Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the English Unit, Meetings Coverage Section (MCS) of the Coverage and Media Services Branch (CMSB) in the News and Media Division (NMD) of the Department of Global Communications (DGC). The Meetings Coverage Section produces summaries and press releases, in English and French, of UN meetings. The incumbent of the post reports to the Chief of the Meetings Coverage Section.
The job opening is available effective 1 November 2022.
Within delegated authority and under the supervision of the Chief of Meetings Coverage Section (MCS), the incumbent acts as a senior editor and is responsible for the following duties:
• In coordination with the other senior editors revises and edits, in English, United Nations meetings summaries prepared by Press Officers reflecting the proceedings of Intergovernmental bodies at Headquarters or overseas for distribution to various audiences.
• 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 issues/problems.
• Develops strategic partnerships with key constituencies at Headquarters and in intergovernmental bodies to elicit support for and organization of meetings coverage both at the Headquarters and away.
• Prepares or oversees the production of backgrounders and round-ups of Security Council, General Assembly or other intergovernmental meetings.
• Edits and adapts statements of senior UN officials and other texts to ensure accuracy and conformity to UN standards.
• Exercises sound political judgment to ensure that coverage of meetings/reportage of debates reflect the political sensitivities of issues before the UN.
• Manages the day-to-day operation of the unit to include participating in coordination of substantive and administrative activities of the unit, handling operational and administrative queries, preparing budget submissions, establishing and/or coordinating training programmes and monitoring and evaluating results; makes daily work assignments.
• Recommends to the Chief of the Section how a substantive debate should be covered.
• Ensures timely issuance of press releases in English and their posting to the website; and maintains liaison with other language Unit(s) in MCS.
• Recruits, coordinates, directs and supervises a team of public information staff and/or mentors the work of Press Officers by providing editorial guidance and day-to-day supervision; conducts performance review.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
Professionalism - Knowledge of public information and communications techniques; Ability to exercise sound political judgment and good understanding of the sensitivities of the intergovernmental processes; Ability to review and edit the work of others, and to edit and review inputs to reports and correspondence on public information matters while observing deadlines; 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. Ability to produce a variety of written communications products in a clear, concise style.
Planning and 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.
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.
Judgment and Decision Making - Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gather relevant information before making decision; considers positive and negative impact of decisions prior to making them; takes decision with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
Managing Performance - Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needs to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
Advanced University Degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in communications, journalism, public information, or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in public information, communications, journalism, international relations, or related area is required.
Experience in daily deadline journalistic writing, editing and live coverage is required.
Experience with covering intergovernmental proceedings is required.
Experience in the UN system or similar international organizations is required.
Experience in producing and disseminating public information materials, such as press releases, articles and opinion pieces is desirable.
Management experience is desirable.
Experience in web publication and content management systems is desirable.
Experience producing content for social media platforms is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; and knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
• Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.
• The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
• For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 January 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Viet Nam.
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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
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