Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Information Centre in Buenos Aires (UNIC Buenos Aires), within the Information Centres Service (ICS) of the Strategic Communications Division (SCD) of the Department of Global Communications (DGC).
The UNIC is part of the global network of United Nations Information Centres (UNICs), and UNIC Buenos Aires is the principal source of information about the United Nations system in Argentina and Uruguay.
engaging local and regional partners; and, overall, bringing the United Nations closer to the people it serves. The UNIC Buenos Aires has been integrated with the Resident Coordinator Office (RCO) in Argentina since the operationalisation of the United Nations development system reform on 1 January 2019, with the Resident Coordinator, who leads the overall work of the United Nations team on the ground as the designated representative of the Secretary-General for development at the country level and the highest ranking official at the duty station.
The incumbent reports directly to the UNIC Director under the overall supervision of Chief of ICS.
Within delegated authority, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties :
consults with press on approach / story angle and other information requests, undertakes appropriate follow-up action and analyses and reports on the impact of coverage.
plans and facilitates dialogues with partners to improve public engagement and participatory approaches to increase understanding about the UN’s work in Argentina.
may serve as a direct supervisor for some UNIC staff.
representing the UN at conferences; undertaking speaking engagements; participating in seminars; coordinating and drafting op-eds, speeches and interviews including for the Resident Coordinator.
ability to identify communications opportunities and problems and to articulate these to clients. Ability to advise on communications challenges, assess communications environments, develop communications strategies, and manage implementation of communications campaigns in Argentina with various promotional techniques.
Ability to make decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization and to apply rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations.
remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in communications, journalism, public information or a related field is required.
A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience, including experience in managing contacts and networking with the media, non-governmental organizations, government officials, international and national organizations, business groups, civil society, etc. in Argentina is required.
Experience in strategic communications, crisis communications and / or developing and implementing multimedia communications campaigns is required.
Working in and with traditional and digital media is required.
Experience in addressing a diverse public audience (e.g. general public, Government officials, special interest groups) is desirable.
Experience in journalism is desirable.
Experience working with the United Nations or a comparable international organization is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and Spanish is required.
Knowledge of other official United Nations languages is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.
National Professional Officers (NPO) or National Officers (NO) are nationals of the country in which they are serving, and their functions must have a national context, i.
e. functions that require national experience or knowledge of the national language, culture, institutions, and systems.
This is an NPO / NO position located in Buenos Aires (Argentina). Only candidates with Argentinian nationality are eligible to apply to this position.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50 / 50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs.
The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.
By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.
2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on Manuals hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines.
Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening.
No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.