Associate Public Information Officer, Bogota and Pasto, Colombia At United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia

Closing date: Tuesday, 26 September 2023



Department/Office: United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia

Duty Station: BOGOTA; PASTO;

Posting Period: 28 August 2023 – 26 September 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Public Information-UNVMC-217181-R- (M)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and ReportingThese positions are located in Bogotá and Pasto, Colombia at the Strategic Communications and Public Information Unit, of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia (UNVMC). The Associate Public Information Officer report to the Head of the Strategic Communications and Public Information Unit.


Under the overall direction of the Head of the Strategic Communications and Public Information Unit and within limits of delegated authority, the Associate Public Information Officer will be responsible for the following duties: – Manages outreach to local media, civil society organizations, Government and National NGOs and builds capacity by:

  •  Producing and disseminating information, especially to local media and organizations about the Mission, its aims and activities and supporting outreach activities, as well assisting in interactions in local languages.
  •  Monitoring and analyzing current events, public opinion and press; identifying issues and trends in the country;
  •  Providing support in maintaining social media, web and other services updated, maintaining regular contacts and cooperation with the media, and supporting the creation of infographics and other visual communication materials as part of the digital strategy. – Builds communication capacity with national partners and strengthens local partnerships by:
  •  Serving as focal point on local capacity building including supporting local media and partners through regular contacts and organizing specialized training to address knowledge, awareness and skill gaps;
  •  Developing partnerships with key national constituencies by proactively sharing the work plan and content and working closely with national partners to raise visibility and understanding of the Mission’s work;
  •  Developing strategic partnerships with key constituencies to elicit support for and maximizing an impact on public information objectives; raising visibility of the Mission by organizing and/or participating in seminars, lectures, conferences, public events on major issues and events concerning the Organization;
  •  Supporting and working closely with the Regional Public Information Officers to ensure the daily update of the mission products. – Prepares communications products and content in local language(s) by:
  •  Drafting a diverse range of communication products in support of unit priorities and working closely with departments and partners to develop ways to implement system-wide campaigns and to incorporate the campaign message and themes into all relevant events and products;
  •  Keeping abreast of changing trends and political development in the country; providing communication support to managers, senior officers and public information staff on a range of public affairs issues, methods, and approaches;
  •  Contributing to reports to mission leadership and UNHQ on communications activities; developments, trends and attitudes regarding the UN; and coordinating and sharing public information activities and guidance within the mission when appropriate.
  •  Includes a gender sensitive approach in all communication products, stories and digital content. – Provides support to internal communications by:
  •  Supporting the internal communication strategy;
  •  Drafting reports, newsletters, and other materials of interest to internal audiences;
  •  Ensuring that the Mission’s internal communication is up to date and accurate. – Ensures that all UNVMC policies are applied and followed thoroughly across all processes, including adherence to UNVMC code of conduct and ethics, and integrates a gender-sensitive approach in all functions. – Performs other duties as assigned.

CompetenciesProfessionalism: 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Planning and organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.

EducationAn advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in in communication, journalism, international relations, public administration or related fields 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.

Work ExperienceA minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalist, international relations, public administration or related area is required. Experience working in strategic communications in the UN System, or similar international organizations is desirable. Experience engaging with journalists and media outlets, organizing press conferences, interviews and other media-related events is desirable. Experience drafting press releases, communication pieces or articles in both Spanish and English is desirable. A minimum of two (2) years of work experience on the Colombian peace process is desirable.

LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in both English and Spanish are required. NOTE: Fluency equals a rating of “fluent” in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and “knowledge of” equals a rating of “confident” in two of the four areas.

AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special NoticeThis position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. Applicants for positions in the General Service and related categories must be authorized to work for the United Nations in the duty station where the position is located. Eligible applicants selected from outside the duty station are responsible for any expenses in connection with their relocation to the duty station. Staff members subject to local recruitment are not eligible for allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment. At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff, as per the Secretary General´s Gender Parity Strategy. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. #United_for_Gender_Parity. Candidates interested to work for the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia may wish to check out our Realistic Job Preview videos to get an idea of the living and working conditions in different duty stations in Colombia.:

United Nations ConsiderationsAccording 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. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process. 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. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.



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