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PRESS OFFICER (French)
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.
For this post cover letters in French language are encouraged.
This post is located in the Press and External Relations Section of the United Nations Information Service in Geneva. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Section.Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Chief of the Section, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties :
•Drafts summaries on the activities and meetings of intergovernmental and Treaty Bodies at Geneva which are issued as press releases and meeting summaries;
•Drafts background articles outlining issues, proposals and past deliberations of these bodies prior to their sessions, as well as round-up releases summarizing the main decisions adopted;
•Drafts other types of press releases such as highlights of UN reports, articles on activities of the United Nations Office at Geneva, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the UN Special Rapporteurs on Human Rights, the Conference on Disarmament and related Committees;
•Drafts information material such as summaries of press conferences, briefing notes, leaflets and other information on the activities of the organization;
•Writes reports on various issues for the Service or at the request of other UN departments, particularly the Department of Public Information and the Office of the Director General;
•Supports the Press Editor by editing press releases, meeting summaries and other information material;
•Liaises with the secretariats of UN bodies, in particular with OHCHR and the Conference on Disarmament in relation with coverage activities;
•Responds to requests for information from correspondents about the activities of the United Nations;
•Makes presentations to groups of visitors including students, diplomats, representatives of non-governmental organizations and journalists;
•Drafts information and develops material for UNIS social media, posts it and monitors social media pages;
•Assists in any other public information task as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Excellent and proven drafting, editing and analytical skills; ability to understand politically sensitive nuances and sound understanding of intergovernmental processes, global issues and country specific situations, in particular with regard to Human Rights and Disarmament issues; ability to deliver under tight deadlines and remain calm in stressful situations; firm grasp of research techniques and search engines; capacity to make active use of social media tools. Knowledge of desktop publishing and other information technology skills an asset. Familiarity with UN system activities, issues and procedures is an asset. 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.
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.
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.
PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: 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.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in journalism, political science, international relations or related fields. A first level of university in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.Work Experience
At least five years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations or related area, including three years of experience in drafting and editing press and meeting coverage.Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in French and knowledge of English (both oral and written) are required. Knowledge of another official language of the United Nations is an advantage.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.
United Nations Considerations
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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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.
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The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.
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