Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
Department/Office: Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 14 September 2021 - 13 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Public Information-OSE-SYRIA-162621-R-Geneva (R)
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 Office of the Special Envoy for Syria (OSE-Syria), Geneva. Under the overall supervision of the Special Envoy for Syria, the incumbent will report to the Principal Political Affairs Officer.

Responsibilities

Within the delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for:

• Developing and implementing the OSE-Syria Public Information work-plan.
• Overseeing and managing all the Office's public affairs activities, which include media relations, internal communication, external relations, support to the field and digital communications.
• Providing strategic advice and guidance to the Special Envoy, Deputy Special Envoy and Office senior leadership on public information matters.
• Establishing communication priorities and key messages, both external and internal.
• As requested, acting as the OSE-Syria Spokesperson with all relevant interlocutors particularly with the UN Geneva press corps and international media, giving on-the-record interviews and background briefings on substantive issues.
• Representing the OSE-Syria at all coordination communication bodies meetings, particularly the Geneva UN Communications Group.
• Functioning as the primary focal point for relations with the Department of Political and Peace-building Affairs, the Department of Global Communications, and the Office of the Spokesperson of the UN Secretary-General, providing guidance and ensuring coherence and synergy of purpose while avoiding duplication of efforts.
• Driving the Public Information initiatives on digital and social media as well as overseeing design and editorial content for web-based presences.
• Conducting sensitive liaison work, creating and maintaining networks of high level communications contacts with broadcast media, the press, governmental agencies, international institutions and civil society organizations (non-governmental organizations, businesses, community organizations, women's groups, etc.).
• Representing OSE-Syria in important meetings, conferences, events, etc., promoting joint public relations ventures.
• Leading and directing public information officer/s, planning and allocating work assignments, supervising, coaching, mentoring, and evaluating staff, participating in the recruitment and selection of new staff and in the development of training programs.

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.

•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 AND 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.

•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.

•VISION: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization's strategy and the work unit's goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in communication, public information, journalism, international relations, 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, or related area.
Experience in working in political process/conflict contexts is required.
Technological fluency with social media and all standard digital communication applications, including web management programmes and in-depth knowledge of regional and Syrian media is desirable.
Experience serving in UN peacekeeping operations, special political missions or other field operations with a public international organization in the area of public information is desirable.
Supervisory and management experience is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the positions advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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

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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