Job Opening

Posting Title: PUBLIC INFORMATION ASSISTANT, G5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Public Information
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 14 February 2018 - 21 February 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Public Information-DPI-93115-J-New York (X)
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 Palestine, Decolonization and Human Rights Section (PDHRS) of the Communications Campaigns Service (CCS) in the Strategic Communications Division (SCD) of the Department of Public Information (DPI). The incumbent will report to the Public Information Officer (Human Rights focal point). The Section is responsible for the overall implementation of DPI’s Special Information Programme on the question of Palestine and the Outreach Programme on the Rwanda Genocide, as well as its global communications campaigns to promote UN work on decolonization, human rights and the rule of law. The position is available immediately for an initial period of nine months with a possibility of extension. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.


Under the overall supervision of a PDHRS Information Officer, the Pulic Information Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

•Assists with all preparations for annual commemorations and special events at UN Headquarters and in the field, including the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, Nelson Mandela International Day, the International Decade for People of African Descent, the annual session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, and Human Rights Day;
•Liaises with UN information centres, including assisting in the distribution of seed funding and information materials for events and activities;
•Oversees the production and dissemination of information materials such as brochures, booklets, posters and exhibits, including translations, printing, delivery, storage, shipping, and inventory keeping;
•Helps manage the Universal Declaration of Human Rights video project, including reviewing and approving videos received from the public, and posting videos on YouTube;
•Conducts research, drafts correspondence, press releases, fact sheets and updates for websites as well as posts for social media;
•Provides general office support and coordinates administrative services, including tracking budget expenditures, processing invoices, arranging travel for event participants;
•Liaises with key partners, including Permanent Missions to the UN, UN agencies, funds and programmes, the Office of the President of the General Assembly, the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, as well as civil society partners;
•Performs other duties as assigned.


- Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures related to communication, production and dissemination of public information.
- Ability to research 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.

-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 the audience
-Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

-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


High School diploma or equivalent.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of experience in public communication/information or related area is required. Previous work in the area of human rights, educational outreach, and special events management, including in the UN context, is desirable. Experience in managing a YouTube channel is also desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of the other is desirable.


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

Special Notice

Recruitment for this position is done on a local basis.

Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Service category in the United Nations Secretariat.

Having passed the Administrative Assessment Support Test (ASAT) in English at Headquarters, ECA, ESCWA, UNOG, UNOV, ICTR, or ICTY may be recognized in place of the GGST, pending confirmation of validity.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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