Public Information Officer, P3

UN Department of Public Information
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Sep 01

Position description

Special Notice

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.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 March 2017, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Vietnam.

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.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Media Accreditation & Liaison Unit, Coverage and Media Services Branch, News and Media Division, Department of Public Information (DPI). The incumbent reports to the Chief of Unit. The Media Accreditation & Liaison Unit (MALU) provides accreditation to journalists covering United Nations activities at Headquarters and at major United Nations conferences abroad; reviews applications and issues media passes; facilitates media coverage of United Nations activities within guidelines; and coordinates the provision of services and facilities to accredited correspondents. As part of MALU, the Media Documents Centre (MDC) disseminates UN documents and press releases, and statements of member states to accredited journalists.


Within delegated authority and under the general supervision of the Chief of Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit, the Public Information Officer will perform the following duties: 
Evaluating and approving the accreditation of correspondents and other media personnel covering the UN; 
Liaising with media personnel to facilitate coverage, including the provision of information, escort, services, facilities and working space; 
Liaising with delegates on media accreditation and the coverage of events and visits organized by governments; 
Overseeing media accreditation and liaison at international conferences held away from Headquarters; 
Liaising with the Department of Safety and Security, the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, and with other offices, on matters related to media coverage of meetings, conferences, photo opportunities, press briefings and other events held at UN Headquarters and/or overseas; 
Undertaking the research required regarding UN policy concerning media accreditation and liaison;  
Updating the website and the Twitter account of the Unit; 
Mentoring junior colleagues; 
Serving as Officer-in-Charge in the Chief’s absence and assisting the Chief in implementing the Unit's programme of work by undertaking other assignments as required.


Knowledge of different aspects of public information and communication; 
awareness of trends and developments in the media industry and technology; 
ability to diplomatically handle sensitive situations and cultivate productive relationships with the media; 
ability to address a range of issues in the context of political developments, public attitudes and local conditions; 
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.

Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; 
solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; 
places team agenda before personal agenda; 
supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; 
shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning and Organizing:
Excellent ability to plan work of and manage conflicting priorities to meet demands and deadlines; 
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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in communications, journalism, media studies, international relations, or a related field. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Five years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area is required. Experience liaising with the media and overseeing media accreditation required. Experience working with an international organization desirable. Experience updating a website and a Twitter account desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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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