Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief of Unit, Spanish, P4
Job Code Title: CHIEF OF UNIT, PUBLIC INFORMATION
Department/Office: Department of Public Information
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 20 March 2018 - 03 May 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Public Information-DPI-93036-R-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 Spanish Language Unit of the UN Web Services Section (WSS), in the Digital and Promotion Branch, News & Media Divisions of the Department of Public Information (DPI). The Web Services Section oversees the design, layout, production and presentation of the top layers of the UN website in all six official languages, including the homepage, the five thematic portals (Peace and Security, Development, Human Rights, Humanitarian Affairs, and International Law), as well as comprehensive background information about the UN such as global issues, and events, including all UN international observances. The Section ensures parity of website content in the six official UN languages for the following UN Organs: The General Assembly, The Security Council and ECOSOC as well as the Executive Office of the Secretary-General and the Office of the President of the General Assembly. The Language Units of WSS provide digital language adaptation services whereby digital products such as graphics, video and miscellaneous digital media are rendered usable in languages other than English (for example by video sub-titling). The Section also provides guidance and assistance to Secretariat offices in creating and enhancing their websites in all official languages. WSS promotes best practices for UN websites and other Internet-related activities, including branding, multilingualism, usability and accessibility for the disabled.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority the Chief of Spanish language Unit may be responsible for the following duties:

•Takes the lead in strategy, planning, development and implementation of large, complex communications campaigns (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 campaigns system-wide 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 managers, senior officers and other public information staff 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/principal liaison to media organizations, 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 major campaign 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 the UN.
•Represents the institution in meetings and conferences; fulfills speaking engagements and makes presentations to groups on UN activities and advocate issues of concern; organizes media coverage and arranges for media contacts, briefings, interviews; organizes seminars, lectures, conferences, public events on major issues and events concerning the organization.
•Builds information networks; plans and oversees maintenance of publicly accessible information materials on the United Nations; plans and develops outreach activities.
•Manages publications programme; 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.
•May coordinate and direct a team of public information staff and/or mentor and supervise the work of junior officers on specific projects.

Competencies

•PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of different aspects of public information and communication. Knowledge of New Media issues. Ability to conceptualize, design and implement major information campaigns. Ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources. 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.

•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.

•TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communication, journalism, information systems, or related field is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the specified fields with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum seven (7) years progressively responsible professional experience, with at least four (4) of these years at the international level, in website development and management in Spanish and in a multilingual environment is required. Experience writing and editing in Spanish and English is required. Experience using website creation software Content Management Systems, such as Drupal and/or WordPress is required. Experience using databases is required. Experience using Adobe Creative Cloud, including Dreamweaver and Photoshop, is required. Experience using of HTML 5, CSS 3 and Javascript is required. Team management experience is required.

Languages

English and French are the main official language at the United Nations, for this post fluency in English and Spanish is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

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.

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.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

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.

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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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