Public Information Officer, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)

UN Department of Public Information
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Aug-07-2017
  • Posted
    Aug 01

Position description

Notes:

• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

• The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

• Please note that 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.

• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

• The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.

• Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Education Outreach Section of the Outreach Division, Department of Public Information (DPI). The incumbent will report directly to the designated Public Information Officer. The Education Outreach Section takes the lead in strategy, planning, development and implementation of global education initiatives on the main issues, goals and objectives of the United Nations. This position is with its Remember Slavery Programme and is available, effective 1 November 2017, for an initial period of six months with the possibility of extension, pending availability of funds.

Responsibilities

The incumbent will perform the following duties in consulation with the Chief of Section and Information Officer assigned: 

- Assist in formulating the annual theme and plans for commemorative and educational outreach activities and products for the United Nations Remember Slavery Programme throughout the year.

- Act as Secretary of the Steering Committee for the 2017 Commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, including preparing agendas, organizing meetings, drafting meeting notes, and following up on matters raised.

- Develop an integrated implementation plan and timeline for each component of the programme of activities, including briefings on the Permanent Memorial in Honour of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade; the annual commemoration on 25 March; a cultural event; an exhibition; a film screening; a videoconference for high-school level students and teachers; a panel discussion as part of the DPI/NGO Briefings series; programmes arranged by United Nations Information Centres and offices globally; educational materials; and other possible educational and outreach activities.

- Organise outreach activities, including commemorative events, seminars, lectures, conferences and public events, according to the programme mandate.

- Draft content for and coordinate the production of education and information materials for the Remember Slavery Programme, and inputs to talking points, scenarios, calendar of events, websites and other related materials.

- Provide substantive input in the preparation of reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the Committee on Information and other policy-making organs, as appropriate, as well as the Secretary General’s report to the General Assembly on the implementation of the relevant resolution and summary of UNIC activities .  

- Prepare programme budget and monitor expenditures for each event and product, including liaison regarding seed money for the United Nations Information Centres.

- Coordinate media relations, arrange interviews and media coverage of events, and publicize activities via social media channels.

Competencies

Professionalism – Ability to coordinate diverse related activities and find effective approaches in dealing with multiple stakeholders, in particular representatives from Member States; knowledge of and skills in a range of communications approaches and tools essential to planning and executing a communications campaign; ability to identify communications opportunities and problems and to articulate these to clients and staff; strong research and analytical skills; good knowledge of trends and developments in the subject matter; demonstrate resilience when faced with difficult problems or challenges in particular in the management of events; efficiently meet commitments, observe deadlines and achieve results; ability to remain calm in stressful situations.

Teamwork - Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with colleagues, supervisors, and members of the public to enhance outreach and establish effective working relationships; demonstrated ability to coordinate and monitor the work of others; effective negotiating skills; ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communication, journalism, international relations, education, or related field. 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 experience in public information, communications or event organization within the United Nations system or at the international level is required. Experience in producing educational materials is desirable..

Languages

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

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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Application instructions

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