Company: United Nations

Job description: Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General and is under the overall supervision of the Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination. Responsibilities

The incumbent will report to the Chief, Speechwriting Unit.

Speechwriting duties:

  • Write and edit a wide range of materials for the Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General and others, including speeches, remarks, op-ed articles, video messages, talking points, press statements, on issues that cover the full spectrum of the United Nations agenda.
  • Consult with the Secretary-General and senior advisors on both the form and content of speeches and other materials, in line with the Secretary-General’s vision and the Organization’s communications strategy.
  • Liaise with Secretariat departments, UN agencies, members of civil society, the private sector and others to produce speeches and other materials that are persuasive, politically sound and factually accurate.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with a wide range of stakeholders throughout the United Nations system and beyond.
  • Review and edit draft texts to ensure accuracy, clarity, and effectiveness.

Other duties:

  • Contribute as required to the formulation of policy and communications advice, and to strategic decision-making around the Secretary-General’s communications.
  • Liaise closely with the Department of Global Communications and the Office of the Spokesperson to ensure coordinated and relevant communications priorities. Competencies
  • Professionalism: Has proven expertise and experience in researching, drafting, writing and editing speeches, talking points, toasts, messages and other spoken and written communications on behalf of senior international figures. Demonstrates strong knowledge and understanding of the United Nations’ role in international affairs. Knowledge of and a good understanding of multicultural and gender requirements and ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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

Advanced university degree or equivalent degree in political sciences, international relations, journalism, public administration or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of practical experience in drafting high-quality materials, including speeches, in English is required;
Seven years of practical experience in communications and public information or journalism is required;
A thorough knowledge of international political, economic and social affairs and of the United Nations itself is required;
Experience working in varied assignments in the Organization is an advantage. Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required, and a working knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage. Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Special Notice

This position is temporarily available effective 1 July 2021 and for a period of 365 days. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilitity. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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Location: New York City, NY

Job date: Tue, 06 Apr 2021 01:33:25 GMT

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