Job Opening

Posting Title: Public Information Officer, P3
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 12 October 2018 - 25 November 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Public Information-OHCHR-104886-R-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 position is located in the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR), in the Women’s Human Rights and Gender Section. The Public Information Officer reports to the Adviser on the human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people. The duty station is New York.


Under the day-to-day supervision of the Advisor on the human rights of LGBTI people, and overall guidance of the Chief, Women’s Human Rights and Gender Section, and in collaboration with relevant staff of the External Outreach service, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties, to be carried out in line with the OHCHR framework and procedures related to external communications:

- Ensures implementation of the OHCHR-led UN Free & Equal campaign to publicise priority issues and/or major events, to include drafting information strategies, coordinating efforts, the website, social media channels, preparing funding proposals, monitoring and reporting on progress, taking appropriate follow-up action, and analysing the outcome.
- Monitors and analyses current events, public opinion and press, responds to comments and feedback, identifies issues and trends, and advises management on appropriate action/responses.
- Undertakes activities to promote coverage of campaign 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 events/media coverage, disseminating materials and consulting on approach/story angle and other information requests, undertaking appropriate follow-up action and analysing and reporting on the impact of the campaign through metrics.
- Produces or oversees production of a specific type or types (e.g. print, broadcast, etc.) of information communications products (e.g. fact sheets, videos, graphics, animations, press kits, press releases, feature articles, speeches, booklets, brochures, backgrounders, audio-visual materials, radio spot program, etc.), to include proposing topics, undertaking research, determining appropriate medium and target audience, preparing production plans, writing drafts, obtaining clearances and finalising texts, editing copy, and coordinating design approval, printing procedures and distribution.
- Maintains and develops social media platforms and digital technologies to disseminate and promote outreach activities and share appropriate original and third party content. Produces or oversees production of photos, video, audio and graphics for social media and distribution on other digital platforms. Stays abreast of latest digital technologies to enhance advocacy.
- Campaign planning: monitors expenditure and implementation; carries out procurement and contracting; manages consultants and contractors.
-Keeps the campaign website updated on a regular basis, and manages updates of design and structure.
-Provides support to field presences in the development of campaign events, web and social media presence, ensures coordination, quality control and reporting.
- Initiates and sustains professional relationships with campaign champions, civil society, artists, UN partners, Member States, donors, journalists and other key external constituencies, as well as liaises closely with OHCHR field presences and headquarters.
- Acts as focal point, monitors and reports on developments, responds to inquiries, fulfills speaking engagements, makes presentations, meets stakeholders, etc.
- Works collectively with other UN regional or country-based information/communications officers to address the human rights of LGBTI people through development of communications strategies.
- Provides guidance to, and may supervise, more junior staff and interns.
- Performs other related duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the rights of LGBTI people. Thorough knowledge of and practical experience in the full range of communications approaches, tools, and methodologies essential to planning and executing effective campaign and media strategies; strong media research and analytical skills. Ability to rapidly analyse and integrate diverse information from varied sources. Ability to identify public affairs issues, opportunities and risks in an international environment, political awareness and ability to diplomatically handle sensitive situations with target audiences and cultivate productive relationships. Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of human rights issues, including the work of international human rights mechanisms. Ability to produce a variety of written media products in a clear, concise, journalistic 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 AND 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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in communications, journalism, international relations, or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work 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. Experience of social media and public information campaigns with the United Nations common system is desirable. Experience related to the human rights of LGBTI people is also desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage


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

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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.

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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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