Job Vacancies Department Of Public Information (DPI)
Public Information Officer (2 Posts), P3
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INFORMATION
30 July 2010-28 September 2010
Closing Date: Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Job Opening number
10-PUB-DEPT OF PUBLIC INFORMATION-15475-R-NEW YORK
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organizational Setting and Reporting
The incumbent will report to the Chief of Africa Section.
Within delegated authority and depending on location, the Public Information Officer may be responsible for the following duties:
Researches and writes, in a journalistic style, analytical feature articles on a range of substantive issues that are suitable for publication in Africa Renewal magazine, for posting on www.africarenewal.org, and in other outlets
Ensures implementation of information programmes to publicize priority issues and/or major events, to include drafting information strategies, coordinating efforts, monitoring and reporting on progress, taking appropriate follow-up action, and analyzing the outcome.
Monitors and analyzes current events, public opinion and press, identifies issues and trends, and advises management on appropriate action/responses particularly in Africa and other developing countries.
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.
Assists in producing or overseeing production of the Africa Renewal magazine and its website, as well as communications products (e.g. press kits, media-friendly press releases, feature articles, speeches, booklets, brochures, backgrounders, 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 Africa Renewal magazine and its website.
Conceptualizes, designs and implements major public information campaigns, initiates and sustains professional relationships and effective partnerships with civil society organizations and media outs, as well as be able to handle sensitive information with media and/or civil society.
Acts as focal point on specific issues, monitoring and reporting on developments, responding to inquiries, etc. on Africa and other developing countries.
Professionalism: Ability to produce a variety of high-quality written information products in a clear, concise style related to Africa and developing countries such as media-friendly press releases, advisories and background notes on substantive issues and to articulate ideas; ability to deliver oral presentations to various audiences; as well as demonstrated ability in pro-active media relations; excellent presentational skills; ability to produce a variety of written products; ability to effectively interact with the public and to build/maintain effective work; demonstrates planning and organizational skills, especially the ability to manage multiple activities concurrently and to juggle competing demands and work under pressure of frequent and tight deadlines; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas.
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.
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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communications, journalism, development economics, international relations or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area. Experience using multi-media communication tools at the national or international level related to Africa is required.
Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required. For this post English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
Kindly note that you may, as part of the evaluation of your application for this position, be requested to undergo written knowledge-based assessment exercises, which may be followed by a competency-based interview depending on the result of the test.
- Priority consideration for vacancies at the P3 level will be given to internal candidates and candidates who have passed a competitive examination.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, TRAINING OR ANY OTHER FEES). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON BANK ACCOUNTS.
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