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National Professional Officer

OVERVIEW

Post Number : 4PKCI 0001RP

Grade : NO-A

Parent Sector : Communication and Information Sector (CI)

Duty Station: Islamabad

Job Family: Programme Coordination

Type of contract : Fixed Term Field

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 13-JUL-2020

 

UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism

 

OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST

(Only nationals of Pakistan may apply for this position).

 

Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General, Communication and Information (ADG/CI), the close direct supervision and guidance of the Director or Head of Office or a more senior staff if delegated by the Director or Head of Office, and in close collaboration with and guidance from Professional CI Specialists in the Regional Bureau or Multisectoral Regional Office, the incumbent is responsible for providing support to the administrative and programme elements and components of Field Office projects, activities and initiatives. S/he will continually invest in professional learning in respect of programme development activities, project administration, trends and issues specific to the Field Office and broadening knowledge of other communication and information specialties and UNESCO Sectors represented in the Field Office and of relevance to the country served.

 

Programme and Project Support:           

  • Upon instruction undertake research, preliminary analysis, and compile background information to assist with the development, implementation and management of projects and programmes reinforcing national capacities.
  • Initiate, prepare, coordinate and submit the routine elements of new projects, options and proposals and ail subsequent reports.
  • Grant project implementation and reporting schedules and prepare or generate tables, graphs, charts and other data and statistics for the preparation and submission of reports, briefings, budget expenditure and other monitoring, preparation and reporting tools.
  • Collect, review and verify project documents, actions and data for reporting and monitoring, in close coordination with project staff.
  • Check project documents and bring to the attention of the supervisor issues regarding consistency or completeness for follow up action with ail project and programme stakeholders.
  • Monitor project activities against work plans and schedules, prepare descriptions of project progress and highlight gaps and bottlenecks.
  • Analyze specific project activities and propose alternative methods for project management, implementation and problem resolution.
  • Provide logistical and administrative support to meetings, consultations, events, network and partnership initiatives, projects and missions.
  • Assist in facilitating working relationships and exchanges with national and other stakeholders.
Long Description

Research and Knowledge Management:          

  • Undertake specific research and analysis to produce well defined aspects or segments of work products expected from the work unit or Field Office including documents, reports, conventional and on-line publications, news releases, and social media and website content.
  • Update and maintain knowledge management systems to ensure adequate and accessible documentation including ail extrabudgetary projects and activities.
  • Upload to automated systems such as Sharepoint and other platforms the institutional memory of own office.
  • Analyze best practices, current trends and programme and country specific issues to acquire, broaden and increase knowledge and technical/thematic expertise.

Partnership:                     

  • Analyze and compile background data for potential partnerships and fundraising opportunities.
  • Liaise with stakeholders, as instructed or agreed upon with the supervisor, based on points/position previously defined with the same. 
  • Arrange outreach activities, briefings, visits, consultations, meetings and other related visibility activities.
  • Compile information for the Field Office's input to the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) Common Country Assessment (CCA), Country Programme Document (CPD), Country Action Plan (CAP) and to other relevant national planning exercises.
  • Liaise with colleagues within the Sector and in other Sectors, in own and other Field Offices, and Headquarters to discuss developments and to archive information on CI initiatives, baselines and impact measurements.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Communication (C)
Accountability (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
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For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

 

Education

  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in communication, journalism, information sciences or other related fields.

 
Work Experience

  • At least 2 years of relevant professional experience in the area of communication, journalism and/or information sciences or other related fields, at the national and/or sub-regional level.
  • Experience in working in the implementation of national and/or sub-regional projects in the area of communication, journalism and information.
  • Experience in working in a multicultural environment.
  • Experience in working with information technology.

 

Skills/Competencies

  • Proven ability to plan, implement and report on programme actions and projects.
  • Good project management skills.
  • Ability to participate effectively in negotiations with internal and external partners.
  • Ability to work in a team in a multicultural environment.
  • Skills in communicating effectively and persuasively, orally and in writing.
  • Excellent IT, knowledge management and social networking skills, good understanding of emerging communication and information technologies and their potential uses.

 

Languages

  • Excellent knowledge of English.
  • Full proficiency in the Urdu.
BENEFITS AND ENTITLEMENTS

UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.

 

For more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website.

SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

 

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

 

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.

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