Speechwriter (P-3)

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VA ID: 1662
Grade Level: P-3
Division: Legal and External Relations Division
Section: External Relations and International Coo
Type of Appointment: Consultancy Appointment
Date of Issuance: 9 March 2023
Deadline for Applications:
23 March 2023
Vacancy Reference: VACLEG-1662-2023
Reporting Date: As soon as possible


Please note that all candidates should adhere to CTBTO Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity.

Qualified female applicants and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

A roster of suitable candidates may be established for similar positions at the same level as a result of this selection process for a period of two (2) years.


Organizational Background

The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization with its headquarters in Vienna, Austria is the international organization setting up the global verification system foreseen under the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which is the treaty banning any nuclear-weapon-test explosion or any other nuclear explosion. The Treaty provides for a global verification regime, including a network of 337 stations worldwide, a communications system, an international data centre and on-site inspections to monitor compliance.

Organizational Setting

This position is located in the Legal and External Relations Division (LEG).

Reporting Lines

Under the supervision of the Chief, External Relations, Protocol and International Cooperation Section, to:

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Produce a wide range of speeches, statements, lectures and public statements for the Executive Secretary and, where required, for other senior staff in the Organization;
  2. Research, analyse and verify information to develop statements/speeches with compelling narratives that include relevant examples of CTBTO activities and achievements;
  3. Transform complex concepts into clear, meaningful, and compelling/convincing communications to assist in the delivery of the Organization’s objectives;
  4. Maintain up to date knowledge of relevant material, documents, reports and published analysis with a view to drafting and editing speeches, statements and talking points for the Executive Secretary;
  5. Work closely with the Executive Secretary, ERIC colleagues and experts within and outside the Organization to ensure speeches and other written products reflect the voice and vision of the Executive Secretary;
  6. If needed, provide content for print, video, social media and/or prepare/advise on slide presentations (PowerPoint) to support key speeches.
  7. Contribute as required to build and establish relationships with external and internal stakeholders to support the development of products.


  • University degree in journalism, communications, international relations, political science, public administration or other related field;

Work Experience and Qualifications

  • At least five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in writing English-language speeches and other executive communications, preferably part of which should have been at an international level;
  • Sound experience in writing speeches for senior or high-level officials and handling sensitive information within tight deadlines, including experience in creating, editing and proofreading within a professional organization is required;
  • Demonstrated track record of researching and producing high standard written work on complex technical issues for oral delivery on complex issues is required;
  • Ability to synthesize complex and sensitive information from a wide range of political and technical sources to develop thoughtful and original ideas is required;
  • Understanding of the varied political, technical and policy contexts in which the CTBTO operates is an advantage;
  • Ability to write for an international audience with sensitivity to cultural context is required;
  • Demonstrated track record of performing under pressure and adhering to strict deadlines is required;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, in particular Word and PowerPoint, is essential. Experience with other communication platforms including teleprompter software is highly desirable;


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are essential.
  • Knowledge of other official CTBTO languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is desirable.



  • 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;
  • Communication – Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from other 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;
  • Planning and organizing – Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
  • Team work – 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; builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members; supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings;
  • Accountability – Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable;
  • Creativity – Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches;
  • Client orientation – Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive relationships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress and setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to clients;
  • Commitment to continuous learning – Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve;
  • 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.


Duration of contract:

The consultancy assignment is limited to a maximum period of 130 working days (on a call-off basis).



CTBTO offers an attractive compensation and benefits package in accordance with the policies of the International Civil Service Commission. For more information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, see link: http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/salaries_allowances/salary.htm).


Additional Information

  • All applications must be submitted through the CTBTO e-Recruitment system before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.
  • Incomplete applications and submission of employment history in formats other than the CTBTO Employment Information Form will not be considered.
  • The CTBTO Preparatory Commission retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy; to make an appointment at a lower grade in particular if the candidate has less than the qualifications required; to make an appointment with a modified job description, or to offer a contract term for a shorter duration than indicated in the vacancy announcement.
  • Please note that the CTBTO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list.
  • The CTBTO reserves the right to undertake correspondence only with shortlisted candidates.
  • Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process.