Communications Officer, NOC

Communications Officer, NOC

UNECA - United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Yaounde, Cameroon

Org. Setting and Reporting

ECA’s mission is to deliver ideas and actions for an empowered and transformed Africa; informed by the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063.

The mission will be guided by ECA’s five strategic directions which are: advancing ECA’s position as a premier knowledge institution that builds on its unique position and privilege to bring global solutions to the continent’s problems and take local solutions to the continent; developing macroeconomic and structural policy options to accelerate economic diversification and job creation; designing and implementing innovative financing models for infrastructure, and for human, physical and social assets for a transforming Africa; contributing solutions to regional and transboundary challenges, with a focus on peace security and social inclusion as an important development nexus; advocating Africa’s position at the global level and developing regional responses as a contribution to global governance issues.

This position is located in the Sub-Regional Office for Central Africa (SRO-CA) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The Office is headed by a Director who reports to the Deputy Executive Secretary (Programme). Its main objective is to contribute to achieving economic diversification and structural transformation for inclusive and sustainable development in an integrated Central Africa subregion with focus on industrial and economic diversification policy and reforms.

The Communications Officer reports to the Director of SRO-CA. The incumbent will assist the SRO-CA in the design, management and monitoring and evaluation of an internal communication strategy consistent with ECA corporate goals and priority areas and advise on communications and outreach activities of the office.

Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Director of SRO-CA, the incumbent of the post will be responsible for the following functions:

  • Assist in the design, management and monitoring and evaluation of an internal communication strategy consistent with ECA corporate goals and priority areas;
  • Gather ongoing information about the organization's work and results achieved to date and document this information for broad internal and external dissemination;
  • Work with internal clients to assist dissemination of knowledge products and good practices to support country and regional industrial and economic diversification policy development and project efforts;
  • Liaise with the ECA Communication Team and the Communication Groups of the UNCTs to identify appropriate internal communications opportunities and mechanisms that highlight the ongoing work of the Sub-Regional Office;
  • Provide continuous sensitization sessions to Sub Regional Office staff on advocacy and communications as required;
  • Participate in management meetings in order to assist and advise on communications and outreach;
  • Organize media coverage (e.g. press conferences, interviews, press seminars and other special activities) both written, audio and video of major meetings and outputs of the sub regional offices;
  • Liaise with ECA web developers and Business Specialists to provide communications material to website/workspaces;
  • Facilitate policy dialogues and lead the SRO-CA economic diversification decade campaign and its policy influence agenda;
  • Prepare based on official ECA documentation and other sources, initial drafts of articles or chapters for inclusion in UN newsletters, periodicals, reports and books;
  • Initiates and sustains professional relationships with the medias and key constituencies;
  • Undertake any additional tasks that may be assigned by the Director of the sub regional office, such as editing, finalizing major speeches and report branding.

Competencies

  • Professionalism: Knowledge of the full range of communications approaches, tools, and methodologies essential to planning and executing effective campaign strategies and programmes, e.g. campaign management, media operations, marketing and promotion, audience outreach, message targeting. Ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources. Ability to identify communication issues, opportunities and risks in an international environment. Knowledge of relevant internal policies and business activities/issues. 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. 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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in communication, journalism, international relations, public administration, international development or related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in communication, public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area is required;
  • Experience coordinating communication and media activities at the regional level is required;
  • Experience with graphic design applications is required;
  • Experience with information and communication technologies (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.) and their use with a view to communicating and reaching out to clients is desirable;
  • Experience with the UN system and operational activities, or the operational activities of a similar large international organization is desirable.

Languages

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in either language is required; and knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

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