Iraq: Communications/Public Information Associate, Baghdad, Iraq

Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Iraq
Closing date: 08 Nov 2016

10016438 Comm-PI Assc

The Iraq Operation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Iraq invites qualified candidates to apply for the following internal and external vacancy:

Functional Title: Communication/Public Information Associate Contractual Status: Regular Position – GL6
Position No.: 10016438
Duty Station: Baghdad – Iraq

Vacancy Notice No.: IRQ/BAG/ INT-EXT /17 Date of Issue: 26 October 2016
Deadline for applications: 08 November 2016

INTERNAL/EXTERNAL VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

The incumbent will undertake the following responsibilities under the direct supervision of the Communication/PI Officer in Baghdad.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT.

The role of the Communication / Public Information Associate within the team is to provide support to the Communication/PI Officer. The incumbent will have a pivotal role in drafting of the growing number of requested reports, updates, briefing documents, increased translating tasks supporting the maintenance of the UNHCR national web site as well as interpreting for the management in the course of frequent official meetings with the national authorities and public/media appearances.

FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT.

Accountability
The office is kept informed of local developments of interest to UNHCR.
Evolving issues concerning displaced persons and refugees are monitored to be able to suggest stories and topics for media coverage.

Responsibility

  • Assist in preparations of interviews to the local media and background briefings to the international media.
  • Draft briefing notes, talking points, minutes, press releases and other papers for the high level meetings and visits.
  • Provide daily inputs for the national web site on relevant local developments and ensure that briefing materials from other offices are available.
  • Accompany visits of foreign delegation and the media to refugee sites in the region, giving appropriate briefings,interpreting support and commentaries.
  • Draft reports, briefings, updates, etc.
  • Assist in preparation of communication budget.
  • Produce social media output in English and Arabic
  • Perform other duties as required.
  • Liaise with video crew on commissioned feature stories
  • Authority
  • Establish contacts with local organisations to promote general interest and understanding of refugee issues.

  • Have access to UNHCR Communication /PI systems.

  • DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES

  • Innovation and Creativity.

  • Technological Awareness.

  • Political Awareness

  • ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Third level qualification in Communications or related field.

  • Minimum 6 years of previous relevant job experience.

  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of MS Office applications.

  • Excellent drafting skills as well as translation and interpreting skills.

  • Fluency in English – written and spoken – and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language

  • DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES

  • Completion of UNHCR Learning Programmes or specific training relevant to functions of position.

  • Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.

  • Highly desirable: experience working in TV/production skills

  • Applications from female candidates highly encouraged.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should forward the UN history form (P-11) with a covering letter in English explaining their interest in the position to: e-mail: irqbaadm@unhcr.org Please indicate the post number and title you are applying for in the subject. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted, and engagement is needed immediately.

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