United Nations Information Officer Jobs in Kenya
United Nations Information Officer Jobs in Kenya
Org. Setting and Reporting The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 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.
Our mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. UNEP's Communication Division raises the organization's profile, informs policies and influences attitudes, behaviour and decisions related to the environment worldwide.
The position of Media Officer is in the Media Unit, which is in the Digital Section of the Communication Division. It is located at UNEP's global headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Under the overall guidance of Chief of the Digital Section, and direct supervision of the head of the Media Unit, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:
Ensures implementation of UNEP's media engagement strategies to publicize priority environmental issues and/or major events. This will include the development of media strategies, coordinating efforts, monitoring and reporting on progress, taking appropriate follow-up action, and analyzing the outcome.
Monitors and analyzes current events related to the environment, public opinion and press, identifies issues and trends, and advises management on appropriate action/responses.
Undertakes activities to promote media coverage (e.g. press conferences, interviews, press seminars and other special activities) of priority environmental 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.
Produces or oversees production of press kits, press releases, background briefs, messaging documents and opinion pieces. This would include proposing topics, undertaking research, determining appropriate medium and target audience, preparing production plans, writing drafts, obtaining clearances and finalizing texts, editing copy, and distribution.
Initiates and sustains professional relationships with media worldwide.
Acts as focal point on issues related to the media, monitoring and reporting on developments, responding to inquiries, etc.
Provides guidance to, and may supervise, more junior staff, consultants, UN Volunteers and/or interns.
Performs other related duties as may be assigned.
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 public affairs issues, opportunities
and risks in an international environment. Ability to diplomatically handle sensitive situations with target audiences and cultivate productive relationships. 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; 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 & 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 two (2) years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in media relations and/or journalism with a focus on the environment &/or related science-based topics is required.
A minimum of two years of international professional experience is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of other UN languages is desirable
NOTE: "Fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and "Knowledge of" equals a rating of "confident" in two of the four areas.
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