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Posting Title: PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER, P3
Job Code Title: PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: KINGSTON
Posting Period: 22 February 2017 - 23 March 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Public Information-UNEP-70012-R-Kingston (E)
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 (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environment 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. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UNEP's Ecosystem Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. UNEP's Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit (UNEPCAR/RCU) is the Secretariat for the Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP), which was established in 1981 and which is managed by and for the diverse Caribbean nations and territories. UNEPCAR/RCU is also Secretariat for the Cartagena Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment in the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR) and its associated Protocols. Implementation of the Convention and its Protocols is supported through the execution by UNEP CAR/RCU of regional programmes, projects and activities. This position is located in Kingston, Jamaica.The Public Information Officer will report to the Programme Manager, Assessment and Management of Environmental Pollution (AMEP) .

Responsibilities

•Developing and implementing an internal and external communications strategy in support of project objectives;
•Contributing to the design of national and regional level communications strategies;
•Ensuring the implementation of the communications strategy,
•Preparation of Terms of Reference for procurement of relevant services;
•Assisting the Regional Project Coordinator and the Executing Agency in the selection of consultants for undertaking the proposed work Supervising execution of work by consultants and ensuring that deadlines are met;
•Drafting and production of media releases, brochures, media kits and other products and resource materials, including supervision of their distribution;
•Ensuring or enhancing the quality, consistency and appropriateness of country-specific communication materials, activities, processes and messages
•Providing summary reports on progress of technical activities to the Regional Project Coordinator and, when requested, to the Project Steering Committee and other project oversight bodies;
•Presenting work activities and results to stakeholders and other interested parties;
•Preparing material for the project web site and coordinating outreach activities through social media;
•Developing, facilitating and monitoring of a Community of Practice from early stages of the project implementation;
•Identifying opportunities to strengthen the capacity of partners through appropriate advocacy and communication training, access to information, supplies and equipment and through knowledge sharing;
•Assessing the effectiveness of communications programmes and activities through appropriate surveys and feedback mechanisms;
•In consultation with the Project Coordination Unit, planning, designing and implementing the learning and knowledge sharing aspects of the Project;
•Developing templates and approaches for documentation of experiences and lessons learned under the project;
•Working proactively with the Project Coordination Unit to identify opportunities for capturing and sharing knowledge, and disseminating information about major progress, results and lessons learned.

Competencies

Professionalism: Good knowledge of coastal and marine issues in the Wider Caribbean. Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures generally and in particular those related to programme/project administration, implementation and evaluation, technical cooperation, programming and budgeting. Understanding of the functions and organization of the work unit and of the organizational structure and respective roles of related units. Ability to identify and resolve a range of issues/problems and to work well with figures, undertake basic research and gather information from standard sources. Demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. 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

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communications, journalism, public relations, social sciences, international relations,environmental management, marine environmental management or related area. A first university degree with a combination of two years professional and academic qualifications may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in knowledge management and communications or related area is required . Experience in coastal and marine issues in the wider Caribbean is desirable . Regional or international experience in working on environmental projects is an asset .

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of Spanish language is desirable.

Assessment

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

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

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No Fee

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