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

Department/ Office:  Department of Public Information 
Duty Station:  NEW YORK 
Posting Period:  11 March 2014-10 May 2014 
Job Opening number:  14-PUB-DPI-33285-R-NEW YORK(G)

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.


Org. Setting and Reporting


This position is located in the Palestine, Decolonization and Human Rights Section of the Strategic Communication Division of the Department of Public Information.  The incumbent will report directly to the Chief of the Palestine, Decolonization and Human Rights Section.




• Takes the lead in strategy, planning, development and implementation of large, complex communications campaigns (e.g. global promotion initiatives, public information programmes for a region, broad-reaching subject specific issues, etc.) relating to human rights, indigenous issues, democracy and others where required; where appropriate, works with departments, funds and agencies to develop ways to implement campaigns system-wide and to incorporate the campaign message and themes into all relevant events and products.

• Manages the Outreach Programme on the Rwanda Genocide and the UN in all its aspects.

• Provides advice and expertise to managers, senior officers and other public information staff on a range of public affairs issues, methods, and approaches; anticipates and resolves communications/public relations issues/problems.

• Develops strategic partnerships with key constituencies to elicit support for and maximize impact of promotional objectives; serves as a spokesperson/principal liaison to media organizations, governmental bodies, national groups, private sector organizations, educational organizations, international organizations, etc.

• Prepares or oversees preparation of a diverse range of information communications products in support of major campaign initiatives, including for human rights observances, the Outreach Programme on the Rwanda Genocide, Nelson Mandela International Day, the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, among others.

• Drafts complex material and content for UN publications and platforms, such as websites, newsletters, periodicals, reports and books and edits drafts prepared by junior officers.

• Evaluates results and impact of communications activities; reports on developments, trends and attitudes regarding the UN.

• Represents the institution in meetings and conferences; fulfills speaking engagements and makes presentations to groups on UN activities and advocates issues of concern; organizes media coverage and arranges for media contacts, briefings, interviews; organizes seminars, lectures, conferences, public events on major issues and events concerning the organization.

• Builds information networks; plans and oversees maintenance of publicly accessible information materials on the United Nations; plans and develops outreach activities.

• Manages publications programme; produces materials for print/electronic/voice/visual media.

• Assists in the day-to-day operation of the section to include participating in coordination of substantive and administrative activities of the section, interpreting and disseminating policy, providing procedural advice, improving reporting systems, handling operational and administrative queries, preparing budget submissions, establishing and/or coordinating training programmes and monitoring and evaluating results.

• May coordinate and direct a team of public information staff and/or mentor and supervise the work of junior officers on specific projects.




- Knowledge of different aspects of public information and communication.
- Ability to address a range of issues in the context of political developments, public attitudes and local conditions.
- Ability to conceptualize, design and implement major information campaigns.
- Ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources.
- Ability to diplomatically handle sensitive situations with target audiences and cultivate productive relationships.
- Ability to produce a variety of written communications products in a clear, concise style.
- Ability to deliver oral presentations to various audiences.
- 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.

Planning & Organizing:
-Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies
-Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required
-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
-Uses time efficiently

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 communication, journalism, international relations, public administration or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Work Experience


A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area.  Experience in working on human rights issues is desirable. Experience in managing special events and/or activities such as film screenings, panel discussions, commemorations, etc, is also desirable.




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


Assessment Method


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by 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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