Job opportunity: Communications Officer at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. ECA’s mission is to deliver ideas and actions for an empowered and transformed Africa; informed by the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063.
The mission will be guided by ECA’s five strategic directions which are: advancing ECA’s position as a premier knowledge institution that builds on its unique position and privilege to bring global solutions to the continent’s problems and take local solutions to the continent; developing macroeconomic and structural policy options to accelerate economic diversification and job creation; designing and implementing innovative financing models for infrastructure, and for human, physical and social assets for a transforming Africa; contributing solutions to regional and transboundary challenges, with a focus on peace security and social inclusion as an important development nexus; advocating Africa’s position at the global level and developing regional responses as a contribution to global governance issues.
This position is located in the Sub-Regional Office for Central Africa (SRO-CA) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The Office is headed by a Director who reports to the Deputy Executive Secretary (Programme). Its main objective is to contribute to achieving economic diversification and structural transformation for inclusive and sustainable development in an integrated Central Africa subregion with focus on industrial and economic diversification policy and reforms.
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The Communications Officer reports to the Director of SRO-CA. The incumbent will assist the SRO-CA in the design, management and monitoring and evaluation of an internal communication strategy consistent with ECA corporate goals and priority areas and advise on communications and outreach activities of the office. For more information about ECA and its work, please visit us online at www.uneca.org.
Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Director of SRO-CA, the incumbent of the post will be responsible for the following functions:
- Assist in the design, management and monitoring and evaluation of an internal
communication strategy consistent with ECA corporate goals and priority areas.
- Gather ongoing information about the organization's work and results achieved to date and document this information for broad internal and external dissemination.
- Work with internal clients to assist the dissemination of knowledge products and good practices to support the country and regional industrial and economic diversification policy development and project efforts
- Liaise with the ECA Communication Team and the Communication Groups of the UNCTs to identify appropriate internal communications opportunities and mechanisms that highlight the ongoing work of the Sub-Regional Office.
- Provide continuous sensitization sessions to Sub Regional Office staff on advocacy and communications as required.
- Participate in management meetings in order to assist and advise on communications and outreach.
- Organize media coverage (e.g. press conferences, interviews, press seminars and other special activities) both written, audio and video of major meetings and outputs of the sub-regional offices.
- Liaise with ECA web developers and Business Specialists to provide communications material to website/workspaces,
- Facilitate policy dialogues and lead the SRO-CA economic diversification decade campaign and its policy influence agenda,
- Prepare based on official ECA documentation and other sources, initial drafts of articles or chapters for inclusion in UN newsletters, periodicals, reports and books,
- Initiates and sustains professional relationships with the media and key constituencies,
- Undertake any additional tasks that may be assigned by the Director of the sub-regional office, such as editing, finalizing major speeches and report branding.
Competencies - Job opportunity: Communications Officer
-Professionalism: Knowledge of the 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, and message targeting. Ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources. Ability to identify communication issues, opportunities and risks in an international environment. Knowledge of relevant internal policies and business activities/issues. Ability to produce a variety of written communications products in a clear, concise style. Ability to deliver oral presentations to various audiences. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
- Communication: 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
- Teamwork: 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 a final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in communication, journalism, international relations, public administration, international development or related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in communication, public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area is required.
- Experience coordinating communication and media activities at the regional level is required.
- Experience with graphic design applications is required.
- Experience with information and communication technologies (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.) and their use with a view to communicating and reaching out to clients is desirable.
- Experience with the UN system and operational activities, or the operational activities of a similar large international organization is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in either language is required; and knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located (Cameroon).
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.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving a 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic background or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.
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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