Job Opening

Posting Title: PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER (SPANISH), P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Public Information
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 15 February 2018 - 01 March 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Public Information-DPI-93199-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 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 adaption 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 UN official languages. WSS promotes best practices for UN websites and other Internet-related activities, including multilingualism, usability and accessibility for the disabled.

This position is available for a period of six (6) months, with a possibility of extension.

Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Chief of the Web Services Section and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Spanish Language Unit, the incumbent actively participates in the development of the UN website in Spanish language and deadline-oriented environment. The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

•Ensures implementation of information programmes to publicize priority issues and/or major events, including drafting information strategies, coordinating efforts, monitoring and reporting on progress, taking appropriate follow-up action, and analyzing the outcome.
•Monitors and analyzes current events, public opinion and press, identifies issues and trends, and advises management on appropriate action/responses.
•Coordinate and undertake the specifications and website production the official United Nations website (www.un.org), performing ongoing maintenance and provide new templates in the UN.ORG brand as needed; Prioritize needs and monitor web content regularly.
•Oversees translation, editing, proofreading and posting of content published on the website maintained by the Spanish Language Unit;
•Produce and populate web content, including the production of new websites using CMS such as Drupal and Wordpress, and maintenance of the existing website using HTML, Dreamweaver and CMS.
•Prepares, on the basis of official UN documentation and other sources, initial drafts of articles, new materials or chapters for inclusion in appropriate web pages; conceptualize and create dynamic web pages; drafts, edit, design and update web pages as needed and provide specialized editorial, design and programming assistance in the oversight and maintenance of the materials posted in Spanish language; ensure that the web content complies with the Organization requirements.
•Supervise, coordinate and administer the work of technical consultants hired by the Spanish Language Unit; provide guidance to, and may supervise, the work of Public Information Assistants and interns.
•Adapt and localize media content from English for use on websites.
•Initiates and sustains professional relationships with key constituencies; develop and manage relationship with media partners to raise profile of the site in conjunction with the other public information officers in other languages.
•Acts as focal point on technical issues, provide support and assistance to client within the Organization; make presentations about the UN website to both UN and non-UN audiences; attend conferences, workshops and conduct web-related training as required.
•Prepare usage statistics and other reports as well as analyze traffic to site and other related mediums; conduct as hoc surveys, and keep abreast of current developments in IT technology and undertake investigations of new initiatives where appropriate; participate in meetings and brainstorming sessions on website policy and guidelines.
•Perform any other tasks assigned by the Chief of Section as necessary.
•Participates in selecting the information transmitted to key constituencies.
•Provides guidance to, and may supervise, more junior staff.

Competencies

Professionalism – Knowledge in the field of user-centric web design methodologies and information architecture, content organization and taxonomy concepts including information management archival/hierarchy and web usability, in Spanish. Knowledge of design and implementation of websites in Spanish, based on CMS software. Ability to assess/survey client groups' needs. Knowledge of web content management systems such as Wordpress and Drupal, creative software such as Adobe Creative Cloud, core front-end website technologies such as HTML 5, CSS 3 and Javascript, and the use of relevant information databases, Internet services, as appropriate. Ability to prepare reports, formulating positions on issues, articulating options concisely conveying maximum necessary information, making and defending recommendations. 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. Plan and organize daily work and identifies priority activities and assignments by adjusting priorities as required. Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas.

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.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communication, journalism, information systems, or related field is required. A first level university degree in combination with additional (2) two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Minimum five (5) years progressively responsible professional experience with at least two (2) years at the international level, in website development and management in Spanish in a multilingual environment is required. Writing and editing skills in Spanish and English are required. Knowledge of New Media issues is required. Knowledge of website creation software Content Management Systems such as Drupal and/or WordPress and of databases is required. Experience using Adobe Creative Cloud including Dreamweaver and Photoshop, is required. Knowledge of HTML 5, CSS 3 and Javascript is required. Supervisory experience is desirable.

Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first-level university degree recognized by the United Nations.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in Spanish and English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.

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. 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

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