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Public Information Officer



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.


Planning& Organizing:

-          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.