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Associate Public Information Officer


  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: Closed


Mission and objectives

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is the Secretariat Department responsible for strengthening international human rights mechanisms; enhancing equality and countering discrimination; combating impunity and strengthening accountability and the rule of law; integrating human rights in development and in the economic sphere; widening the democratic space; and early warning and protection of human rights in situations of conflict, violence and insecurity.


The Information Management and Data Analytics team (IMDA) is one of four units that compose the Office’s Emergency Response Section, which is located in OHCHR’s Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division in Geneva. The team continues the progressive implementation of the Information Management Strategy for Field Operations. This is being achieved through the gradual deployment of IM expertise into the field, the development of data tools to support human rights analysis and strengthening of the services to support the capture and use of structured data and the use of satellite imagery across field operations and investigations. This UNV assignment is offered in the context of a pilot programme bringing qualified candidates from the developing economies to volunteer with OHCHR. Candidates from developing economies in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa are encouraged to apply. The expected starting date of this assignment is April 2023 until December 2023. Please, note that this UN Youth Volunteer assignment is limited to a maximum duration of 9 months. Interested candidates should kindly bear this in mind when applying. Applicants are encouraged to apply for this position if it relates directly to their studies, expertise and/or skills. You can explain why you are a suitable candidate for this OHCHR assignment while applying. Applicants will have to meet the age related requirements for Youth UNVs, i.e. 18-26 years during the entire duration of the assignment. The entitlements can be reviewed in and International UN Volunteer Handbook - Conditions of Service.

Task description

Under the overall direction of the Chief – Emergency Response Section, the UN Volunteer will report to the head of the Information Management and Data Analytics team. Under the direction and supervision of the Information Management Officer, the UNV shall undertake the following tasks related to data and Human rights: • Document the current data systems. • Identify workflows and data requirements. • Work closely with the unit, the broader section, geographic sections, in particular country desk officers, and OHCHR field presences to understand their business re-quirements, map their workflows and develop data solutions to meet their needs. • Help organize internal meetings and events. • Assist in the implementation of innovation projects, such as identifying and implement-ing innovative solutions for OHCHR’s work; assist in the implementation of new and ongoing IT and technology projects; support the transformation of data, knowledge and information into graphics/illustrations/videos. • Assist with knowledge sharing and knowledge management. • Assist in the roll-out of Office 365 across the Office. • Perform other related duties as requested by supervisor, as appropriate. As part of the pilot programme “Ditch UNfair internship” the volunteer will be asked to con-tribute to the advocacy component of the project by providing feedback on how to improve OHCHR internship system, share stories and experience. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:- Strengthen their knowledge and understand-ing of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day)- Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country- Provide annual and end of assignment reports on UN Volunteer actions, re-sults and opportunities using UNV’s Volunteer Reporting Application- Contribute arti-cles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, news-letters, press releases, etc.- Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Vol-unteers- Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage rel-evant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service when-ever technically possible. Results/Expected Outputs: • Technical Information products – written and audio-visual - produced and disseminated in a timely way; • Contributed to the development of innovative solutions; • Development of workflow diagrams; • Contributed to the new Intranet and Knowledge Hub solution; • Contributed to the roll-out of digital tools.

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