Job Opening

Posting Title: Assistant Public Information Officer, NOA
Job Code Title: Assistant Public Information Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq
Duty Station: BAGHDAD
Posting Period: 16 June 2022 - 30 June 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Public Information-UNAMI-184192-R-Baghdad (M)
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 Public Information Office within the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Baghdad. The incumbent reports to the Public Information Officer.


Under the overall guidance of the Chief of Public Information Office/Spokesperson and within delegated authority, the Assistant Public Information Officer may be responsible for the following duties:

1. Coordinates outreach to local media, civil society organizations, Government and National NGOs and builds capacity:
- Drafts and disseminates information especially to local media and organizations about the Mission, its aims and activities and supports outreach activities.
- Develops partnerships with key national constituencies by proactively sharing work plan and content and working closely with national partners to raise visibility and understanding of the Mission’s work.
- Monitors and analyzes current events, public opinion, and press; identifies issues and trends in country and helps to prepare notes to management on appropriate action/responses.
- Builds capacity and provides support to local media and partners through regular contact and by organizing specialized training to address knowledge, awareness, and skill gaps.

2. Assists in the preparation and coordination of the development and production of multimedia, audio-visual, animation and graphic design content and products:
- Assists in the preparation, production, and coordination of a diverse range of multimedia and audio-visual communication products.
- Assists in the creation of photographic, video and audio materials for broadcast or digital publication; assists in all stages of the publication of graphic design, print and electronic products, such as photographs, video, and audio.
- Assists in the production and editing of animation and multimedia products.
- Keeps abreast of changing developments and technologies in multimedia and graphic design.

3. Supports the implementation of the Mission’s communication strategy:
- Contributes to the day-to-day communications plan by assisting to prepare, on the basis of official UN documentation and other sources, drafts of press releases, feature stories, social media posts, communication plans, reports, briefings, etc.
- Supports the organization of events and activities (both traditional and digital) such as conferences, press briefings, interviews, social media campaigns, etc. Assists in the preparation of briefing materials for senior officials in such events.
- Coordinates with colleagues and partners to gather and disseminate information on assigned topics/issues, collects information from diverse sources to prepare background materials and update communication products including fact sheets, presentations, reports, etc.

4. Provides support to internal communications:
- Drafts copy for reports, newsletters, and other materials of interest to internal audiences.

5. Performs other duties as assigned.


Professionalism: Strong communication research and analytical skills and ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from various sources; up-to-date knowledge of current topics and issues and ability to identify public opportunities and risks in an international environment; understanding of and experience in dealing with the media; Proven ability in news gathering, writing and editing on very tight deadlines; 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.
Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Shows willingness to learn new technology


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in communication, journalism, international relations, public administration or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of one to two years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area is required.

Knowledge of use of computers, IT and multimedia skills, including graphic design, photography, audio and video editing and production, is required.

Knowledge of animation is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

This 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.

Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located.

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.

Fully vaccinated status for COVID-19 or willingness to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 is required 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.

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

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