United Nations Information Centre Pretoria: National Information Officer

United Nations Information Centre Pretoria
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Saturday, 13 December, 2014
Opportunity type: 

The United Nations Information Centre Pretoria is recruiting for the position of National Information Officer. 

The vacancy announcement and how to apply can be found on: http://sites.unicnetwork.org/2014/11/12/job-opening-national-information-officer-no-b-pretoria/
Assignment: Under the guidance of the Director of the UN Information Centre, the National Information Officer will perform the duties described in the vacancy announcement.
Duty Station: Pretoria, South Africa.

Type/duration of appointment:  Fixed-Term appointment (at NO-B level) for one year, with the possibility of an extension.
Note: This job opening is open to nationals of South Africa only.
Salary: ZAR 482,440 annually (total net – exempt from income tax); more information on http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/salaries_allowances/salaries/southafr.htm
Deadline for applying:13 December 2014

Within delegated authority, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:

  • Takes a leading role on communication issues within the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) by convening and/or serving as the secretariat for the United Nations Communications Group at the country level in consultation with the directors of UNIC Pretoria and the SCD in DPI;
  • Develops and implements a communications strategy for South Africa by adapting the global UN message for local audiences, in consultation with the UNCT and/or United Nations partners. To this aim, the incumbent will produce/oversee the production of print information materials in the local language(s) for a local audience; propose topics, undertakes research, determine the appropriate medium and target audience, prepare production plans, write drafts, obtain necessary clearances and finalise texts, edit, copy, and coordinate design approval, printing procedures and distribution. He or she will also ensure the implementation of a communications strategy on the local and regional levels to publicise United Nations priority issues and/or major events, to include coordination efforts with partners, monitoring and reporting on progress, taking appropriate follow-up action, and analysing the outcome;
  • Monitors and analyses current events, public opinion and press coverage, identifying issues and trends, and advises the DPI at Headquarters and the UNCT on appropriate action/responses;
  • Conducts media outreach, including development of media strategies and action plans, initiating pro-active media outreach efforts; maintains contacts with national and regional media in South Africa, disseminates information materials to the media, places op-eds and arranges interviews, organises press conferences and briefings, monitors press coverage of UN issues; consults with press on approach/story angle and other information requests, undertakes appropriate follow-up action and analyses and reports on the impact of coverage;
  • Maintains contacts with key civil society partners at the national and regional level, including UN associations, and undertakes joint projects with them; initiates and sustains proactive professional relationships with key constituencies in South Africa;
  • Conducts educational outreach, including the organisation of regional Model UN conferences;
  • Maintains web sites and social media accounts in English and/or relevant local language(s);
  • Monitors programme output of the UNIC Pretoria and reports to the ICS on a monthly, quarterly, annually and/or ad hoc basis;
  • Performs other functions and special duties, as required by the Director of UNIC Pretoria or the ICS, including undertaking speaking engagements and participating in seminars.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of the full range of communications approaches, tools, and methodologies essential to planning and executing effective campaign strategies and programmes, e.g. campaign management, media operations, marketing and promotion, audience outreach, message targeting, especially in South Africa. Ability to rapidly analyse and integrate diverse information from varied sources. Ability to identify public affairs issues, opportunities and risks in an international environment. Ability to diplomaticallyhandle sensitive situations with target audiences and cultivate productive relationships. Knowledge of relevant internal policies and business activities/issues. Knowledge of tools and infrastructure used to support communication and public information initiatives, including traditional and social media equipment and systems, e.g. content management systems, mainstream social media platforms, multimedia editing/production equipment. Ability to produce a variety of written communications products in a clear, concise style. Ability to deliver oral presentations to various audiences. 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. Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view;
  • 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed;
  • Planning and Organising: 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;
  • Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.

A first-level university degree (Bachelor of Arts or equivalent) in communications, journalism, public information or a related field is required.
Work Experience
A minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience, including experience in managing contacts and networking with the media, non-governmental organisations, government officials, international and national organisations, business groups, civil society, etc. in South Africa is required. Experience in public information; public relations; public speaking; and strategic communications is required. Experience providing communication and public information support to the United Nations common system or a comparable international organisation is highly desirable. Experience in journalism is highly desirable. Experience working with the UNCT in South Africa is highly desirable. Experience utilising social media in a professional context is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of one or more local languages utilised in South Africa is highly desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Assessment Method
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
United Nations Considerations
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). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment. Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law.
Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
No Fee
The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, or training). The United Nations does not concern itself with information on applicants' bank accounts.

How to Apply
Visit http://sites.unicnetwork.org/careers/how-to-apply/ for detailed application instructions.


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