Job Opening

Posting Title: PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER, P4
Job Code Title: PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 11 October 2022 - 24 November 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Public Information-UNEP-189430-R-Bangkok (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme or UNEP is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

This position is based in the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP), Bangkok duty station.

Under the overall supervision of the Regional Director and the direct supervision of the Deputy Regional Director, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Responsibilities

• Takes the lead in strategy, planning, development and implementation of large, complex communications campaigns including global promotion initiatives, public information programmes for the region; works with UNEP headquarters to develop ways to implement campaigns system-wide and to incorporate the campaign message and themes into all relevant events and products including social media.
• Provides advice and expertise to managers, senior officers and other staff on a range of public affairs issues, methods, and approaches; anticipates and resolves communications and public relations issues.
• Writes speeches, speaking notes, media advisories, and other content for the use by media; drafts and edits regional reports, press releases, media advisories and other written outputs; coordinates the development of key messages and themes for major regional events to promote relevant policy or environmental messages.
• Develops strategic partnerships with key constituencies to elicit support for and maximize impact of promotional objectives; serves as a spokesperson to media organizations, governmental bodies, national groups, private sector organizations, educational organizations, international organizations;
• Evaluates results and impact of communications activities; reports on developments, trends and attitudes regarding the UNEP in the region; builds information networks, plan and oversee maintenance of publicly accessible information materials on UNEP; plans and develops outreach activities including capacity building for journalists through workshops and training and social media engagement.
• Identifies sources and seeks funding and other assistance for major campaigns in the region.
• Represents the regional office in meetings and conferences; fulfills speaking engagements and makes presentations to groups on UNEP 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 environmental and events.
• Supports and advises on media interview requests for country offices.
• Manages the operation of the unit to include participating in coordination of substantive and administrative activities of the unit; provides procedural advice and prepares human resources plans and budget submissions.
• Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
• Perform other duties as required.

Competencies

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. The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. 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.

PLANNING & ORGANIZING : Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communication, journalism, international relations, public relations or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Professional qualification in public relations is desirable.
Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area is required.

Experience in managing public information and communication role at the international level is required.

Experience dealing and implementation of large communications campaigns is desirable.

Experience working in the UN or similar organizations is desirable.

Two (2) years or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required.

NOTE: 'Fluency' equals a rating of 'fluent' in all four areas (speak, read, write and 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 position is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.

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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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