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Spokesperson, P-5
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:   29 Aug 2012
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   14 Aug 2012
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Department of Field Support
DUTY STATION:   Juba
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER:   12-PUB-DFS-425826-R-JUBA


 
Remuneration
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Chief of Public Information, the Spokesperson is the focal point for media relations, gives press briefings and interviews and issues press releases; organises and conducts press conferences; maintains daily relations with local and international media, arranges for media representatives to meet with senior mission officials and facilitates the daily work of journalists covering the mission, and facilitates visits by media within the mission area; responds in timely fashion to disinformation, false information and rumours; maintains close contact with the Head of Mission and with all mission components to have accurate and up-to-date information on mission activities and priorities; liaises with all UN agencies, funds and programmes active in the mission area to ensure good coordination of UN media messaging; makes official statements on behalf of the mission and provides information on the mission to the Office of the Spokesman for the Secretary-General and other parts of the Department of Public Information in New York and the Department of Peacekeeping; provides strategic advice to the the Head of Mission on media relations and messaging; assists in the research and drafting of speeches and other materials for public events, when appropriate; delivers speeches or participates in public events on behalf of the mission, when appropriate; provides briefings on the mission’s work and achievements to external organisations, such as think tanks, academic institutions, non-governmental and intragovernmental organisations, as appropriate; manages the Media Relations Unit and coordinates its activities; arranges the issuance of mission press credentials, if appropriate; contributes to the editorial guidance of the messaging contained in all mission public information products; oversees the monitoring of the media for coverage of the mission and other relevant news, identifying trends and providing advice to the Head of Mission in this regard; plays a key role in planning for and advising and implementing crisis communications interventions when necessary; leads media skills training for senior mission personnel; contributes to training to Mission personnel in the public communications elements of the UN’s policy on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse; advises and assists the Government and other national interlocutors in the development of a free, independent and professional media sector including working in close cooperation with UN agencies, funds and programmes in this process; acts as officer in charge in the absence of the chief of the section.

Competencies
PROFESSIONALISM- discretion and sound judgement in applying expertise to complex and/or sensitive issues, which are typically broad in scope; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of peace operations. CLIENT ORIENTATION- Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with clients. . COMMUNICATION- Highly developed communication (spoken, written, public speaking and presentational) skills, including the ability to convey and present sensitive issues/positions. PLANNING AND ORGANIZING- Ability to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent activities; ability to plan and organize own work plan and the work plans of those under his/her supervision. TEAM WORK - Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. MANAGING- Demonstrated supervisory and management skills.



QUALIFICATIONS

Education
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in one or more of the following: strategic communications, communications, public relations, international relations, broadcasting or other relevant disciplines such as social sciences, business administration or management. AA first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in strategic communications, public information, or media, including management, in large multicultural institutions; field experience with international organizations; knowledge of programme planning and related management practices, as well as familiarity with UN administrative procedures, rules and regulations, specifically human resources, budgetary and procurement matters; experience with crisis communications techniques and strategies. Prior experience in a UN peacekeeping mission is an advantage.

Languages
Fluency in spoken and written English or French; knowledge of a second UN official language is an advantage and sometimes a requirement. Fluency in the local language may be essential.

Other Skills


The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).   English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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

PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Because applications submitted by United Nations (UN) staff members are considered first, provided the eligibility requirements set out in ST/AI/2006/3 are met and the application is submitted in a timely fashion, staff members should apply within 15-day or 30-day mark.

Online applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please go to “My UN” page and check the status of your application by clicking on “View Application History”, and resubmit the application, if necessary.
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  2. After opening the account, applicants may apply for vacancies using the Personal History Profile (PHP) provided. Once the PHP has been completed for a particular vacancy, it can be saved and used for future applications. The PHP may be up-dated, when necessary, for future applications.

  3. In completing the PHP, please note that all fields marked with an asterisk must be completed.

  4. UN staff members must submit scanned copies of their two latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS) reports at the time of application to the appropriate Human Resources Office (HRO)/Personnel Office (PO) to the email address below, clearly indicating the vacancy announcement number. In case you have no access to the digitizing equipment, please submit hard copies of the two latest PAS reports to the relevant HRO/PO via fax.

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Please see the Frequently Asked Questions, if you encounter problems when applying.