Before submitting an application, UNHCR staff members intending to apply to this Job Opening are requested to consult the Recruitment and Assignments Policy (RAP, UNHCR / HCP / 2017 / 2 and the Recruitment and Assignments Administrative Instruction (RAAI), UNHCR / AI / 2017 / 7 OF 15 August 2017.
Associate Communication / Public Information Officer
The Associate Communication / PI Officer will work under the supervision and guidance of the (Senior) Communication / PI Officer or (Deputy) Representative.
The incumbent will assist his / her supervisor to give, obtain and exchange information requiring discussion and explanation.
S / he may supervise one support staff.
External contacts are generally with a broad range of officials from national and international institutions, media or general public on matters of importance to the Organization.
UNHCR’s media relations and advocacy work within geographic and thematic areas are effectively supported.
The organization’s standing with media and audiences is maintained.
Assist in developing and implementation of the communications strategies, campaigns, events and other initiatives in support of UNHCR’s strategic objectives.
Provide necessary output in researching, preparing, fact-checking, editing, and producing of the professional media and communications materials for various audiences and ensuring through the Representative their timely dissemination via UNHCR’s communications channels.
Assist in organizing press events, handling interviews requests, and on behalf of the Representative or other senior staff providing responses to requests from media relating to UNHCR and its work in consultation with the supervisor.
Develop working relationships with Governments, NGOS, and UN agencies in order to raise interest and develop cooperation.
Undertake missions and field trips with media and other official visitors in support of UNHCR and its work.
Actively maintain media relations for UNHCR and have access to information and UNHCR expertise.
Assist in preparation of communications budgets.
Perform other duties as required.
Represent UNHCR in press events, interviews and other media events.
Produce reports and press releases for donors and other stakeholders.
ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA / BS) in Journalism, International Relations, Communications, Political Science or similar relevant field plus minimum 3 years of previous work experience relevant to the function.
Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s) plus 2 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 1 year of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
General understanding of UN / UNHCR reforms and the priority agenda of the organization.
Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint essential).
Excellent communication skills.
Highly developed drafting ability in the UN working language of the duty station.
Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES
Completion of UNHCR Learning Programmes or specific training relevant to functions of position.
Very good IT affinity specific focus on preparation of website / pages.
Knowledge of additional UN languages.
This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR Associate Communication / Public Information Officer positions. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and / or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and / or position.
Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.
C001L2 Accountability Level 2
C002L2 Teamwork & Collaboration Level 2
C003L2 Communication Level 2
C004L2 Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 2
C005L2 Client & Result Orientation Level 2
C006L2 Organizational Awareness Level 2
M001L2 Empowering and Building Trust Level 2
X002L2 Innovation and Creativity Level 2
X003L2 Technological Awareness Level 2
X007L2 Political Awareness Level 2
The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce.
Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Please note that the closing date for vacancies in the September 2019 Compendium is Wednesday 9 October 2019 (midnight Geneva time)