmap.


Even before the pandemic, the world was not on track to achieve SDG 8 and the 2030 Agenda.


Obstacles, such as increased poverty and inequality, and a lack of trust in governments and institutions, have all magnified the impact of the pandemic and have stalled many efforts in ensuring decent work and economic growth.


By shining a light on these issues, we call on the global business community to take action.


As we conclude our Spotlight Series, there is a consensus that decent work can no longer be the exception, but the standard.


It is clear that the principles at the core of SDG 8, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for everyone, cut across the 2030 Agenda, and must guide our efforts.


As Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, reminded us earlier today, especially in the time of COVID-19 recovery, “It is time to shift mindsets away from only short-term economic profit to long-term thinking that anticipates risks and democratizes opportunities for decent work”.


We have heard from expert panelists and global leaders whose experience at local, national, regional and international levels all help guide the way forward.


I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight some clear themes coming out of this week.


First, “leaving no one behind” and an inclusive approach to the future of work are essential.


As we have recently seen, several positive global developments have occurred. One example of which is the reduction of child labour. While progress is being made, this problem is still significant: Millions children are still involved in child labor, and a substantial portion are working under dangerous conditions. Another example is the uproar of migrant workers working on stadiums for the 2022 Qatar Football World Cup. While the moral support they receive by teams threatening to forfeit the tournament is admirable, it is unfortunately just one more example of both the scale and the public relevance of this problem.


The impact of a growing population and increased globalisation brings both responsibilities and opportunities for the business sector. In the quest for sustainable employment as the world starts returning to normal after the COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial that no one is left behind in the recovery. This will require a rights-based approach to provide access to public services as well as for social protection. Fragile and conflict-affected contexts have been hard hit, with the potential to create persistent islands of poverty and insecurity.


It is a common misconception that SDG 8 only applies to developing countries. Robotisation can create new jobs, but on the other hand can replace repetitive and often lower paid jobs, posing a risk to vulnerable employment groups. Furthermore, we know that a majority of the global workforce lack safe and secure employment, regardless of where they are from.


Beyond the risk of unemployment or non formalised employment practices lies the challenges of forced labour. Millions of people are still trapped in various forms of ‘Modern Slavery’. This mostly occurs in industries such as agriculture, construction, domestic work, manufacturing, and mining.


In order to rebuild the trust required to advance towards decent work and economic growth, we must make laws and institutions work for people. A people-centred approach is needed to empower justice and to promote equitable outcomes. Corruption is a key threat to this trust, being both a growing driver of discontent and a challenge to sustainable employment. Weak governance is associated with lower growth, investment, and tax revenue collection — and with high inequality and social exclusion. We need to combat it through improved prevention, detection and prosecution to increase effectiveness and public trust.


Secondly, businesses must strive to create a workforce capable of adapting to changing environments. This can be achieved by focusing on programs that stimulate learning and professional development. Businesses that succeed in this area can not only help employees adapt to changing working environments, but research shows that investing in developing human capital ultimately has a positive impact on the bottom line.


Third and lastly, sustainable investing is crucial. The gap to finance SDG 8 and the other Global Goals can only be closed if the financial instruments offered to investors are trustworthy and easy to understand. Lenders must be able to assess whether an investment project is consistent with their own objectives, financial or otherwise.


If used wisely — to increase human capital, to invest sustainably and to weed out corruption and weak governance — these activities can help us transition from a global crisis to an opportunity for progress, but only if businesses are bold and in seizing this opportunity, and do so in a timely manner.


Ultimately, the challenge we face is one of leadership. We need to be bold, innovative and committed to achieve the Global Goals.


We all must assume ownership so that no one is left behind.


It is clear that a renewed commitment to collaboration, centered around the 2030 Agenda, is needed to tackle challenges that are too great for any of us to solve alone.


It is in this spirit that we organised the 2021 Business for Peace Spotlight Series and our decisions on economic recovery, climate change, and international trade and cooperation will shape decent work and economic growth for generations to come.


Through these choices, we have a unique opportunity to shape a more prosperous and peaceful world.


It’s the best investment we can make.


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