Public Information Officer
- Organization: UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
- Location: Vienna
- Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
- Communication and Public Information
- Closing Date: 2023-06-17
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Precursors Control Section (PRE), Secretariat of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Senior Technical Adviser and the general supervision of the Chief of Section.
for more information on INCB, visit www.incb.org.
Within assigned authority, the Public Information Officer will be responsible for the following specific duties:
• Update and ensure continued implementation of the communication strategy including its calendar of events and its advocacy products; coordinate efforts, monitor and report on progress, take appropriate follow-up action, and analyse the outcome.
• Undertake activities to support communication and outreach of priority issues and/or major events, including disseminating materials, undertaking appropriate follow-up action and analysing and reporting on the impact of activities.
• Develop and maintain the web site and plan and facilitate digital communications, including through INCB official social media account.
• Design and create multimedia products including text, graphics, videos, e-learning tools, website content and infographics.
• Initiate and sustain professional relationships with key constituencies and coordinate initiatives aimed at promoting the engagement of the industry in the areas of relevance of article 12 and 13 of the 1988 Convention and contribute to their promotion among Member States.
• Provide support to the fund-raising efforts of the Section, and to liaison and partnership activities.
• Contribute to the organization and participate, as required, in training and awareness-raising activities and events.
• Monitor and analyse current developments and trends in precursors and equipment that may be used in illicit drug manufacture, at the national, regional and global levels.
• Draft assigned parts of INCB publications, including the Report on the implementation of article 12 of the 1988 Convention; draft written outputs, such as background documents, sections of the INCB session documents, correspondence with governments, presentations and training materials; coordinate the preparation of documents for the Board sessions.
• Contribute to data and information management on various aspects of relevance to the section.
• Coordinate the work of support staff members, guide interns, consultants and associate experts.
• Collect and analyze data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
• Perform other duties as may be required.
• Professionalism: Has knowledge and familiarity of communication tools, practices, and approaches as well as understanding of main concepts and approaches relevant to illicit drug markets and precursors, including relevant internal policies and public debates issues. Ability to produce a variety of written communications products in a clear, concise style. Ability to deliver oral presentations to various audiences. Has knowledge and experience in the use of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the internet and databases. Is able to draft policy and technical reports, studies and communications to various counterparts, to articulate ideas in a clear and concise manner, and to translate complex technical issues into communication products for general distribution. Has ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. 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: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
• Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communication, journalism, international relations, public administration or related field.
A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, media production or related area is required.
Experience in the use of Microsoft Office/365 (Word, PPT, Teams, Excel, Outlook, etc.) is required.
Work experience in preparing global/international campaigns, communication plans, scripts, press releases and news videos is desirable.
Experience with communication in areas related to drug or precursors control, law enforcement or criminal justice is desirable.
Experience in an international organization is desirable.
Experience in communicating complex technical issues to different audiences is desirable.
Experience with specialized software (Adobe Creative Suite, desktop or web publishing, social media tools, graphic design, or related web-applications) and with Power BI or Power Apps is desirable.
Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an advantage.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.Special Notice
This position is funded from project funds. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Applicants, who successfully go through a competitive recruitment process and are recommended for selection and/or inclusion in the roster of pre-approved candidates for subsequent job openings at the same level and with similar functions, may have their application information and roster status shared with other UN Organizations. Such applicants may be contacted by other UN Organizations for similar job openings, subject to the confirmation of their interest. Placement on the roster is no guarantee of a future selection.
Vienna is classified a H and a family duty station.
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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.
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.
Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.
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