Monusco : Vacancy Announcement Public Information Assistant – GL-4


United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo



Mission de l’Organisation des Nations

Unies pour la Stabilisation en République Démocratique du Congo

Vacancy Announcement

Public Information Assistant – GL-4

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:                          02 September 2015   

DATE OF ISSUANCE:                                             20 August 2015                     

DUTY STATION:                                                    Multiple Duty Station/Multiple Posts         

JOB OPENING NUMBER:                                       MONUSCO/39/PID/2015    

      This vacancy is open exclusively to the nationals of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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

Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships:  This position is located within the Public \information Division (PID) of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). The incumbent will be based in Kinshasa and work in the Office of the Spokesperson of MONUSCO.


Terms of Reference:


Within delegated authority, the Public Information Assistant will assume the following duties and responsibilities:   

Provides specialized assistance to officers in the production and delivery of information communications products and services. Draft communications materials
Participates in the planning and coordination of major exhibits; liaises with relevant departments/agencies; drafts and edits reports, production schedules, press releases and related texts, and correspondence related to the planning and production of exhibits
Researches, compiles and presents basic information for use in the preparation and production of communications products/services.
Liaises with news and publications agencies, public relations firms, UN photographers, etc. to provide advance notice of, and information on, upcoming meetings, briefings and special events and to ascertain coverage requirements; coordinates technical arrangements and organizes and allocates space for visiting news, photo, TV and film personnel; evaluates and processes applications for UN security clearances/accreditations.
Assists the section in drafting media releases, producing transcripts, drafting reports on media activities.
Writes articles on themes related to activities of the sections or to international days observed by the United Nations
Using relevant computer software as well as United Nations Templates, creates designs in appropriate format for promotional and other material, e.g. brochures, presentational materials, announcements, video and audio cassette covers and catalogues.
Supports management of all aspects of relations between MONUSCO and the media, in close collaboration with spokesperson of MONUSCO in Kinshasa.
Assists in disseminating messages, press lines and releases occasionally, events, specific crises and other opportunities identified by the mission’s authorities to express and share their points of view  
Assists in preparing the press conference of MONUSCO from Kinshasa, Goma and elsewhere  if necessary, and monitors the production of the transcripts of materials, the preparation of the verbatim as well as the dissemination
Maintains relations with media groups and organizations supporting media events on major issues
Knowledge of photography and skills in the use of social media would be desirable
Preforms other duties as assigned.


Work implies frequent interaction with the following:

Public Information Officers, field correspondents, producers, production assistants, engineers and other officials in relevant units within DPI and in other coordinating units of the UN Secretariat.
Field Mission representatives and staff.
Officials/representatives in UN Specialized Agencies, NGOs, academia, professional communities and other targeted audiences.
Media representatives, assignment editors, bureau chiefs.
Contacts in commercial communications agencies, international broadcasting organizations, etc.
Computer company representatives/technicians.

Results Expected:  Provides reliable office support services and specialized assistance in the development, production, communication and dissemination of information products and/or services.  Provides sound research assistance.  Consistently applies appropriate policies, guidelines and procedures.  Effectively and in a timely manner, liaises and interacts with colleagues and concerned parties internally and externally.



Professionalism: Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures related to communication, production and dissemination of public information. Ability to research information from a variety of sources. 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.

Teamwork:  Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.



Education:     High school diploma or equivalent.


Experience:    A minimum of four (4) years of progressively responsible experience of experience in public communication


Languages: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written French is required. Knowledge of English is an added advantage.

Others skills: Photo taking skills or mastery of a photo editing software tool would be an asset.


                                                                         HOW TO APPLY

Interested and qualified applicants should submit their applications together with the United Nations Personal History form (P-11) and/or CV by ONE of the following methods:
By Email to: [email protected]
By Hand:  Deliver to:  Deliver to: MONUSCO FIELD OFFICES, MONUSCO-Kinshasa and MONUSCO-Goma (TMK and IEHQ)
Note: All applicants MUST indicate the MONUSCO Job Opening # e.g. Public Information Assistant, GL-4 MONUSCO/39/PID/2015
For which they are applying, on the subject line [by email] or in a sealed envelope [by Mail/by Hand].)
In line with the UN policy on gender balance, FEMALE CANDIDATES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.


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