Job Opening

Posting Title: SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL
Department/Office: Department of Global Communications
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 12 November 2021 - 26 November 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Administration-DGC-168315-J-New York (G)
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 Under-Secretary-General in the Department of Global Communications. The Special Assistant reports directly to the Under-Secretary-General.

The Office of the Under-Secretary-General is responsible for the overall direction and strategic management of United Nations communications and public information, and for establishing departmental policies and guidelines.

The position is available for an initial period of six months, with the possibility of extension.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority the Special Assistant to the Under-Secretary-General will be responsible for the following duties:
* In coordination/consultation with the Chief of Office, advises and assists the Under-Secretary-General on policy and strategy on highly complex public information and communications issues; and develops and disseminates best practices;
* Contributes to achieving Department-wide coherence; provides guidance on substance and format of activities and materials to the staff of the Department and acts as focal point for communications between other areas of the Secretariat, including the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, and the Department on issues of concern;
* Drafts notes, policy statements, guidelines, speeches, articles, background notes and correspondence for the Under- Secretary-General, and reviews materials produced by the Department, including contributions to Secretary-General reports, responses to Member States and guidance for senior officials on sensitive political issues;
* Attends meetings with the Under-Secretary- General with senior officials, representatives of Member States and external entities as requested, and represents the Under-Secretary-General in such meetings that the Under- Secretary-General cannot attend, as requested;.
* Liaises with Member States, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks and other civil society entities concerning the substance of the Under-Secretary-General's public appearances and activities on behalf of the United Nations; and with UN departments, UN system entities, other international organizations, representatives of Member States, the media, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia, and other representatives of civil society on the furtherance of the work of the Department;
* Contributes to development of departmental communications policies, programmes, strategies and activities; and the assessment of the overall effectiveness of Departmental communications strategies and programmes, and make needed changes in approach and technique.
* Serves as Secretary of the Department's senior management team and participates in decision-making processes relevant to the fill range of the Department's responsibilities;
* As supervisor of the Evaluation and Communications Research Unit, oversees the Unit's development of tools and methodologies for evaluation of the Department's substantive and other activities, including for results-based budgeting and management.

Competencies

•PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of UN public information and communications mandates and activities. 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.Is committed to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring equal participation and full
involvement of women and men in all aspects 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 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.

•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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communication, journalism, international relations, public administration or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with additional two 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 communications, journalism, international relations, public policy or related area, including three years at the international level, is required.

Experience relating to communications in the United Nations is required.

Strong drafting and editing in English is desirable.

Knowledge of social media is desirable.

Experience working in a front office is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.

Assessment

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

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 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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The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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