Public Information Officer (Media Relations) P3
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Organization Setting and Reporting
Created in December 1999, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) is the designated focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of efforts to reduce disasters and to ensure synergies among the disaster reduction activities of the United Nations and regional organizations and activities in both developed and less developed countries. Led by the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (SRSG), UNDRR has over 100 staff located in its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and in regional offices. Specifically, UNDRR guides, monitors, analyses and reports on progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, supports regional and national implementation of the Framework and catalyses action and increases global awareness to reduce disaster risk working with U.N. Member States and a broad range of partners and stakeholders, including civil society, the private sector, parliamentarians and the science and technology community.
This position is part of the Community and Campaigns team in the Communication, Advocacy and Knowledge Management Section. The position is located in Geneva and the incumbent reports to the Public Information Officer leading the Community and Campaigns team.
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
- Under the supervision of the Head of Unit, writes and edits a wide range of materials for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), including speeches, remarks, op-ed articles, video messages, talking points and press statements, on issues that cover the full spectrum of the UNDRR mandate and DRR-related topics. Consults with the SRSG, UNDRR Director and other senior managers on both the form and content of speeches and other materials, in line with the SRSG’s vision and UNDRR’s communication strategy. Liaises with UNDRR units to produce speeches and other materials that are persuasive, politically sound and factually accurate. Monitors and analyzes current events, public opinion and press, identifies issues and trends and advises management on appropriate action/responses.
- Develops and implements UNDRR’s media strategy. Initiates proactive media outreach efforts, including proposing/arranging media coverage, disseminating materials and consulting with media on the approach/story angle and responding to other information requests. Undertakes activities to promote media coverage (e.g. press conferences, interviews, press seminars and other special activities) on priority issues or for events. Takes appropriate follow up actions and analyzes and reports on the impact of the media coverage.
- Liaises with the Geneva UNCG and UNICs around the world to ensure UNDRR’s media-facing material is promoted and used throughout the UN System communication mechanisms and by global and regional media outlets.
- Drafts corporate written materials such as press releases, news updates, corporate content webpages, newsletters, brochures, social media content. Reviews and edits draft texts to ensure clarity, accuracy and effectiveness.
- Leads planning and implementation of International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. Prepares programmatic and budgetary documents. Coordinates communication events within a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, monitors implementation and reports on impact
- May perform other duties as required.
- PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the full range of communication 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. 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 communication 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in communication, journalism, international relations, 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.
- A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in public information, communication, advocacy campaigns, journalism, or related area is required.
- Experience in drafting and editing communication material for senior officials is required.
- Experience engaging the media is required.
- Experience of working on disaster risk reduction, climate change, sustainable development or related areas is desirable.
- Experience of writing speeches for senior officials is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
The Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year. The appointment or assignment and renewal is therefore subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
In line with the overall United Nations policy, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction encourages a positive workplace culture which embraces inclusivity and leverages diversity within its workforce. Measures are applied to enable all staff members to contribute equally and fully to the work and development of the organization, including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies and standards of conduct.
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.
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