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Cécile Bégard

Sustainable development Communications expert

Works remotely from Istanbul

  • 41.0096
  • 28.9652
  • Suggested rate £340 / day
  • Experience 2-7 years
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This freelancer is available part-time (2 days per week) but hasn't confirmed their availability in over 7 days.

Part-time, 2 days per week

Propose a project The project will begin once you accept Cécile's quote.

Location and workplace preferences

Istanbul, Turkey
Remote only
Primarily works remotely


Project length
  • ≤ 1 week
  • ≤ 1 month
  • Between 1-3 months
Business sector
  • Architecture & Urban Planning
  • Aviation & Aerospace
  • Civic & Social Organizations
  • Culture
  • Education & E-learning
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  • French

    Native or bilingual

  • English



Skills (34)

Cécile in a few words

Your project is now ready! You thought about every detail and it is going to have a major impact. I can support you during the next step: building a communications strategy that will help you achieve your goals, reach your audiences and multiply that same impact. 📢

After 5 years of enriching and diversified experiences including 2 years in Africa, I have now settled in in Istanbul as a freelance communications expert in the sustainable development and science sectors.

🇫🇷 🇬🇧 I write and design informative and engaging content for your online and offline communications products, both in English and French.

In a nutshell:
✔ Development of ambitious, innovative and objective-driven communications strategies.
📝 Content writing for blog posts, websites, social media, newsletters, brochures, presentations, etc.
✒ Writing articles, interviews, infographics, … to make complex content accessible to anyone and captivate the audience.
🎬 Design of communications products such as videos, photos, brochures, newsletters, etc.
🗞 Press relations
🔦 Any other task that can help you put your project under the spotlight!

Donors, project officers, researchers, communications specialists… your project deserves to be highlighted! If you do not have enough time or if the expertise is not available in your team, I can be in charge of your communications strategy. If you are convinced that the information must be shared, that every organization must be accountable and that populations must be aware of what is happening, we have to work together!



Civic & Social Organizations

Communications consultant  - As a freelancer

Istanbul, Turkey

November 2020 - Today (2 years and 3 months)

As a communications expert, I assist international development stakeholders (donors, implementing agencies, NGOs, local actors, etc.) in their needs to promote their actions and projects.

Some of the missions I carried out:
- Indian Ocean Blue Year project: development of communications strategy and coordination of communications activities in 9 countries or territories of the Indian Ocean
- DiDEM research project: drafting of communications strategy
- French Research Institute for Sustainable Development and CNRS: implementation of the multi-channel regional strategy in Southern, Eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean

Agence Française de Développement

Public sector

Regional communications officer  - As a freelancer

Istanbul, Turkey

January 2021 - Today (2 years and 1 month)

Regional coordination of the conception and implementation of the regional communications strategy in Eurasia (12 countries)

French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development


Regional communications officer

Région de Pretoria, Afrique du Sud

December 2018 - November 2020 (1 year and 11 months)

Increased knowledge and visibility of the scientists’ contribution to sustainable development efforts and promoted the French research institutes’ partnerships in Africa through online platforms, multimedia content creation, media relations and public outreach:

- Planning and facilitation of multimedia communication strategy for the joint IRD, CNRS and Cirad office in Southern Africa (12 countries), reporting to 3 HQ
- Regional coordination of IRD’s communications in Southern Africa, East Africa and the Indian Ocean (14 countries)
- Design and development of multimedia content: presentations, posters, infographics, videos, photos
- Planning and monitoring of digital communications: Bimestrial newsletter, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, 3 websites
- Partnership building and increased visibility in African and French media
- Drafting notes, press releases, scientific news
- Event planning and outreach activities
- Moderation and development of an internal community of researchers
- Making science available to anyone

Groupe AGPM

Banking & Insurance

Internal communications officer

Toulon, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France

September 2017 - October 2018 (1 year and 1 month)

A challenging position as an internal communications officer in this 800-employee company involved in a digitalization process and structural changes.

- Strategical planning and implementation of internal communication actions: news writing, interviews, event organization, monthly internal meetings;
- Increasing the employee support for the brand change (the company was merging its main brand with its historical competitor);
- Raising awareness and promoting the benefits of new internal processes and digital tools, the digitalization of customer relationship, a new internal structure and new ways of managing and working (focused on agility and flexibility). This was achieved through original internal content such as interviews, posters, quizzes, events and videos;
- Creative ideas to increase the employees’ well-being and to improve the welcoming process for new employees;
- Building a strong internal network to access internal information and promote best practices.

French Navy

Defense & Military

Communications officer - Bataillon de marins-pompiers de Marseille

Région de Marseille, France

September 2016 - September 2017 (1 year)

Deputy manager of the communications department (10 people), as an army volunteer.

- Design and coordination of multimedia communication tools aimed at the general public and institutional targets: news stories, social media campaigns, videos, posters, ads, events, etc.
- Assist in the design of original visual content by videographers and graphist designers aimed at internal and external audiences
- Daily contacts with journalists from regional and national media
- Media briefings and conferences in the field during large rescue operations

My main challenge was to adapt to a demanding position and context and to high-pressure situations in the field with strong media expectations.

Action contre la Faim

Civic & Social Organizations

External communications assistant

Paris Area, France

February 2016 - August 2016 (6 months)

As an intern at this international NGO specialized in fighting hunger, I was in charge of supporting public relations on both urgent humanitarian crises and ACF’s long-term interventions sectors: WASH, nutrition and health, food security, mental health, advocacy and risk management.
My mission consisted in writing articles, stories and testimonies on ACF actions in around 15 countries and drafting press releases and press dossiers about a country or a topic, sometimes in coordination with other humanitarian NGOs.
Daily contacts with internationally-based offices gave me the opportunity to follow the field situation and gather testimonies and pictures to promote ACF actions and relay advocacy messages.

United Nations

Civic & Social Organizations

Public relations intern - Information Service


June 2015 - August 2015 (2 months)

I discovered the United Nations communications challenges through this internship in the Information Service, in Geneva:
- Reporting on biweekly media briefing by UN agencies based in Geneva;
- Social media posts drafting, on the newly-adopted SDGs and the UN 70th anniversary;
- Organisation of seminars (1 to 3 days) aimed at universities, companies and NGOs visiting the UN office;
- Organisation of Graduate Student Programme: 2-week programme for young students or professionals with a full programme of working groups, conferences, talks and visits;
- Monitoring and analysis of the Swiss media in areas related to UN programmes;
- Knowledge of the UN ecosystem: agencies, departments, partners (ICRC, Geneva universities, NGOs etc.).

Cité du design


Press attaché

Saint-Etienne, France

June 2014 - July 2014 (1 month)

Cité du Design is one of the major cultural venues of the city of Saint-Etienne, France. It hosts permanent and temporary exhibitions as well as events such as the biannual "design biennale" and smaller events (music, talks, walks, etc.).

As an intern in the communication department, I was in charge of developing the organization's close relations with the media:
- Drafting press releases and dossiers on exhibitions, launches, visits, events, nominations
- Development and updating of the media contact list and maintaining close and qualitative contacts with local and national journalists
- Event organization: logistics and media relations
- Media monitoring and press reviews