Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Mission to Support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA). The Public Information Officer will be based in Hudaydah, Yemen, and will report to Head of Mission, through the Chief of Staff.
UNMHA was established by Security Council resolution 2452 (2019) and is mandated to support the implementation of the Agreement on the City of Hudaydah and Ports of Hudaydah, Salif and Ras Issa as set out in the Stockholm Agreement.
The Public Information Officer participates in the formulation and implementation of a communications strategy, planning, development and provision of accurate and timely information to internal and external audiences with the objective of promoting awareness, understanding, support and respect for the Mission's work. S/he prepares, or oversees, the development of a diverse range of communications products across multiple platforms including digital, radio, TV and print; handles aspects of media relations and outreach; establishes and maintains a cooperative relationship with partners and local and international journalists; assists in responding in a timely fashion to disinformation that could negatively impact public perception of the Mission and/or the mission's leadership.
Within the limits of delegated authority, the Public Information Officer will be responsible for performing the following duties:
•Prepares or coordinates the development of communications products and content across multiple platforms ensuring accurate and consistent messaging, branding, and alignment with the communication strategy of the Office;
•Prepares or coordinates the preparation of a diverse range of communication products in support of the Office priorities and works closely with departments, funds and agencies to develop ways to implement campaigns system-wide and to incorporate the campaign message and themes into all relevant events and products;
•Drafts and edits material for press releases, key messages, Q&As, Talking Points, UN newsletters and reports;
•Ensures that the mission’s newly established web page is updated, including Writes with human interest stories and produces digital content for the mission's social media platforms;
•Responsible for participating in the development and implementation of a strategy for media relations, publications, web and digital media including social media, community outreach and/or radio products with the objective of promoting awareness, understanding, support and respect for the Mission's work and mandate;
•Prepares reports to mission leadership, UNHQ on communications activities, developments, trends and attitudes regarding the UN; and coordinates and shares public information activities and guidance with other sections of the Public Information Unit and leadership when appropriate;
•Provides communication support to managers, senior officers and other public information staff on a range of public affairs issues, methods, and approaches;
•Analysis of media monitoring statistics, social media and web usage and adapts editorial and outreach priorities accordingly;
•Prepares material for press briefings and interviews; drafts press statements and press releases as necessary; establishes and maintains a cooperative relationship with local and international journalists;
•Sets up regular system of media guidance and monitoring and develops contact list of journalists and media outlets covering all media - print, TV, radio, social media, web, photo etc. - and a successful process of communicating and maintaining regular contact and close collaboration with the media;
•Arranges interviews and/or background briefings with senior mission officials and facilitates the daily work of journalists covering the mission;
•Assists in responding in a timely fashion to disinformation that could impact negatively on the public perception of the Mission and/or the mission's leadership, etc;
•Keeps abreast of changing developments, trends, and technologies with strong understanding of social media;
•Produces reports, newsletters, and other materials of interest to internal audiences;
•Ensures Mission internal communication is up to date and accurate;
•Other related duties that may be assigned.