Public Information Officer, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)

UN Department of Public Information
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jan 03

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Peace and Security Section of the Communications Campaigns Service in the Strategic Communications Division in the Department of Public Information.
The Peace and Security Section designs and manages the implementation of global communications strategies to publicize UN work on priority peace and security issues, including peacekeeping, conflict prevention and peacemaking, peacebuilding, disarmament, counter-terrorism; trans-national organized crime and drug trafficking.

The incumbent will report directly to the Chief of the Peace and Security Section. This position is available from 15 January 2018 for three months with the possibility of extension.


Under the Supervision of the Chief of the Peace and Security Section within the Strategic Communications Division of the Department of Public Information, the incumbent:

•Takes the lead in strategy planning, development and implementation of large complex communications campaigns on peacekeeping related matters; works with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, peace operations in the field and others concerned to develop ways to implement global information campaigns and to incorporate the campaign messages and themes into all relevant events and products;  

•Provides communications advice and expertise to other departments and UN peace operations, senior officers and other public information staff on a range of public affairs issues, methods and approaches; develops strategic partnerships with key constituencies to elicit support for promotional objectives; 

•Prepares or oversees preparation of a diverse range of public information products in support of UN peace operations; drafts materials for UN publications on peace operations and edits drafts prepared by junior officers; evaluates the results and impact of communications activities; 

•Represents the Department of Public Information in meetings and conferences, fulfils speaking engagements; makes presentations to groups on UN peace operations and advocates on issues of concern; organizes media coverage and arranges for media contacts, briefings, interviews; organizes seminars, lectures, conferences, public events, as necessary; plans and develops outreach activities; assists in the day-to-day operation of the Section;

•May coordinate and direct a team of public information staff and/or mentor and supervise the work of junior officers on specific projects;

•Provides communications planning and operational support to public information operations in field missions in order to support their wide-ranging public information activities, including media relations, radio programme production and broadcasting, video and photo coverage, website creation, maintenance and support and public outreach; respond to requests from field information components for assistance or advise; 

•Assists in the formulation of policy guidance on public information and in providing strategic development of deployment timetables and drafting of budget and staffing requirements for new information components; participate in mission-specific task forces at Headquarters; review and advise on the public information aspect of reports relating to UN peace operations; screen and recommend candidates for information posts in the field;

•Organizes briefings for newly appointed Chiefs of Information and Spokespersons for UN peace operations; and assist in the development, implementation and further improvement of standard operating procedures of information components of UN peace operations.


•PROFESSIONALISM: State-of-the-art knowledge in the field of communications and public information and ability to address a range of issues related to UN information requirements, including taking the lead on major public information campaigns; substantial and diverse experience in all facets of communications and public information, and proven ability to conceptualize, design and implement major campaigns; in-depth knowledge of political trends, public attitudes, local conditions and developments, and ability to assess effectively the climate for successfully achieving agreed objectives; in-depth understanding of the UN system, organization and inter-relationships; strong communications research, and analytical skills; ability to rapidly analyze, draft and copy edit. 

•COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively in English and French; listens to others and proactively seeks and shares information, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. 

•TEAMWORK: 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.


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.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area.

Experience with planning and/or organizing public information components of field missions with activities including websites, radio production and programming, photo and video production and media relations is also highly desirable. 

Experience in designing and carrying out strategic communications campaigns with successful coverage by a wide range of media, including international media is desirable. 

Experience in dealing with peacekeeping matters generally is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this post, fluency in English is required. Fluency in French is desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice


• 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:

• 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.

Other Skills and Requirements

Demonstrated study or training in issues of international peace and security, particularly peacekeeping, may be an asset. Knowledge of websites, HTML, Dreamweaver and CMS platforms is desirable.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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