Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Programme Officer, Partnerships, P5
Job Code Title: Senior Programme Officer, Partnerships
Department/Office: United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 09 November 2021 - 23 November 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNOG-167710-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Perception Change Project of the Office of the Director-General, United Nations at Geneva. The incumbent will report to the Director-General and to the Chef de Cabinet.

The incumbent will be responsible for driving the Perception Change Project. The Perception Change Project (PCP) is a time-bound project to improve understanding among key audiences of the real value and impact of the substance generated in “International Geneva”, change public perception about the United Nations and its partners, recalibrate policy priorities and increase resource allocation. The aim of the project is, through an incremental strategic agenda-setting and collective outreach, to create a narrative that establishes an easily understandable link between what is done by all the actors of “International Geneva” and the lives of individuals.


The Head of the Perception Change Project (PCP) will be responsible for the following duties:

• Plans and oversees the management of the Project; designs a work programme and ensures that the project’s activities are carried out in a timely fashion and in coordination with the PCP partner organizations.
• Organizes the activities of the PCP to improve outreach on the role of International Geneva on peace, rights and well-being and the SDGs.
• Increases public awareness of the work of the United Nations and International Geneva in Switzerland and abroad.
• Envisions and implements creative communications products, campaigns and events for the PCP in close coordination with relevant communications teams and/or organizations. Maintains and develops existing initiatives that have proven successful. This may include and is not limited to:
- Collective outreach initiatives (communication materials and events which help people understand the importance of the work done by the UN and International Geneva: e.g. SDG Mapping, Recipes for Peace, Rights and Well-being, 3D Map, impact infographics, Impact Stories Newsletter…)
- Support media outreach (in close collaboration with the UN Information Service)
- Organize and/or support high-profile meetings/events (e.g World Fairs, Book fairs, public holiday events, cultural events)
- Manage the production of innovative graphic material (flyers, infographics, etc.)
- Feed regularly the contents of the UN Geneva website
- Continue implementing the youth outreach programmes to bring the UN and International Geneva closer to the youth
- Envision and implement transmedia campaigns (e.g. #YouNeedtoKnow SDG campaign with public and private partners – video – SDG Studio - branding – social media – identifying partners, etc.)
- Produce innovative tools to encourage people to take action for the SDGs (leaflets, videos, 170 actions series) - Disseminate the PCP material in multiple languages and across countries - Increase social media activities
Partnership building

• Maintains and invigorates the PCP network of 100+ partners – e.g. PCP meet-ups, increases knowledge-sharing between partners, connects partners to boost their communications efforts
• Strengthens innovative partnerships and collaborations with academic institutions, cultural and global sports entities. Identifies new partnerships for enhanced communications around synergies and impact. Identifies events of any magnitude to spread UN messages to specific audiences that fit the strategic objectives
• Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with external communication, cultural and advertisement entities.
• Explore, create, and develop pro bono partnerships with major communication companies, media, and other entities, with a view to disseminating UN messages and the Sustainable Development Goals.
• Advises on general communications for broader coherence and change management with other UNOG units (e.g. Annual Report, social media, UNOG website, Umoja, SHP)
• Provides input for presentations, speeches related to the perception of the United Nations and partners in Geneva.
• Makes presentations including online about the work of the PCP
• Prepares project progress reports and updates to keep donors, partners and others informed about and engaged with the PCP.
• Prepares fundraising material. Devises and prioritizes activities in light of available funding. In close collaboration with the Division of Administration, oversees the PCP budget.
• Recruits new team members as required by projects subject to funding.
• Responds to meeting requests, meets with officials, promotes, and presents the project at events.
• Performs other related duties as required


Professionalism: Strong communication background and proven ability to oversee the generation of high quality communications products to tight deadlines within the context of an international organization; proven editorial skills; knowledge of a wide range of communication tools including audio-visual products and social media; knowledge of the United Nations system and its work; knowledge of international affairs. Shows pride in work and 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.

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.

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 formal thinking or traditional approaches.

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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in international relations, communication, journalism, public relations 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

At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in programme/project management, communication, international relations, journalism, or related area is required.

Experience in creating and managing large global communication campaigns and events benefiting sustainable development issues is required.

Proven experience in developing and managing outreach projects from scratch and in bringing people together around common goals such as the Sustainable Development Goals is required.

Managerial and supervisory experience is required.

At least 5 years of relevant experience in the United Nations or other comparable organization is desirable.

Long standing experience in communications partnerships to promote the work of the United Nations or other comparable international organizations is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

The appointment against this position is limited to the United Nations Office at Geneva. This position is available for an initial period of one year.

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.

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.

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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