Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
Duty Station: BAMAKO
Posting Period: 05 July 2017 - 19 July 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Public Information-MINUSMA-81972-F-Bamako (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali. The Chief of Service Public Information typically reports to the Head of Mission.


The following duties are generic and may differ depending on the requirements of the mission. The Principal Public Information Officer:

• Serves as a member of the Head of Mission’s senior management team; and serves as principal strategic communications adviser to the Mission and to the Special Representative of the Secretary General;
• Formulates, implements and manages the mission’s integrated communications strategy , in close consultation with the Head of Mission, covering the mission's internal and external strategic communications activities;
• Evaluates the effectiveness of the Mission's communications strategy and make adjustments accordingly;
• Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; mitigate risks by defining and enforcing clear direction and policy for the Mission;
• Leads the Mission's digital media strategy; keep abreast of new media and assess and integrated the requirements of new media to the Mission's communications strategy;
• Fosters strategic partnerships with key policy makers and partners, including media outlets, Government, civil society, funds, agencies and programmes, NGOs, academic community, think-tanks and private sector in order to generate support for Mission objectives and raise visibility and understanding of Mission's work;
• Formulates and manages, in consultation with mission leadership, the substantive work programme of the public information component of the mission,
• Coordinates with various mission components, and with UN agencies, funds and programmes and partners, as appropriate;
• Advises mission leadership, senior staff and other mission personnel, including in the military and police, on strategic communication matters;
• Ensures regular, timely and professional multimedia communications. Provides pertinent communications advice and input for mission leadership interactions with all key stakeholders, such as non-governmental and civil society organizations;
• Leads and oversees mission interaction with local, regional and international media. Guides the mission crisis communication activities;
• Ensures that public information outputs meet high-quality standards, in accordance with UN policy objectives and rules and regulations;
• Oversees the administration of the public information component, including managing the budget,preparing annual cost estimates and monitoring budget allocations and expenditures; oversees hiring and procurement processes;
• Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision;
• Ensures that the mission communications strategies and public information campaigns are harmonized with overall goals and objectives of the UN and the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations or Political Affairs and Field Support;
• Provides UN Headquarters communication entities with regular updates on mission activities;
• Maintains regular interaction and consults, as appropriate, with public information personnel at UNHQ;
• Represents the Mission in diverse public fora;
• Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Ability to develop and implement communications strategies based on an assessment of different communications environments and the changing strategic and operational goals of the Peacekeeping and Special Political missions. 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.

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.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement, does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.

Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in one or more of the following: strategic communications, communications, public relations, international relations, broadcasting or other relevant disciplines such as social sciences, business administration or management. A first-level university degree with in combination two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in strategic communications, journalism, public information, public relations or media is required. Demonstrated ability to execute communication strategies is required. Experience in managing programs, staff, and budgets is required. Experience with crisis communications techniques and strategies is an advantage. Familiarity with UN administrative procedures, rules and regulations is an advantage. Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency (oral and written) in English and French is required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal 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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