Public Information Officer
OHCHR, New York, United States
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This position is located in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Intergovernmental Affairs, Outreach and Programme Support Section, New York Office. The incumbent reports to the Director through the Chief of Section.
Within delegated authority, the Public Information Officer may be responsible for the following duties:
- Plans, develops and implements, in collaboration with the Communications Section of OHCHR in Geneva and the Department of Global Communications at UN Headquarters, proactive outreach activities and events targeting Member States, journalists and civil society organizations in North America, to promote key global human rights issues and the work of OHCHR, in particular the New York Office of OHCHR, including through the use of new media and social networking.
- Identifies sources and seeks funding and other assistance for major campaigns.
- Provides advice and expertise to managers, senior officers in the New York Office and other staff on a range of public information and communication issues, methods, and approaches; anticipates and resolves communications/public relations issues/problems.
- Develops and maintains effective partnerships with civil society organizations and media outlets to promote public awareness of and public support for the work of OHCHR and topical human rights issues, including through the preparation and dissemination of public information materials, such as press releases and media advisories, the organization of media events, such as press conferences, and other public events at UN headquarters targeting large audience, civil society, media and the UN community, and through the utilization of social media;
- Oversees the updating of the OHCHR NYO webpage and other outreach materials/tools; Initiates projects, public events, in consultation with the Communications Section of OHCHR, with the UN Department of Global Communications for preparation of a diverse range of information communications products.
- Drafts complex material for UN newsletters, periodicals, reports and books and edits drafts prepared by junior officers.
- Evaluates results and impact of communications activities; reports on developments, trends and attitudes regarding the UN.
- Represents the institution in meetings and conferences; fulfills speaking engagements and makes presentations to groups on UN activities and advocate issues of concern; organizes media coverage and arranges for media contacts, briefings, interviews; organizes seminars, lectures, conferences, public events on major issues and events concerning the organization.
- Builds information networks; plans and oversees maintenance of publicly accessible information materials on the United Nations; plans and develops outreach activities.
- Manages publications programme; produces materials for print/electronic/voice/visual media.
- Assists is the day-to-day operation of the section to include participating in coordination of substantive and administrative activities of the section, interpreting and disseminating policy, providing procedural advice, improving reporting systems, handling operational and administrative queries, preparing budget submissions, establishing and/or coordinating training programmes and monitoring and evaluating results.
- May coordinate and mentor and supervise the work of junior officers on specific projects.
- Performs other related duties as required.
- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communication, journalism, international relations, public administration or related. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area is required.
- Experience in external outreach for human rights or related work at the international level is desirable.
- Experience working with civil society and media based in North America is desirable.
- Work experience within international or regional organisations in the area of public information and communications is also desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French or Spanish is desirable.