Job Opening

Posting Title: SPOKESPERSON, P5
Job Code Title: SPOKESPERSON
Department/Office: United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan
Duty Station: Juba
Posting Period: 11 March 2020 - 25 March 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Public Information-UNMISS-133233-F- (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 Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in the Communications and Public Information Section. The Spokesperson will be based in Juba under the overall guidance of the Chief, Communications and Public Information.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Spokesperson will be responsible for the following duties: • Serve as lead spokesperson for UNMISS; provide technical and policy advice on highly complex public information and communications issues; develop and disseminate messages, press lines and press releases on specific occasions, events, crises, and all other opportunities identified by mission leadership to express its views and share its opinions; manage crisis communications on behalf of the Mission; act as Officer-in-Charge in the absence of the Chief, Communications and Public Information. •Prepare and lead UNMISS press conferences and oversee the production and distribution of verbatim transcripts. •Makes official statements on behalf of the mission and provides information on the mission to the UN Office of the Spokesperson and then after Secretary-General, Departments of Public Information, Peacekeeping Operations, Field Support and other entities in the UN as required; • Lead and direct a team of public information officers responsible for media facilitation and engagement; 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, periodicals, reports and books. • 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 (non-governmental organizations (NGOs), businesses, community organizations, women's groups, etc.); represent the organization in important meetings, conferences, events, etc.; promote joint public relations ventures. • Contribute to development of institutional public relations policies. • Provide diverse materials (briefings, speeches, questions and answers) for use by senior officials; set quality and production standards for information dissemination.•Provides on record and background press briefings and interviews and issues press releases;•Maintains daily relations with local and international media, arranges for media representatives to meet with senior mission officials and facilitates the daily work of journalists covering the mission, and facilitates visits by media within the mission area;•Maintains close contact with the Head of Mission and all mission components to have accurate and up-to-date information on mission activities and priorities; •Coordinates and arranges the issuance of mission press Credentials as appropriate; •Advises the Head of Mission on public relations and dealing with the media; •Ensures that all components of the mission, as well as other UN actors on the ground coordinate their communications messages; •Oversees the monitoring of the media for coverage of the mission and other relevant news, identifies trends, and provides advice to the Head of Mission in this regard. •Ensures that, in addition to traditional media sources, the media relations unit utilizes digital media, as appropriate, to disseminate information and engage in communications, including such platforms as the websites, Facebook, Twitter and other existing and emerging digital platforms.. Create, maintain, & update timeline of upcoming events and activities inside & outside the mission.

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 lead crisis communications in a complex operating environment. 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. Ability to hold press conferences & handle media review & interviews professionally.

COMMUNICATIONS:
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.

LEADERSHIP:
Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

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.

CREATIVITY:
Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box"; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

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 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 public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area is required
Experience working as a journalist is required.

Languages

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

Assessment

Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

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.

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.

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No Fee

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