Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Islamabad, within the Information Centres Service (ICS) of the Strategic Communications Division (SCD) of the Department of Global Communications (DGC).
The UNIC is part of the global network of United Nations Information Centres (UNICs), and UNIC Islamabad is the principal source of information about the United Nations system in Pakistan.
engaging local and regional partners; and, overall, bringing the United Nations closer to the peoples it serves. The UNIC Islamabad is integrated with the Resident Coordinator Office (RCO) in Pakistan since the operationalization of the United Nations development system reform on 1 January 2019.
He or she is under the general supervision of the Chief of ICS and reports directly to the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Pakistan.
Within delegated authority, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties :
manage, guide, develop and train staff under his or her supervision; foster teamwork and communication among staff in the information centre and across organizational boundaries.
and lead and supervised the assessment of the overall effectiveness of the communications strategy and programmes.
organize and chair press briefings and media stakeouts; issue press releases and media statements; assist the Resident Coordinator and UN Country Team members with their media engagements.
Plan and facilitate the development and implementation of a digital content strategy for UNCT websites and social media and contribute to the development of key UNCT communications and advocacy products.
ensure that the policies and activities of the UN are conveyed accurately and promptly, within highly complex political, substantive and / or operational situations, to the national authorities.
and present position papers and reports to intergovernmental bodies, as appropriate.
lead coordinated UN system communications support and provide strategic communications guidance and crisis communications support to the RCO, the UNCG and other UN System entities in Pakistan; serve as chair of the UNCG.
represent the information centre at international, regional or national meetings and at UN interagency meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive issues.
ability to identify communications opportunities and problems and to articulate these to clients. Ability to advise on communication challenges, assess communication environments, develop communication strategies, and manage implementation of public information campaigns in the work region with various promotional and publicity techniques.
Ability to make decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization and to apply rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations.
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.
demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
takes personal responsibility for his / her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in journalism, communication, public information, international relations or a related field is required.
A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience, including four years at the international level, in public information, communications, journalism, international relations or related area is required.
Experience in implementing strategic, multimedia communications campaigns, public speaking, and working in and / or with traditional and digital media is required.
Experience in resource administration, including budget preparation, human resources management and / or conflict management and resource mobilization is required.
Experience supervising an office, unit or section (of at least 5 people) within the United Nations common system or a comparable international organization is desirable.
Experience with the political, social, and economic context of Pakistan and the sub-region of responsibility is desirable.
Experience working in communications, including crisis communications, in the United Nations common system or a comparable international organization is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required.
Knowledge of Urdu is desirable. Knowledge of other UN official languages is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.
Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy.
Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.
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.
Appointment at the United Nations is subject to mandatory adherence to the United Nations Financial Disclosure programme.
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, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 April 2021, are strongly encouraged to apply : Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, 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, Somalia, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
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.
Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts.
The term sexual exploitation means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another.
The term sexual abuse means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.
The term sexual harassment means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship.
Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.
By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.
2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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The 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.
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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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
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