Job Opening

Posting Title: PUBLIC INFORMATION ASSISTANT, G6
Job Code Title: PUBLIC INFORMATION ASSISTANT
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 22 November 2021 - 21 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Public Information-UN-HABITAT-168189-R-Nairobi (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. The position is located at the Communications & Media Section in the External Relations & Partnerships Branch of the External Relations, Strategy, Knowledge and Innovation Division (ERSKI) of UN-Habitat headquarters in Nairobi. ERSKI is responsible for strategic planning, programmatic direction and operationalization of UN-Habitat's focal point role for the New Urban Agenda in the UN system and for coordination of Emergency Programmes. The External Relations and Partnerships Branch is responsible for the development and promulgation of coherent organisational messages that are closely aligned with the strategic priorities, the development and monitoring of the integrated resource mobilisation strategy and the management of the resource allocation.

The Communications & Media Section is responsible for promoting UN-Habitat as a center of excellence and innovation, the thought leader and go-to in the context of the 2030 Agenda, New Urban Agenda (NUA) and UN-Habitat's Strategic Plan; to develop content for effective communication on priority trends in the NUA and urban development aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals, campaigns, launches, and events for wide variety of platforms and audiences; to develop policy on the coordination of corporate and project communications/events and to implement them and to develop and manage corporate branding, websites and exhibitions.

The focus of the position is to support the Communication to raise visibility about UN-Habitat and sustainable urbanization through dissemination of high quality material, social media and liaison with the media.

Under the supervision of the Chief of Communications, and within delegated authority, the Incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Responsibilities

• Provides specialized assistance in the production and delivery of information communications products and services.

• Researches a broad scope of information sources, printed and electronic; compiles and presents information for use in the preparation and production of communications products/services for external audiences.

• Serves as an information focal point on UN-Habitat activities open to accredited press and coordinate media coverage of important events; compiles, produces and distributes to journalists basic information (e.g. The Media Alert) on the wide spectrum of UN-Habitat activities open to the press.

• Organizes and executes special events, coordinating with diverse partners and the media to highlight and publicize key events.

• Handles administrative coordination in support of special training and other programmes.

• Oversees the distribution of audio and video materials; ensures the good management of the video archives, and the proper safekeeping/preservation of historical audio/visual materials.

• Serves as the online marketing and promotion coordinator by overseeing the day-to-day marketing activities and ensures successful branding techniques

• Assists in the production and editing of video projects, radio programmes, or website projects.

• Participates in planning and execution of live broadcasts or recording of programmes.

• Assists in the electronic dissemination of programmes; prepares, maintains and updates web page, to include drafting and editing content; uploads files and maintains file structure.

• Identifies and prepares new material for inclusion in appropriate web pages.

• Assists in the production and editing of content for publication on social media platforms and dissemination online.

• Manages updates and further develops internal databases; update website; generates a variety of standard and non-standard statistical and other reports from various databases.

• Provides guidance and training to junior staff.

• Performs other duties as assigned.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures related to the communication, production and dissemination of public information. Ability to research and gather information from a variety of sources. 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.

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 & 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.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent.

Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Successful passing of the Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) in English at the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ), Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Economic and Social Commission for Eastern Asia (ESCWA), United Nations Office at Geneva.
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Work Experience

A minimum of Seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in public communication, journalism including social media, international broadcasting, or related area is required.

Experience in managing and producing multi-media materials for a wide range of social media accounts is required.

Experience in developing and implementing social media campaigns is required.

Experience working in public communications in an international organization is desirable.

Experience in producing and disseminating information communications products and services including press releases and video materials is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

NOTE: "fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and " Knowledge of" equals a rating of " confident" in two of the four areas.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

This is a project post. Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. The position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

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United Nations Considerations

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.

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