Associate Public Information Officer, Khartoum

Closing date: Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Posting Title: Associate Public Information Officer, P2


Department/ Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Duty Station: KHARTOUM

Posting Period: 8 May 2018-6 June 2018

Job Opening number: 18-PUB-UNHABITAT-96357-R-KHARTOUM (E)

Staffing Exercise ID: N/A

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

Organizational Setting and Reporting

UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. Its mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. UN-Habitat is mandated a key role of implementing the Sustainable Development Goal 11 adopted in September 2015 as well as the New Urban Agenda adopted in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016.

In Republic of Sudan, the country has been experienced long lasting conflicts and tribal disputes in Darfur as well as Southern States of Sudan including Blue Nile, South Kordofan and West Kordofan (including Abyei dispute area). On contrary, the security situation has been remarkably improved in these states, and the Government of Sudan declared the end of the Darfur conflict in August 2017. In addition, the lifting of the U.S. economic sanctions in October 2017 has created windows of opportunities for the improvement of economy and social development in Sudan while the country's economic situation has been performed highly volatile due to the secession of South Sudan in 2011 and associated sharp drop in oil revenues. Currently, Sudan has 40.5 million of the population that includes 5.1 million of Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs), refugees from neighboring countries and returnees those who need humanitarian and development support.

Tremendous number of people need substantive support also negatively affected hosting communities particularly key cities, towns and villages where people have potential access to basic services and humanitarian assistance that resulting rapid urbanization without adequate basic infrastructure. In this context, UN-Habitat has been actively engaging with key government counterpart both in federal and state level as well as key UN agencies and international/national organizations.

To respond Sudan United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2018-2021 and Humanitarian Response Plan 2018, UN-Habitat has been working on humanitarian and development support for Sudan under the coordination of Sudan United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and Humanitarian Coordination Team (HCT) to bridge humanitarian response to development assistance in line with Humanitarian, Peace Building and Development Nexus. The post is assigned to UN-Habitat Sudan Office located to Khartoum in Sudan, and the staff will be supervised by the Head of UN-Habitat Sudan Office.

Within delegated authority and under the supervision of the Head of UN-Habitat Sudan Office, and/or his/her designate, the incumbent will be assigned to Khartoum Office and will be responsible for the following duties:


  • Provide support in the development of a communication strategy for the program and identify requirements for implementation.
  • Track, research and analyze information on assigned topics/issues; gathers information from diverse sources and assess news value and other potential impact, as well as evaluate the effectiveness of information campaigns.
  • Prepare press releases, media briefs, reports, talking points, newsletters, brochures, and donor visibility materials and organize advocacy campaigns.
  • Organize the clearance, production and distribution of information material; conducts photo and graphic research.
  • In consultation with others, identify and propose information opportunities, activities and approaches, taking into account the situation/topic and target audience.
  • Act as an information focal point in liaison with UN-Habitat Regional Office and HQ.
  • Assist in the development of annual work plans for monitoring progress activities and achievements and regular update.
  • Prepare drafts of articles or chapters for inclusion in UN newsletters, periodicals, reports and books. Respond to inquiries and information requests internally and externally and prepare related correspondence and reports.
  • Provide technical support and clarification on reporting policies.
  • Review regular sources of information and data required for preparation of reports. and timely dissemination of communication materials to target audiences, and evaluation of their impact., e.g., information from NGOs, news clippings, surveys, information from field monitors, land issues releases.
  • Contribute to the preparation and review of proposals through data collection, analysis and reporting.
  • Identify key contacts/constituencies and opportunities for strategic partnerships to facilitate communication efforts and maintain working relationships with the same.
  • Participate in meetings with various coordination groups in Khartoum donors, NGOs and other UN agencies.
  • Organizes or participates in the organization of conferences, seminar, press briefings, interviews, etc.; prepares briefing materials for senior officials prior to their participation in such events.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to plan, execute and monitor public communication campaigns, e.g. campaign management, market research, message targeting, impact evaluation. Ability to research and analyze issues and topics related to current events. Ability to draft and compile a variety of written communication products in a clear, concise style. Ability to interact with the public to build and maintain effective business connections. 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 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in communication, media relations, journalism, publication, international affairs or a related field is required.
  • 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 two years of progressively responsible experience in communications, media relations, journalism and/or publication is required. Work experience with the UN or other international agencies is desirable.
  • Recent work experience in the Arab Region is an asset.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
  • For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira 'NeedHelp?' link.

United Nations Considerations

According 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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

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.

No Fee


Source: UN Jobs

This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat.  

Deadline/closing date: 
Wednesday, June 6, 2018