Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief, Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section, P5
Job Code Title: Chief of Section, Public Information
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 10 July 2020 - 23 August 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Public Information-ESCAP-138300-R-Bangkok (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote sustainable and inclusive development and regional connectivity in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership with policy-oriented research and analysis, normative support and technical assistance and capacity building, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.

This position is located in the Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section (SCAS), and reports to the Office of the Executive Secretary. The incumbent reports to the Principal Officer of the Office of the Executive Secretary.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Principal Officer of the Office of the Executive Secretary, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:
•Conceptualizes, designs and executes the overall public information strategy of ESCAP; provides policy guidance to the Principal Officer on the monitoring, strengthening and development and management of ESCAP’s strategic communications and knowledge development programme, which includes development of good practices for continuous improvement of institutional public information, external relations and knowledge sharing.
•Directs a team of public information officers and librarian; plans and allocates work assignments; coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff; participates in recruitment and selection of new staff, taking due account of geographical and gender balance and other institutional values, and in the development of training programs.
•Prepare and oversees the preparation of ESCAP advocacy materials (e.g. press releases, briefings, speeches, questions and answers, talking points, presentations, publication forewords, newsletters, etc.), coordinating with divisions, sub-regional offices and Regional Institutions, and with other organizations of the United Nations System and development partners.
•Creates and maintains networks of high-level communications contacts with the media, governmental agencies, development partners, civil society and businesses.
•Contributes to the development of institutional communications strategies.
•Assesses the overall effectiveness of the public information strategy and programmes and makes needed changes in approach and technique.
•Oversees (a) library and knowledge management services, including the digitization programme, (b) development of tools to make official documents, publications and records more accessible and visible and (c) servicing of the Editorial Board.
•Chairs an institution-wide Knowledge Management group which develops recommendations on improving knowledge management and sharing to improve the efficiency of service delivery.
•Develops high profile multi-media communications campaigns; sets quality and production standards for information dissemination.
•Ensures the outputs produced by the Section maintain high-quality standards.
•Prepares input for the work programme of the Office of the Executive Secretary, helping to determine priorities and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
•Contributes to the reporting to intergovernmental bodies on budget and programme performance of the Office of the Executive Secretary SCAS and the library programme of work, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports.
•Carries out programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Section, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget and programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.
•Carries out other related functions, as required.

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. Ability to draft high-quality, substantive communications outputs. Knowledge of development issues in the UN context. 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. 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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

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.

Managerial Competencies
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.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communication, journalism, international relations, public administration, or related fields. A first-level university degree in the above 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 ten years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration, or related areas.
Experience in design and execution of a public information strategy is required.
Experience in management of staff involved in different media or knowledge management is required.
Experience in development issues, especially in Asia and the Pacific, is desirable.
Familiarity with media in Russian and/or Chinese is an advantage.

Languages

English and French are the working language of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.

Special Notice

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. Staff of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy and are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.

ESCAP is committed to promoting diversity and gender equality within the Secretariat. Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 December 2019, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Position availability is subject to release of funds. Confirmation on the Entry-on-Duty date will be provided during the onboarding.

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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