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Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER (Head Writer), P4
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Job Opening Number: 19-Programme Management-UNEP-120094-R-Nairobi (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UNEP’s Communication Division communicates UNEP’s core messages to all stakeholders and partners, raising environmental awareness and enhancing the profile of UNEP worldwide. This post is located in the Communication Division at the Nairobi duty station. Under the general guidance of the Director, who serves as Publisher, and the supervision of Chief of Section, the Content and Client Services Section, the Public Information Officer (Head Writer) is responsible for the effective and efficient performance of the following duties:

Responsibilities:

  • Programme implementation: Design, plan, develop and implement large, complex communication campaigns (e.g. story harvesting, global promotion initiatives, public information programmes, broad-reaching environment specific issues, etc.); Plan and manage the work to ensure smooth coordination, accuracy of the information and compliance with the content strategy; Provide advice and expertise to managers, senior officers and public information staff on a range of public information issues, methods and approaches; Anticipate and resolve communication/public relations issues/problems.
  • Content preparation: Prepare diverse range of information communication products in support of UNEP’s major campaign initiatives; Write complex materials for various UN Environment newsletters, periodicals, reports and other publications; Write texts to be issued in the name of UN Environment’s senior officials; Write speeches, speaking notes, media advisories, and other content for the use by media; Draft and edit the UNEP annual report; Edit press releases, media advisories and other written outputs drafted by junior officers; Work closely with the communication team in developing key messages and themes for major UNEPevents to promote relevant policy or science messages.
  • Capacity building: Evaluate results and impact of communication activities and report on developments, trends and attitudes regarding UNEP; Build information networks, plan and oversee maintenance of publicly accessible information materials on UNEP; plan and develop outreach activities including capacity building for journalists through workshops and training.

Competencies
Professionalism: Proven competence in writing complex reports, high level speeches, editing and production in the print and electronic and related media; Strong research and analytical skills; Up-to-date knowledge of current affairs, science and environmental issues; Ability to monitor and appraise programme implementation progress against milestones; Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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; Remains calm in stressful situations; establish effective collaboration and partnerships with officials at all levels inside and outside the organization. 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning and organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.

Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services. Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs. Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas. Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box.” Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things. Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

Qualifications:
Advanced University Degree in Journalism, Communication, Social Sciences or other related field, or a first university degree with an additional two years of qualifying experience is required.

Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in public information, communication, programme management or related field, some of which at the international level is required. Experience as an English writer with focus on environmental and/or sustainable development issues is desirable.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.

Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice
Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. 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 is Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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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.

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