Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief of Unit, P4
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 17 January 2017 - 02 March 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Public Information-DPI-72233-R-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Media Accreditation & Liaison Unit, Coverage and Media Services Branch, News and Media Division, Department of Public Information (DPI). The incumbent reports to the Deputy Director in charge of the Branch. The Media Accreditation & Liaison Unit (MALU) provides accreditation to journalists covering United Nations activities at Headquarters and at major United Nations conferences abroad; reviews applications and issues media passes; facilitates media coverage of United Nations activities within guidelines; and coordinates the provision of services and facilities to accredited correspondents. As part of MALU, the Media Documents Centre (MDC) disseminates UN documents and press releases, and statements of member states to accredited journalists.


Within delegated authority and depending on location, the incumbent may be responsible for the following duties:

Oversees the accreditation of media representatives covering UN activities at Headquarters in New York and at conferences held overseas.
Elaborates and advises on UN policy governing media accreditation, and ensures such policy is periodically updated to reflect changes in the information media fields.
Liaises with the Host Country agencies on matters pertaining to the accreditation of foreign correspondents, and with other Permanent Missions on matters related to accreditation of their national media representatives.
Oversees the provision of appropriate services to facilitate coverage by accredited media representatives.
In consultation with the Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary General, facilitate coverage of press conference and briefings.
Maintain regular contact with the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) and other resident correspondents to ensure continued good cooperation.
Advises other UN offices on media coverage of events taking place at Headquarters and away.
Assists is the day-to-day operation of the unit to include participating in coordination of substantive and administrative activities of the unit, handling operational and administrative queries, establishing and/or coordinating training programmes, and monitoring and evaluating results.
Coordinate and direct a team of public information staff and mentor and supervise the work of junior officers.
Undertakes other assignments as required.


-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 diplomatically 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.

-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

Client Orientation:
-Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view
-Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect
-Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions
-Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems
-Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects
-Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client

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;
- Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative
- Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff
- Appraises performance fairly.

- Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly;
- Gathers relevant information before making a decision;
- Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them;
- Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization;
- Makes tough decisions when necessary.


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 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. Experience in overseeing media accreditation in an international setting required. Experience working with the press is required. Experience in planning, organizing and overseeing media accreditation and liaison services at major international conferences desirable.


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


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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The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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