NATIONAL INFORMATION OFFICER
Application deadline 12 days ago: Monday 12 Sep 2022 at 23:59 UTCOpen application form
This is a NO-3 contract. This kind of contract is known as National Professional Officers. It is normally only for nationals. It's a staff contract. More about NO-3 contracts.
Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in the United Nations Information Centre in Panama City (UNIC Panama City), within the Information Centres Service (ICS) of the Strategic Communications Division (SCD) of the Department of Global Communications (DGC).
The UNIC is part of the global network of United Nations Information Centres (UNICs), and UNIC Panama City is the principal source of information about the United Nations system in Panama. The UNIC is responsible for promoting public understanding and support for the aims and activities of the United Nations by communicating about its work and disseminating UN information materials to a local audience in English, Spanish and local languages; engaging local and regional partners; and, overall, bringing the United Nations closer to the peoples it serves. The UNIC Panama City has been integrated with the Resident Coordinator Office (RCO) in Panama since the operationalization of the United Nations development system reform on 1 January 2019.
The incumbent reports directly to the Resident Coordinator and/or the Head of RCO in Panama and is under the general supervision of the Chief of ICS.
Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:
- In line with the Global Communications Strategy of the United Nations and the UN and UN country team (UNCT) branding strategy, support the UNCT Communication and Advocacy Group (UNCAG) with the development and implementation of country-wide strategic communications plans, campaigns and activities targeted to local audiences, in consultation with the RCO, and/or UN partners as well as with DGC UNHQ.
- Takes a leading role on communications issues within the UNCT by serving as the Secretariat for the UNCAG at the country level in consultation with DGC UNHQ and the RCO.
- Provides substantive support to the Resident Coordinator and UN Country Team (UNCT) in designing, implementing, and monitoring the UN joint communications strategy, aligned to the Global UN Communications Strategy and based on the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), a key instrument for planning and implementing UN development activities in the country, in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
- Provides substantive support to the RC and UNCT, UN Programme Management Team (or equivalent) and Results Groups on potential issues, concerns and risks related to communications and advocacy, and suggests corrective actions.
- In collaboration with the UNCAG and the UN Programme Management Team (or equivalent), and in coordination with the RCO team responsible for data management and results reporting, drafts the annual communications plan to publicize and communicate results with a focus on the UN's development impact.
- Drives and coordinates the development of country specific, including UNCT multimedia communications products as well as digital and social media products and activities in multiple languages.
- Maintains the integrated UNCT website and social media accounts in English, Spanish, and local languages, in line with UN Secretariat governance mechanisms, including those related to information security and using up-to-date social media platforms and web practices.
- Identifies, adapts, and institutes use of communications tools with innovative approaches and keeps pace with emerging technology to garner largest outreach and effectiveness of UN communications.
- In support of the RC, drafts, at a high-quality level, in English, Spanish and local languages various print and digital communications products, as well as engages in public speaking with media, partners and local interlocutors.
- Monitors and analyzes current events, public opinion and press coverage, identifying issues and trends, advising DGC UNHQ, the RC and the UNCT on appropriate action/responses.
- In collaboration with the UNCAG, conducts media outreach, including development of media strategies and action plans, initiating proactive media outreach efforts; maintains contacts with national and regional media in Panama, disseminates information materials to the media, drafts or places op-eds and arranges interviews, organizes press conferences and briefings, monitors press coverage of UN issues; consults with press on approach/story angle and other information requests, undertakes appropriate follow-up action and analyzes and reports on the impact of coverage.
- Initiates and sustains proactive professional relationships with key constituencies and partners at the national and regional level and undertakes joint strategic activities with them; plans and facilitates dialogues with partners to improve public engagement and participatory approaches to increase understanding about the UN's work in Panama.
- Conducts educational outreach activities, including the engagement with Model United Nations conferences and organizing public-speaking opportunities at local educational institutions with support from and/or the participation of the UN Resident Coordinator and/or the UN Country Team.
- Assumes responsibilities for the day-to-day running of UNIC Panama; assumes overall responsibility for the administration of the UNIC by overseeing the planning and management of the UNIC's overall activities and its operational requirements, including its budget and equipment; monitors the output of the UNIC and reports to DGC UNHQ and RC/O on a monthly, quarterly, annual, and ad hoc basis.
Performs other functions and special duties as required by the Director of SCD, the Chief of ICS/SCD, and/or the UN Resident Coordinator, including providing crisis communications support; representing the UN at conferences; participating in seminars; coordinating and drafting op-eds, speeches and interviews including for the Resident Coordinator.
Competencies PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrated knowledge of communications techniques, including audience-focused strategic communications and crisis communications; proven ability to implement effective media campaigns and to develop traditional and digital media products and activities targeting the media; ability to identify communications opportunities and problems and to articulate these to clients. Ability to advise on communications challenges, assess communications environments, develop communications strategies, and manage implementation of communications campaigns in Panama with various promotional techniques. Ability to make decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization and to apply rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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 AND 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.
Education An advanced university degree (Master's or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in communications, journalism, public information or a related field 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, including experience in managing contacts and networking with the media, non-governmental organizations, government officials, international and national organizations, business groups, civil society, etc. in Panama is required.
Experience in developing and implementing communications strategies is required.
Experience in crisis communications or reputational risk management is required.
Experience in speaking to diverse audiences (e.g. general public, Government officials, special interest groups) is desirable.
Experience working across multimedia platforms with traditional and digital media is desirable.
Experience working with the United Nations, or a comparable international organization is desirable.
Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and Spanish are required. Knowledge of other official United Nations languages is desirable.
Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special Notice - This position is temporarily available for a duration of six months with a possibility of extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
National Professional Officers (NPO) or National Officers (NO) are nationals of the country in which they are serving, and their functions must have a national context, i.e. functions that require national experience or knowledge of the national language, culture, institutions, and systems.
This is an NPO/NO position located in Panama City (Panama). Only candidates with Panamanian nationality are eligible to apply to this position.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
United Nations Considerations According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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