Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Public Information Officer, P2 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: ASSOCIATE PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Public Information
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 06 April 2018 - 14 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Public Information-DPI-91758-J-New York (R)
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 English Language Unit of the Web Services Section, Digital and Promotion Branch, News and Media Division of the Department of Public Information (DPI). The section is mandated to develop and maintain UN.ORG, the main United Nations website, and has overall responsibility for the online digital brand of the United Nations. It also provides multilingual website services to other offices and departments in the Organization. The incumbent works under the supervision of, and reports directly to the Chief of the English Language Unit and under the overall guidance of the Chief of the Web Services Section.

This position is available immediately for an initial period of three months, with the possibility of extension.

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Chief of the English Language Unit and under the general direction of the Chief of the UN Web Services Section:

1) Work on coordinating the development of the UN English website and ensure the proper, appropriate and timely dissemination of information; Assist in the oversight of the material on the web pages maintained by DPI sections and divisions; Assist in developing the content of the UN English website and conducting its on-going maintenance, including the editorial process and oversight of updates to the UN.ORG home page in English and coordination for corresponding updates across remaining UN official languages.

2) Design, write and perform final editing of the material posted on the English website; Coordinate policies, maintain and develop contacts with officials in charge of related issues, in other units, within DPI and other departments and organize/conduct consultations;

3) Provide support and assist other Departments' staff in the management and preparation of their material in English and solve non-technical problems related to the website; Conduct testing for accessibility of websites to persons with disabilities and suggest solutions; participate in the development of system-wide guidelines for website management and take part in related groups, such as the Interdepartmental task force on accessibility for disabled persons.

4) Collect and analyze usage statistics of un.org; Evaluate and respond to inquiries/comments/ by the audience;

5) Prepare, as assigned, reports on specific issues or events; Keep abreast of current developments on the Internet and, in particular, productivity-enhancing solutions relating to the website.

6) Lead content organization exercises for arrangement and classification of content on UN.ORG including assignment to taxonomical categories.

7) Perform any other tasks assigned by the Chief of Section, or Chief of Unit, as necessary, including act as Officer-in-Charge in the absence of the Unit's Chief.

Competencies

Professionalism - Knowledge in the field of user-centric web design methodologies and information architecture, content organization and taxonomy concepts. Knowledge of design and implementation of websites, including knowledge of HTML and CSS. Ability to assess/survey client groups' needs. Knowledge of web content management systems,such as WordPress and/or Drupal, and the use of relevant Internet services, such as FTP. Ability to prepare succinct reports, conveying maximum necessary information. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Remains calm in stressful situations. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. 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 in English; 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.

Teamwork - Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational 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. Ability to maintain effective working relations.

Education

A first level university degree (or equivalent) in international affairs/communications, journalism, information technology, or computer science is required. A combination of two years qualifying experiences may be accepted in lieu of the recognized university degree.

A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to
Professional Examination (G to P).

Work Experience

At least two years of progressively responsible experience in web content management systems, website design, development and maintenance, as part of a multilingual environment is required. Experience with coding in HTML and CSS is required. Experience in posting audio, video and print content to the web as well as website project management is desirable. Experience with Content Management Systems, such as Drupal and Wordpress is desirable. Experience in content classification and taxonomy is desirable.

No experience is required for candidates who have passed the United Nations Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations National Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat, for this post fluency in English is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Notes:

• 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.

• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

• 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.

• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

• The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English

• 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.

• Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

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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No Fee

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