Associate Public Information Officer
 Vacancy No: UNITAMS-JO-Khartoum-2021-17
 Section/Unit: Strategic Communications and Public Information
 Grade Level: NO-B (Fixed-Term)
 Supervisor: Public Information Officer
 No. of Post: 01
 Duty Station: Khartoum
 Duration: One year
 Closing Date: 25 Feb 2021


Important note: UNITAMS will only accept properly completed and signed Personal History Form (P.11) received before closing date. Please submit your application on the attached P.11 ONLY.  Other UN P.11 formats, incomplete P.11, CV and Resume will not be accepted, nor will late submissions after closing date.


The selected candidate will be expected to deploy in time to commence work as soon as possible.


Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected, subject to clearance of employment reference checks, security and medical.  The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.


This position is locally recruited open for Sudanese nationals only.


UNITAMS will not provide accommodation to locally recruited staff.


UNITAMS is equal employer for men and women. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

 Duties and responsibilities:

The position is located in the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS). The United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2524 (2020) authorizing the mandate of UNITAMS which is to assist the political transition, progress towards democratic governance, in the protection and promotion of human rights, and sustainable peace; support peace processes and implementation of future peace agreements; assist peacebuilding, civilian protection and rule of law, in particular in Blue Nile and South Kordofan (the Two Areas) and Darfur; and support the mobilisation of economic and development assistance and coordination of humanitarian assistance.

The position is based in Khartoum and is located in the Strategic Communications and Public Information Unit within the Office of the Chief of Staff.  The incumbent will report to the Public Information Officer.





Within the limits of delegated authority, the Associate Public Information Officer will be responsible for performing the following duties:


Manages outreach to local media, civil society organisations, Government and National NGOs

  • Produces and disseminates information especially to local media and organizations about the Mission, its aims and activities and supports outreach activities and assists in interactions in Arabic and English
  • Develops partnerships with key national constituencies by proactively sharing work plan and content and working closely with national partners to raise visibility and understanding of the Mission’s work.
  • Monitors and analyses current events, public opinion and press; identifies issues and trends in country, and helps to prepare notes to management on appropriate action/responses.

Builds communication capacity with national partners and strengthens local partnership

  • Builds capacity and serves as focal point on local capacity building including supporting local media and partners through regular contact and organizing specialized training to address knowledge, awareness and skill gaps.
  • Develops partnerships with key national constituencies by proactively sharing work plan and content and working closely with national partners to raise visibility and understanding of the Mission’s work.
  • Develops strategic partnerships with key constituencies to elicit support for and maximize impact of public information objectives; raises visibility of the Mission by organizing and/or participating in seminars, lectures, conferences, public events on major issues and events concerning the organization

Prepares communications products and content in Arabic and English

  • Drafts a diverse range of communication products in local languages(s) in support of unit priorities and works closely with departments and partners to develop ways to implement campaigns system-wide and to incorporate the campaign message and themes into all relevant events and products
  • Drafts human interest stories for local and international audiences and produces digital content for UNITAMS’ social media platforms
  • Keeps abreast of changing developments, trends and political development in the Country; provides communication support to managers, senior officers and other public information staff on a range of public affairs issues, methods, and approaches;
  • Contributes to reports to Mission leadership, UNHQ on communications activities, developments, trends and attitudes regarding the UN; and coordinates and shares public information activities and guidance with other sections of the Public Information Unit and leadership when appropriate.

Provides support to internal communications

  • Drafts copy for reports, newsletters, and other materials of interest to internal audiences.
  • Ensures Mission’s internal communication is up to date and accurate.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

Education:  University degree in communication, journalism, international relations, public administration or related field, is required.

Work Experience: A minimum of two to three years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area.

  • Experience in media communications, digital media, radio, outreach and/or public relations is required.
  • Experience writing for digital media is required.
  • Experience in web and social media maintenance required.
  • Experience in a UN context is desirable.

Languages:  English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable



Professionalism: Knowledge of different aspects of public information and communication. Ability to address a range of issues in the context of political developments, public attitudes and local conditions. Ability to conceptualize, design and implement major information campaigns. Ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources. Ability to diplomatically handle sensitive situations with target audiences and cultivate productive relationships. Ability to produce a variety of written communications products in a clear, concise style. Ability to deliver oral presentations to various audiences. Shows pride in work and 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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; Shows willingness to learn new technology.




Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a written assessment followed by a competency-based interview.



  • Applicants must accurately complete, sign and date the attached United Nations Personal History form (P.11) ONLY and forward the duly completed signed P.11 by e-mail to:   
  • Applicants should COPY UNITAMS-JO-Khartoum-2021-17 Associate Public Information Officer in the SUBJECT line of the email when submitting their signed P.11 form. UNITAMS will not consider any applications which are not received directly in the VA mail box. Other UN P.11 formats and incomplete P.11 will not be accepted.
  • Please note that any information provided on the P.11 form will be considered binding.
  • The selected candidates will be subject to a reference checks to verify the accuracy of the information provided in the P.11 form.
  • Only applicants who are short-listed will receive an acknowledgement within two weeks from the deadline indicated on the VA.


Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

United Nations Considerations:

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.


No Fee:


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