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Down To Earth Study Visit in Molise, Italy

Study Visit in Molise, Italy

From 11th to 13th September 2023, Down to Earth partners were in the Italian region of Molise for the first Study Visit of the project. Organised by project partner Municipality of Campobasso, we explored how the Municipality and its local partners address the challenges related to the topic of Year 1: “Environmental risks related with depopulation and ageing population in rural areas”.

Notably with European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). Projects in the area are strongly supported by the policy instrument: “Let’s build the future together: new connections for the Campobasso Vast Area Strategy – Strategic Plan for the Campobasso Vast Area”, which will be improved thanks to the exchange of experiences permitted by Down to Earth.  

Throughout this 3-day first Study visit, Down to Earth partners discovered how the challenges of depopulation and ageing population are addressed in Campobasso, illustrating possibilities and activities to manage, maintain and improve natural capital, reduce the risk and impact of environmental disasters, while generating economic and social opportunities to attract people to rural areas. Yoann Clouet, Project managers at ISOCARP Institute participated in the visit.

Read the full press release in this link.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Communication & Graphic Design Officer


ISOCARP Institute  – Den Haag, Netherlands

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About us 

The ISOCARP Institute is the research spin-off of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), based in The Hague, the Netherlands. With over five decades of accumulated knowledge and expertise in urban and regional planning, ISOCARP as a non-profit organisation with individual and institutional members in 85 countries worldwide, initiated the Institute as a Centre for Urban Excellence – a think-tank empowering individuals, organisations, and institutions to achieve better human settlements. The Institute’s core function is to conduct research and promote knowledge transfer, offer advice and short-term consultancy services, as well as design and deliver capacity-building and educational programmes. The Institute is involved in several projects and collaborates with a range of international partners. 

Internship description:

We are seeking a Communications & Graphic Design Officer to join our growing team and support the day-to-day implementation of our projects and Institute. In this position, you will support and assist us in the delivery of our multiple projects, including the visual design of project material (e.g., creation of infographics/multi-media output), web development, social media management/content creation, and video editing; as well as the general external communication of the Institute.  

To apply for this position, you should have knowledge of WordPress and graphic design programmes, including Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Adobe Premier, etc.  

You will further assist in the management of our online knowledge base, which includes the development of a new strategy for our company website.

Main tasks & responsibilities: 

Communication and Social media: 

  • Manage the day-to-day implementation of communication tasks within our projects
  • Prepare engaging visual materials, handbooks, infographics and manuals and assist in formalizing presentations, designing handouts, and booklets
  • Manage the social media accounts (Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.) of the Institute and our EU projects (creating content and other informative materials)
  • Support the creation of local communications campaigns for cities and project partners 


  • Translate thematic & technical concepts into compelling visual outputs
  • Design and implement all types of graphic design work including reports, publications, posters, brochures, flyers, logos/visual identities, banners, and multi-media creatives;
  • Ensure project branding, style, and tone are implemented across all channels

Website Management: 

  • Support with the upgrade of the Institute and project websites (plan, implement, manage, monitor improvements) 
  • Create website content (including writing press releases, blog posts, media articles, newsletters, etc.)
  • Manage the Institute’s Knowledge Base, including its ongoing restructuring, the development of creative ideas for multimedia content, and organising and updating content libraries/repositories
  • Update website content aligned to the organization’s strategy and events; 
  • Improve user experience of the websites regularly. 

In addition, you: 

  • Bring an enthusiastic and hands-on mentality and enjoy working in a young, dynamic, and international environment. 
  • Are a team player, with the ability to engage with stakeholders. 
  • Can work independently and pro-actively 
  • Can coordinate several projects simultaneously.


  • You hold a Master’s degree or other advanced qualifications in the fields of Communications & Design, and you have a background or strong interest in the field of urban studies/urban planning. Relevant work experience can replace the need for a Master’s degree.  
  • You understand how to appeal to and tailor communications and dissemination outputs to different audiences.
  • You can independently design high quality material and respond well to feedback.
  • You are curious, open-minded, and experienced in communications and design.
  • You have excellent command of the English language, both verbal and written. Other (European) languages are an asset.
  • You preferably have 1 year working experience in the field of communications and design.
  • We are looking for someone who can join us as soon as possible. Therefore, candidates located in the Netherlands will have priority (we accept candidates from all nationalities, but you must hold valid EU citizenship or have a valid EU residence permit and Dutch work permit).

What do we offer: 

  • 28-32 hrs/week.
  • Work in an exciting, multi-disciplinary international team.
  • The opportunity to develop yourself through varied assignments
  • A competitive salary.
  • Hybrid working options and flexible hours.
  • Hands-on-experience in real EU-projects in a friendly, encouraging working environment
  • Opportunities to grow as a communication professional specialising in translating complex information into legible material
  • The opportunity to potentially transition to a permanent position or through varied assignments.

Due to legal reasons, applicants must hold EU citizenship or a valid EU residence permit and a valid Dutch work permit. Applications who do not meet these conditions will not be considered for the position. 

How to apply: 

Send an application to containing:

  1. CV (pdf titled: surname_comms_CV)
  2. Motivation letter (pdf titled: surname_comms_ML)
  3. Portfolio (pdf titled: surname_comms_portfolio)

Subject Line of your email: Surname, Comms Officer

In your email or cover letter, please indicate your current citizenship/residence permit/work permit situation.

Deadline to apply: 13 October 2023 

If you have questions about this vacancy, please send an e-mail to Taliah Dommerholt (Project Manager)