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Functions: Senior Media Relations Officer

On 19 octobre

Offer criteria

  • Genève
  • Temporary work
  • Full Time
  • Industry: Administration
  • Required experience: 6-10 years
  • Fields of expertise: Public relations , Public administration , Tools , Digital , Digital media See more , In Tools , Marketing , ICT , Industry Show less
  • Preferred languages: Spanish , English , French

Company: ITU

Job description

Under the supervision of the Head, Strategic Communication Division, work proactively with media representatives around the world to position ITU as the go to UN lead agency for ICT. To this end the incumbent will perform the following duties:
  • Establish and maintain regular contacts with reporters and editors of key national and international media worldwide, pitch stories and convince them of their news value, including at regular United Nations press briefings. Serve as the focal point and, when directed, official spokesperson, for all ITU media enquiries. Answer standard media requests or field answers from the Bureaux and the General Secretariat in a timely manner and collect, store and update answers/messages in a central repository.
  • Research, draft speedily and/or edit and proofread press releases, articles, features, and op-eds on a broad range of issues and for a variety of owned and third-party media and channels - print, radio/podcast, television, online news, multimedia, and social media.
  • Arrange press interviews; advise on or develop talking points for ITU spokespeople and subject matter experts; provide guidance on interview tactics.
  • Manage ITU physical, digital and hybrid press conferences and briefings, as required: logistics (venue, equipment, webcast, captioning, access, photography, video, etc.), run of show, briefing notes for the Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General, liaison with other podium speakers (via ITU Bureaux), announcements and invitations, direct soliciting of media interest, serving as 'MC' as required, and follow-up. Ensure the implementation of the United Nations media accreditation guidelines and the provision of appropriate working facilities for journalists at ITU press conferences, and briefings, events, conferences and meetings.
  • Coordinate and continually optimize the simultaneous distribution of multimedia press releases and media advisories in the six official languages of the Union on an equal footing, liaising with the relevant corporate channel and content owners and maintaining digital tools for efficient back-end workflows across the General Secretariat and the Bureaux. Compile and update media and digital influencer distribution lists.
  • Oversee and continually optimize ITU's digital Media Centre, including digital tools to optimize the accessibility, search, creation, distribution, re-use and re-purposing of ITU media assets (raw and edited photo, audio, video, text and graphic) produced by the General Secretariat and the Bureaux in line with corporate communication and visual identity and graphic design guidelines for a OneITU brand.
  • Oversee and continually optimize ITU's system for reputational, campaign and thematic media monitoring to help protect ITU's reputation, inform editorial planning and optimize performance of media relations outreach; regularly report to senior ITU staff and advise on optimization of performance. In times of crisis, track evolving issues and media coverage in near real time.
  • Identify the need for media relations and other communication training of ITU media and communication officers, ITU spokespeople, ITU subject matter experts and other relevant ITU staff; coordinate, conceptualize and implement training (in-house, third-party trainers), as required.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Profile description

  • Core Competencies: Applying Expertise; Effective Communication; Learning and Knowledge Sharing; Organizational Commitment; Results-Focused, and; Teamwork and Collaboration.
  • Essential Functional Competencies: Analysis, Judgement and Decision Making; Client and Service Orientation; Networking and Building Partnerships, and; Planning and Organizing.
  • Essential Technical Competencies: Proven record of placing stories through personal contacts with reporters and editors in key international and national media and media specialized in technology/ICT, business and development. Excellent knowledge of the media and digital influencer landscape including media working methods, imperatives, and constraints. Good technical background and strong understanding of the tech / ICT industry landscape and emerging technologies. Sound judgement with regard to trending/newsworthy external developments, including geopolitical, cultural, economic and development contexts to position ITU timely in the public discourse and protect its reputation. Discretion and judgement with regard to complex and/or sensitive issues. Solid writing and editing skills to deliver actionable, credible, relevant, timely and understandable media products. Excellent organizational skills to distribute multimedia press products simultaneously in the six languages of the Union in a timely manner, often under tight and conflicting deadlines. Very good digital skills, including knowledge of digital tools for efficient and effective media relations and outreach.
Qualifications required
Advanced university degree in communications, journalism, public relations, marketing, public administration or a related field OR education in a reputed college of advanced education with a diploma of equivalent standard to that of an advanced university degree in one of the fields above. For internal candidates, a first university degree in one of the fields above in combination with ten years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree for promotion or rotation purposes.
At least seven years of progressively responsible experience in communications, journalism, digital media, public relations, marketing, including at least three at the international level and at least three working directly with the tech / ICT industry. A Doctorate in a related field can be considered as a substitute for three years of working experience.
Knowledge of one of the six official languages of the Union (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish) at advanced level and knowledge of a second official language at intermediate level. Knowledge of a third official language would be an advantage. (Under the provisions of Resolution No. 626 of the Council, a relaxation of the language requirements may be authorized in the case of candidates from developing countries: when candidates from such countries possess a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the Union, their applications may be taken into consideration.)
Additional Information:

Total annual salary consists of a net annual salary (net of taxes and before medical insurance and pension fund deductions) in US dollars and a post adjustment (PA) (cost of living allowance). The PA is variable and subject to change without notice in accordance with the rates as set within the UN Common System for salaries and allowances.

Annual salary from $ 73,516 + post adjustment $ 63,077

Other allowances and benefits subject to specific terms of appointment, please refer to

Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for written test. Interviews may be used as a form of screening.

Salary and benefits

Salary: salary according to profile

Reference: 38256

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