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Communications Officer, P3

United Nations
Nairobi, Kenya

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Fixed term

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Job Summary

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in communications, journalism, international relations, public administration or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area is required.
Experience in drafting public information materials (e.g. news articles, opinion pieces, feature stories, press releases, etc.) is required.
Experience in media is required.
Experience working with digital communication tools and web-based media is desirable.
Working experience in the United Nations common system or similar organization is desirable.
Work experience in an international organization and at the intergovernmental level is desirable.


1. Ensures implementation of information programs to publicize priority issues and/or major events, to include drafting information strategies, coordinating efforts, monitoring and reporting on progress, taking appropriate follow-up action, and analyzing the outcome.
2. Monitors and analyzes current events, public opinion and press, identifies issues and trends, and advises management on appropriate action/responses.
3. Undertakes activities to promote media coverage of priority issues and/or major events, to include development of a media action plan, initiating pro-active media outreach efforts, disseminating materials to the press, undertaking appropriate follow-up action and analyzing and reporting on the impact of coverage.
4. Oversees production of information communications products including proposing topics, determining appropriate medium and target audience, writing drafts, obtaining clearances and finalizing texts, editing copy, and coordinating design approval, printing procedures and distribution.
5. Prepares, on the basis of official United Nations documentation and other sources, initial drafts of articles or chapters for inclusion in United Nations newsletters, periodicals, reports and books.
6. Initiates and sustains professional relationships with key constituencies.
7. Acts as focal point on specific issues, monitoring and reporting on developments, responding to inquiries, side events and exhibitions during the meetings organized by the Secretariat and other relevant meetings and events.
8. Participates in selecting the information transmitted to key constituencies.
9. Ensures the ongoing development, maintenance and appropriate updating of the substantive content of the Secretariat Website, in collaboration with the Programme Officer – Data and Information Systems, regularly reviewing the design and set-up of the website, ensuring that access to it is user-friendly, with appropriate hyperlinks to related activities within and outside the United Nations system.
10. Performs any other related duties as may be requested by the supervisor.

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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