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This position, Senior Public Information Officer who will oversee communications and strategic events, is located at the United Nations Global Compact Office (UNGC) in New York (UNHQ). The Incumbent will report to the Executive Director. The Senior Public Information Officer is also the identified spokesperson for the UN Global Compact.
With delegated authority from the Executive Director, the Senior Public Information Officer may be responsible for the following duties:
•Conceptualize, design and execute the overall communications, public information and events strategy, programme and activities for the UN Global Compact Office and its Local Networks.
•Develops and prepares executive communications on behalf of the Executive Director
•Serve as lead spokesperson for the UN Global Compact Office; provide technical and policy advice on highly complex public information, integrity, reputational risk and communications issues; develop and disseminate best practices. Represents the UN Global Compact at the UN Communications Group and other UN-wide Communication and Advocacy initiatives.
•Lead and direct a team of public information and strategic events professionals; plan and allocate work assignments; coach, mentor, and evaluate staff; lead recruitment and selection of new staff and in the development of training programs. Identifies sources and seeks funding and other assistance for major campaigns.
•Oversee the preparation, from research to publication, of UN Global Compact newsletters, periodicals, reports and books.
•Conduct sensitive political liaison work; create and maintain networks of high level communications contacts with broadcast media, the press, governmental agencies, international institutions and other groups and organizations in civil society (non-governmental organizations (NGOs), businesses, community organizations, women’s groups, etc.); represent the UN Global Compact in important meetings, conferences, events, etc.; promote joint public relations ventures.
•Takes the lead on the strategic drafting and editing of broader business communications as requested, including input to Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General speeches and remarks, UN reports and events relating to the United Nations Global Compact.
•Participates as a Member of the UN Global Compact Executive Management Team.
•Contributes to development of institutional public relations policies.
•Assesses the overall effectiveness of the public information strategy and programmes and make needed changes in approach and technique.
•Provide diverse materials (briefings, speeches, questions and answers) for use by the Executive Director and senior officials, develop or overall see development of high profile multi-media communications campaigns; set quality and production standards for information dissemination.
• Professionalism: Knowledge of different aspects of public information and communication as it relates to corporate social responsibility and sustainable development issues. Ability to address a range of issues in the context of political developments, public attitudes and local conditions. Ability to advise on high profile and sensitive communication challenges. Ability to assess world-wide communication environments, develop communication strategies and manage implementation of public information campaigns with various promotional and publicity techniques. Ability to produce a variety of written communications products in a clear, concise style. Ability to present and defend difficult positions to senior officials. 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.
• 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.\
• Planning & 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.
• Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in communication, journalism, international relations, public administration or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area is required.
Experience in corporate sustainability as it relates to the United Nations, or other similar international organization, and business partnerships is desirable.
Experience in both the private sector and in the United Nations, or other similar international organization, is desirable
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. 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.
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.
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