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COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Bangkok

  • Organization: UN - United Nations
  • Location: Bangkok
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2022-10-13

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (ROSEAP), based in Bangkok, Thailand, Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the overall guidance the UNODC Regional Representative and the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator based in Bangkok. Additional substantive guidance will be provided by the Advocacy Section (AS) at UNODC headquarters in Vienna.

For more information on UNODC, please visit the following website: www.unodc.org

Responsibilities

Within assigned authority, the incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

• Maintain a current knowledge of substantive and operational developments in all UNODC mandate areas and related trends at the national and regional levels in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
• Provide support in organizing media outreach; arrange all media contacts, press briefings, and interviews; provide talking points and other materials as needed to senior staff; respond to media inquiries quickly and effectively.
• Coordinate production of a wide range of information products (including audio/visual communications) for the purpose of information dissemination and advocacy related to UNODC mandate areas in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
• Provide guidance and expertise to ROSEAP staff on a range of advocacy and outreach efforts, their methods and approaches.
• Anticipate and resolve communications/public relations issues/problems.
• Draft communication and advocacy materials, including web-stories, reports, promotional materials, and talking points for senior managers.
• Provide substantive support in strategy, planning, development and implementation of communication/awareness-raising campaigns.
• Serve as a spokesperson/principal communication and advocacy liaison to media organizations, governmental bodies’ public relations departments, national groups, private sector organizations, community-based organizations, international organizations, etc..
• Coordinate the work of and guide on initiatives from other communications personnel in project teams Southeast Asia and the Pacific to ensure effectiveness and coherence in external messaging.
• As needed, participate in UN communication coordination groups in the region and coordinate with/contribute to UN-wide campaigns and advocacy events on behalf of UNODC.
• Evaluate the results and impact of communication activities and report on developments, trends and attitudes regarding UNODC mandate areas.
• Perform other work-related duties as required.

Competencies

• Professionalism: Has good knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to effective public relations and external communication. Has good knowledge of crime prevention and criminal justice issues as well as technical cooperation. Has good analytical, planning, organizational and evaluative skills. Is able to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Has knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. 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.

• Teamwork: 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.

• 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communication, media, journalism, international relations, public administration or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional work experience in communication and advocacy/awareness-campaigns is required.

Experience in media relations, public speaking, speechwriting, written external communication is required.

Experience in communication on security-related matters is required.

Work experience in or on Southeast and/or the Pacific is desirable.

Work experience with governmental or intergovernmental institutions is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency based interview.

Special Notice

This is a project post. Filling of this position is subject to funding availability and the initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Bangkok is classified a A and a family duty station.

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.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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