Job Opening

Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 26 April 2023 - 25 May 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Public Information-OHCHR-206211-R-Geneva (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 Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division (TESPRDD), Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch (ROLENDB), Women's Human Rights and Gender Section (WHRGS), in Geneva. The incumbent works under the overall guidance of the Chief of WHRGS, and the direct supervision of the LGBTI Cluster Lead.


Within delegated authority, the Public Information officer will be responsible of the following duties:

• Takes the lead in planning, development, management and implementation of the UN Free & Equal public information campaign for LGBTIQ+ equality, including a large, complex digital communications strategy, (e.g. on global promotion initiatives, public information programmes for a region, broad-reaching subject specific issues, etc.) as part of identified campaign priorities; Prepares or oversees preparation of a diverse range of digital campaigns products in support of major campaign initiatives. To that end, identifies and manages consultants and vendors for digital campaign content production; Drafts complex concepts and content for UN digital products, such as interactive presentations, infographics and edits drafts prepared by junior officers and consultants.

• Oversees and supports the implementation of the UN Free & Equal campaign at national level; Coordinates and directs a team and/or mentor and supervise the work of junior officers, consultants and contractors on specific projects.

• Identifies sources and seeks funding and other assistance for major campaigns as feasible, in coordination with the Donor and External Relations Section; Assists in the day-to-day operation of the unit to include participating in the 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.

• Develops strategic partnerships with key constituencies to elicit support for and maximize impact of promotional objectives; Works closely with the OHCHR Communications Section, UN Department of Global Communications thematic and social media sections as well as UN Information Centres and with UN departments, funds and agencies to develop ways to implement UN Free & Equal multilingual digital campaigns system-wide and to incorporate the campaign message and themes into all relevant events and products.

• Prepares, monitors, updates and oversees the implementation of campaign strategic documents, and integrates the findings of evaluations and feedback from senior management. Provides advice and expertise to managers, senior officers and other public information staff on a range of digital campaign methods, and approaches; Anticipates and resolves communications/public relations issues/problems. Evaluates results and impact of digital communications activities; Reports on relevant developments, trends and attitudes regarding the campaign.

• Represents the institution in meetings and conferences; Fulfills speaking engagements and makes presentations to groups on UN activities and advocates issues of concern; Organizes seminars, trainings, lectures, conferences, public events on digital campaigns for the organization.

• Performs other related duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of different aspects of public information and communication, including in relation to LGBTI persons. Ability to address a range of issues in the context of political developments, public attitudes and local conditions. Ability to conceptualize, design and implement digital communications 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 digital communications products in a clear, visual style that meets contemporary user expectations. 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.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

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.


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 two additional years of qualifying work 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 in digital communications, including audience analysis and insights, is required.

Experience in developing and implementing complex digital communications strategies and campaigns is required.

Experience implementing campaigns relating to LGBTI persons is desirable.

Experience implementing campaigns relating to human rights is desirable.

Experience working within the United Nations Common System or similar international organization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds.

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.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to 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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