Associate Public Information Officer, NOB

United Nations Mission Integrated Office in Haiti
  • Location
    Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
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  • Posted
    Sep 06

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) was established by Security Council resolution 2476 and is mandated to promote and strengthen political stability and good governance, including the rule of law, preserving, and advancing a peaceful and stable environment, supporting an inclusive inter-Haitian national dialogue, and protecting and promoting human rights in Haiti.

This position is located within the Strategic Communication and Public Information Unit of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH). The incumbent will be under the overall supervision of the Senior Public Information Officer. Under the guidance of the supervisor, s/he participates in the formulation and implementation of planning, development and provision of accurate and timely information with the objective of promoting awareness, understanding, support and respect for the Mission’s work with particular emphasis of reaching local media, civil society organizations, Government and National NGOs. S/he prepares drafts of a diverse range of communications products targeting local audiences across multiple platforms including digital, radio, TV and print; handles aspects of media relations and outreach; establishes and maintains a cooperative relationship with partners and local and international journalists; assists in responding in a timely fashion to disinformation that could negatively impact public perception of the Mission and/or the Mission’s leadership.


Within delegated authority, the Associate Public Information Officer may be responsible for the following duties:

Supports the implementation of the Mission’s digital communications strategy:

  • Assures management, maintenance and updates of the Mission’s website and social media platforms.
  • Produces high-standard multimedia and multilingual content for the Mission’s platforms and for dissemination to the media and relevant UN entities, using the most appropriate platforms, whether through the internet, social media, photos, in print or outreach events.
  • Develops content that uses a combination of text, imagery, audio, and graphics to tell a story, using relevant software.

Manages outreach to local media, civil society organizations, Government and National NGOs and builds capacity:

  • Produces and disseminates information, especially to local media and organizations about the Mission, its aims and activities and supports outreach activities and assists in interactions in local language(s);
  • Develops partnerships with key national constituencies by proactively sharing work plan and content and working closely with national partners to raise visibility and understanding of the Mission’s work.
  • Monitors and analyzes current events, public opinion and press; identifies issues and trends in country, and helps to prepare notes to management on appropriate action/responses.

Builds communication capacity with national partners and strengthens local partnerships

  • Builds capacity and serves as focal point on local capacity building including supporting local media and partners through regular contact and organizing specialized training to address knowledge, awareness and skill gaps.
  • Develops partnerships with key national constituencies by proactively sharing work plan and content and working closely with national partners to raise visibility and understanding of the Mission’s work.
  • Develops strategic partnerships with key constituencies to elicit support for and maximize impact of public information objectives; raises visibility of the Mission by organizing and/or participating in seminars, lectures, conferences, public events on major issues and events concerning the organization.

Prepares communications products and content in local language(s)

  • Drafts a diverse range of communication products in local languages(s) in support of unit priorities and works closely with departments and partners to develop ways to implement campaigns system-wide and to incorporate the campaign message and themes into all relevant events and products.
  • Drafts human interest stories for local and international audiences and produces digital content for the Mission’s social media platforms.
  • Keeps abreast of changing developments, trends and political development in the Country; provides communication support to managers, senior officers and other public information staff on a range of public affairs issues, methods, and approaches;
  • Contributes to reports to Mission leadership, UNHQ on communications activities, developments, trends and attitudes regarding the UN; and coordinates and shares public information activities and guidance with other sections of the Public Information Unit and leadership when appropriate.

Provides support to internal communications

  • Drafts copy for reports, newsletters, and other materials of interest to internal audiences.
  • Ensures Mission’s internal communication is up to date and accurate.

Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Professionalism: Shows pride in work and 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.
  • 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.
  • Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; Shows willingness to learn new technology.


  • 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 two years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area is required.
  • Experience working in digital media is desirable.
  • Experience in video and photo production and editing is desirable.
  • Experience in social media campaign design and implementation is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in French and English (both oral and written) is required.


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