Job Opening

Posting Title: ASSOCIATE PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER, NOB
Job Code Title: ASSOCIATE PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 17 December 2021 - 15 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Public Information-UN-HABITAT-170821-R-Nairobi (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the agency for human settlements. It 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 Land, Housing & Shelter Section aims to develop, document, pilot/test and disseminate norms, standards, tools, methodologies, regulatory frameworks, operating procedures and practices at global, regional, national and sub-national levels in support of a) the equitable supply of serviced land at scale; b) efficient and effective land management systems; c) freedom from arbitrary or forced eviction and the protection of security of tenure for all; d) the progressive achievement of universal access to housing meeting the requirements for an adequate standard of living; e) participatory urban regeneration and slum upgrading.

The new post is essential to establishing consistent and adequate communication of the Section’s work and achievements, both towards external partners and donors, and with respect to other offices within UN-Habitat. This is a basic element of quality delivery by the Section and to its role as a guarantor of quality across UN-Habitat in the Section's field. The position is located in the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Associate Programme/National Officer shall be under the supervision of the chief, Land, Housing and Shelter Section, Urban Practices Branch.

Responsibilities

Based in Kenya and supporting other countries and partners as appropriate, and within delegated authority, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

• Ensure clear, coherent and consistent communication about the role, strategic focus and activities of the LHS Section.
• Manage and elaborate content on the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) and Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) websites, ensuring information is clearly presented, relevant and continuously updated.
• Prepare communications materials for print/electronic/voice/visual media and supports the production and dissemination of LHS Section results reporting.
• Review and manage the production of videos and photography and schedule and oversee services provided by videographers, photographers as required.
• Provide communication support as need for seminars, lectures, conferences, public events on major issues and events concerning the Land, Housing and Shelter (LHS) Section.
• Coordinate with service providers (e.g. printers, designers, photographers, writers, editors, advertising/ marketing/event coordination agencies)
• Identify social media stories and research, write and edit social media releases and briefings.
• Provide internal consultancy and media advice to staff to ensure that the agreed strategies are implemented, and consistency of image is maintained.
• Provide advice on strategic and innovative approaches to communicating the work of LHS Section and supports the planning and implementation of advocacy campaigns directed at a broad range of stakeholders.
• Maintain a photo database that contains images expressive of the issues, actions and results the LHS Section is working on.
• In line with the communications strategy, proactively advocate key LHS Section messages in all interaction with partners and other stakeholders, ensuring consistency and clarity of agreed messages.
• Work with the Section lead in preparing for and organising public speaking engagements with the preparation of background materials and speaking points.
• Develop and maintain close working relationships with other UN-Habitat communication officers and focal points to disseminate information about the LHS Section activities and to support consistent information sharing within the agency.
• Perform other duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of sustainable urban development and local governance theories, concepts and approaches especially for the context of Kenya. Ability to identify and develop tools and methodologies for data collection, analysis and presentation. Ability to undertake research, analyse data, make recommendations and write draft reports on urban-rural linkages, policies (National Urban Policies), legislation and governance including other sustainable urban development issues. Proven/demonstrable ability to draft and edit a range of communication. 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.

TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Education

A first level university degree in Communications, Journalism, Advocacy, Public Relations, Marketing or a related field is required. A Master's Degree in one of these areas is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in communication, journalism, print and broadcast media, and interactive digital and social media is required.

Work experience with local/national government, the United Nations or similar international organization is required.

Experience in information, public awareness, advocacy and communications or in any related discipline; Understanding of multi-stakeholder partnership arrangements, operations management and dynamics in a complex environment is desirable.

Experience in methodologies relating to planning, executing and monitoring public communications campaigns, e.g. campaign management, message targeting, impact evaluation, etc. is desirable.

Work experience in web management, desktop publishing, video editing, graphic software is highly desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and Kiswahili/Swahili (both oral and written) is required.

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

Appointment against this post is for a period of one year. Extension of appointment is subject to satisfactory performance.

THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO NATIONALS OF KENYA ONLY. National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located and will be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of the office. If no suitable local candidate is identified, Kenyan nationals residing elsewhere may be considered, in which case the candidate would be responsible for any costs related to traveling and relocating to Kenyan in the event of an employment offer.

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Locally recruited General Service staff members applying for this post must meet the minimum requirements, including academic qualifications and years of relevant experience. Relevant experience in the General Service category at G-6 and G-7 levels may count towards experience requirements.

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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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