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Posting Title: PRINCIPAL PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER, D1 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: PRINCIPAL PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia
Duty Station: MOGADISCIO
Posting Period: 12 September 2017 - 26 September 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Public Information-UNSOM-85583-J-Mogadishu (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

Notes:

• This is a temporary job opening. A Temporary Assignment/Appointment against this Temporary Job Opening will be for a duration through 31 August 2018.

• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

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

• 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. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

• The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

• Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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• 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.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This is a temporary job opening. A Temporary Assignment/Appointment against this Temporary Job Opening will be for a duration through 31 August 2018.

This position is located in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia. The Principal Public Information Officer is based in Mogadishu and reports directly to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

Responsibilities

• Formulates, implements and manages UNSOM’s integrated communications strategy, in close consultation with the Head of Mission, including its design, implementation, evaluation, and update, covering the mission's internal and external strategic communications activities;
• Formulates and manages, in consultation with mission leadership, the substantive work programme of the public information component of the mission, including by directing work in all areas of the public information component (media relations, media monitoring and analysis, TV/video, radio, print, web and digital media photo, press and outreach, etc.), and by coordinating with various mission components and contractors, and with UN agencies, funds and programmes and partners, as appropriate;
• Ensures that public information outputs meet high-quality standards, in accordance with UN policy objectives and rules and regulations, and are evaluated for their effectiveness;
• Provides strategic communications advice to national counterparts and contributes to the strengthening of national capacity in the area of strategic communications;
• Leads the mission interaction with local, regional and international media;
• Advises mission leadership, senior staff and other mission personnel on strategic communication matters;
• Guides the mission crisis communication activities;
• Ensures regular, timely and professional multimedia communications;
• Leads the administration of the public information component, including managing the budget, preparing cost estimates, monitoring budget allocations and expenditures, overseeing the recruitment of staff or consultants with the requisite skill sets;
• 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 United Nations and the Departments of Political Affairs, Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support;
• Maintains regular interaction and consults, as appropriate, with public information personnel at UNHQ.

Competencies

Professionalism: Ability to conceive and implement communications strategies based on an assessment of different communications environments and the changing strategic and operational goals of the Mission. Commitment to implement the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UNSOM’s public information activities. 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.

Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; Shows willingness to learn new technology.

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.

Judgment/Decision-making: 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; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

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.

Education

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 in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university.

Work Experience

A minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible experience in strategic communications, journalism, public information, or media is required. Knowledge of programme planning and related management practices including human resources and budgetary and procurement matters is required. Experience managing crisis communications techniques and strategies in a politically-sensitive location (e.g. crisis, conflict, post-conflict) is required. Experience managing a multi-cultural team is required. Experience mentoring national counterparts in the development of a free, independent, and pluralistic media is desirable. Experience working in Somalia or the Horn of Africa is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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