Job Opening

Posting Title: Public Information (Resource Mobilization) Officer, P4
Department/Office: Human Security Unit
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 23 June 2017 - 06 August 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Public Information-DM HSU-81224-R-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

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.

This post is funded with extra-budgetary resources. Appointment and extension of appointment against this position are subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

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

The Human Security Unit (HSU) is responsible for raising awareness and placing human security in the mainstream of UN activities. The specific objectives of the Unit are to: (a) manage the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS); (b) advance the application of human security as a cross-cutting approach to promote peace, development and human rights at the policy and operational levels within and outside of the United Nations; and (c) expand political and financial support for human security and its implementation by the UN system and the international community. The Public Information (Resource Mobilization) Officer reports to the Chief of the Unit. The HSU is guided substantively by the Executive office of the Secretary-General and administered by the Department of Management.


Within delegated authority and depending on location, the Public Information (Resource Mobilization) Officer may be responsible for the following duties:

•Develops, implements and evaluates HSU’s fundraising efforts; reviews relevant documents and reports; develops and maintains donor profiles and fact sheets; liaises with relevant parties; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; ensures follow-up actions; coordinates with staff in formulating co-funding arrangements with agencies and donors at the field level; explores new and additional sources of income.
•Engages donor Governments in NY and capitals; develops tailored messages and presentations on the human security approach and its intersection with the specific goals of different clients; maintains and increases support for UNTFHS and human security related activities at large.
•Monitors the delivery and quality of reports from the field, ensures that narrative and financial reports are submitted in a timely and satisfactory fashion so that donors are adequately informed of the use of their contributions and in a position to make positive decisions about further contributions.
•Takes the lead in strategy, planning, development and implementation of communications campaigns on human security (e.g. global promotion initiatives, public information programmes for a region, broad-reaching subject specific issues, etc.); where appropriate, works with departments, funds and agencies to develop ways to implement system-wide campaigns and to incorporate the campaign message and themes into all relevant events and products.
•Identifies sources and seeks funding and other assistance for major campaigns.
•Provides advice and expertise to the Chief and staff of the unit on a range of public affairs issues, methods and approaches; anticipates and resolves communications/public relations issues/problems.
•Develops strategic partnerships with key constituencies to elicit support for and maximize impact of promotional objectives; serves as a spokesperson to media organizations and liaises with governmental bodies, national groups, private sector organizations, educational organizations, international organizations, etc.
•Prepares or oversees preparation of a diverse range of information communications products in support of human security initiatives.
•Drafts complex material for UN newsletters, periodicals, reports and books, and edits drafts prepared by junior officers.
•Evaluates results and impact of communications activities; reports on developments, trends and attitudes regarding human security supported activities at the UN.
•Builds information networks; plans and oversees maintenance of publicly accessible information materials on human security; plans and develops outreach activities.
•Produces materials for print/electronic/voice/visual media.
•Assists is the day-to-day operation of the unit to include: participating in 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.


Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to resource mobilization. Knowledge of different aspects of public information and communication. Ability to conceptualize, design and implement major resource mobilization and information campaigns. Ability to analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources into data collection using various methods. Ability to diplomatically handle sensitive situations with target audiences and cultivate productive relationships. Ability to produce a variety of written communications products in a clear, concise style. 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.

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.

Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.


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 resource mobilization is required. Experience in an international organization, preferably in a UN environment, is highly desirable.


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a 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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

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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