Job Opening

Posting Title: Public Information Officer (Editor) - Temporary Job Opening, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 04 September 2018 - 17 September 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Public Information-OCHA-102490-J-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Strategic Communications Branch (SCB) of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

SCB is OCHA's communications and public advocacy team. The branch supports OCHA’s headquarters and field operations in public outreach on humanitarian action. The Media Relations Section (MRS) leads OCHA’s global media engagement, ensuring accurate, timely and targeted news coverage of the impact of and response to humanitarian crises through public advocacy and clear messaging by the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (USG/ERC), the Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) and other senior leaders. MRS also develops key speeches and other written contributions, oversees corporate and flagship publications, manages communications for USG and ASG missions, monitors news reach and impact, and influences crisis communications through daily collaboration with the Secretary-General’s office and other Secretariat/agency partners. The Editor reports to the USG Spokesperson and Chief of the Media Relations Section and is based in New York.


Within delegated authority, the Editor is responsible for the following duties:
• Provides a dedicated editorial service to the whole of OCHA, and ensures OCHA documents are edited to a high standard while working to tight deadlines.
• Edits or copy-edits flagship publications, global reports and policy speeches to ensure accuracy, clarity, cohesion and conformity with OCHA standards, policy and practice.
• Edits or copy-edits public news and advocacy content, such as stories, social media content and campaign text on humanitarian issues, to ensure accuracy, clarity, cohesion and conformity with OCHA standards, policy and practice.
• Edits or copy-edits corporate and flagship publications in English.
• Edits complex or politically sensitive material.
• Focuses on copy-editing and proofreading to ensure final products meet the highest standards, although extensive rewriting may be required in some instances.
• Restructures, rewrites and abridges text, and consults with authors to rectify substantive errors or ambiguities in text.
• Ensures final versions of documents and publications are suitable for commercial printing and web posting.
• Provides training and advice to staff on UN- and OCHA-specific editorial standards, policies and practices, including use of the glossary of humanitarian terms and approved guidance materials, electronic copy preparation, print production and related production processes.
• Provides authors or others submitting reports with appropriate templates and guidance on grammar issues.
• Maintains a catalogue of information products being produced across the organization.
• Performs other related duties as required.


• PROFESSIONALISM: Highly skilled in editorial practices and research techniques. Proven ability to deliver a high standard of editing while working to tight deadlines. Solid writing and analytical abilities with sensitivity to nuance. Detail-oriented, with a strong ability to spot errors and inconsistencies in text. Shows pride in work and 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.
• 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.
• 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.


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 qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area. Minimum of at least two years professional experience editing and copy-editing in the United Nations system is required, as is experience working for a humanitarian agency. Experience editing a wide range of products, including flagship publications, documents, reports, speeches, media statements and social media content, is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English with mastery of grammar and language usage is essential. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 31 October 2019. 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.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• 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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

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