Deadline: 6 August 2016
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Chief of Section in New York, United States.
The Chief of Section will provide the strategic direction of OCHA’s public advocacy and communications efforts through its three specialized sections in media relations, reporting and visual information and public advocacy and campaigns.
OCHA’s mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies.
Key Jobs Responsibilities
The Chief of Section will perform the following functions-
- Provides policy guidance to the Chief of Branch, on conceptual strategy development and management of the implementation of overall strategies and intra and inter-divisional/departmental policies and procedures.
- Conceptualize, design and execute the overall information strategy, programme and activities for reporting and corporate communications in the humanitarian context.
- Provide technical and policy advice on highly complex public information and communications services.
- Lead the development, editing, layout and production of key corporate publications and other projects.
- Oversee development, management and maintenance of corporate web platforms, brochures, branding, presentations and other written and visual materials and tools.
- Conduct sensitive political liaison work.
- Create and maintain networks of high level communications contacts with broadcast media, the press, governmental agencies, international institutions and other groups and organizations in civil society (non-governmental organizations (NGOs), businesses, creative communities, community organizations, women’s groups, etc.).
- Represent the organization in important meetings, conferences, events, etc.
- Promote joint public relations ventures.
- Assess the overall effectiveness of the public information strategy and programmes and advice on needed changes in approach, technique and products.
- Provide diverse materials (talking points, briefings, infographics, brochures) for use by senior officials, design and develop or of high profile multi-media communications campaigns and materials.
Applicants must have-
- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in communication, journalism, international relations, public administration or related field.
- First-level university degree in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- Minimum 10 years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area is required.
- International field experience in complex emergency settings is required.
- Experience in managing and motivating teams in multiple locations is required.
- Experience of project management in public communications contexts is desirable.
- Experience with the UN Common System or other international organization is desirable.
- Fluency in English is required.
- Knowledge of French is desirable.
- Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit their applications through online process.
For more information, please visit OCHA.