Chief, Strategic Communications
Grade : P5
Vacancy no. : RAPS / 3 / 2020 / DCOMM / 01
Publication date : 03 November 2020
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time) : 04 December 2020
Department : DCOMM
Organization Unit : DCOMM
Location : Geneva
Contract type : Fixed Term
The following are eligible to apply :
Staff members with at least five years of continuous service with the Office are encouraged to apply.
Applications from officials who have reached their age of retirement as defined in Article 11.3 of the Staff Regulations on or before 31 December 2017, or who have already separated from ILO service upon retirement or early retirement, will not be considered.
The ILO values diversity among its staff and welcomes applications from qualified female candidates. We also encourage applicants with disabilities.
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The ILO welcomes applicants with experience in working within ILO constituents (governments, employers’ and business membership organizations, and workers’ organizations).
Applicants from non- or under-represented member States, or from those member States which staffing forecasts indicate will become non- or under-represented in the near future would be particularly welcome.
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In addition to the interviews and tests that any candidate may be required to take, successful completion of the ILO Assessment Centre is required for all external candidates and any internal candidate applying to a higher category.
The position heads the Strategic Communications (STRATCOM) Unit within the Department of Communication and Public Information (DCOMM).
DCOMM works with all HQ departments and field offices to deliver the global communication strategy and is responsible for ensuring a common approach to ILO communication.
That means creating engaging content, managing dissemination processes and platforms, as well as offering the services and training needed to ensure that ILO communication is consistent in message, look and practice at the global, regional and local levels.
The role of the STRATCOM Unit is to ensure that key ILO content (communication and knowledge products) reaches external audiences in the most effective, efficient and strategic way.
In doing so, it analyses the needs and behaviour of key ILO audiences and identifies the best way of reaching them with the appropriate products and through the right channels.
It collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that these audiences receive, and have access to, the information they need when and where they need it.
It uses innovation to develop tools to increase the reach, visibility and impact of ILO content. It also provides overall communications guidance, support and training to other departments and field offices.
The position reports to the director of DCOMM.
These specific duties are aligned with the relevant ILO generic job description, which includes the following generic duties :
Required qualifications Education
Advanced university degree in communications, journalism, international relations, liberal arts or other relevant discipline.
Ten years of professional experience in public information or related fields of work of which five years at the international level.
Excellent command of two official languages (English, French, Spanish) of the Organization. One of them must be English.
In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires :
Technical competencies :
Excellent leadership skills. Proven ability in the management of staff and proven interpersonal skills. Ability to provide authoritative advice.
Proven ability to manage and coordinate public information activities. Demonstrated ability to develop world-wide media relations and mastery of promotion and publicity techniques.
Knowledge of the world news agenda and proven news judgment at senior level. Sound analytical ability in a news context and ability to identify story angles and opportunities for insertion of ILO content into story arcs.
Ability to think creatively and develop news narratives, from factual account to analysis of long-term implications of events that add a distinctive ILO contribution to the public debate.
Proven editorial and writing skills of the highest level; thorough familiarity with the principles of accuracy and objectivity.
Demonstrable strong awareness of the challenges posed by the fast-changing global media and understanding of the importance of making full use of digital and other platforms as well as traditional ones.
Knowledge of industry standards and best practice on issues of taste and decency; privacy; use of user-generated content, and the likes.
Behavioural Competencies :
Strong diplomatic skills, political judgment and negotiation skills to handle difficult situations. The ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.
Conditions of employment
In order to confirm an offer from the ILO the successful candidate will be required to undergo a medical examination.
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Any officials of the General Service category interested in applying to this position are hereby informed that, if selected, they will be offered the salary and allowances applicable to the grade of the position applied for, which may result in substantial changes in their take-home remuneration.
In accordance with Article 3.4 of the Staff Regulations, the salary of an official, upon promotion, shall in no case be greater than the maximum salary of the grade to which he or she was promoted.
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