ASSOCIATE PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
- Organization: UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme
- Location: Montreal
- Grade: Junior level - P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
- Communication and Public Information
- Closing Date: Closed
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.
At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders agreed on a comprehensive strategy for sustainable development. A key agreement opened for signature at Rio was the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Convention has three objectives: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources.
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) is located in Montreal, Canada and is administered by UNEP. This post is located in the Secretariat of the CBD, in the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES), within the Communication and Awareness Unit (CA). Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Executive Secretary and the direct supervision of the Head of the Communication and Awareness Unit (CA), the incumbent will perform the following duties:
A. Produces and disseminates a range of information/communication products such as press briefs, newsletters and other publications, brochures, speeches, social media posts and other multi-media products. Responsibilities include tasks related to programme management/project management and implementation assistance at all phases of the production cycle; editing, and copy-editing, collection and synthesis of information, photo selection. Liaises with contributors, designers and printers as required.
B. Contributes to the development and production of communications information products by, inter alia, preparing drafts, providing editorial and production support, including through researching and drafting content for a range of day to day such as press releases, statements and communiques for the Executive Secretary, documents, articles, briefings/debriefings, correspondence, social media content.
C. Conducts research, drafts communications plans and develops materials for various Secretariat outreach campaigns, including, but not limited to, the International Day for Biological Diversity, international and United Nations days, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, toolkits and the global climate change agenda.
D. Updates media lists and nurtures relationship with representatives of the media. Assists with media preparations for meetings of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD, including assisting in managing press conferences, monitoring media reporting of concern to the CBD, and managing media accreditation in collaboration with the host government.
E. Contributes to the preparation of documents for intergovernmental meetings and other meetings of the CBD, including COPs and subsidiary bodies.
F. Assumes overall production responsibility (coordination, editing and managing) for the production of the CBD newsletter for civil society.
G. Participates and assists in various coordination groups in the Secretariat.
H. Disseminates internal communications products within the CBD, as well as biodiversity-related stories of interest to all subscribers through the daily CBD News Headlines.
I. Contributes to the collection and analysis of data as well as identification of trends or patterns and provides draft insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
J. Handles any other task as required.
PROFESSIONALIM: The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. Shows pride in work and 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 calms 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 the 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.
Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in environmental, social or political sciences, journalism, business administration, public information, public administration, environmental management or related field is required. A first level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.
Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.
A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in the field of sustainable development or environment related programmes, public administration and environmental conventions is required.
Experience in media relations is required.
Experience in writing and copy editing, including press releases, outreach material and social media is required.
Experience within the United Nations or any other similar international organization is desirable.
One (1) year or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable (none if successful YPP or P-1 with a related degree).
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of other UN languages is desirable.
NOTE: ''Fluency'' equals a rating of ''fluent'' in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and ''Knowledge of'' equals a rating of ''confident'' in two of the four areas.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.Special Notice
Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.
Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
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.
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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.
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