UN Offices

Public Information Assistant

UN Offices

Job Description

This position is located in the Office of the Special Envoy for Syria and reports directly to the Senior Public Information Officer in Geneva.

The duration of this TJO is initially for 364-days effective from the start date.


This position is located in the United Nations Office of the Special Envoy for Syria (OSE Syria) in Geneva. Under the guidance of the Senior Public Information Officer for the Office of the Special Envoy for Syria, the Public Information Assistant will be responsible for the following duties: •Produces daily headlines and press reviews for the Office of the UN Special Envoy and the team including headlines published in international and regional media. •Translates selected articles and interviews published by the international and regional media into English for submission to the UN Special Envoy and the political team. •Acts as the focal point for media coverage with and under the guidance of the Senior Public Information Officer for the UN Special Envoy. •Translates important documents, such as backgrounders, press releases, op-eds and key messages from Arabic to English and vice versa. •Researches, compiles and presents information from a variety of sources; including reviewing current events in region and identifying items of interest to the Special Envoy and the team. •Assist the Senior Public Information Officer for the UN Special Envoy in preparation of bi-weekly media briefings and arrangement of interviews for the UN Special Envoy. •Provides assistance in translating, editing and proofreading etc. in the production and delivery of public outreach products and services in local language. •Translates selected articles and interviews published by the regional media into English for submission to Special Envoy and Team. •Provides assistance in recording and transcribing weekly Press Stakeouts by the Special Envoy and his Senior Advisors, and disseminates the transcript on a timely manner to the media. •Performs other duties as required.


•PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures related to communication, production and dissemination of public information. Ability to research information from a variety of sources. 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. •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, Education

A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Additional coursework in communications, public relations, or a related field of study is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of experience in public information, communications, international broadcasting or related area is required. Experience providing communications support to an office of the United Nations common system or a comparable international organization is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English and Arabic 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.

  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. Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage. 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. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date. No Fee


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