Job Opening

Posting Title: Public Information Officer, P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 13 June 2019 - 12 July 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Public Information-UNODC-117552-R-Vienna (E)
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 Advocacy Section (AS), Public Affairs and Policy Support Branch (PAB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief, AS.

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Within assigned authority the Public Information Officer will carry out the following specific tasks:

•Ensure implementation of information programmes, campaigns and or major events to publicize the work of UNODC in preventing corruption, wildlife and forestry crime, as well as human trafficking, including the promotion of the Blue Heart Campaign against human trafficking and the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking. This includes drafting information strategies, implementing actions, coordinating efforts, monitoring and reporting on progress, taking appropriate follow-up action, and analysing the outcome.

•Contribute to UNODC outreach efforts for the three related International/World Days around wildlife crime (3 March); human trafficking (30 July); and corruption (9 December).

•Coordinate the production of major video programmes and products, including video news releases to be distributed online and/or aired on television.

•Substantially contribute to, coordinate and/or guide the production of communication products with an emphasis on audio-visual materials, as well as web content, press releases, radio spots, website stories, topics proposal, undertaking research, determining appropriate medium and target audience, preparing production plans, writing drafts, obtaining clearances and finalizing texts, editing copy, and coordinating design approval, printing procedures and distribution.

•Liaise with various service providers (artistic and technical) to facilitate production, translations and reproduction of radio and television public service announcements, video news releases and B-roll and other public information materials.

•Act as focal point on the issues mentioned in the first point, monitoring and reporting on development and responding to inquiries.

•Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned communication project; monitor and analyze project development and implementation; identify opportunities to maximize visibility to the project.

•Ensure coordination with field offices and the respective programme heads of the supported Global Programmes to promote selected activities in the field, including timely use of social media.

•Develop tools and templates for use of programme staff globally, including support to the relevant UNODC websites such as design, layout, advocacy content and increased reach.

•Develop and support the implementation of strategies for advocacy and communication for the relevant global programmes, including social media, at national and international levels.

•Compile good practices from HQ and the field in the areas of advocacy and campaigns with a view to generating a set of sample communication products and events.

•Perform other work-related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge of a wide range of communications approaches, tools, and methodologies essential to planning, executing and monitoring effective multimedia campaigns and or programmes (audiovisual, online and print). Is able to rapidly analyse and integrate diverse information from varied sources; to identify public affairs issues, opportunities and risks in an international environment; to diplomatically handle sensitive situations with target audiences and cultivate productive relationships; has knowledge of relevant internal policies and business activities and issue; is able to produce a variety of written communications products in a clear, concise style; to deliver oral presentations to various audiences. Has strong communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to draft and compile a variety of written communications products in a clear, concise style and effectively disseminate information and build and maintain effective business relation. Is able to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities; 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& 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communications, journalism, international relations, social sciences or other related field is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience at the international level in journalism, communications, press, media production or related fields is required. Experience in developing web- and social media content is required. Experience in project management and reporting is highly desirable. Experience preparing concepts, scripts and/or producing video materials for social media and/or television is desirable. Experience with issues specifically related to human trafficking, anti-corruption, as well as wildlife and forest crime is desirable.


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Filling of this position is subject to funding availability and the initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Extension of appointment against this position is subject to extension of the mandate and/or availability of funding.

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.

Vienna is classified an H and a family duty station.

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.

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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