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Wis­sen­schafts­zen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­al­for­schung gGmbH - Sozi­al­wis­sen­schaf­ten

Das Wis­sen­schafts­zen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­al­for­schung (WZB) betreibt pro­blem­ori­en­tierte Grund­la­gen­for­schung. Unter­sucht wer­den Ent­wick­lun­gen, Pro­bleme und Inno­va­ti­ons­chan­cen moder­ner Gesell­schaf­ten. Die For­schung ist theo­rie­ge­lei­tet, pra­xis­be­zo­gen, oft lang­fris­tig ange­legt und meist inter­na­tio­nal ver­glei­chend.

Com­mu­nic­a­tion Man­ager (f/m/x)


Work­ing field:

The Wis­senschaft­szen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­alforschung gGmbH (WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Centre), research group “Glob­al­iz­a­tion, Work and Pro­duc­tion” seeks to hire

a Com­mu­nic­a­tion Man­ager (f/m/x)

for an appoint­ment start­ing as soon as pos­sible until July 2022 (exten­sion pos­sible). The appoint­ment is made at 100% of the reg­u­lar work­ing hours (cur­rently 39 hours/week).

The research fel­low will work for the Fair­work Sec­ret­ariat at the WZB. The Fair­work Sec­ret­ariat is a joint pro­ject of the Oxford Inter­net Insti­tute and the WZB, led by Pro­fessor Mark Gra­ham (Uni­versity of Oxford) and Pro­fessor Mar­tin Krzy­wdz­in­ski (WZB). Fair­work is an action-research pro­ject that stud­ies the gig eco­nomy in order to develop fair­ness rat­ings for digital plat­forms, that are used as a lever to improve work­ing con­di­tions. It cur­rently oper­ates in Brazil, Bangladesh, Chile, Ecuador, Egypt, Ger­many, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Indone­sia, Pakistan, South Africa, and the UK. Because external-facing com­mu­nic­a­tion is such an integ­ral part of the pro­ject’s impact strategy, the Com­mu­nic­a­tion Man­ager will play an essen­tial role in driv­ing the pro­ject’s suc­cess.

The tasks of the post holder include in par­tic­u­lar:
  • Devel­op­ing a cohes­ive com­mu­nic­a­tions strategy for Fair­work,
  • Work­ing closely with the cent­ral team and the wider Fair­work net­work to ensure deliv­ery of reg­u­lar com­mu­nic­a­tions, includ­ing eg. main­tain­ing social media chan­nels; main­tain­ing the web­site, includ­ing blog post­ing and edit­ing, con­tent edit­ing, keep­ing track of trans­la­tions; draft­ing reg­u­lar news­let­ters,
  • Over­see­ing the devel­op­ment of mul­ti­me­dia out­puts (pod­casts, videos, infograph­ics, inter­act­ive games, applic­a­tions, etc.) and com­pel­ling social media cam­paigns to share find­ings and com­mu­nic­ate key mes­sages,
  • Build­ing com­mu­nic­a­tions infra­struc­ture for enga­ging plat­form work­ers,
  • Devel­op­ing and execut­ing strategy to dis­sem­in­ate find­ings and com­mu­nic­ate key mes­sages to plat­form work­ers,
  • Work­ing with authors and external design­ers/copy edit­ors/trans­lat­ors in the deliv­ery of the pro­jects’ pub­lic­a­tions and pro­mo­tional mater­i­als,
  • Writ­ing and dis­sem­in­at­ing press releases tar­get­ing media in our 12+ coun­tries of oper­a­tion,
  • Devel­op­ing a net­work of media con­tacts in our 12+ coun­tries of oper­a­tion,
  • Design­ing (includ­ing page-set­ting) reg­u­lar high-qual­ity reports and other out­puts pub­lished by teams in 12+ coun­tries,
  • Design­ing Fair­work-branded InDes­ign, MS Word, Power­Point, and other tem­plates for use by teams in 12+ coun­tries,
  • Coordin­at­ing events such as meet­ings, retreats, short courses/sum­mer school, con­fer­ences, work­shops and sem­inars in close liaison with pro­ject mem­bers as required.

