Job Title: Asst Comm/PI Officer Vacancy Notice: 29/2019 Position Number 10014086
Location: Malta Position Grade: NOA Closing Date: 2019-07-17
Organizational Context

The incumbent is closely supervised on issues concerning external relations and public information by the (Senior) PI
Officer or (Deputy) Representative who gives regular guidance and advice to the incumbent. Advice and operational
support may also be received from other senior staff and support units at the country Office.
External contacts are generally with a broad range of officials.

Responsibilities

Accountability (key results that will be achieved)
- UNHCR s media relations and advocacy work in geographic and thematic area are supported.
- UNHCR s standing with its counterparts is maintained.

Responsibility (process and functions undertaken to achieve results)
- Assist in establishment of close working relationships with television, radio and news agencies to promote and
ensure the dissemination of UNHCR aims, activities and principles.
- Assist in development of working relationships with the Government, NGOs and UN Agencies in order to raise
interest and develop co-operation in inter-related activities.
- Organize UNHCR s public awareness campaign in the duty station.
- Draft bulletins and updates on UNHCR s operations in the duty station.
- Brief national and international media of developments in UNHCR s operations in the duty stations and
accompany visiting media to the refugee camps where applicable.
- Assist in planning and organizing advertisements, exhibitions, training seminars, conferences, meetings, social
events and other activities to promote a better understanding of UNHCR s activities and accomplishments by the
general public and/or organized groups.
- Assist in preparation of communication budget.
- Perform other duties as required.

Authority (decisions made in executing responsibilities and to achieve results)
- Organize the distribution of UNHCR publications and the provision of materials to various institutions and
individuals to respond to the interest of the public on issues related to refugees and other persons of concern.
- Produce reports for donor agencies as required.

Accountability and Authority

The role of the Communication / Public Information Officer within the UNHCR Malta team is a pivotal role in contributing broadly to the protection and durable solutions strategy of the office. In-this regard, the PI/Communication Officer works very closely with protection and durable solutions units in a multi-sectoral set up and with the view to provide PI coverage on protection and integration related activities.Specifically, the incumbent will lead the development of a broader Public Information strategy, including undertaking regular surveys that inform the office communication with various communities. Given the often intense focus,including from international media, on refugee and migrant movements in the central Mediterranean and mix migration disembarkation in Malta, the incumbents expected to deal with media coverage and deal with increasing media requests,including issuing PR statements and other public comments in very tight deadlines and off official working hours. The incumbent is expected to also handle growing number of requested reports, updates, briefing documents. He/she will have to be able to develop and maintain solid working relations with journalists and with relevant Government officials as well as with other external partners. H/she is expected to represent UNHCR in different forums therefore public presentation skills and overall knowledge of UNHCR work,including regionally and globally is an important desired feature. As National Officer. h/she will be part of the senior management within the office, therefore h/she is expected to contribute and to support the Representative, including acting as Officer in Charge when required. In this regard, the functions will require active involvement in other domains outside the strict Job Description of the post.

 

 

 

Minimum Qualification and Professional Experience Required

Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in International Relations, Communications, Political Science, Journalism or related field plus minimum 1 year of previous work experience relevant to the function. Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master's) or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) may also be accepted.
Highly developed drafting ability.
- Knowledge of English and language of the duty station (Maltese).

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