Department/ Office:United Nations Operation in Cote d'Ivoire

Duty Station:ABIDJAN

Posting Period:14 July 2014-29 July 2014

Job Opening number:14-PUB-ONUCI-36437-F-ABIDJAN (M)United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Special Notice

This 'Recruit from Roster' job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

Organizational Setting and Reporting

This position is located in Abidjan, ONUCI. The incumbent's primary reporting line is to the SRSG ONUCI.


Within delegated authority, the Spokesperson and Public Information Officer may be responsible for the following duties:

  • Manages all aspects of media relations for ONUCI, in close consultation with CSB New York. Serves as a spokesperson/principal liaison to media organizations, including giving briefings, interviews; organizing media coverage for senior officials.
  • Takes the lead in strategy, planning, development and implementation of large, complex communications campaigns and strategies (e.g. global promotion initiatives, public information programmes for a region, broad-reaching subject specific issues, etc.); where appropriate, works with departments, funds and agencies, including through communications groups, to develop ways to implement campaigns system-wide and to incorporate the common key messages and themes into all relevant events and products.
  • Provides advice, support, and expertise to managers, senior officers and other public information staff on a range of humanitarian public affairs issues, methods, and approaches, with particular emphasis on Francophone countries; anticipates and resolves communications/public relations issues/problems; supports field and senior management through travel to the field as required. Maintains relations with Europe-based media, supports organization of media events on major issues concerning the humanitarian community.
  • Develops strategic partnerships with key constituencies to elicit support for and maximize impact of promotional and humanitarian advocacy objectives;
  • Prepares or oversees preparation of a diverse range of information communications products in support of major humanitarian initiatives.
  • Drafts complex material for UN newsletters, periodicals, web and social media, reports and books and edits drafts prepared by junior officers.
  • Evaluates results and impact of communications activities; reports on developments, trends and attitudes regarding the UN and the humanitarian community.
  • Represents the institution in meetings and conferences; fulfills speaking engagements, makes presentations to groups on UN humanitarian activities and advocates issues of concern;
  • Builds information networks; plans and oversees maintenance of publicly accessible information materials on humanitarian matters; plans and develops outreach activities.
  • Assists in 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, monitoring and evaluating results.
  • May coordinate and direct a team of public information staff and/or mentor and supervise the work of junior officers in Geneva and field/regional offices on specific projects.



  • 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.
  • Sound understanding of the role of the UN system and multilateral humanitarian affairs.
  • Excellent drafting skills in English and French, and crisis communications experience.
  • Proven ability to coordinate others effectively in high pressure environments.
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in communication, journalism, international relations, public administration or related field.
  • A first-level university degree with in combination 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 professional experience in public information, journalism, international relations, or related area is required field experience working in crisis countries is required.
  • A combination of field and UN headquarters experience working in complex emergencies or other humanitarian situations is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
  • For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English and French is required.

Assessment Method

  • Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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