UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the Operations and Advocacy Division (OAD), in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). OCHA is part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response efforts. OCHA’s mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies; advocate the rights of people in need; promote preparedness and prevention and facilitate sustainable solutions.
This job opening is being advertised for the position of Public Information Officer in Kyiv, Ukraine (the duty station may be subject to change, as the operational situation in the country evolves). Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Head of Office, OCHA Ukraine, the incumbent reports to the Head of the Communications and Reporting Unit.
Within delegated authority, the Public Information Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Act as a Deputy for the Head of Communications and Reporting Unit, including as an Officer in Charge during her/his absence; provides guidance to the team, and may supervise more junior staff, under the leadership of the Head of the Communications and Reporting Unit.
• Prepares high-quality reporting and analysis, by establishing and maintaining reporting system within the country; drafting and distribution of regular products on the humanitarian situation in the country; ensuring flow of information and analysis of developments in the Ukraine, including tracking trends and sharing reports with HQ, and key partners.
• Ensures implementation of public information activities to publicize priority issues and/or major events, to include drafting information strategies, coordinating efforts, monitoring and reporting on progress, taking appropriate follow-up action, and analyzing the outcome.
• Monitors and analyzes current events, public opinion and press, identifies issues and trends, and advises management on appropriate action/responses and approaches for media relations; coordinates with key national stakeholders, particularly the Humanitarian Communications Group (HCG), on advocacy initiatives to ensure coherent media strategy and common messaging.
• Produces or oversees production of a specific type or types (e.g. print, broadcast, social media etc.) of information communications products (e.g. press kits, press releases, feature articles, key messages, brochures, backgrounders, audio-visual materials, social media content, etc.), to include proposing topics, undertaking research, determining appropriate medium and target audience, preparing production plans, writing drafts, obtaining clearances and finalizing texts, editing copy following corporate editorial style guide, reviewing data and ensuring consistency of the information provided, designing the final public products (including working on the layout, proposing visual material, etc. following corporate visual guidance) and coordinating design approval, printing procedures and distribution.
• Undertakes activities to promote media coverage (e.g. press conferences, press releases, interviews, background briefings and other special activities), including film and photo coverage, of priority issues and/or major events, including World Humanitarian Day, to include development of a media strategy and action plan, initiating pro-active media outreach efforts, proposing and arranging press conferences/media coverage, disseminating materials and consulting with press on approach/story angle and other information requests, undertaking appropriate follow-up action and analyzing and reporting on the impact of coverage. Contributes content to and maintains appropriate and timely web and social media outreach.
• Prepares, on the basis of official UN documentation and other sources, initial drafts of content for inclusion in global OCHA products (e.g. Global Humanitarian Overview, Annual Report etc), periodicals, reports and books and ensures coherence between country-global level communications initiatives and OCHA Communications Strategy.
• Initiates and sustains professional relationships with key constituencies, supporting the coordination of the network of national humanitarian communications focal points (HCG and others).
• Acts as focal point on specific issues, monitoring and reporting on developments, responding to inquiries, etc; supports efforts to highlight the value-added role of OCHA to Member States as well as the media and the public, in support of fundraising and visibility of OCHA.
• Deploys on missions within Ukraine to support communications/reporting efforts in context of deterioration of humanitarian situation and/or to gather content (stories, photos, videos) of humanitarian situation and activities.
• Responds to a variety of inquiries and information requests internally and externally; prepares related correspondence.
• Performs other duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of different aspects of public information and communication approaches, tools, and methodologies essential to planning and executing effective campaign strategies and programmes. Strong knowledge of MS Office software package. Good reporting skills. 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 and visual 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 and 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.
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.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communications, journalism, media relations, advocacy or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional qualifying of experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
– A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, media relations, campaigns, advocacy or related area is required.
– At least (2) years humanitarian experience in the field (actual setting where a mission and/or project is being implemented) in emergency situations (complex emergency or natural disaster) is required.
– Experience with crisis communications and social media is required.
– Experience in the use of graphic design, photo or video editing software is required.
– Experience in a public information context within the UN Common System or other comparable international organization is desirable.
– Experience in the region (Eastern Europe) is desirable.
French and English are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of Ukrainian or Russian is desirable.
The evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise, which may be followed by competency-based interview.
This position is funded for a finite period of one (1) year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and the availability of the funds.
Please note that the appointment/assignment of the successful candidate will be subject to visa issuance.
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.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.
External candidates (including OCHA temporary appointees and OCHA national field staff) who are selected for a position in field duty stations may be strategically placed on a fixed term appointment limited to a specific position or to a specific country office in accordance to the paragraph 2.2 (b) of administrative instruction ST/AI/2013/1 on the administration of fixed-term appointment which provides that an FTA may be granted to individuals who are “(b) Selected but not reviewed by a Secretariat review body for appointments limited to specific entities”.
Please note that the duty station within Ukraine may be subject to change depending on the evolving operational situation in-country.
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.
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.
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