Job Opening

Posting Title: PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER, P4 [Filled from Roster]
Department/Office: Department of Global Communications
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 11 April 2022 - 26 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Public Information-DGC-177744-R-New York (X)
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 Peace and Security Section of the Communications Campaigns Service in the Strategic Communications Division in the Department of Global Communications.
The Peace and Security Section designs and manages the implementation of global communications strategies to publicize UN work on priority peace and security issues, including peacekeeping, conflict prevention and peacemaking, peacebuilding, disarmament, counter-terrorism; trans-national organized crime and drug trafficking. The incumbent will report directly to the Chief of the Peace and Security Section.


Responsibilities: Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Peace and Security Section and overall supervision of the Chief of Communications Campaigns Service within the Strategic Communications Division of the Department of Global Communications, the incumbent:

• Takes the lead in strategy, planning, development and implementation of large, complex communications campaigns, primarily on peacekeeping related matters, including on sexual exploitation and abuse and gender parity; works with the Department of Peace Operations, peace operations in the field and other relevant UN entities to develop ways to implement global information campaigns and to incorporate the campaign message and themes into all relevant events and products.
• Provides communications advice, expertise and operational support to UN operations, senior officers and other public information staff on a range of public affairs issues, methods and approaches; develops strategic partnerships with key constituencies to elicit support for promotional objectives; conducts assessment visits to peace operations to provide strategic communications support during various phases of an operation.
• Assists in the formulation of policy guidance on strategic communications and public information, including drafting of budget and staffing requirements for new information components; provides strategic communications guidance and support to field operations that are transitioning or closing;
• Organizes briefings for newly appointed Chiefs of Information and Spokespersons for UN peace operations; and assists in the development, implementation and further improvement of standard operating procedures of information components of UN peace operations;
• Prepares or oversees preparation of a diverse range of public information products in support of UN peace operations and campaigns; evaluates the results and impact of various communications activities.
• Represents the Department of Global Communications in meetings and conferences, fulfills speaking engagements; makes presentations to groups on UN peace operations and advocates on issues of concern; organizes public events, as necessary; plans and develops outreach to TCCs and PCCs; assists in the day-to-day operation of the Section;
• May coordinate and direct a team of public information staff and/ or mentor and supervise the work of junior officers on specific projects;
• Participates in mission-specific task forces at Headquarters; reviews and advises on the public information aspect of reports relating to UN peace operations, campaigns and other communication matters; works with DPO and DOS to screen and recommend candidates for information posts in the field, including rosters.


•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 conceptualize, design and implement major information campaigns. Ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources. Ability to diplomatically handle sensitive situations with target audiences and cultivate productive relationships. Ability to produce a variety of written communications products in a clear, concise style. Ability to deliver oral presentations to various audiences. 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.


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 qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in journalism, communications or public relations or related field is required.

Experience working in planning and / or organizing public information activities of field missions is required.

Experience in designing and carrying out strategic communications and public information campaigns and activities with successful coverage by a wide range of media, including international media, is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 January 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Viet Nam.

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.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

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.

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