UN Public Information Officer - Jobs in Kenya

UN Public Information Officer - Jobs in Kenya


Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

UN Environment's Communication Division communicates UN Environment's core messages to all stakeholders and partners, raising environmental awareness and enhancing the profile of UN Environment worldwide. This post is located in the Communication Division at the Nairobi duty station.

Responsibilities

Under the general guidance of the Director and under the supervision of the Chief of Section, Digital Strategy, thei Public Information Officer (Head of News and Media) will perform the following duties:

  • Lead the work of UN Environment's Newsdesk as the main hub for news activities and press relations and contribute to the delivery of UN Environment's Programme of Work (POW);
  • Develop, supervise the preparation of information and communications products such as press releases, media alerts, products supporting major corporate activities;
  • Manage UN Environment News Centre as the online tool for dissemination of media and news content pertaining to the environment and sustainable development;
  • Keeps abreast with emerging and trending news and media stories to seize opportunities for positioning UN Environment as the thought-leader on environmental related issues.
  • Supervise performance and mentor Newsdesk staff; Oversee the hiring of world class press and information officers; Supervise the day-to-day operations, including the coordination of substantive and administrative activities, providing procedural advice, and implementing activities supporting the organization through the PoW;
  • Anticipate and resolve communications/public relations issues/problems;
  • Develop strategic partnerships with key traditional and hybrid media outlets and constituencies to elicit support for and maximize the impact of identified communication activities;
  • Create and maintain networks of high level international communications contacts across traditional and hybrid media, governmental agencies, international institutions and other groups and organizations in civil society; Represent the organization in important news and media related meetings, conferences and events, fulfilling speaking engagements and advocating issues of concern; Report on developments, trends and attitudes regarding the work of UN Environment; Oversee media training of senior UN Environment officials and provide clearance for interviews and media appearances; Provide news and media training for UN
    Environment staff and coordinate public engagement of UN Environment officials with responsible officers; Conduct regular meetings and communication training for Regional Information Officers (RIOs), and organize annual RIO retreats; Perform any other relevant duties assigned.

    Education
  • Advanced University Degree(Master’s degree or equivalent) in media studies, communication, marketing or other related field is required.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with the two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience
  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible work experience in media and strategic communications is required.
  • Experience in managing multiple processes and projects in a complex environment and high profile media coverage (preferably in the United Nations and/or a development agency) is desirable.

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

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 27th July 2019
  • Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira.
  • 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.
  • For more information and job application details, see; UN Public Information Officer - Jobs in Kenya

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