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Chief Public Information Officer, D-1


ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: United Nations Support Mission in Libya




Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity


The Chief of Public Information Officer of UNSMIL will report to the Head of Mission (HoM).

The Chief of Public Information Officer will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties: Advise mission personnel, including senior staff, on strategic communication and public information matters;Formulate, implement and manage the mission’s integrated communications strategy, in close consultation with the Head of Mission, including research/situation analysis, design, implementation, evaluation, and update, covering the mission's internal and external strategic communications activities;Ensure that the mission communications strategy is harmonised with overall mission goals and objectives;Formulate and manage, in consultation with mission leadership, the substantive work programme of the public information component of UNSMIL, including by directing work in the different areas within the public information component

- media relations, media monitoring and analysis, TV/video production, radio production, print, web and digital media, photo, and outreach, etc.), and by coordinating with various mission components, and with UN agencies, funds and programmes and partners, as appropriate;

Ensure that public information outputs meet high-quality standards, in accordance with UN policy objectives and rules and regulations, and are evaluated for their effectiveness; Determine the use of appropriate technologies for production and dissemination of public information products;Oversee mission interaction with local, regional and international media; Provide advice and input for mission leadership interactions with officials of the Government, as well as with other key stakeholders, such as non-governmental and civil society organizations; Oversee strategic communications assessments and planning as part of the Integrated Mission Planning Process (IMPP), including the research and production of the necessary planning and reporting documents;Determine use of appropriate communication technologies for production and dissemination;

Maintain regular interaction and consults, as appropriate, with public information counterparts at UNHQ, especially in the Department of Political Affairs and the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General to provide regular updates on the mission’s activities and advise of potential crises or challenges; Manage the recruitment of staff for the public information component of UNSMIL;

Oversee the administration of the public information component, including managing the budget, preparing annual cost estimates and monitoring budget allocations and expenditures; Manage, mentor, guide, develop and train staff under his/her supervision; Foster teamwork and communication among staff and across organizational boundaries; Perform other duties as may be required by the HoM.




- Ability to advise on and effectively manage high profile and sensitive communications challenges; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UNSMIL operations; develop and manage a public information program in a complex environment; ability to conceive and implement communications strategies based on an assessment of different communications environments and the changing strategic and operational goals of the mission; design and conduct effective domestic [and worldwide] media campaigns; manage communication campaigns with sensitivity and aimed at delivering results in post-conflict situations; plan, manage and evaluate complex budgets; follow complex procurement rules and procedures; follow complex recruitment rules and procedures; manage and direct staff with diverse skills and expectations in carrying out an effective work programme; ability to oversee production of various types of media, including video, radio, web, photo and print media, and to supervise a press office and media monitoring unit; proven management skills; in-depth knowledge of strategic and crisis communications; awareness of public information production and technological developments in the media; experience of developing of a free, independent and pluralistic media in challenging/complex situations; ability to assess political trends, public attitudes, local conditions and developments; proven communication abilities, with excellent writing and presentational skills; ability to give advice to senior officials; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UNSMIL operations. Planning and Organising

- Ability to implement and supervise programme activities consistent with agreed strategies within the context of the mission mandate; ability to identify strategic issues, provide analysis and solve problems; good knowledge and command of planning, programming, budgeting, finance management, recruitment, personnel and other relevant administrative policies; extensive experience and skill in managing staff; experience in conducting effective communications with the media, NGOs, government officials, international institutions, and other partners; discretion and sound judgement in handling complex and sensitive issues; strong negotiation skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement; proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling work environment, including effectively leading, supervising, mentoring, developing and evaluating staff and designing training/skills enhancement initiatives to ensure effective transfer of knowledge/skills. Teamwork

- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; ability to lead and gain assistance of others in a team endeavour. Vision

- Identify strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicate links between the Organization's strategy and the unit's goals; generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to do the same; convey enthusiasm about future possibilities.Judgement/Decision-Making

- Mature judgement and initiative, imagination and resourcefulness, energy and tact; proven ability to provide strategic direction, to plan and establish priorities, and to ensure an effective work structure to maximize productivity and achieve goals; ability to function as key communications advisor to mission leadership. Leadership

- Demonstrated ability to lead and take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives into substantive work; commitment to achieving gender balance in staffing; proven track record of excellent management and technical leadership skills and ability to delegate authority and foster the development of responsibility accountability and decision-making among staff; ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff and design training/skills enhancement initiatives to ensure effective transfer of knowledge/skills in several aspects of communications, including development of communication campaigns, television and radio production, website, press relations, other forms of community outreach.




Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in one or more of the following: strategic communications, communications, public relations, international relations, broadcasting or other relevant disciplines such as social sciences, business administration or management. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Work Experience

At least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in strategic communications, public information, or media, including management, in large multicultural institutions; field experience with international organizations; knowledge of programme planning and related management practices, as well as familiarity with UN administrative procedures, rules and regulations, specifically human resources, budgetary and procurement matters; experience with crisis communications techniques and strategies.



Fluency in English and Arabic (both oral and written) are required; knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

Other Skills

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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, TRAINING OR ANY OTHER FEES). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON BANK ACCOUNTS.PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Because applications submitted by United Nations (UN) staff members are considered first, provided the eligibility requirements set out in ST/AI/2006/3 are met and the application is submitted in a timely fashion, staff members should apply within 15-day or 30-day mark.

Online applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please go to “My UN” page and check the status of your application by clicking on “View Application History”, and resubmit the application, if necessary.

To start the application process, applicants are required to register by opening a "My UN" account. Go to Login, and Register as a User. Fill in the form and choose a User Name and Password.

After opening the account, applicants may apply for vacancies using the Personal History Profile (PHP) provided. Once the PHP has been completed for a particular vacancy, it can be saved and used for future applications. The PHP may be up-dated, when necessary, for future applications.

In completing the PHP, please note that all fields marked with an asterisk must be completed.

UN staff members must submit scanned copies of their two latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS) reports at the time of application to the appropriate Human Resources Office (HRO)/Personnel Office (PO) to the email address below, clearly indicating the vacancy announcement number. In case you have no access to the digitizing equipment, please submit hard copies of the two latest PAS reports to the relevant HRO/PO via fax.


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Fax: 1-212-963-2800

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions, if you encounter problems when applying.