Job Opening

Posting Title: ASSOCIATE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER (Campaigns), P2
Job Code Title: ASSOCIATE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 18 June 2021 - 17 July 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Public Information-UNDRR-157366-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

Created in December 1999, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) is the designated focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of efforts to reduce disasters and to ensure synergies among the disaster reduction activities of the United Nations and regional organizations and activities in both developed and less developed countries. Led by the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (SRSG), UNDRR has over 100 staff located in its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and in regional offices. Specifically, UNDRR guides, monitors, analyses and reports on progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, supports regional and national implementation of the Framework and catalyses action and increases global awareness to reduce disaster risk working with U.N. Member States and a broad range of partners and stakeholders, including civil society, the private sector, parliamentarians and the science and technology community.


This position is located the Communication, Advocacy and Knwoledge Management Section in Geneva. Under the supervision of the Public Information Officer and the overall guidance of the Chief, Communication, Advocacy and Knowledge Management Section, the incumbent supports the planning, coordination, implementation and assessment of UNDRR campaigns and other communication events.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Associate Communications Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

- Supports the team to track, research and analyze information to develop campaigns and engagement concepts; gathers information from diverse sources and helps to assess news value and other potential impact, as well as to evaluate the effectiveness of information
campaigns.

- Supports effective coordination and implementation of campaigns and engagement opportunities. Oversees the relevant administrative or HR processes and liaises with consultants and other suppliers to develop campaigns material and event programmes.

- Drafts/compiles a range of information and communications products for target audiences, to include press releases, media packets and reports, brochures, briefings, video clips, newsletters, websites, etc. Prepares initials drafts of stories and media inputs (key
messages, press releases, news stories) for campaigns.

- Organizes or participates in the organization of conferences, seminars, press briefings, interviews, etc.; prepares briefing materials for senior officials prior to their participation in such events. Responds to a variety of inquiries and information requests internally and
externally; prepares related correspondence.

- Develops dissemination plans for campaign materials using a range of owned and nonowned channels. Disseminates campaign materials, messages, events through TV, Radio, web portals, printed media, etc. Develops and manages existing and new social media tools
to disseminate content.

- Identifies key contacts/constituencies and opportunities for strategic partnerships to facilitate communication efforts and maintains working relationships with the same. In particular, establishes working level contacts with other UN agencies, external partners, media.

- Coordinates activities with the other organizations involved in campaigns. Coordinates with other UNDRR branches and offices to ensure streamlined messages and campaigns.

- Performs other duties as assigned.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of communication campaign development, communication strategy planning and oversight and editorial content management. Ability to manage communication-related vendors, develop and maintain communication-related budgets, experience with client relationship software (Mailchimp etc). 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.

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.

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.
Technological awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in communication, marketing, public relations, media or information technologies or related field is required. 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 two years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, communication, media affairs, campaigns or events of public interest, or related area is required.
Experience in drafting communication strategies and in planning and implementing large scale communication projects or campaigns is required.
Experience in internet and social media systems, applications and interactive tools (such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, Vimeo and YouTube) and with standard computer applications is required.
Experience in community development and/or community outreach is desirable.
Experience in video and photography computer-based programmes is desirable.
Experience in writing and producing communications in English such as news stories, press releases, newsletters and leaflets is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Fluency in another UN official language (Arabic, French, Chinese Mandarin, Russian or Spanish) is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or availability of funds.

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.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

In line with the overall United Nations policy, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction encourages a positive workplace culture which embraces inclusivity and leverages diversity within its workforce. Measures are applied to enable all staff members to contribute equally and fully to the work and development of the organization, including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies and standards of conduct.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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No Fee

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