Associate Public Information Officer

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This is a UNV International Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Specialist contracts.

The humanitarian crisis in Mali has reached an unprecedented trend of increasing need since mid-2018 due the spread of insecurity linked to conflicts and intercommunal clashes in the center and the Liptako Gourma region and the spread of conflict to the southern and central regions of Mali (Segou, and Sikasso in particular). The humanitarian situation remains worrisome, with COVID-19 compounding the already fragile situation. The security situation is unpredictable and will continue to deteriorate in northern central and southern Mali. Insecurity limits humanitarian access, whilst humanitarian actors continue trust-building efforts to improve their access to communities with differing perceptions regarding the neutrality, impartiality and quality of relief efforts. 2021 is characterized by a further deterioration of the humanitarian situation mainly due to the persisting and increasing insecurity as mentioned above in a context already marked by seasonal drought, floods and poverty (Mali is ranked 184/189 HDR 2019). This has seriously weakened the protection of civilians, limited access to basic social services and worsened the prevalence of food insecurity and malnutrition Currently, 5.9 million people -including 4.6 million people targeted by the humanitarian actors through the revised HRP- or one-third of the Malian population, are in need of humanitarian assistance. This is the highest number of vulnerable people recorded since the beginning of the crisis in 2012. The 2021 HRP requirement stands at $563 million and is currently funded at 21 per cent.

Under the direct supervision of Head of Information Management officer, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: • Supports the 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 programmes, 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 distri-bution. • Prepares, on the basis of official UN documentation and other sources, initial drafts of in-formation products, articles or chapters for inclusion in UN newsletters, periodicals, reports. • Supports the maintenance of key information products such as contact lists and their dis-tribution; • Supports the internal liaison between coordination, operations, and information units; • Support the Head of Office maintaining operational relationships with key constituencies. • Acts as focal point on specific issues, monitoring and reporting on developments, responding to inquiries, etc.

☒ Accountability ☒ Adaptability and Flexibility ☒ Client Orientation ☒ Communication ☒ Creativity ☒ Integrity ☒ Professionalism ☒ Technological Awareness ☒ Working in Teams

public information, journalism, international relations, administration or a related field is required. - Good knowledge of United Nations - Excellent oral and written skills; excellent English drafting, formulation, reporting skills. - Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing; - Familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development; -Experience in the production of public information materials and working with the media. - Proficiency in image and video production; good knowledge of multimedia software (Photoshop, Publisher, MS Office Suite, etc.) - Ability to present verbal and written information to different audience - Demonstrated high-level writing skills (e.g. press releases, briefing notes, press briefings and articles). - Thorough knowledge of Microsoft software (publisher, Design etc.) as well as website and social media platforms (FB, Instagram, Twitter, Power BI, etc)

Duty station is Bamako The UN Security level: Bamako: 4, and the UN Living conditions classification is a hardship duty station with R and R every eight (8) weeks (Dakar is RnR destination). A working visa is required.
Accommodation provision: none by the organization. Medical requirements e.g. vaccinations: yellow fever Medical facilities available: Level 3 clinics in Bamako including UN clinic and private clinics. COVID-19 negative PCR test required (no more than 3 days from departure.) Mali lies in Africa’s Sahel region with hot dry climate from October to May and Rainy season from May to September. Population is roughly 20 million with 43% living in urban or peri-urban areas established along the third longest river in Africa, the Niger. Agrarian-based livelihoods, agricultural and animal husbandry make 37% of Mali’s GDP. Mali is home to several UNESCO cultural heritage sites namely, Djenee mosque, Sankore university and mosque in Timbuktu, and Askia University, in Gao.

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