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UN MINUSMA - United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali

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This is a P-5 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 10 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 161,536 USD and 202,441 USD.

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Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, in the Strategic Communications and Public Information Office. The Senior Public Information Officer/ Spokesperson will report to the Chief of Strategic Communications, under the guidance of the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, (SRSG). The position is deployed at Mission Headquarters.

Responsibilities - Within delegated authority, under the supervision of the Director of Strategic Communications and Public Information, the Senior Public Information Officer/Spokesperson may be responsible for the following duties: - Serve as lead spokesperson for MINUSMA; provide technical and policy advice on highly complex media and communications issues; develop and disseminate messages, press lines and press releases on specific occasions, events, crises, and all other opportunities identified by mission leadership to express its views and share its opinions. Media relations also include: Giving on record and background press briefings and interviews on behalf of the Mission to national, regional and international media; conceptualizing, developing, updating, executing and assessing a media strategy, and work plan, including utilizing digital and multimedia platforms as part of the strategy; advising the Head of Mission and senior leadership on media strategy and approach; developing and implementing a system of daily media monitoring and regular media trends analyses for the Mission Senior leadership; drafting and issuing press statements, press releases, information notes and other material for the media, setting quality and production standards for information dissemination; establish and maintain a cooperative relationship with local, regional and international journalists; arrange interviews and/or background briefings with senior mission officials and facilitating the daily work of journalists covering the mission; facilitating media visits and embeds to the mission area. - Prepare, lead and anchor MINUSMA weekly press briefing and regular conferences and oversee transcript of material and verbatim preparation and dissemination - Respond in a timely fashion to disinformation that could impact negatively on the public perception of the Mission and/or the mission’s leadership. - Develop and implement the Mission crisis media strategy. Conceptualize and implement timely media communications in reaction to crisis situations. - Coordinate activities and share guidance with relevant departments and units at UNHQ and regional offices as needed. - Maintain close contact by sharing information and coordinating messaging with the leadership and all components of the Mission including civilian and uniformed, Agencies, Funds and Programmes, the UN Country Team and the UN Communications Group as needed, to keep abreast of all substantive and strategic issues. - Produce and share key messaging, press activities and guidance with other sections of the Strategic Communications and Public Information Office as part of daily functions as well as to fulfill strategic objectives and implement the Mission’s overall communications plan. - As directed, provide support to other work streams of Strategic Communications and Public Information Office as needed, notably internal communications and external campaigns, including review and clearing of internal communications platforms such as iSeek as needed. - Represent the mission in public forums, conferences and events and fulfill speaking requirements. - Liaise with counterparts in the Government and diplomatic community, local authorities, civil society, media associations and other key constituencies to ensure key messages are conveyed and support communications campaigns. - Contribute to the development of Mission’s institutional strategic communications policies. - Provide communications materials (op-ed, briefings, speeches, media analysis, media guidance, talking points, questions and answers) for use by senior officials in their relations with the media. - Management functions include: participate in recruitment, supervision and evaluation of staff as appropriate. Design, submit and allocate budget as appropriate. Lead the media relations unit. Plan and allocate work assignments. Manage, mentor, coach and evaluate the unit team of media relations staff, including coordinating functions such as media accreditation, news monitoring and analysis of media trends, respond to media and public inquiries, organizing media trips and briefings. - Develop and implement a capacity-building plan for media relations staff, especially national staff, where appropriate. Advise and support mission leadership in medias kills development, as appropriate. - Serve as Officer-in-Charge of the Strategic Communications and Public Information Office in the Director’s absence. - Perform other duties, as assigned.

Competencies •PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of different aspects of strategic communications, relations with the media and public information. Ability to address a range of issues in the context of political developments, public attitudes, and local conditions. Ability to advise on high profile and sensitive communication challenges. Ability to assess world-wide communications environments, develop media strategies and manage implementation of media and public information campaigns with various promotional and publicity techniques. Ability to produce a variety of written and oral communications products in a clear, concise style. Ability to present and defend difficult positions to senior officials and the media. 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.

•ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

•EMPOWERING OTHERS: Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work; encourages others to set challenging goals; holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility; genuinely values all staff members’ input and expertise; shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort; involves others when making decisions that affect them.

•JUDGEMENT/DECISION-MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communication, journalism, international relations or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in strategic communication, journalism, international relations or related area is required.

Experience in media relations, digital media, radio, outreach and/or public relations is required.

A minimum of five years in-country field experience in conflict, post-conflict, or transition countries on issues relevant to media and communications for sustaining peace is required.

Experience in leading a communications team is desirable.

Experience as a spokesperson or senior media communications officer is desirable.

Knowledge of the media landscape in the Sahel region is desirable.

Experience working in strategic communications within the United Nations system, or a comparable international organization is desirable.

Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage. Knowledge of a national/regional language is an advantage

Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal interview.

Special Notice - This position is temporarily available for six months. 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.

    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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.


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