Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon
Duty Station: NAQOURA
Posting Period: 30 January 2019 - 13 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Public Information-UNIFIL-111001-F-Naqoura (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 Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), based in UNIFIL Headquarters in Naqoura, South Lebanon. The incumbent will report to the Deputy Head of Mission and Director of Political and Civil Affairs or his/her designate.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Senior Public Information Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

•Conceptualize, design and execute the overall public information strategy, programme and activities for the Section; Serve as lead Chief of Strategic Communications and Public Information and Spokesperson for the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL); provide technical and policy advice on highly complex public information and communications issues; develop and disseminate best
practices.
•Lead and direct a team of public information officers; plan and allocate work assignments; coach, mentor, and evaluate staff; participate in recruitment and selection of new staff and in
the development of training programs.
•Oversee the preparation, from research to publication, of UN newsletters, brochures, reports, video/radio outputs and multimedia productions. Oversee the Mission social media presence
and lead digital media campaigns to enhance public outreach and engagement activities using a range of digital media platforms and leveraging emerging technologies and trends.
•Conduct sensitive political liaison work; create and maintain networks of high level communications contacts in Lebanon and Israel with broadcast media, the press, governmental agencies, international institutions and other groups and organizations in civil society (non-governmental organizations (NGOs), businesses, community organizations, women's groups, etc.
•Oversee the work and outputs of an Integrated Outreach Unit and a Military Community Outreach Unit.
•Maintain liaison and coordination with the Lebanese Armed Forces at the Directorate of Orientation.
•Maintain relations with the press office of the Israeli Defense Forces.
•Oversee the work and outputs of international military information officers based in UNIFIL area of operations.
•Conduct sensitive political liaison work; create and maintain networks of high level communications contacts with broadcast media, the press, governmental agencies, international institutions and other groups and organizations in civil society (nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), businesses, community organizations, women's groups, etc.); represent the organization in important meetings, conferences, events, promote joint public relations ventures.
•Contribute to development of institutional public relations policies.
•Assess the overall effectiveness of the public information strategy and programmes and make needed changes in approach and technique.
•Provide diverse materials (briefings, speeches, media analysis, media guidance, talking points) for use by senior officials, develop or overall see development of high profile multi-media communications campaigns; set quality and production standards for information dissemination.

Competencies

•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 advise on high profile and sensitive communication challenges. Ability to assess world-wide communication environments, develop 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, 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.
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.
•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.

Education

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 ten years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area. Experience as a spokesperson or senior public information officer in the Middle East is desirable. Experience in overseeing Strategic Communication coordination mechanism/s is required. Experience working closely with civilian and uniformed personnel is required. Experience working in an inter-State (across international borders) conflict environment is desirable. Experience working in a field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds and programmes, similar international organization or non-governmental organization) is desirable. Experience in media communications and outreach in the Lebanese and Israeli context is desirable

Languages

Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include informal interviews.

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

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.

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.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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