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This position is located in the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict in New York. The OSRSG-SVC was created in 2010 and mandated by Security Council Resolution 1888 (2009) to intensify efforts to end Sexual Violence in Conflict and post-conflict settings.The incumbent reports to the Chief of Office/Senior Policy Advisor.
The Communications Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Draft articles for the SRSG, and be responsible for day-to-day liaison with the media, including responding to queries, organizing media activities, and media monitoring;
• Support the development and implementation of media and outreach strategies to engage key constituencies, and be responsible for positioning SVC issues in the communications arena, which includes website content, and the production and dissemination of information materials;
• Undertake research and produce fresh and compelling facts or figures, work with indicators, generate statistics, track data and analyze patterns/trends, to support knowledge-building and evidence-based advocacy and therefore add value to the advocacy, presentations and reports of the OSRSG;
• Help track sexual violence in conflict-related issues in the press by maintaining a daily digest of news clips using a wide range of open source media;
• Prepare special coverage reports/summaries on specific issues, and produce pie charts, graphs, and diagrams to substantiate data as needed;
• Broker and support press appearances and interviews by the SRSG and OSRSG staff, assist in coordinating media responses, provision of substantive input for press statements, etc, attend interviews, draft talking points and briefing notes;
• Organise or participate in the organization of conferences, seminars, etc, prepare press briefing materials for the SRSG and senior staff in her Office prior to these events, prepare notes of meetings;
• Organize the clearance, production and distribution of information material and provide communications advice and support to the OSRSG on public information issues, methods and approaches;
• Undertake and manage projects and communication efforts in support of SVC issues as needed;
• Participate in communication forums at Headquarters and liaise on a regular basis with the office of the Spokesperson, DPI, DPKO, DPA, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, OHCHR, etc., and with communication officers in other UN bodies as required;
• Assist with the daily functioning of the OSRSG, including drafting of correspondence, monitoring of incoming material and preparation and dissemination of internal communications;
• Solicit pro bono assistance for outreach activities, as well as other duties as required.
Professionalism: Knowledge in the field of communications and public information and proven ability in news gathering, analyzing, writing and editing to very tight deadlines; Ability to communicate and address a range of issues related to SVC information requirements; ability to assess political trends, the attitudes of target audiences, local conditions and developments; Ability to undertake research and generate and manage a data-base of statistics so that country-specific trends may be measured in the area of women, peace and security/conflict-related sexual violence; Ability to initiate, design, implement or backstop public information campaigns; Ability to engage proactively with a broad range of UN and non-UN actors and to respond to requests for information; In-depth knowledge of the UN system, organization and inter-agency relationships; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems and challenges. Demonstrated ability to plan and organize, and to prioritize and manage time and resources efficiently and effectively; Ability to respond in a timely way to requests for assistance. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Full proficiency in computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications. Knowledge of creating or managing statistical databases. Technological fluency with all standard digital communication applications.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Technological awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation 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 degree or equivalent) in communications, journalism, public relations or related fields. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in journalism, communications, statistical research, marketing or public relations work, focusing on writing and disseminating information, statistics, and related materials is required. International experience in public and media relations is also required. Experience with web-based communication technology is desirable. Experience with the United Nations, or in a United Nations Common System organization or other international government organization is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified applicants may include a substantive assessment, which may be
followed by a competency-based interview.
Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
- 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.
- An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.
- This vacancy is subject to availability of post.
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.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS' BANK ACCOUNTS.