Job Opening

Posting Title: PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER (English), P4
Job Code Title: PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Global Communications
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 19 September 2022 - 02 November 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Public Information-DGC-188591-R-New York (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the UN News / English Language Unit of the News Section I in the News and Content Branch of the News and Media Division of the Department Global Communications (DGC). The Section produces daily news and feature stories, magazine programmes, and multi-media pieces for the UN News digital platform, incorporating audio and video elements, as well as social media content. It serves as the news agency of the UN system worldwide covering stories from the field, meetings of principal UN bodies, campaigns, events and activities. Overall, UN News delivers content in nine languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Kiswahili, Hindi, and Urdu). The incumbent reports to the Chief of the News Section I.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Public Information Officer is responsible for the following duties:

• Takes the lead and cooperative role in planning Division-wide news and advance coverage; edits and contributes to news and related materials for the www.un.org home page newsfeed.
• Edits and writes for the UN News Centre, ensuring accurate, balanced, timely, comprehensive and journalistically sound news coverage of all major developments at UN Headquarters and around the UN System for the UN News Centre portal; selects, prioritizes and assigns stories for coverage.
• Provides advice and editorial guidance on UN News Centre material; ensures that focus pages, photo stories, pull quotes, social media platforms and multimedia elements on the UN News Centre’s news and associated pages are updated on a timely basis and that news stories are appropriately linked with related materials.
• Prepares or oversees preparation of a diverse range of information communications products in support of major campaign initiatives; proactively seeks and implements new ways to cover news and produce multimedia features and in other ways enhance presentation of online news the UN News Centre.
• Evaluates results and impact of communications activities, reports on developments, trends and attitudes regarding the UN.
• Represents the institution in meetings and conferences; fulfills speaking engagements and makes presentations to groups on UN activities and advocate issues of concern; organizes media coverage and arranges for media contacts, briefings, interviews; organizes seminars, lectures, conferences, public events on major issues and events concerning the organization.
• Builds information networks; plans and oversees maintenance of publicly accessible information materials on the United Nations; plans and develops outreach activities; closely coordinates and initiates contact with focal points and counterparts across the Secretariat and the UN System to ensure an up-to-date flow of information, accuracy and balance news coverage; proactively seeks and implements new ways to cover news and produce multimedia features and in other ways enhance presentation of online news of the UN News Centre.
• Assists in the day-to-day operation of the unit to include participating in coordination of substantive and administrative activities of the unit, interpreting and disseminating policy, providing procedural advice, improving reporting systems, handling operational and administrative queries, preparing budget submissions, establishing and/or coordinating training programmes and monitoring and evaluating results.
• May coordinate and direct a team of public information staff and/or mentor and supervise the work of junior officers on specific projects; coordinates schedules and workflow of UN News Centre writers to ensure timely coverage of news and social media updates, including on weekends and holidays.
• Assists with Section management and vision and serves as Officer-in-Charge as needed.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of digital journalism. Demonstrates political awareness and knowledge of international current affairs. Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines. Ability to write, produce and edit compelling online news and multimedia content, with attention to accuracy and political sensitivity, making use of sound, images and words, and to make effective on-air presentations. Ability to write online news and produce multimedia content in English. Knowledge of digital editing technology and of multimedia platforms. Demonstrates discretion in applying expertise to complex and/or sensitive issues. Ability to handle sensitive situations with target audiences and cultivate productive relationships. 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.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff.

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 an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

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

Experience writing text-based news stories, creating multimedia content, producing and narrating/voicing programs in the relevant language (English) is required.

Experience in working in a daily news environment, including creating multimedia and social media ready content is required.

Experience in providing editorial leadership and editing online copy under daily deadline pressure in an international newsroom context is required.

Experience in digital desk-top audio editing, content management posting, micro-video creation and digital publishing is desirable.

Experience in carrying out news distribution, applying SEO strategies and evaluation of dissemination methods, compiling web analytics and social media metrics is desirable.

Experience in managing newsroom transformations is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.

• 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.

• For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 March 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, 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, Panama, 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, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.

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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