Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Media and Communications Officer - Temporary, P2 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: DAKAR
Posting Period: 25 April 2022 - 08 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Public Information-UNODC-180109-J-Dakar (E)
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 Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Dakar, Senegal. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator leading the Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (TIP/SOM) Programme Team and the overall supervision of the Senior Law Enforcement Officer and the Representative of ROSEN.

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Within assigned authority, the Associate Media and Communications Officer will provide assistance to the development of the media and communication strategy of the Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (TIP/SOM) programming area. S/he will be responsible for providing support to the management of the secretariat functions. As Team member, the incumbent will liaise with the national focal points on a daily basis, as well as with internal and external partners to ensure the operationalization and functioning of the mechanism. The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

• Provide substantive support to promoting the work of UNODC against trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants in West and Central Africa within the overall framework of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children and the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, both supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.
• Support the development, maintenance and updating of the programming area’s advocacy and communication strategy and associated workplan at the regional level in consultation with the Supervisor and colleagues.
• Provide substantive support to promoting a better understanding of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants’ issues as well as the work conducted by the Team to assist states in countering these thematic areas in West and Central Africa by carrying out media, information and communication campaigns on various platforms.
• Draft and edit key external information material, including brochures, web stories, press releases, briefing points and official discourses. Draft articles on Team’s activities in West Africa together with original stories related to trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants (feature stories, photo stories and Press notes).
• Design, launch and support the Team’s website together with its communication and advocacy strategy. Update website and Social Media Management by preparing new material and updating daily and weekly content for the Team’s website and Social Media platforms.
• Assist with Media Monitoring and flagging of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants’ issues reported in the media (online, print and broadcast).
• Sort, produce and maintain a photo and video gallery with content from the Team’s projects in West Africa and Central Africa. Assist with the design, production and dissemination of the Team’s publications and reports.
• Participate in key events, conferences, workshops and networks, as needed.
• Assist with the development and implementation of communication and awareness-raising activities. Support the design and implementation of the International day for Victims of Trafficking (Blue Heart Campaign) and International Migrant’s day.
• Establish Team’s database (Media and Stakeholders) for information and media dissemination.
• Maintain close collaboration with regional Communication Advisers from other agencies and UNODC HQ Communication Officers for effective overall coordination. Maintain close collaboration with local media and influencers.
• Attend UN Communications Group meetings and participate in joint activities as required.
• Respond to other media and communication related requests as needed.
• Provide substantive support and assistance with programme management tasks, including the development, implementation and monitoring of assigned projects and their activities, as required.
• Compile information on best practices in the fight against trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants and facilitate information sharing at the regional level.
• Perform other work-related duties as required.


Professionalism: Has knowledge of the full range of communications approaches and tools, strong social media skills and ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources. Has demonstrated subject matter expertise and judgment. Is able to work with a high degree of autonomy in line with established procedures in a politically sensitive environment. Shows personal initiative and accountability. Has ability to handle information objectively, accurately and confidentially. 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.

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.

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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in journalism, communication, media with a focus on social science, international relations, political science, law, public administration or related fields is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the United Nations Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of relevant professional experience in journalism, communication or media OR the successful completion of the Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P) is required.

Work experience in writing and editing articles and conducting interviews is required.

Work experience with photography, writing for the web, filming or editing is desirable.

Work experience within the United Nations system or similar international organizations is desirable.

Work experience in a field environment is desirable.

Work experience in the thematic areas of migration, trafficking in persons, human rights or crime prevention and criminal justice is desirable.


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is temporarily available for ten months. Actual filling of this position and actual duration of the assignment is subject to availability of funding. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the United Nations Secretariat, the selection may be administered as a temporary assignment.

While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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.

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.

Dakar is classified in the A category (family duty station).

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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