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Posting Title: Public Information Officer (English), P3

Job Code Title: PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER


Department/ Office: Department of Public Information

Duty Station: NEW YORK

Posting Period: 7 September 2017-21 October 2017

Job Opening number: 17-PUB-DPI-84980-R-NEW YORK(G)

Staffing Exercise ID: N/A

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 May 2017, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Viet Nam.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Organizational Setting and Reporting

This position is located primarily in News Section I (English), of the News and Content Branch, of the Department of Public Information (DPI). The UN News Services Section I produces daily news coverage of United Nations activities system-wide through the United Nations News Service by continuously updating news stories on the United Nations web site and distributing, to media and others around the world, news and related materials via e-mail, including news digests and alerts and texts of important speeches, statements and resolutions; maintenance and enhancement of the United Nations News Centre and the Secretary-General’s web site including links to audio; photo and video news sources; direct outreach to media in all regions, including the organization of briefings programmes for journalists with senior United Nations officials; communicates the Secretary-General’s message directly through op-eds placed worldwide, and the production of regular analytical reviews of trends in media reporting and commentary on the United Nations, and its accounts of United Nations-related issues, for the Secretary-General and senior United Nations officials. Incumbent reports to the Chief of Section, a senior Public Information Officer.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority and depending on location, the Public Information Officer may be responsible for the following duties:

Ensures implementation of information programs to publicize priority issues and/or major events, to include drafting information strategies, coordinating efforts, monitoring and reporting on progress, taking appropriate follow-up action, and analyzing the outcome.

Monitors and analyzes current events, public opinion and press, identifies issues and trends, and advises management on appropriate action/responses and measures the success of digital platform strategies for news video content.

Undertakes activities to promote media coverage (e.g. press conferences, interviews, press seminars and other special activities) of priority issues and/or major events, to include development of a media strategy and action plan, initiating pro-active media outreach efforts, proposing and arranging press conferences/media coverage, disseminating materials and consulting with press on approach/story angle and other information requests, undertaking appropriate follow-up action and analyzing and reporting on the impact of coverage. Works in close collaboration with social media teams in NMD to develop suitable content for social media platforms.

Produces or oversees production of a specific type or types of information communications products, in close collaboration with news editors, produces, films and edits short-form news video and feature products of varying length, including ‚explainer‘ videos and interview videos, for placement on online and social media platforms and cuts own existing news video reports to varying lengths (re-scripts and re-edits); contributes ideas for enhanced news video coverage for both broadcast and the web that directly relate to UN priorities.

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