Senior External Relations Assistant G5 - 10031876

  • Added Date: Thursday, 12 September 2019
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 30 September 2019

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UNHCR Office in Qatar is seeking applications from qualified individuals for the following Job Opening:

Position Title: Senior External Relations Assistant

Position Grade: G5

Position Number: 10031876

Duty Station: Doha, Qatar

Date of Advertisement: 12 September 2019

Deadline: 30 September 2019


The Senior External Relations Assistant functions under the direct supervision of Senior External Relations Officer or Senior External Relations Officer. The incumbent assists in the management of external relations activities of the Office. He/she plays a key role in organizing the visits of foreign delegations, donors, press and media, providing regular briefings and drafting reports/materials for external partners. He/she will support the ER team in cultivating relationships with external relations and private sector stakeholders and partners/donors. He/she may also receive advice and operational support from the External Relations/Public Information Units at the Country Office /HQ.

Description of Key Responsibilities:


  • Missions from donors, the press and media are supported with field visits and accurate briefing materials.
  • External partners are informed regularly on all aspects and the status of UNHCR operations.


  • Draft briefing notes, press releases, bulletins, reports, newsletters and prepare any other public information material, as required

  • Facilitate and accompany visits of foreign delegations, partner NGOs, donors and the media to refugee camps

  • Draft and translate routine correspondence and texts.

  • Assist with developing and implementing UNHCR’s social media strategy – conceptualize and pitch stories for UNHCR’s global website.

  • Ensure that public information materials including fact sheets, information brochures, briefing materials from the Branch Office, etc. are available.

  • Organize visibility events (e.g. World Refugee Day) and liaise with partners, refugees and local communities on implementation.

  • May be required to assist in compilation of weekly, monthly, annual/quarterly thematic reports, situations reports etc.

  • Review media daily and ensure the office is kept informed of local developments. Perform other related duties, as required.


  • Provide information on UNHCR’s activities to external partners.
  • Respond to non-complex media queries and incoming correspondence.

Required Competencies:

Cross – Functional Competencies

  • Technological Awareness
  • Political Awareness

Minimum Essential Qualifications and Professional Experience Required:

  • Completion of the Secondary Education with post-secondary certificate/training in International Relations, Journalism, Political Science, Communication, Media or related field.

  • Minimum 5 years of previous relevant job experience.

  • Communication and computer skills.

  • Excellent drafting skills as well as translation and interpreting skills.

  • Fluency in English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language.

Desirable Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Previous experience in UN/UNHCR.

  • Completion of UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of position.

  • Knowledge of another relevant UN language.

This vacancy is archived.

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