Job Opportunity with the United Nations as a Public Information Officer in Switzerland

Job Opportunity with the United Nations as a Public Information Officer in Switzerland

Suisse 26 août 2020
United Nations

United Nations

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Organisation à but non lucratif
Pays hôte
Date limite
26 août 2020
Niveau d'études
Type d'opportunité
Financement d'opportunité
Financement complet
Pays éligibles
Région éligible
Toutes les régions

United Nations requires public information officer. This job is located in the Human Rights Council Branch (HRCB), Human Rights Council and Treaty Mechanisms Division (CTMD) of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Geneva. The incumbent reports to the senior public information officer and the chief of the human rights council branch.


You must have:

  1. Knowledge of the full range of communications approaches, tools, and methodologies essential to planning and executing effective campaign strategies and programs, e.g. campaign management, media operations, marketing and promotion, audience outreach, message targeting. 
  2. Ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources and ability to identify public affairs issues, opportunities and risks in an international environment. 
  3. Ability to diplomatically handle sensitive situations with target audiences and cultivate productive relationships and knowledge of relevant internal policies and business activities/issues. 
  4. Ability to produce a variety of written communications products in a clear, concise style. 
  5. Ability to deliver oral presentations to various audiences. 
  6. Shows pride in work and in achievements and demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter.
  7. Speaks and writes clearly and effectively.
  8. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately.
  9. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication.
  10. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience.
  11. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  12. Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.
  13. Places team agenda before personal agenda and supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. 
  14. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  15. Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent degree) in communication, journalism, international relations, public administration or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  16. A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area.
  17. Experience managing social media campaigns in the context of intergovernmental human rights mechanisms.
  18. Experience in graphic design and/or audio-visual production.
  19. Fluency in one of the working languages of the United Nations secretariat in both oral and written skills in English or French, is required, Knowledge of another UN official language is also desirable.

Your Responsibilities:

The public information officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Monitors and maintains the human rights council website preparing new material for inclusion and review, and carries out updates.
  • Ensures implementation of information programs to publicize the human rights council and its mechanisms, to include drafting information strategies, coordinating efforts, monitoring and reporting on progress, taking appropriate follow-up action, and analyzing the outcome.
  • Monitors and analyzes current events, public opinion and press, identifies issues and trends, and advises management on appropriate action/responses.
  • Undertakes activities to promote media coverage (e.g. press conferences, interviews, press seminars and other special activities) of the human rights council and its mechanisms, to include development of a media strategy and action plan, initiating pro-active media outreach efforts through use of social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, 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 through preparation of media monitoring reports.
  • Produces or oversees production of a specific type (e.g. print, broadcast, etc.) of information communications products on the human rights council and its mechanisms (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.
  • Initiates and sustains professional relationships with key constituencies.
  • Acts as focal point on specific issues, including website development, IT measures and data visualization, monitoring and reporting on developments, responding to inquiries, etc.
  • Participates in selecting the information transmitted to key constituencies.
  • Provides guidance to, and may supervise, more junior staff.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

About United Nations:

The United Nations (UN), was established in 1945, is an intergovernmental organization responsible for maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations, achieving international cooperation, and being a center for harmonizing the actions of nations. It is the largest, most familiar, most internationally represented and most powerful intergovernmental organization in the world.

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