Job Opening

Posting Title: ASSOCIATE PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER (National Information Officer) (Posting period extended through 26 June 2023), NOB (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Global Communications
Duty Station: KYIV
Posting Period: 05 June 2023 - 26 June 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Public Information-DGC-210449-J-Kiev (N)
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 United Nations Office in Kyiv (UNO Kyiv), within the Information Centres Service (ICS) of the Campaigns and Country Operations Division (CCOD) of the Department of Global Communications (DGC).

The UNO is part of the global network of United Nations Information Centres (UNICs), and UNO Kyiv is the principal source of information about the United Nations system in Ukraine. The UNO is responsible for promoting public understanding and support for the aims and activities of the United Nations by communicating about its work and disseminating UN information materials to a local audience in English and Ukrainian; engaging local and regional partners; and, overall, bringing the United Nations closer to the people it serves.

The UNO Kyiv has been integrated with the Resident Coordinator Office (RCO) in Ukraine since the operationalization of the United Nations development system reform on 1 January 2019.

The incumbent reports directly to the Senior Public Information Officer at UNO Kyiv and is under the general supervision of the Information Centres Service of DGC through the Director of the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:

• Developing and executing a digital communication strategy for the social media platforms of the UN in Ukraine, in line with the strategic priorities.

• Developing multimedia communications campaigns and products, social media content, and conducting digital outreach, in Ukrainian and English.

• Researching a broad scope of information sources, printed and electronic; compiling and presenting information for UNO Kyiv’s use in the preparation and production of digital communication products/services for target audiences.

• Monitoring and analysing current events, public opinion and press; identifying issues and trends, particularly in social media content and use, including the UN’s reputation in Ukraine and other issues related to information integrity; evaluating the impact of content and campaigns by UN in Ukraine; and informing management on possible action/responses using digital communication.

• Maintaining the integrated UN Ukraine website and social media accounts in English and Ukrainian, in line with UN Secretariat governance mechanisms, including those related to information security and on the use of up-to-date social media platforms and web practices.

• Identifying, preparing, posting and indexing new material on the UN Ukraine website by researching various information sources for relevant material and cross-checking information with author agencies as required.

• Providing communication support to the Resident Coordinator’s Office, especially digital communications support, including through filming, editing and subtitling video content, photography, and producing digital content such as quote cards.

• Sustaining proactive professional relationships with key constituencies and partners at the national and regional level and undertaking joint strategic activities with them; planning and facilitating dialogues with partners to improve public engagement and participatory approaches to increase understanding about the UN's work in Ukraine.

• Contributing substantive support to the design, implementation and monitoring of the UN joint communications strategy for Ukraine, aligned to the Global UN Communications strategy and in line with the global and UN Country Team priorities; supporting the development and implementation of country-wide strategic communications campaigns and activities targeted to local audiences, adapting and localizing global communications and advocacy priorities promoting the work of the United Nations.

• Providing substantive support on crisis communications to the RC and UN Country Team.

• Performing other functions and special duties as required by the Senior Public Information Officer, the UNO Kyiv Head, and DGC HQ, as well as the Resident Coordinator’s Office.


PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrated knowledge of communications techniques, including audience-focused strategic communications and crisis communications; proven ability to implement effective media campaigns and to develop traditional and digital media products and activities targeting the media; ability to identify communications opportunities and problems and to articulate these to clients. Ability to advise on communications challenges, assess communications environments, develop communications strategies, and manage implementation of communications campaigns in Ukraine with various promotional techniques. Ability to make decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization and to apply rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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 AND 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.


An advanced university degree (Master's or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in communications, journalism, public information or a related field is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor's degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience, in digital communications and networking with various groups in order to plan and implement social media campaigns is required.

Experience in strategic communications, crisis communications and/or developing and implementing multimedia communications campaigns is required.

Experience working in/or with traditional and digital media, notably multimedia content production is required.

Experience in journalism is desirable.

Experience working with the United Nations or a comparable international organization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and Ukrainian are required. Knowledge of other official United Nations languages is desirable.


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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available as soon as possible until 31 December 2023. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will 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.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• 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.

• National Professional Officers (NPO) or National Officers (NO) are nationals of the country in which they are serving, and their functions must have a national context, i.e. functions that require national experience or knowledge of the national language, culture, institutions, and systems.

• This is an NPO/NO position located in Ukraine (Kyiv). Only candidates with Ukrainian nationality are eligible to apply to this position.

• The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply 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.

Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.

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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