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UN DPI hiring Director of United Nations Information Service

Vienna, Austria, 21 May 2014


This position is located in the UN Information Service (UNIS) in Vienna, within the Information Centres Service (ICS), Strategic Communications Division (SCD), Department of Public Information (DPI). The incumbent is accountable to the Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Communications and Public Information and the Director-General (DG) of the United Nations Office in Vienna (UNOV) and under the general supervision of the Director of SCD and the Chief of ICS.


Under the general direction and policy guidance of the USG for Communications and Public Information, the DG of UNOV, the Director of SCD, the Chief of ICS and in close consultations with the heads of UN System offices based in Vienna, the incumbent is responsible for United Nations public information activities in Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia. Within delegated authority, he/she is responsible for the following duties:

  • Administers and participates in DPI work programmes; is responsible for developing, planning and implementing a strategic communication and public information programme to keep public in the region well informed of UN goals and activities; maintains information liaison work with government bodies, local media, NGOs, educational institutions and international organization in region. Disseminates and distributes both basic and current information about UN decisions and programmes by establishing and maintaining active and direct contacts with all communications media, National news services and agencies.

  • Plans and implements information activities of UNOV so that their efforts on key issues and messages are part of a coordinated communication strategy; approves the planning of an extensive programme of meeting coverage by means of press releases; supervising and coordinating the work of UNIS staff in dealing with press coverage and other writing activities, press inquiries, press conferences and briefings; radio and audio-visual distribution, public relations and documentation; accrediting correspondents and verifying their credentials; selecting and recommending journalists, broadcasters or other participants in Editor’s Roundtables, Encounters, Educators Fellowships, etc.; advises the DG, the USG and other senior managerial staff on public information questions and on the public relations aspects of the presence of UNOV in its host country; deals directly with the DG and the USG on high-level information policy questions.

  • Acts as Spokesperson for UNOV and UNODC; presides, as necessary, over press briefings organized by UNIS and UNODC, to brief accredited correspondents on UN activities; provides complete information service to other UN System offices based in Vienna (the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the International Narcotics Control Board, the Office for Outer Space Affairs, the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, the Secretariat of the UN Commission on International Trade Law); consults with heads of other UN information services in Vienna on matters requiring a common approach and managing, in the interest of all, professional working relationships with the accredited correspondents and their associations; serves as liaison on public information questions with UN programmes and organs in Vienna.

  • Maintains high-level political liaison with governmental bodies and international organizations in the region by visiting regularly the client countries to renew and strengthen working links with Government Ministries and agencies, the media and NGOs in the interest of better dissemination of UN information and accentuated national and local activities directed to the fulfilment of UN objectives; undertakes high-level contacts on public information matters with Permanent Missions, inter-governmental organizations, including specialised agencies, and NGOs, both national and international.

  • Assumes full responsibility for the administration of the Information Service by ensuring the full and efficient operations; exercises an effective control and supervision of the Service personnel; plans and manages the overall activities of the UNIS and its operational requirements, including its budget, equipment and information material; monitors the output of the Information Service and reports to DPI on a monthly, quarterly, annual, and ad hoc basis.

  • Provides Headquarters with media reports regarding local conditions, political trends and public attitudes towards the UN; ensures that the policies and activities of the UN are conveyed accurately and promptly to the national authorities.

  • Fulfils speaking engagements and participates in seminars as required; assists and arranges publicity for the Secretary-General and senior officials by coordinating their programmes and press conferences.

  • Perform other functions and special duties as required by UN Headquarters and the DG of UNOV, including representing the UN at conferences.

Deadline: 18 July 2014

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