Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations-African Union Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). The Public Information Officer will be based in El Fasher under the overall guidance of the Chief, Public Information and Communications Section.
Within delegated authority, the Public Information Officer will be responsible for the following duties: •Takes the lead in strategy, planning, development and implementation of UNAMID’s media relations policy, media monitoring, web and digital media including social media with the objective of promoting awareness, understanding, support and respect for the Mission’s work and support for UN Peacekeeping and priorities.•Possess in-depth knowledge of the media and political landscape in Sudan/Darfur and how it can impact the delivery of the Mission’s communications strategy; is familiar with the challenges surrounding media relations practice in the socio-political context of Sudan/Darfur and has demonstrated ability to overcome those to achieve a robust, proactive communication programme.•Provides press briefings and interviews to national and international media; drafts and issues press statements, press lines and talking points as necessary; establishes and maintains cooperative relationship with local and international journalists; anticipates or responds in a timely fashion to disinformation that could impact negatively on the public perception of the Mission and/or the Mission’s leadership.•Assists the Chief of Public Information and Communications Section in day-to-day workload including the coordination of substantive and administrative activities of the unit, interpreting and disseminating policy, providing procedural advice, improving reporting systems, handling operational and administrative queries, preparing budget submissions, establishing and/or coordinating training programmes and monitoring and evaluating results •Prepares or oversees preparation of a diverse range of information communications products in support of unit priorities and coordinates with departments, funds and agencies to develop and implement campaigns system-wide and to incorporate the campaign message and themes into all relevant events and products. •Provides advice and expertise to managers, senior officers and other public information staff on a range of public affairs issues, methods, and approaches; anticipates and resolves communications/public relations issues/problems. •Develop mission media strategies and conducting periodical review. •Participate, as may be assigned, in the Senior Management Meeting on behalf of the Chief of Public Information and Communications Section. •Evaluates results and impact of communications activities; reports on developments, trends and attitudes regarding the UN. •Possess fluency in digital communication with strong understanding of social media and keeps abreast of changing developments, trends and technologies; is familiar with emerging trends in digital penetration in Sudan/Darfur and their potential for the implementation of an effective media relations and media monitoring policy. •Represents the institution in meetings and conferences; fulfils speaking engagements and makes presentations to groups on UN activities and advocate issues of concern; organizes media coverage and arranges for media contacts, briefings, interviews; organizes seminars, lectures, conferences, public events on major issues and events concerning the organization. •Builds information networks; plans and oversees maintenance of publicly accessible information materials on the United Nations; plans and develops outreach activities. •Coordinates and direct a team of public information staff and/or mentor and supervise the work of junior officers on specific projects.•Has a track record of working collaboratively with the United Nations Country Team in the communication field, particularly in the Sudan/Darfur context.• Performs other related duties as required..
•Professionalism: Knowledge of different aspects of public information and communication. Ability to address a range of issues in the context of political developments, public attitudes and local conditions. Ability to conceptualize, design and implement major information campaigns. Ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources. Ability to diplomatically handle sensitive situations with target audiences and cultivate productive relationships. 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.•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.•Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communication, journalism, international relations, public administration or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area. Experience of the UN system is highly desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in both oral and written English is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 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 At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.
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