The Fair­work Sec­ret­ariat sits at the nexus of three research clusters in Oxford and Ber­lin that focus on the future of work. The Oxford Inter­net Insti­tute is home to over a dozen research­ers study­ing digital trans­form­a­tions and what they mean for work and work­ers. The WZB GAP group com­prises a num­ber of research­ers focus­ing on the digit­al­iz­a­tion of work, includ­ing research on plat­forms, auto­ma­tion, and arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence. The work at the Fair­work Sec­ret­ariat will also involve cooper­a­tion with the Ber­lin-based Weizen­baum Insti­tute for the Net­worked Soci­ety. The tasks requires in this role will involve close cooper­a­tion between the Ber­lin- and Oxford-based teams, includ­ing joint research activ­it­ies, work­shops and con­fer­ences, as well as pub­lic­a­tions. There will be reg­u­lar travel oppor­tun­it­ies to facil­it­ate col­lab­or­a­tion between the Oxford- and Ber­lin-based teams.


  • A rel­ev­ant gradu­ate degree in soci­ology, geo­graphy, anthro­po­logy, eco­nom­ics, devel­op­ment stud­ies, or related fields,
  • Pro­fes­sional exper­i­ence in com­mu­nic­a­tions, journ­al­ism, pub­lic rela­tions, prefer­ably in aca­demia / research,
  • Excel­lent com­mu­nic­a­tion skills, includ­ing the abil­ity to con­fid­ently rep­res­ent the pro­ject extern­ally, and present con­cepts verbally in pre­cise and con­cise lan­guage,
  • Excel­lent writ­ing, edit­ing, proofread­ing, lay­out and design, pro­fes­sional print­ing/pub­lish­ing skills,
  • Exper­i­ence in devel­op­ing and main­tain­ing web­site con­tent and social media chan­nels,
  • Exper­i­ence in using the Adobe Cre­at­ive Suite or sim­ilar soft­ware,
  • Exper­i­ence with man­aging pub­lic­a­tion pro­cesses,
  • Exper­i­ence in inter­act­ing effect­ively and closely with a wide range of people, includ­ing influ­en­tial people and media per­sons,
  • Strong know­ledge and under­stand­ing of cur­rent trends in digital/social media,
  • Exper­i­ence in work­ing autonom­ously with a high degree of motiv­a­tion and ini­ti­at­ive,
  • Strong organ­iz­a­tional and plan­ning skills,
  • Strong pro­ject man­age­ment and time man­age­ment skills,
  • Prefer­ably exper­i­ence in cre­at­ing or over­see­ing the cre­ation of mul­ti­me­dia out­puts like videos, pod­casts, infograph­ics, video games, etc.
  • Prefer­ably lan­guage com­pet­en­cies in lan­guages spoken in Fair­work part­ner coun­tries (e.g., Span­ish, Por­tuguese, French, Arabic, Man­darin),
  • Know­ledge of issues impact­ing on pre­cari­ous and insec­ure work­ers, and a demon­strable com­mit­ment to work­ing towards the empower­ment of work­ers, and to equal­ity and inclu­sion,
  • Enthu­si­asm to work in a diverse and inter­na­tional team.

What we of­fer:

Salary for the pos­i­tion: up to EG 13 TVöD Bund (Yearly gross income between 51,000 and 60,000 Euros, depend­ing on qual­i­fic­a­tion and work exper­i­ence).

How to ap­ply:

qual­i­fied people liv­ing with a dis­ab­il­ity will be given pref­er­ence. We value diversity and wel­come all applic­a­tions – regard­less of gender, nation­al­ity, eth­nic or social ori­gin, reli­gion, dis­ab­il­ity, age, sexual ori­ent­a­tion and iden­tity. The WZB expressly encour­ages women and people with a migrant back­ground to sub­mit an applic­a­tion.
Can­did­ates are reques­ted the applic­a­tion (cover let­ter, CV, if applic­able pub­lic­a­tions list, cer­ti­fic­ates and other) by 1 Decem­ber 2020. Please send your applic­a­tion by email (one pdf-file) to:

Wis­senschaft­szen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­alforschung (WZB)
Son­ata Cepik
with “Com­mu­nic­a­tion Fair­work” in the sub­ject line.