UN Jobs – Public Information Officer – United Nations  Regional Service Centre in Entebbe (RSCE)

Job Title:    Public Information Officer

Organisation: United Nations  Regional Service Centre in Entebbe (RSCE)

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

 

About US:

The Regional Service Centre in Entebbe, Uganda (RSCE), was established in July 2010, following the adoption of General Assembly resolution 64/269. The Centre provides efficient, client-oriented and scalable services with the goal of moving transactional, non-location dependent administrative functions to the Centre from its client entities. This includes transactional elements of human resources, finance, multimodal movement and control, personnel and cargo transport and information and communications technology (ICT) support.

 

Job Summary:  The Public Information Officer reports to the Chief of Communications and shall be responsible for participating in the formulation and implementation of strategy, planning, development and provision of accurate and timely information with the objective of promoting awareness, understanding, support and respect for the RSCE’s work with particular emphasis of reaching local and international media, civil society organizations, Government and National NGOs, United Nations staff Worldwide and United Nations stakeholders.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  Under the direction of the supervisor and within the limits of delegated authority, the Public Information Officer may be responsible for the following duties:

Manages outreach to local media, civil society organizations, Government and National NGOs

  • Produces and disseminates information aimed at local and international media and organizations about the RSCE, its aims and activities and supports outreach activities and assists in interactions in local language(s);
  • Prepares material for press briefings and interviews; drafts press statements and press releases as necessary; establishes and maintains a cooperative relationship with local and international media;
  • Drafts and edits material for press releases, key messages, Q&As, talking points, UN newsletters reports and books.
  • Assists in responding in a timely fashion to disinformation that could negatively impact public perception of the Center and/or RSCE’s management, etc.
  • Monitors and analyses local and international media and develops contact list of local journalists and media outlets covering all media – print, TV, radio, social media, web, photo etc. – and a successful process of communicating and maintaining regular contact and close collaboration with the media.

Builds communication capacity with national partners and strengthens local partnerships

  • Builds capacity and serves as focal point on local capacity building including supporting local media and partners through regular contact and organizing specialized training to address knowledge, awareness and skill gaps.
  • Develops partnerships with key national constituencies by proactively sharing work plan and content and working closely with national partners to raise visibility and understanding of the Center’s work.
  • Develops strategic partnerships with key constituencies to elicit support for and maximize impact of public information objectives; raises visibility of the Center by organizing and/or participating in seminars, lectures, conferences, public events on major issues and events concerning the organization.

Prepares or coordinates the development of communications products and content in local language(s)

  • Prepares or coordinates the preparation of a diverse range of communication products in local languages(s) in support of RSCE priorities and works closely with departments and partners to develop ways to implement campaigns system-wide and to incorporate the campaign message and themes into all relevant events and products.
  • Writes human interest stories for local and international audiences and produces digital content for the RSCE’s social media platforms.
  • Keeps abreast of changing developments, trends and political development in country and serves as advisor to Chief RSCE on these issues.

Implements communications strategies and activities

  • Responsible for participating in the development and implementation of a strategy for media relations, publications, web and digital media including social media, community outreach and/or radio products with the objective of promoting awareness, understanding, support and respect for the Center’s work and support for its mandate and priorities.
  • Contributes to reports to RSCE leadership, UNHQ on communications activities, developments, trends and attitudes regarding the UN; and coordinates and shares public information activities and guidance with other sections of the Public Information Unit and leadership when appropriate.
  • Provides communication support to managers, senior officers and other public information staff on a range of public affairs issues, methods, and approaches;

Provides support to internal communications

  • Produces reports, newsletters, and other materials of interest to internal audiences.
  • Ensures Center internal communication is up to date and accurate.
  • Other related duties that may be assigned.





Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant for the United Nations Department Of Operational Support (DOS) Movement Control Assistant should hold an advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communication, journalism, international relations, public administration or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Postgraduate qualification or certification in communication, journalism, international relations is desirable.
  • Post graduate qualification or certification in public relations and customer care or creative writing is desirable.
  • At least five years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area is required.
  • In case of a Bachelor’s Degree a minimum of seven (7) years progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area is required.
  • Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds and programmes) – or similar international organization or non-governmental organization – in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.
  • Languages: Fluency in English is required.

 

Competencies

  • Professionalism: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Judgement/decision making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impacton others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.

 

How to Apply:

All candidates who wish to join the United Nations in the aforementioned capacity should apply online at the link below.

 

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Deadline: 24th October 2021 

 

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