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29 August 2017
- 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
General Minimum Requirements
The general minimum requirements for working with the OSCE are:
Excellent physical condition
Possession of a valid automobile driving license and ability to drive using manual transmission
Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure
Field of Expertise Requirements
The general minimum requirements for working in this field of expertise are:
University education in journalism, international relations or related field, communications, public relations, media studies or professional certification in journalism, public relations or media technology
Experience in working in or with the media or in public relations, particularly in gathering, organizing, editing and disseminating information
Excellent oral and written English communication skills, including the ability to prepare news- related documents and public presentations in simple, clear language for a broad non-diplomatic audience
Good analytical and interpersonal skills
Level of Professional Competence Requirements
Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:
Advanced education/certified training course in relevant field. Advanced degree in a management discipline an asset
Minimum 10 years relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 5 years at the management level relevant to the actual position
Mission Specific Requirements
Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:
Extensive experience in the management of communication and media relations operations of large government organizations and/or NGO's, news-gathering organizations or public relations companies;
Significant ability in preparation and dissemination of media issues related messages, demonstrated experience in the development of public information campaigns, including public opinion surveys, television and radio public service announcements;
Familiarity with information technology, including editing digital photography and video;
Professional understanding of print and electronic media production and mechanics;
Proven ability to establish contact and develop constructive relations with government officials and institutions, as well as the ability to work with civil society;
Proven resilience to high stress environments;
Demonstrated skills in preparing analytical reports;
Proven ability to draft and edit materials for the media, articles and feature stories and experience with editorial responsibilities;
Demonstrated experience of leading a team in a pressurised environment;
Excellent organizational and analytical skills;
Professional fluency in English, both oral and written, and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely;
Ability to operate Windows applications, including word processing, handling of databases, and email;
Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
Knowledge of the historical and political situation in Ukraine.
Experience of working in international organizations;
Professional fluency in Ukrainian and/or Russian language.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Initial duration of appointment/assignment for this post is until 31 March 2018, subject to a subsequent OSCE Permanent Council Decision to extend the mandate of the Mission.
If applicable, deployment is subject to attendance to and successful completion of pre-deployment training and assessment.
Applicants are hereby notified that in light of the fluid and dynamic working environment in the duty station, taking into account recommendations by the International Civil Service Commission, this post is currently designated as a nonfamily duty station. The currently prevailing working conditions in the duty station may include working in a hazardous location with extended hours of service, and possibly curtailed freedom of movement. Successful candidates who are appointed to locations deemed by the OSCE as hazardous will receive hazard pay. In addition, all successful candidates will be required to participate in the OSCE accident and life insurance scheme in accordance with the OSCE Staff Regulations and Staff Rules.
The Head of Press and Public Information Unit is responsible for the development of the Mission public policy. The Head of the Press and Public Information Unit disseminates information regarding the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine's (SMM) activities to the local and international press and advises the Chief Monitor (CM) and senior staff on the content, style, placement and dissemination of all Mission communication with the media. The incumbent provides consultations to the senior management on external communications, including public information campaign and supporting materials.
Under the direct supervision of the Chief Monitor, the Head of Press and Public Information Unit will be responsible for:
Managing the day to day work of the Press and Public Information Unit;
Providing analytical daily media reports to the CM and senior management staff;
Maintaining relationship with key international and local journalists to ensure fair and objective media reporting of the SMM activities;
Liaising with the OSCE Secretariat's Communication and Media Relations Section;
Defining key messages (incl. active and passive media lines) to be communicated to the public/different media;
Managing the Mission's media policies and guidance;
Managing the placement of opinion editorials by the CM and other Senior Management staff;
Distributing accurate information on the SMM activities to other international agencies, OSCE participating States, and other key audiences as well as to the general public;
Conceiving, implementing, monitoring and modifying media strategies as needed, to include public information campaigns designed to generate maximum positive local and international media coverage of the Mission activities. These activities include the development of public opinion surveys, television and radio public service announcements;
Producing professional quality public information materials for distribution to the public, other international agencies and the Delegations of the OSCE participating States;
Supervising and managing press and public information staff (one international and five national staff) in the Mission;
The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages the nomination of qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds. Please note that nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are not eligible to apply.
Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered.
Please apply to your relevant authorities several days prior to the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered.
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