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Chief Section, Digital Engagement -- UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya

Posting Title: CHIEF OF SECTION, DIGITAL ENGAGEMENT, P5
   
Job Code Title: Chief of Section, Public Information
   
Department/ Office: United Nations Environment Programme
   
Duty Station: NAIROBI
   
Posting Period: 4 March 2015-3 May 2015
   
Job Opening number: 15-PUB-UNEP-40147-R-NAIROBI (X) 

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.  UNEP's Division of Communications and Public Information (DCPI) 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 UNEP/DCPI at the Nairobi duty station.

 

Responsibilities

 

Under the guidance of the Director and the supervision of the Senior Public Information Officer (Deputy Director), the incumbent will perform the following:

1) Strategy and innovation:  provide overall strategic direction to the work of the section, with appropriate strategic framing for the requirements of the section’s clients, underpinned by a sustained innovation strategy that delivers the mandate of the section at the cutting edge of associated industry practices, techniques, technologies, and approaches;

2) Planning, monitoring, and assessment:  plan, monitor, and assess the section’s work in the context of the organization’s communication strategy and the division’s project commitments to UNEP’s Programme of Work and its Medium Term Strategy;

3) Management and oversight:  manage and oversee the section’s work, including close collaboration with UNEP and UNON ICT entities, and its human and other resources, in accordance with the organization’s policies, procedures, rules, and regulations;

4) Resource mobilisation:  mobilise and manage resources for the section and for the division;

5) Reporting and communication:  ensure timely and comprehensive analysis, reporting and documentation as per client, division, corporate, and donor requirements;

6) Media relations and partnerships development and management:  develop and maintain effective relationships and strategic partnerships with premiere news and social media entities and manage such initiatives for results;

7) Pitching and placement:  pitch and secure placement for UNEP stories, messages, and initiatives across print, digital, mobile and broadcast media platforms;

8) Deputy Spokesperson:  serve as the Deputy Spokesperson for UNEP upon task delegation by the Spokesperson;

9) Writing and editing:  provide high-level writing and editing support in the context of the section’s work on a needs basis;

10) Risk management:  manage risks associated with the organization’s news media, web, and social and hybrid media work;

11) UNEP Live and Access to Information Focal Point:  serve as the division’s focal point for UNEP Live and for the Access to Information policy.

12) Perform any other relevant tasks as requested.

 

Competencies

 

• Professionalism: Ability to efficiently plan, develop, implement and monitor the Digital Strategy Section work-plan to ensure timely and cost-effective delivery of results that best serve the interests of the organization.  Knowledge of policies and procedures for the creation and maintenance of information repositories and websites, media mailing lists to ensure security and on-going accessibility of the institutional memory.  Highly developed conceptual, analytical and innovative problem-solving ability; demonstrated ability to handle complex business process and information integration issues; extensive theoretical background and experience in digital engagement, information management and technologies; in-depth knowledge of, and extensive experience in, systems design, and development, management, implementation and maintenance of complex information systems; 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.  

• 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

• Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.

• Vision: Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Clearly communicates links between the Organization's strategy and the work unit’s goals.  Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction. Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

• Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

 

Education

 

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in mass communication, media, journalism or related area is required.   A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

 

Work Experience

 

A minimum of ten (10) years’ of progressively responsible  experience in digital media and/or communication is required.  Experience in an international environment is an advantage.

 

Languages

 

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required.  Working knowledge of other UN official languages is desirable.

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