Public Information Officer, P4

Date Posted: Dec. 1, 2022, 12:50 p.m.

UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme

Job Description

Responsibilities

  • Works closely with the UNEP Executive Office serving as the primary focal point for the Executive Director on communications including media relations, social media engagement, speech writing, etc.
  • Researches and drafts a range of communications material for the Executive Director (ED) including speeches, video messages, forewords and opinions. Evaluates results and impact of communications activities, reports on developments, trends and attitudes regarding the United Nations.
  • As Press Secretary to the ED, manages media relations, draft responses on behalf of the ED, coordinate interviews, finalize briefs, etc.
  • Manages social media platforms for the ED.
  • 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.
  • May coordinate and direct a team of public information staff and/or mentor and supervise the work of junior officers on specific projects.
  • Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
  • Performs other duties as may be required.

Competencies

  • PROFESSIONALISM: 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. The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management, 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.
  • 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.

Education

  • 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 qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area is required.
  • Experience supporting high-level senior officials in the UN or similar international organization is desirable.
  • Experience working on media relations in or in liaison with an executive office in a large international organization is desirable.
  • Experience working on environmental issues is desirable.
  • A minimum of two (2) years or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable

Closing: 20 December 2022

How To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should make their applications via UNEP's career website on https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=190690

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