Public Information Officer (Temporary Job Opening) [Temporary]

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 12 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Advocacy Section (AS), Public Affairs and Policy Support Branch (PAB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief, Advocacy Section, and in close coordination with the Doha Declaration Global Programme (GLOZ82) Senior Programme Officer.

For more information on UNODC, please visit our website: www.unodc.org.

Responsibilities

Within assigned authority, the Public Information Officer will be responsible for the following specific duties:

•Take the lead in strategy, planning, development and implementation of the communications and public information elements of the Doha Declaration Global Programme.

•Provide communications advice and expertise to the Doha Declaration Global Programme Coordinator, Component Team Leaders, and other staff on a range of public affairs issues, methods and approaches; monitor and report on developments; respond to communications-related inquiries; participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned communication projects; identify problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions; and identify and track follow-up actions.

•Oversee the outreach/publicity/awareness of the wider Global Programme and the four related components: Education for Justice; Judicial Integrity; Youth Crime Prevention through Sports; and Prisoner Rehabilitation using the full suite of communications tools (digital, traditional and multimedia).

•Ensure the overall information strategy for the Global Programme is followed, develop strategic partnerships with key constituencies to elicit support for and maximize impact of promotional objectives, and undertake coordination efforts, monitoring and reporting on progress (internally and to counterparts).

•Within the context of the Global Programme, lead on activities to promote media coverage (e.g. press conferences, interviews, press seminars and other special activities); social media outreach; and multimedia production through the management of hired experts.

•Produce or oversee production of a specific type or types (e.g. print, broadcast) of information communications products (e.g. press kits, press releases, feature articles, speeches, booklets, brochures, backgrounders, audio-visual materials, radio spot program), 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.

•Provide guidance to staff and experts, including, among others, the Doha Declaration Global Programme Associate Public Information Officer, Programme Assistant, and individual contactors and consultants covering media relations, social media and multimedia production.

•Perform other work-related duties as required.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Has knowledge of the full range of communications approaches, tools, and methodologies essential to planning and executing effective campaign strategies and programmes, e.g. campaign management, media operations, marketing and promotion, audience outreach, message targeting. Is able to rapidly analyse and integrate diverse information from varied sources. Is able to identify public affairs issues, opportunities and risks in an international environment. Is able to diplomatically handle sensitive situations with target audiences and cultivate productive relationships. Has knowledge of relevant internal policies and business activities and issues. Is able to produce a variety of written communications products in a clear, concise style. Is able 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.

•Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

•Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communication, journalism, international relations, public administration or related field is required. A first-level university degree in similar 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 professional work experience in public information, communications, media production, journalism, international relations, public administration or related areas is required.
Experience in managing communications campaigns, preferably at the international level, is required.
Experience in monitoring and reporting on programme development is required.
Experience in developing web and social media content is required.
Experience in preparing concepts, scripts and/or producing public service announcements and video news releases is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This is a project post and temporarily available until 31 December 2020, with possibility of extension. Filling of this position and actual duration of the assignment is subject to availability of funding.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.
• 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.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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