Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER (Chief, Radio Okapi), P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Duty Station: KINSHASA
Posting Period: 28 January 2019 - 10 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Public Information-MONUSCO-110944-J-Kinshasa (M)
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 within the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). The Senior Public Information Officer will be based in Kinshasa. The incumbent will report to the Director of Strategic Communications and Public Information Division.


Within delegated authority, the Senior Public Information Officer (Chief of Radio Okapi) will be responsible for the following duties:

Oversees and directly manages all substantive and operational aspect of the UN radio station in DRC, including but not limited to integration with greater PIO structure and messaging, the rationalization and adaption of the structure of the radio and web operation to facilitate professionalization and sustainability, with particular emphasis on staffing, training, stake holders relations, change management, technology, resource allocation, editorial direction and control, programming, scheduling, branding and station imaging, budget and auditable reporting. Supervises the development and dissemination of radio and web programmes and products.

•Leads, supervises and coordinates the work of the unit (e.g. production and delivery of programmes for radio broadcast ensuring coverage of activities related to the Mission as well as political, social and cultural events as they relate to the Mission’s mandate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

•Uses data-driven tools and techniques to monitors and tests efficacy of messaging making adjustments to be responsive to stakeholders and public opinion. Develops and implements the Mission crisis communication activities.

•Conceptualizes, develops, updates and executes a radio strategy and work plan linking radio programme management with strategic goals and objectives to improve business performance and develop a work environment that fosters innovation and creativity, including utilizing digital and multimedia platforms as part of the strategy; ensuring that, in addition to traditional radio sources, messages are distributed utilizing digital and social media to disseminate information and engages in digital communications, including such platforms as websites, Facebook, Twitter and emerging interactive platforms.

•Chairs radio editorial board and ensures coverage of activities related to the Mission mandate. Oversees the development and delivery of a radio projects; gives on-record and background briefings to national and international radio stations as appropriate.

•Makes decisions on editorial policy on content. Advises senior leadership on radio broadcast, licenses and approach; establishes and maintains a cooperative relationship with local and international radio producers; supports mission leadership in media skills development; responds in a timely fashion to disinformation that could impact negatively on the public perception of the Mission and/or the mission’s leadership.

•Oversees the development and delivery of media outreach products in response to the situation on the ground, adapting radio programmes to be responsive to current needs; devises an appropriate national, regional and international distribution system for mission radio products, as required.

•Coordinates with other sections in the Public Information office and other Mission components to ensure consistency in messaging and conformity with Mission’s overall communication strategy.

•Provides editorial oversight and technical leadership of all broadcast programming, ensuring systems are in place to support all aspects of production.

•Oversees the day-to-day operation of the unit, interpreting and disseminating policy and providing procedural advice, improving reporting systems and handling operational and administrative queries.

•Maintains regular interaction and consults with public information personnel at UNHQ.

•Undertakes or oversees the unit’s programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for its functioning, including the procurement of radio equipment, the preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance. Designs, submits and allocates radio unit budget; identifies extra-budgetary funding and resources in support of communications activities and forge external partnerships; manages a team of radio staff to the specific conditions of the Mission, including coordinating functions.

•Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision. Fosters teamwork and communications among staff in the unit. Leads in recruitment, supervision and evaluation of staff.

•Other related duties that may be assigned.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of different aspects of strategic communication and public information, including management. Ability to address a range of issues in the context of political developments, public attitudes and local conditions. Ability to advise on high profile and sensitive communication challenges. Ability to assess world-wide communication environments, develop effective communication strategies and manage implementation of public information campaigns with various promotional and publicity techniques. Ability to produce a variety of written communications products in a clear and concise style. Ability to present and defend difficult positions to senior officials. 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.

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.

MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.

JUDGEMENT/DECISION-MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in communication, journalism, international relations, 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in strategic communications, public information, or media (radio), including management in large multicultural institutions is required.. Experience in managing a radio or television station is required. Familiarity with UN administrative procedures, rules and regulations, specifically human resources, budgetary and procurement matters is desirable. Work experience in a con¿ict or post-con¿ict field mission mounted by the United Nations common system (inclusive of peacekeeping; political; or UN agencies; funds and programmes); national or international NGOs; regional organization; or bilateral international assistance programmes is an advantage.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in oral and written English and French is required.


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 [specific date]. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

•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.

• 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.

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