Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Communications and Public Relations Office of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), duty station Abyei. The incumbent will report directly to the Chief of Staff/Principal Officer or their designate.
Within delegated authority, the Spokesperson will be responsible for the following duties:
• Outreach and Advocacy, including media relations, giving on-record and background press briefings and interviews; under the guidance of the Chief of Staff, conceptualizing, developing, updating and executing a media strategy and work plan, including utilizing digital and multimedia platforms; developing and implementing a system of daily media monitoring and analysis to meet the needs of the Head of Mission and senior leadership; drafting and issuing press statements and press releases proactively; managing media relations by maintaining and building a network of influential media and establishing and maintaining a cooperative relationship with local and international journalists; arranging interviews and/or background briefings with senior mission official and facilitating the daily work of journalists covering the mission; facilitating media visits to the mission area; responding in a timely fashion to disinformation that could impact negatively on the public perception for the Mission and/or the mission’s leadership; conceptualize and implement timely communication strategies in reaction to crisis situations
• Translate political strategy of leadership into media relations strategy and faithfully represent and advocate the Mission’s position. Anticipate and contribute to the resolution of communications/public relations issues/problems.
• Coordinate activities and share guidance and messaging with the public affairs component of the overseeing Department in UNHQ, Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General (OSSG), the Department of Public Information (DPI), agencies, funds and programmes as well as the UN Country Team to fulfill specific and overall strategic communications objectives of the Mission.
• Draft material for UN newsletters, periodicals, web and social media, reports and edits drafts prepared by junior officers.
• Gather accurate and up-to-date information on mission activities and priorities and plan and prepare press materials and official statements on behalf of the mission.
• Engage and maintain contact with online audiences through Twitter and other digital and social media channels used by the Mission by producing regular and timely tweets and updates on behalf of the Spokesperson’s office understanding the advantages and risks of various social media platforms.
• Evaluate results and impact of communications activities; report on developments, trends and public attitudes regarding the UN
• Under guidance of the Chief of Public Information, provide support to other work streams of Public Information Unit, notably internal communications, including review and clearing of stories and other internal communications materials specifically for the Mission.
• Represent the mission in public forums, conferences and events and fulfill speaking engagements.
• In coordination with the Chie of Staff, liaise with counterparts in the government and diplomatic community, local authorities, civil society, media associations and other key constituencies to ensure key messages are conveyed.
• Management duties, including assisting in recruitment, supervision and evaluation of staff as appropriate. Assist in the design, submission and allocation of the budget as appropriate; identify extra-budgetary funding and resources in support of communications activities and forge external partnerships; manage a team of media relations staff, including coordinating functions such as media accreditation, news monitoring and analysis and response to media and public inquiries.
• Develop and implement a capacity building plan for media relations staff, especially national staff, where appropriate. Advise and support mission leadership in media skills development, as appropriate.
• Develop radio contents for the mission internet radio.
• Performs other duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: 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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.
MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communication, journalism, international relations, broadcasting, social sciences or other related fields. A first level degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A least seven years of progressively responsible experience in strategic communications, public relations and information, or media, including management, in large multicultural institutions is required.
Field experience with international organizations is desirable
Knowledge of programme planning and related management practices as well as familiarity with UN administrative procedures, rules and regulations, specifically human resources, budgetary and procurement matters is desirable
Prior experience in a UN peacekeeping or special political mission is desirable.
Field working experience in managing institutional perception and combatting hate speech, fake news, misinformation and disinformation. is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English (both oral and written) 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.
• This position is temporarily available for a period of 350 days. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• 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.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
• 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.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
• 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.
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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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.
Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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.
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