Job Opening

Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 13 December 2017 - 11 January 2018
Job Opening Number: 17-Public Information-DESA-89689-R-New York (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Director, Development Policy and Analysis Division (DPAD), Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The DPAD/DESA is mandated to provide research and policy analysis on global macroeconomic trends and long-term development issues to the General Assembly and Economic and Social Council, in order to support Member States in their efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. More information is available on the following website


Within delegated authority, the Public Information Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

• Provides specialized assistance in the production and delivery of information communications products and services by designing, programming, and maintaining the Division website. Builds web Content Management System (CMS) themes or Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) sites using advanced front-end development skills and researches and implements new Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) frameworks and other media components.

• Ensures Division website is in compliance with Departmental and Organizational branding style guides, using UN established standards for web technologies, web design programming languages and tools by: a) checking cross-browser compatibility and accessibility using online validation tools; b) ensuring images, text, forms, audio and video content meet accessibility and design compatibility requirements; c) checking for usability, functionality and language adaptation across popular web access devices and platforms, including mobile and tablets devices; d) adjusting designs accordingly by implementing responsive media queries, scripts and other responsive design techniques.

• Creates and designs a broad scope of information sources, printed and electronic, including but not limited to infographics and other data visualization tools; prepares information and content for use in the preparation and production of communications products/services for external audiences that are presented on the Division’s website.

• Handles administrative coordination in support of special training on CMS platforms and other data visualization tools to staff in the Division.

• Oversees the distribution of audio and video materials on the Division website; ensures the good management of the film/video/audio archives and other web files, and the proper safekeeping/preservation of historical audio/visual/web materials.

• Produces a wide range of promotional products, including but not limited to audio and video files, infographics and other data visualization tools, and develops data collection mechanisms to
gather data on the audience and end-users. Generates various statistical reports and other data analytics pertaining to Division website(s) for programme reporting.

• Assists in the electronic dissemination of programmes; prepares, maintains and updates web page, to include drafting and editing content; uploads/downloads web files and maintains file

• Identifies and prepares new material for inclusion in appropriate web pages by: researching various information sources for relevant material and cross-checking information with author offices as required; identifying, retrieving and downloading pertinent documentation and other information in requisite programming languages for Web format or inserting into database after determining appropriate categorization; editing documents to conform to UN format, structure and style and preparing new pages, incorporating graphics as needed, using appropriate authoring tools and necessary programming languages; preparing and updating index of documents; posting documents on the UN web and/or development servers and ensuring the appropriate directory location; checking and testing for multiple browser support, etc.

• Provides guidance and training to junior staff.

• Performs other duties as assigned


•PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures related to the communication, production and dissemination of public information. Ability to research and gather information from a variety of sources. 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 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.

•ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


High school diploma or equivalent is required.

Work Experience

Seven years of experience in public communication, international broadcasting or related area is required. Experience with web development, web maintenance and web design is desirable. Experience with desktop publishing is 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 official United Nations language is an advantage.


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

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.

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test in English at the United Nations Headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; or the United Nations Accounting or Statistical Assistant Examination at the United Nations Headquarters may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.

United Nations Considerations

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.

No Fee


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