Position: Public Information Officer
Receiving Agency: OCHA
P Level: P4
Duration: 6 months
Location: Rzeszow, Poland (later Lviv, Ukraine)
Languages: English fluency is required, Russian working knowledge desirable
The Humanitarian Country Team in Ukraine is putting in place relevant preparedness measures for a possible significant deterioration of humanitarian situation in the country following the continued tensions around the Ukrainian border and the build up of Russian troops. While there is an PI capacity within OCHA Ukraine, this request is to urgently mobilize an additional surge to allow this capacity to scale up and meet the demands, including among others, managing perceptions and proactively addressing possible issues that may damage the reputation of the UN and humanitarian mandates.
Main tasks and duties to be executed
The Public Information Officer shall work with relevant public information officers of the UN System and the HCT, cluster coordinators and national and international partners in Ukraine to develop and implement strategic communications and public advocacy. Specifically, the PIO will:
- Support OCHA Ukraine to facilitate development and implementation of complex strategic communications and public advocacy campaigns with a focus on humanitarian issues, to ensure common messaging across the UN and HCT and promote humanitarian mandate.
- Provide advice and expertise to and support OCHA Ukraine and inter-agency partners’ ongoing efforts on a range of advocacy and outreach issues, methods, and approaches.
- Manage media engagement, through assessing the current media landscape, evaluating media outlets, coordinating media briefings and managing group or individual media enquiries.
- Ensure a broad picture and strategic advice to OCHA Ukraine senior management and the HC on media coverage of the situation around Ukraine, through analysis of perceptions, verification of facts and provide an overview of possible implications on the UN’s operations in Ukraine and globally.
- Propose solutions to protect the mandate and public image of the UN and humanitarian action in Ukraine in general through development and application of system-wide appropriate crisis communications strategies.
- Ensure coordination and engagement with, proactively propose humanitarian highlights to and monitor coverage of media engagements in HQs, including in Geneva and in New York, especially through regular media noon briefings.
- Support OCHA PI/Reporting Unit with drafting/compiling a specific type or types (e.g., print, broadcast, etc.), of information communications products for target audiences, including Press Releases, media packages and reports, brochures, briefings, video clips, newsletters, websites, etc.
- Lead organization of or participate in the organization of conferences, seminar, press briefings, interviews, etc.; prepares briefing materials for senior officials prior to their participation in such events.
Expected Outcome of the Deployment
1. Increased understanding of UN’s mandates and humanitarian principles in Ukraine through coordinated collective messaging and communications.
2. Increased understanding of the humanitarian situation in Ukraine at national and international levels.
3. Contribute to resource mobilization through highlighting key humanitarian issues at regional and global levels targeting member states.
Specific Required Skills
Willingness to work in challenging environments / field locations is required.
Education: An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communication, journalism, international relations, public administration or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience: A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area is required. Humanitarian experience in the field (actual setting where a mission and/or project is being implemented) in emergency situations (complex emergency or natural disaster) is required. Experience with crisis communications is required.
Languages: Fluency in spoken and written English. Knowledge of Russian language is strongly desirable.
Key skills: Excellent conceptual and analytical abilities. Ability to meet deadlines and remain cool under pressure, and ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.