This position is in the Office of Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth. The Associate Public Information Officer reports to the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.
The Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth (OSGEY) plays a lead role in the UN's efforts on youth development, focusing on raising international awareness of and bringing attention to promoting youth rights and stronger youth participation in formulating, implementing and evaluating the various development, peace and security, Human Rights and humanitarian frameworks. The OSGEY plays a lead role in advancing the roll-out, implementation and monitoring of the UN Youth Strategy, "Youth2030", that guides the entire UN System’s work with and for young people and seeks to facilitate increased impact and expanded global, regional and country-level action to address the needs, build the agency and advance the rights of young people around the world.
Advocating and effectively communicating with other UN Agencies/Departments, UN Country Teams, International Organizations, Member States, Media, Civil Society and most importantly young people and youth organizations all over the world is core to OSGEY’s work.
The focus on this job is formulating creative strategies to communicate with these diverse audiences and implementing those strategies in the form of concrete campaigns and initiatives online and offline.
The incumbent reports to the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth. This position is available immediately for a period of up to six (6) months with the possibility for extension.
Within delegated authority the Associate Public Information Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Tracks, researches and analyzes information on assigned topics/issues; gathers information from diverse sources and helps to assess news value and other potential impact, as well as to evaluate the effectiveness of information campaigns.
• Drafts/compiles a specific type or types (e.g. print, broadcast, etc.), of information communications products for target audiences, to include social media posts, press releases, media packets and reports, brochures, briefings, video clips, newsletters, websites, etc.
• Organizes the clearance, production and distribution of information material; conducts photo and graphic research.
• Manages OSGEY’s Social Media accounts, generating content and ensuring audience growth
• In consultation with others identifies and proposes information opportunities, activities and approaches, taking into account the situation/topic and target audience.
• Identifies key contacts/constituencies and opportunities for strategic partnerships to elicit support to maximize the impact of key initiatives and campaigns led by OSGEY Organizes or participates in the organization of conferences, seminar, press briefings, interviews, etc.; prepares briefing materials for senior officials prior to their participation in such events.
• Responds to a variety of inquires and information requests internally and externally; prepares related correspondence.
• Performs other duties as assigned
• PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to plan, execute and monitor public communication campaigns, e.g. campaign management, market research, message targeting, Impact Evaluation. Ability to research and analyze issues and topics related to current events. Ability to interact with the public to build and maintain effective business connections. 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.
• 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.
• CREATIVITY: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box"; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
A first-level university degree in communication, journalism, marketing, political science, development or related field.
A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, communications or a related area is required;
Experience with information technology and its application in work assignments is required
Experience and applied skills and knowledge with Digital Media is required
Work experience in development or human rights organization is desirable
Work experience in business or new media organization is desired
Work experience with youth-related initiatives/programmes is desirable
Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable..
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview
• This position is temporarily available immediately for six (6) months with the possibility for extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the Career Development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service
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