Associate Public Information Officer, NOB

Associate Public Information Officer, NOB

United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan

Juba, South Sudan

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Communication and Public Information Section of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. The incumbent will be team leader in Yambio. He/She will report to the Head of Field Office and the Multimedia Coordinator.

Responsibilities

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

  • Manages outreach to local media, civil society organisations, Government and National NGOs and assists in interactions in local languages;
  • Produces and disseminates communication material, including print, audio and video news and feature stories, for UN digital platforms and for distribution to media about the Mission, its objectives and activities;
  • Develops strategic partnerships with key national constituencies and works closely with partners to raise visibility and understanding of the Mission's work by organizing and/or participating in seminars, lectures, conferences, and public events;
  • Monitors and analyzes current events, public opinion and press; identifies issues and trends in country, and contributes to the development of appropriate responses;
  • Serves as focal point for local capacity building, including supporting local media and partners through regular contact and organizing specialized training to address knowledge, awareness and skill gaps;
  • 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;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Competencies

  • Professionalism: Knowledge of digital journalism. Demonstrates political awareness, judgment and knowledge of international affairs. Knowledge of digital editing technology and multimedia platforms. Ability to address a range of issues in the context of political developments, public attitudes and local conditions. Ability to conceptualize, design and implement major information campaigns. Ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources. Ability to diplomatically handle sensitive situations with target audiences and cultivate productive relationships. Ability to produce a variety of written communications products in a clear, concise style. Ability to deliver oral presentations to various audiences. 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 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.

Education

  • 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 to four years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area.

Languages

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English is required; Proficiency in Arabic is desirable.

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