Posted Dec 31

National Public Information and Reporting Officer

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Full Time

National Public Information and Reporting Officer

Job Description:

I. Position Information
Job Code Title: National Public Information and Reporting Officer
Agency: UNOCHA
Type of contract: Fixed Term
Period of Appointment: Initially one year
Grade: NO-A
Supervisor: Public Information & Reporting Officer
Duty Station: Addis Ababa
Deadline for Application: 10 January 2017

Il. Organizational Context
The key role of OCHA — Ethiopia is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action via advocacy actions which may include publication of information gathered by the Office. There is always much demand for reliable background information, contextual reporting and data on the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia. Efficient information sharing and authoritative analysis are fundamental to its support to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator and Humanitarian Country Team. OCHA produces a range of documents to meet these needs through a combination of regular situation reports, special studies, maps and other graphical materials, resource tracking reports and operational databases made available to the relief community primarily through a combination of hard copy and electronic mailing lists.
OCHA is responsible for monitoring relief needs and providing humanitarian support services to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator and Humanitarian Country Team.
OCHA works in support of the UN Humanitarian Coordinator and the HCT to facilitate a coordinated, well-resourced and effective international relief response and the bridging of the transition from relief to recovery. Functionally, the work of OCHA breaks into four main areas: (1) coordination and operational support; (2) field monitoring and analysis; and (3) information management and humanitarian reporting;
OCHA Ethiopia's Strategic Communications Unit works to alleviate human suffering by increasing awareness of humanitarian impacts, promoting adherence to humanitarian principles, inspiring humanitarian action and giving voice to victims of natural disasters and conflicts. In 2017, the Strategic Communications Unit will also work in consultation with the Humanitarian Country Team to promote continued humanitarian assistance to population yet to recover from the impact of the 2016 El Nino-induced drought, including advocacy for increased recovery and resilience programming to reduce dependence on humanitarian aid.

III. Functions / Key Results Expected
Job Purpose
Summary of Key Functions:
The National Information Officer will be expected to work in close collaboration with OCHA staff in other sections, particularly the Information Management Unit, Field Coordination Unit and Humanitarian Response Fund, and with the reporting and information officers in other United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations, as well as with key programme staff from various humanitarian organizations, particularly the Cluster Leads, government officials, national and international media, and civil society
Reporting Lines
The National Information Officer will work under the direct supervision of the Head of the Strategic Communications Unit and the general supervision of the Head of Office, and will:
Support implementation of information programs to publicize priority issues and/or major events, to include drafting information strategies, coordinating efforts, monitoring and reporting on progress, taking appropriate follow-up action, and analyzing the outcome
Monitor and analyzes current events and developments in the humanitarian situation, public opinion and press, identifies issues and trends, and advises management on appropriate action/ responses.
Undertake activities to promote media coverage (e.g. press conferences, interviews, press seminars and other special activities) of priority issues and/or major events, to include development of a media strategy and action plan, initiating pro-active media outreach efforts, proposing and arranging press conferences/media coverage, disseminating materials and consulting with press on approach/story angle and other information requests, undertaking appropriate follow-up action and analyzing and reporting on the impact of coverage. Produce and/or contribute to the production of specific types of information communications products (e.g. Humanitarian Bulletins, Situation Reports, Flash Updates, Snapshots, press releases, booklets, brochures, backgrounders, audio-visual materials, social media posts, web stories, , etc.), to include proposing topics, undertaking research', determining appropriate medium and target audience, preparing production plans, writing drafts, obtaining clearances and finalizing texts, editing copy, and coordinating design approval, printing procedures and distribution.
Participate in selecting the information transmitted to key constituencies
Translate national public documents from Amharic to English to support Senior Management Communication and Advocacy. Liaise with National Officials on OCHA Ethiopia Public Information reports.
Monitor overall political development, particularly unrest and the State of Emergency in the Country and update the Strategic Communications Unit and OCHA Senior management on political development that impacts on the humanitarian response Liaise with field staff to support targeted field level advocacy Support the office to organize major humanitarian events including the WHD, and support for missions.
IV. Impact of Results
The key results have an impact on the overall humanitarian activities to alleviate human suffering by increasing awareness of humanitarian effects, promoting adherence to humanitarian principles, inspiring humanitarian action and giving voice to victims of conflict or disaster.
Corporate values:
Respect for diversity

Core Competencies:
Communication: Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to draft a variety of written reports and communications accurately and to deadline, and to articulate ideas in a clear, concise manner.
Commitment to Continuous Learning: Willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the field of humanitarian affairs; ability to be perceptive to feedback provided, as well as willingness to learn and improve one's own technical skills.
Planning & Organization: Ability to plan independently one's own work; ability to identify priority activities and assignments, manage conflicting priorities and work under pressure, meeting tight and sometimes conflicting deadlines.
Teamwork: Very good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnership and working relationships in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. Technology Awareness: Very good computer skills and use of relevant applications, e.g. word processing, spreadsheets, and Internet; familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including online sources and databases.

Job Requirements:

VI. Recruitment Qualifications
Education: A Master’s degree or equivalent in Journalism or Communications, Political Science, International Relations, Humanitarian Affairs or other relevant social sciences.
Experience: Zero years of work experience.
Experience at the national or international level in public or external relations, communications or information/reporting is desirable;
Previous experience working in the humanitarian or development field is strongly desired; practical experience working with government and/or media in Ethiopia is beneficial is desirable. Strong analytical and communications capacity, including written and verbal communications in English, is desirable.
Requirements: Fluency in spoken and written English is essential.

How To Apply:

Interested applicants should forward their applications (covering letter and CVs with copies of relevant documents (non-returnable) and the names of three (3) referees to
UN-OCHA Ethiopia
Administration and Finance Section
P.O. Box 60252
Addis Ababa
For electronic applications:
Only short listed candidates will be contacted

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