United Nations Public Information Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

United Nations Public Information Officer Jobs in Ethiopia


Org. Setting and Reporting

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

  • The mission is guided by ECA's five new 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 Communication and Media Relations Section (CMRS) in the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES), Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The incumbent reports to the Chief of CRMS.

    Responsibilities

  • The main responsibility of the incumbent is to lead, advise and support the development and integration of communication and public advocacy into ECA's work in a systematic, coherent and effective manner.

  • Within delegated authority, 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.

    • 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.

    • Produces or oversees production of a specific type or types (e.g. print, broadcast, etc.) of information communications products (e.g. press kits, press releases, feature articles, speeches, booklets, brochures, backgrounders, audio-visual materials, radio spot program, etc.), to include proposing topics, undertaking research, determining appropriate medium and target audience, preparing production plans, writing drafts, obtaining clearances and finalizing texts, editing copy, and coordinating design approval, printing procedures and distribution.

    • Prepares, on the basis of official UN 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 key constituencies.

    • Acts as focal point on specific issues, monitoring and reporting on developments, responding to
    inquiries, etc.

    • Participates in selecting the information transmitted to key constituencies.

    • Provides guidance to, and may supervise, more junior staff.

    • Provides other duties as required.

    Competencies

    Professionalism:

  • 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.

    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.

    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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

    Education

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in communication, journalism, international relations, public administration 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 public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area is required. Please explain how you meet this criterion using examples.

  • Experience managing professional social media presence in an international setting is required.

  • Experience with crafting information communications products such as press kits, press releases, feature articles, talking points, speeches, booklets, brochures, backgrounders, audio-visual materials, etc., is required.

    Languages

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

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Public Information Officer Jobs in Ethiopia


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