SOMALIA: UN Information Officer vacancy announcement [19991108]

SOMALIA: UN Information Officer vacancy announcement [19991108]

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Office of the UN Resident & Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, 2nd Floor, Centenary House, Ring Road Westlands Lane, PO Box 28832, Nairobi, Kenya ( Telephone: (254-2) 448-334/5/6 or 448-433/4/5/7/8 ( Fax: (254-2) 448-439 ( E-mail:

Vacancy Announcement Information Officer International ALD Post

Vacancy Announcement No. UNDP/SOM/99/05

Duty station: Nairobi (Relocation to Somalia if the office is established there)


Given the complexities and difficulties of crisis and post-crisis contexts, information is often the most crucial element for developing responsive strategies, planning action and assisting coordination.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Information Officer will be directly supervised by the Chief of the UN Coordination Unit (Chief, UNCU). The UNDP Senior Deputy Resident Representative will be consulted frequently by the Chief, UNCU and the Information Officer for guidance in order to achieve the mutual UN/UNDP connection noted above. The Information Officer will be expected to perform the following main functions:

1. Support the collected relief and development efforts of the international community in Somalia by providing a continuos and accurate picture of the situation in Somalia, needs, contributions and shortfalls so as to enhance effective responses;

2. Raise the profile of Somalia amongst the general public by helping them understand what is happening in Somalia and why. In this respect the Information Officer will work closely with the UN's Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN) in Nairobi to improve information flows to and from the international agencies involved in Somalia and to the general public;

3. Collect, analyze, verify and edit information for a monthly Situation Report for Somalia that will provide a comprehensive picture of the humanitarian situation in Somalia, what's being done and what needs to be done;

4. Supervise the Reports Writer in preparing and disseminating a fortnightly UN Country Team Monitor which will help keep country team members abreast with the specific activities of those organizations represented on the UNCT and short weekly bulletins to ensure that all UNCT agency representatives in the field are informed of events at Headquarters (Nairobi, as well as New York and Geneva);

5. Prepare special one-off reports for the public domain that will help the international community understand the context of events in Somalia and their underlying causes;

6. Prepare briefing materials for media and for donors on the situation in Somalia;

7. Promote and organize media tours to Somalia;

8. Provide active assistance to the UNDP Officer responsible for resource mobilization. This assistance may include preparation of brochures, videos and other promotional materials;

9. Prepare other reports and materials as directed by the Chief of the UN Coordination Unit;

10. Participate in Programme meetings, inter-unit task forces and interagency coordination and sectoral meetings as required.

11. Supervise the National Professional Project Personnel (NPPP) who will be monitoring the situation in Somalia, providing oral and written reports, and backstopping the Information Officer in all the above duties and responsibilities.

Qualification Requirements

* Advanced degree in journalism, political science, social sciences or equivalent disciplines; * Work experience in journalistic writing, editing or related work; * At least five years work experience with international organizations in crisis countries and a good knowledge of humanitarian issues, especially rehabilitation; * Highly effective written and oral communication skills; * Ability to communicate with people at difference levels; * Ability to work under high pressures and hardship conditions; * Fluency in English or French and any other United Nations language; * Good skills in computer applications

Interested persons who possess the required qualifications and experience may send their applications with an updated Curriculum Vitae and details of references to the address provided below. Please quote the vacancy reference number in your application.

Personnel Section Vacancy No. UNDP/SOM/99/05 UNDP Somalia P.O. Box 28832 Nairobi, Kenya

Closing date for receipt of applications: 26 November 1999

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