Org. Setting and Reporting
This temporary position – which is part of the United Nations Department of Global Communications (DGC) and maintains a close working relationship with the Information Centre Services (ICS) in the Strategic Communications Division (SCD) of DGC – is located in the Regional Office of the United Nations Development Coordination Office (DCO) in Istanbul. DGC sets the communications and advocacy priorities of the United Nations around the world while DCO supports the activities of the United Nations for sustainable development on the ground, informing policy, programme and operations across 162 countries and territories.
The DCO Regional Office in Istanbul also provides United Nations Resident Coordinators (UNRCs) in Europe and Asia Pacific – who are the designated representatives of the United Nations Secretary-General for development at the country level – with region-specific strategic support in the integrated implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals in the countries and territories they serve.
The incumbent reports directly to a Senior Officer in ICS/SCD/DGC and is under the overall supervision of the Director of the DCO Regional Office in Istanbul, Turkey.
Within delegated authority, the Communications Officer may be responsible for the following duties
· Focusing on development issues impacting the region, ensures implementation of traditional and/or social communication programmes to publicize priority issues and/or major events, to include drafting communication strategies, coordinating efforts, monitoring and reporting on progress, taking appropriate follow-up action, and analyzing the outcome.
· Provides crisis communication support to the Director of the DCO Regional Office and UNRCs in the region, contributing to a surge capacity mechanism as relevant. Harvests content for DCO and DGC platforms; and monitors and analyzes current events, public opinion and press, identifies issues and trends, advising management on appropriate action/responses.
· Undertakes activities to promote media coverage (e.g. press conferences, interviews, press seminars and other special activities) of priority issues and/or major events, to include development of a media strategy and action plan, initiating pro-active media outreach efforts, proposing and arranging press conferences/media coverage, disseminating materials and consulting with press on approach/story angle and other information requests, undertaking appropriate follow-up action and analyzing and reporting on the impact of coverage.
· Produces or oversees production of a specific type or types (e.g. digital, social, print, broadcast, etc.) of information communications products (e.g. content for websites and social accounts, press kits, press releases, feature articles, speeches, booklets, brochures, backgrounders, audio-visual materials, radio spot program, etc.), to include proposing topics, undertaking research, determining appropriate medium and target audience, preparing production plans, writing drafts, obtaining clearances and finalizing texts, editing copy, and coordinating design approval, printing procedures and distribution.
· Prepares, on the basis of official UN documentation and other sources, initial drafts of articles or chapters for inclusion in UN websites, social accounts, newsletters, periodicals, reports and books.
· Initiates and sustains professional relationships with key constituencies, including members of the United Nations communications groups in the region. Builds and maintains regional communities of practice.
· Acts as focal point on specific issues, monitoring and reporting on developments, responding to inquiries, etc.
· Participates in selecting the information transmitted to key constituencies.
· Provides guidance to, and may supervise, more junior staff.
· Professionalism: Knowledge of the full range of communications approaches, tools, and methodologies essential to planning and executing effective traditional and social communication campaign strategies and programmes, particularly in a sustainable development context in the region e.g. campaign management, media operations, marketing and promotion, audience outreach, message targeting. Ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources. Ability to identify public affairs issues, opportunities and risks in an international environment. Ability to diplomatically handle sensitive situations with target audiences and cultivate productive relationships. Knowledge of relevant internal policies and business activities/issues. Ability to produce a variety of written communications products in a clear, concise style. Ability to deliver oral presentations to various audiences. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
· 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
· Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communication, journalism, international relations, public information or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.Work Experience
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in communication, journalism, international relations, public information or related area is required.
Experience developing communication strategies and implementing communication campaigns with a strong digital component is required.
Experience managing the work of and/or relations with a wide range of communication partners in the region, including media and teams in multiple field offices, is required.
Experience providing crisis communications support to an international organization comparable to the United Nations is desirable.
Experience working in the political, social and economic context of the region is desirable.
Experience working in the field for an international organization comparable to the United Nations is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Russian is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
• This position is temporarily available until 30 April 2021 with a possiblity of extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
• 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.
• 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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