Economic Commission for Africa Public Information Officer Jobs in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Economic Commission for Africa Public Information Officer Jobs in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU).

The United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) was established by UN General Assembly Resolution 64/288 in 2010 generally mandated to enhance the partnership between the United Nations and the African Union in the area of peace and security; Provide coordinated and consistent advice to the African Union on long-term capacity-building and short-term operational support matters; Streamline the United Nations presence in Addis Ababa to make it cost-effective and efficient in delivering UN assistance to the AU.

Cooperation between the two organizations has significantly intensified following the signing of the Joint UN-AU Framework for Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security on 19 April 2017, resulting in more strategic and forward-looking collaborative efforts in conflict prevention, mediation, peacekeeping and peace building.

The Public Information Officer will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and he will report to the Chief of Staff.

This vacancy runs through 31 December 2019.


  • This position is located within the UN Office to the African Union in Addis Ababa, UNOAU. Under the guidance of the chief of Staff and supervision, the Public Information Officer will be responsible for the following duties: Tasked with improving the visibility of the United Nations Office to the African Union partnership on issues of peace and security by providing support to the African Union Commission in terms of United Nations Public information best practices and providing strategies and policy advice for African Union peace support operations.
  • Assist the African Union Commission, AUC, and the African Mission in Somalia, AMISOM, to develop a robust media strategy that will enhance the Visibility of AU operations and ensure that relevant target groups are fully aware or the respective mandates of these operations; Provide strategic and operational advice on matters related to public Information to the AUC and to AMISOM;
  • Assist the AUC and AMISOM in the development and implementation of public information media capabilities, strategies and policies; Strengthen the strategic coordination and liaison on public information issues within the AUC, AMISOM, regional UN bodies, UN operations and external partners;
  • Plan and prepare all public information budget submissions; Undertake programme management of outreach activities in support of UN Peacekeeping with identified partners; Assist AUC and AMISOM in the conceptualization, planning, development and implementation of communications campaigns; where appropriate, work with departments, funds, agencies and regional UN Operations to implement system-wide campaigns and incorporate messages and themes into all relevant events and products;
  • Provide advice and expertise to managers, senior officers and other public information staff on a range of public affairs issues, methods, and approaches; anticipate and resolve communications/public relations issues/problems;
  • Develop strategic partnerships with key constituencies to elicit support for and maximize impact of promotional objectives; serve as a principal liaison to media organizations, governmental bodies, national groups, private sector organizations, educational organizations, international organizations, etc; Prepare and oversee preparation of a diverse range of information communications products in support of major campaign initiatives; Draft complex material for UN newsletters, periodicals, reports and books and edits drafts prepared by junior offices;
  • Evaluate results and impact of communications activities reports on developments, trends and attitudes regarding the UN; Represent the institution on in meetings and conferences; fulfill speaking engagements and make presentations to groups on UN activities; advocate issues of concern; organize media coverage and arrange for media contacts, briefings and interviews; organize seminars, lectures, conferences, public events on major issues and events concerning the organization; Build information networks; plan and oversee maintenance of publicly accessible information materials on the United Nations; plan and develop outreach activities; Manage publications programme; produce materials for print/electronic/voice/visual media as required;
  • Assist in the day-to-day operation of
    the unit to include participation in, coordination of substantive and administrative activities of the unit, interpreting and disseminating policy, providing procedural advice, improving reporting systems, handling operational and administrative queries, establishing and/or coordinating training programmes and monitoring and evaluating results;
  • Coordinate and direct a team of public information staff and/or mentor and supervise the work of junior officers; and as appropriate Perform other duties as may be assigned.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of different aspects of public information and communication. 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.


  • 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area is required.
  • Experience working in international organizations is desirable. Experience in developing and implementing communications campaigns and outreach activities is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required.

    How to Apply

  • 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) apply by 31st December, 2018

  • For more information and job application details, see; Economic Commission for Africa Public Information Officer Jobs in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

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