Snr Communications Officer

UNHCR
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 18

Position description

The Senior Communications Officer is responsible for interfacing with and providing timely information about UNHCR¿s operations and concerns to counterparts at other UN agencies, members of civil society and academic organizations, the UN press and other bodies concerned with the work of the UN in New York. The Senior Communications Officer is accountable for developing and advancing a Strategic Communicationsa Strategy for the NY Office to meet the ever-changing dynamics at UNHCR, informed by top-level HQ-led thematic priorities and key operational developments. The strategy will include but not be restricted to the expansion of partnerships and alliances for the NY Office, both within the UN Community and Permanent Missions to the UN, and with NY-based entities such as academic institutions, think tanks, and others.

The Senior Communications Officer works in a critically important and politically sensitive environment and must have the knowledge and background to work under immense pressure and time constraints in. The candidate must have at least five years of experience working at a professional level with the UN and/or international news organizations; and be knowledgeable about international diplomacy. The person will be speaking and writing media messages and therefore must have demonstrated skills in effective written and oral PI communication in English, and experience in traditional and social media platforms .

Given the wide array of demands on the function in New York, the candidate must have a proven record of successful production, written and oral communication skills and demonstrated ability to conceptualize and carry out campaigns/and or events supporting UNHCR's key objectives.

As the person must also provide guidance to colleagues on UNHCR¿s communication priorities and use different media, as well presentation skills and messaging, the person must have demonstrated experience in effective coaching and the facility to work well in a team.

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