Org. Setting and Reporting
The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote sustainable and inclusive development and regional connectivity in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership with policy-oriented research and analysis, normative support and technical assistance and capacity building, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.
This position is located in the Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section (SCAS) under the Office of the Executive Secretary. The incumbent reports directly to Chief of SCAS.
Within delegated authority, the External Relations Officer is responsible for external relations with the following duties:
•Prepares internal and external communications products including key messages, speeches, talking points in collaboration with divisions and offices for presentation by the Executive Secretary in support of the Executive Secretary's engagement in external events and the strategic positioning of the leadership of ESCAP;
•Undertakes research as required and drafts inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected regional, national or sectorial aspects of socio-economic development to support the Executive Secretary’s external engagement and role, and undertakes other writing, as required;
•Provides substantive support for policy coordination and evaluation functions, through up-to-date analysis of emerging issues and trends, as well as external context and stakeholders relevant to ESCAP’s mission and objectives;
•Develops an up-to-date archive of briefing materials on the work of ESCAP including UN policy positions on key development issues, key development information on Member States and their engagement with ESCAP, for ready reference in support of the Executive Secretary’s participation in events and for in the issuance of statements on corporate positions regarding development issues in the Asia-Pacific region.
•Identifies materials and tools that meet the information needs of the Organization and its information clientele; and supports the implementation of new technologies in information management to ensure efficient access to information throughout the Organization.
•Works closely with the Chief of SCAS in reviewing drafts and manuscripts of United Nations publications for adherence to corporate policy, consistency with corporate positioning and UN policy on the concerned subject, maintaining a publications repository and providing analysis and recommendations, as may be required, to ESCAP’s Editorial Board;
•Coordinates media coverage of the Executive Secretary’s participation in events press conferences, development of press releases and action on other strategic communication issues relating to the Executive Secretary’s missions and public appearances.
•Performs other related duties, including supervision of staff, as may be required.
Ability to support and position the Executive Secretary’s leadership to achieve the overall vision and objectives of the organization; Excellent analytical abilities; Capacity to synthesize and communicate complex issues clearly and effectively.
•Ability to advise on and implement activities consistent with agreed strategies within the context of the mission mandate; Ability to identify strategic issues, provide analysis and solve problems; Ability and experience in conducting effective networking and communications with the media, NGO's, government officials, international institutions and business groups; Discretion and sound judgment in applying expertise to highly complex and/or sensitive issues; Strong diplomacy skills; Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.
Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communications, economics, public relations, international relations and development, social science or related area. A first-level university degree in the above fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.Work Experience
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in providing policy advice, including experience in complex international organizations required.
Experience in preparing key messages, speeches, talking points and thematic briefings for presentation to a variety of targeted audiences is required.
Experience in using a range of information management tools is required.
Experience in development issues, especially in Asia and the Pacific, is desirable.
Experience in dealing with high-level officials is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.Special Notice
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 June 2020, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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