Job Title: Public Information Officer
Organisation: United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Location: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Closing Date: 09 June 2021
Salary: Not Stated
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Working Pattern: Not Stated
Sponsors international candidates? Yes
This position is located in the Strategic Planning and Outreach Unit at the ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. ECLAC in Port-of-Spain covers the 30 countries and territories of the wider Caribbean subregion.
The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. It was founded in 1948 to contribute to the region's economic and social development. Its mission includes the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and the provision of advisory services, expertise and training to Governments, as well as support for regional and international cooperation and coordination activities. Please visit our website at www.eclac.org, for further information.
Role and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the Director of the ECLAC Subregional Headquarters in Port of Spain, and with the direct supervision of the Deputy Director, the Public Information Officer will perform the following duties:
• Serve as Chief of the Strategic Planning and Outreach Unit
• Ensure implementation of information programmes to publicize priority issues and/or major events, to include drafting information and outreach strategies, coordinating efforts, monitoring and reporting on progress, taking appropriate follow-up action, and analyzing the outcome.
• Responsible for implementation of a public relations outreach strategy through an enhanced knowledge management process in collaboration with the Caribbean Knowledge Management Centre.
• Monitors national and subregional level political developments and their impact on the countries of the Caribbean subregion; monitors and analyzes current events, public opinion and press, identifies issues and trends, and advises management on appropriate action/response;
• Assists the Office of the Director in maintaining contact with representatives of government, UN agencies and other regional and international organizations, in the discharge of activities and meetings relevant to the Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee (CDCC), the ECLAC subsidiary body for the subregion;
• Undertakes activities to promote media coverage (e.g. press conferences, interviews, press seminars and other special activities) of priority issues and/or major events, to include development of a media strategy and action plan, initiating pro-active media outreach efforts, proposing and arranging press conferences/media coverage, disseminating materials and consulting with press on approach/story angle and other information requests, undertaking appropriate follow-up action and analyzing and reporting on the impact of coverage.
• Produces or oversees production of a specific type or types (e.g. print, broadcast, etc.) of information communications products (e.g. press kits, press releases, feature articles, speeches, booklets, brochures, backgrounders, audio-visual materials, radio spot program, etc.), to include proposing topics, undertaking research, determining appropriate medium and target audience, preparing production plans, writing drafts, obtaining clearances and finalizing texts, editing copy, and coordinating design approval, printing procedures and distribution.
• Prepares, on the basis of official UN documentation and other sources, initial drafts of articles or chapters for inclusion in UN newsletters, periodicals, reports and books.
• Initiates and sustain professional relationships with key constituencies.
• Acts as focal point on specific issues, monitoring and reporting on developments, responding to inquiries, etc.
• Participates in selecting the information transmitted to key constituencies.
• Provides guidance to, and supervise the staff of the Strategic Planning and Outreach Unit
• In collaboration with ECLAC headquarters in Santiago, coordinates the launch of flagship publications in Port of Spain.
• Responsible for organizing and updating the database of key stakeholders for the Port of Spain Subregional Headquarters.
Experience, Skills and Qualifications
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communication, journalism, international relations, public administration or related social field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area are required. Experience with 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, is required. Experience in delivering a variety of written communications products in a clear, concise style is required. Experience in delivering oral presentations to various audiences is required. Experience in designing and implementing knowledge management strategies, practices and processes in international organizations is desirable. Experience in supporting intergovernmental processes, including servicing intergovernmental discussions and high-level events is desirable. Experience with television and written media in the subregion is desirable. Experience in the main issues that present a challenge to the sustainable development of Small Islands Developing States (SIDS), especially those of particular relevance to Caribbean SIDS, such as climate change, social protection and disaster risk reduction is desirable. Experience with fundraising strategies, tools and processes is desirable. Experience in organizing and facilitating workshops and meetings is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Spanish is desirable. Knowledge of French is desirable. NOTE: ‘’Fluency’’ equals a rating of ‘’fluent’’ in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and ‘’Knowledge of’’ equals a rating of ‘’confident’’ in two of the four areas.
- Candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
- 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.
- A staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments.
- The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. ECLAC is fully committed to the implementation of the UN system-wide strategy on Gender Parity introduced by the Secretary-General in September of 2017.
- A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories, on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments.
- For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 2020, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
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