UNITED NATIONS ASSISTANCE MISSION IN SOMALIA
UNITED NATIONS CORE VALUES: INTEGRITY, PROFESSIONALISM, RESPECT FOR DIVERSITY
THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO SOMALI NATIONALS ONLY AND DOES NOT HAVE INTERNATIONAL BENEFITS
FEMALE CANDIDATES ARE PARTICULARLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 24 JANUARY 2019
DATE OF ISSUANCE: 07 FEBRUARY 2019
FUNCTIONAL TITLE: ASSISTANT PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER (NPIO)
SECTION: STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS GROUP (SCPAG)
DURATION OF CONTRACT: TEMPORARY JOB OPENING
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: UNSOM/SCPAG/004/2019
This is a Temporary Job Opening. This position is funded until 15 October 2019. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval. Appointment against this post is on a local basis. The candidate is responsible for any travel expenses incurred in order to take-up the appointment.All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening.
Interested applicants who are working with UN Contractors must fulfil the obligations of their contracts with the UN Contractors in order to be eligible to apply for this vacancy.
Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships:
This position is located in the UNSOM Strategic Communications and Public Affairs Group (SCPAG). Under the guidance of the Chief of SCPAG and the direct supervision of UNSOM Spokesperson, the incumbent will undertake the following activities in his/her area:
Within delegated authority, the Assistant Public Information Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Coordinates outreach to local media, civil society organizations, Government and National non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and builds capacity:
- Drafts and disseminates information, especially to local media and organizations about the Mission, its aims and activities, and supports outreach activities;
- Develops partnerships with key national constituencies by pro-actively sharing work plan and content and working closely with national partners to raise visibility and understanding of the Mission’s work;
- Monitors and analyzes current events, public opinion trends and press coverage; Identifies political and issues and trends in country, and helps to prepare notes to management on appropriate action/responses;
- Builds capacity and provides support to local media and partners through regular contact and by organizing specialized training to address knowledge, awareness and skill gaps.
- Supports the implementation of the Mission’s communications strategy:
- Contributes to the day-to-day communications planning by assisting to prepare, on the basis of official UN documentation and other sources, drafts of press releases, feature stories, social media posts, communication plans, reports, briefings etc.;
- Supports the organization of events and activities (both traditional and digital) such as news conferences, press briefings by UNSOM staff and visiting UN official interviews, social media campaigns, etc. Assists in the preparation of briefing materials for senior officials in such events;
- Coordinates with colleagues and partners to gather and disseminate information on assigned topics/issues, collects information from diverse sources to prepare background materials and update communications products including factsheets, power point presentations, reports, etc.
- Supports effective coordination and external relations:
- Responds to a variety of enquiries and information requests internally and externally and subsequently prepares related components and updates to
facilitate exchange of information between the Mission and UN HQ under the guidance of the supervisor:
- Edits and ensures the consistency of official documentation and presentations in terms of formatting andgrammar. Assists with translation needs;
- Acts as coordinator on specific issues/special projects as requested.
- Provides support to Internal communications;
- Drafts copy for reports, newsletters, and other materials of interest to internal audiences;
- Prepares a weekly public opinion digest for internal dissemination.
- Monitors local media and writes media monitoring reports. Advises SCPAG colleagues on breaking news developments on a daily basis. Collects and collates daily situational reports from regions/locations under his/her responsibility.
- Provides continuous technical support to UNSOM digital platforms. including provision of photographs. Provides technical support for other new media activities such as social media networks and microblogs in
English and Somali languages.
- Performs other duties as assigned
Knowledge of general office and administrative support including administrative policies, processes and procedures. Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; isconscientious 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.
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 targeted audiences; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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 his/her own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
University degree in Communication, Journalism, international Relations, Public administration or related field.
A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area of professional endeavour.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position. fluency in English and Somali (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.
Proficiency In using Microsoft Office applications (Word, Access, Excel, Power Point) is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a written assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Candidates who are not selected, but whose performance in the interview process nevertheless demonstrated them to be suitable for a similar function may be kept on a roster for up to seven years. Candidates placed on the roster may be considered for selection against future vacancies for the same function and level.
How to Apply:
Qualified candidates may submit their applications including their United Nations Personal History form (P.11) to the address mentioned below on or before the deadline. The P.11 is on the https://unsos.unmissions.org/jobs. Applications submitted after the deadline 7 February 2019will not be accepted. CVs will not be accepted.
Please quote, Vacancy Announcement Number and Functional Title in the subject of the e-mail
Kindly attach a copy of P11, Degree Certificate, Passport and or National Identification Card. These are required as part of your application for consideration of eligibilty. Please note Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) Certificates are required at a later stage of the recruitment process.
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.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING).