Public Information Officer
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the supervision of the Chief of the Communications and Information Unit, the Press Officer performs the following duties:
- Drafts and edits English press releases and other information materials (press kits, booklets, newsletters, backgrounders, flyers, etc…).
- Organizes press conferences, briefings and interviews.
- Participates in the worldwide communication campaigns to promote major UNCTAD reports, Conferences and other events.
- Liaises with Anglophone media and maintains excellent working relations with other international media; and keeps them informed of UNCTAD's activities.
- Remains in contact with broadcast media throughout the world to ensure appropriate coverage of UNCTAD's work.
- Analyzes outcomes of major media campaigns.
- Proactively promotes UNCTAD's work through English social media channels.
- Contributes to the formulation of global substantive UNCTAD messages in the field of economics, trade and development issues.
- Participates in the implementation of UNCTAD's communication s strategy.
- Analyzes current economic events, identify issues and trends, and advise the supervisor on appropriate actions.
- Liaise with the UN sister agencies on media and information issues.
- Participates in the Unit's activities as requested.
- Ability to rewrite various texts from a communication point of view and to produce sharp media messages.
- Sound knowledge of economic and development issues, including trade, finance and other UNCTAD issues.
- Knowledge of communications approaches and tools essential to planning and executing media operations, audience outreach, messages targeting.
- Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
- Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others,
- Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience;
- Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
- Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
- Identifies priority activities and assignments; and adjusts priorities as required;
- Foresees risks, monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in journalism and strong knowledge in economics required. A first level university degree with at least two additional years of qualifying experience may be substituted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in economic journalism or communications, including at the international level. A minimum of three years of direct news room experience required.
Fluency in oral and written English and knowledge of French are required.