Public Information Officer, Strategic Communications – OCHA, UN

un-careersThis post is located in the Communications Services Branch of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Strategic Communications Section.  The Public Information Officer reports to the Head of the Strategic Communications Section and the Branch Chief.


Within delegated authority, the Public Information Officer will be responsible for the following duties: 

  • Takes the lead in strategy, planning, development and implementation of advocacy campaigns (e.g. global promotion initiatives, public information programmes for a region, broad-reaching subject specific issues, etc.); where appropriate, works with departments, field offices, and agencies to develop ways to implement campaigns on humanitarian topics to incorporate the campaign message and themes into all relevant events and products.
  • Develop and promote the use of a systematic methodology for the formulation of advocacy objectives for branches and country offices.
  • Provides advice and expertise to managers, senior officers and other public information staff on a range of public affairs issues, methods, and approaches; anticipates and resolves communications/public relations issues/problems.
  • Develops strategic partnerships with key constituencies to elicit support for and maximize impact of promotional objectives; serves as a spokesperson/principal liaison to media organizations, governmental bodies, national groups, private sector organizations, educational organizations, international organizations, etc.
  • Prepares or oversees preparation of a diverse range of information communications products in support of major campaign initiatives.
  • Through extensive consultations, develop a strategy for the distribution of content produced at OCHA HQ, which maximizes reach and impact with targeted audiences.
  • Evaluates results and impact of communications activities; reports on developments, trends and attitudes regarding the UN.
  • Represents the institution in meetings and conferences; fulfills speaking engagements and makes presentations to groups on UN activities and advocate issues of concern; organizes media coverage and arranges for media contacts, briefings, interviews; organizes seminars, lectures, conferences, public events on major issues and events concerning the organization.
  • Builds information networks; plans and oversees maintenance of publicly accessible information materials on the United Nations; plans and develops outreach activities.
  • Manages publications programme; produces materials for print/electronic/voice/visual media.
  • Assists is the day-to-day operation of the unit to include participating 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, preparing budget submissions, establishing and/or coordinating training programmes and monitoring and evaluating results.
  • May coordinate and direct a team of public information staff and/or mentor and supervise the work of junior officers on specific projects.

This position is funded for a finite period of one year.  Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds. 

Location: New York, USA

Application deadline: 5 September 2014

Read more and apply here.

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