INFORMATION OFFICER - United Nations, United States, Deadline: May-10-2014

Department/ Office: United Nations Environment Programme 
Duty Station:  WASHINGTON 
Posting Period:  11 March 2014-10 May 2014 
Job Opening number:  14-PUB-UNEP-32228-R-WASHINGTON (X)

This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. 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.

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.

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Org. Setting and Reporting


The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UNEP's Division of Communications and Public Information (DCPI) communicates UNEP's core messages to all stakeholders and partners, raising environmental awareness, influencing attitudes, behaviour and decisions related to the local and global environment, and enhancing the profile of UNEP worldwide. This post is located in UNEP/DCPI at Washington D.C duty station.




Under the direct supervision and within delegated authority of the Regional Director  and under the technical supervision of DCPI, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:
• Collaborate with DCPI to formulate innovative, creative, effective and measurable ways to present UNEP’s scientific and other environmental development and management information to target audiences including the media.
• Oversee the development and dissemination, throughout the region of evidence-based environmental information and raise public awareness in the region on critical, as well as emerging environmental issues:
a) ensuring the customization and “translation” of scientific and other environmental information from UNEP so it can be understood and assimilated by stakeholders in the region, whose actions affect the state of the environment, taking into account their different needs, priorities and languages.
b) bnsuring the strategic dissemination of such environmental information, using regional and national networks and other tools such as events, environmental education and training to increase regional awareness on relevant issues.
• Collaborate with DCPI to design regional programmes to increase the capacity of all stakeholders to better access, disseminate and use environmental information for policy and planning processes, including through customized outreach tools and networks.
• Working across divisions and closely with UNEP Subprogramme Coordinators and Regional Coordinators for the UNEP subprogrammes, provide strategic information and advice for, and actively participate in, developing UNEP’s outreach and information strategies for the different subprogrammes in the region, including the identification of target audiences and strategies for reaching them.
• Work with the Regional Director to promote deeper collaboration between UNEP and governments, other UN organizations, scientific and academic institutions and major groups and stakeholders in the region.  In particular, develop and maintain networks in the region to partner with UNEP on, among other things, the generation, use and dissemination of environmental data and information on public platforms and to increase access to information for different types of stakeholders, particularly in the context of environmental decision-making processes.
• Work with the  Regional Director to actively engage the major and specialized media of the region and interest them in reporting on the work of UNEP and its partners. Produce briefs/texts and quotes to be issued as requested.
• As appropriate, and in consultation with the Regional Director, act as spokesperson for UNEP in the region.
• Perform other related duties, as required.




• Professionalism: Knowledge of techniques for development and dissemination of information. Ability to uses current methods for dissemination to a broad and varied audience. Ability to demonstrate conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills and conduct independent research and analysis, identifying and assessing issues, formulating options and making conclusions and recommendations. 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 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.
• 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 partnerships 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 or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.




Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communications, public and/media relations or journalism. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Work Experience


A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in media relations, formulation and dissemination of public information. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognized by the United Nations.




English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in oral and written English is required. A good working knowledge of French is desirable.


Assessment Method


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.


United Nations Considerations


The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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.
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