Senior Strategic Communications Officer, P5

United Nations Executive Office of the Secretary-General
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Mar 10

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The incumbent works in the Strategic Communications Unit within the EOSG, reporting to the D2 Director of Strategic Communications.


Within delegated authority, the Senior Strategic Communications Officer will be responsible for the following:

  • Drafting and editing communications strategies; providing editorial input and guidance for communications products around the Secretary-General and other senior UN officials, including speeches, statements, multimedia products and social media;
  • Coordinating messaging and communications approaches between UN Secretariat Departments; convening and chairing meetings; and circulating guidance;
  • Consulting and building relations with UN agencies, civil society, the private sector and other groups to coordinate communications around events and campaigns;
  • Providing advice to the Secretary-General and senior UN officials on their communications;
  • Drafting Secretariat-wide guidance on editorial issues;
  • Identifying opportunities to maximise the value of the Secretary-General’s communications;
  • Playing a full part in the daily Strategic Communications Morning Meeting;
  • Recruiting staff in accordance with the principles of gender parity and geographical balance;
  • Managing, guiding, developing and training staff; fostering teamwork and an enabling environment for gender equality and open communication among staff in the Unit and across organizational boundaries;
  • Other tasks as assigned.


Professionalism: 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. Strong knowledge and understanding of the United Nations’ role in international affairs. Good understanding of multicultural and gender requirements and ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Thorough knowledge of international political, economic and social affairs and of the United Nations. 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

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.

Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in communication, journalism, public information, political sciences, international relations, public administration or related field is required. A first-level university degree in the above specializations, in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible and practical experience in communications and public information/journalism is required. At least ten years of experience in drafting high-quality materials, including speeches and publications, is required. Experience providing editorial input and guidance for senior management communications is desirable. Experience in various positions in the United Nations system is desirable.


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

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