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Press Officer

United Nations

New York, United States

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Press Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Covering meetings of the General Assembly and its Main Committees, as well as the Security Council and other major bodies of the United Nations, as a member of a two-person coverage team that produces a speaker-by-speaker account of the meeting topped by a lead that summarizes the proceedings and highlights the most newsworthy aspects;
  • Covering such meetings alone, occasionally, when such single coverage is decided upon by an editor; the selected candidate must be able to take statements from the floor by listening to a speaker and summarizing what is being said while the meeting is in progress;
  • Covering press conferences given by the presidency of Security Council and summarizing them, highlighting the most newsworthy elements;
  • Researching, summarizing and preparing, on the basis of official UN documentation and other sources, drafts of backgrounders on specific topics or themes related to major meetings or conferences;
  • Travel to cover major UN conferences and meetings away from Headquarters;
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Competencies

  • Professionalism – Ability to cover meetings of the General Assembly, Security Council and other United Nations bodies, and produce a clear, concise, and accurate speaker-by-speaker account(s) of meetings; ability to create a lead, summarize the meeting and highlight the most newsworthy elements; possess sensitive understanding of a wide-range of political issues and how United Nations writing about such issues must be perceived by all sides as fair and objective; ability to research and analyze complex international issues and quickly grasp their essentials; ability to meet daily news deadlines and work well under stress. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; 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;
  • Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in communication, journalism, international relations or related area. 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public relations or a related area is required. Experience in an international organisation is desirable. Experience covering meetings and press conferences by following the proceedings, taking notes of the discussions and writing summaries is desirable. Experience in the issuance of press releases, fact sheets and newsletter is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position advertised, fluency in French and English is required.

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