[ENG] VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT - Public Information Assistant (G-6), UNIC Moscow

UN Information Centre in Moscow 
Duty Station:
Moscow, Russian Federation
Fixed-Term, one year, with the possibility of an extension
Deadline: 28 October 2017


Within delegated authority, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:


• Assists in the development and maintenance of close contacts with the media, Governments, NGOs, educational institutions, civil society and other UN partners in the work region professionals covering UN-related issues and other relevant topics. Assists the UNIC Director and National Information Officer in ensuring timely placement of UN materials intended for the media (op-eds, news stories, interviews, etc.). Acts as the focal point for media coverage of important events in coordination and under the guidance of the Director and/or the NIO; identifies relevant UN material and press releases for targeted dissemination to the media and other relevant groups under the guidance from the Director and/or the NIO. Assists with the monitoring of local media outlets, analysing new trends and maintaining media databases utilised by the UNIC Director, the National Information Officer and/or the Officer-in-Charge.

• Organizes and implements special events and information campaigns, coordinating with relevant UN partners and the media to highlight and publicize key activities such as the observance of special days/months/years and the launching of UN reports. Translates UN information and documents, such as backgrounders, press releases, Secretary-General’s messages, op-eds, leaflets, etc. into local languages of the work region.

• Contributes to and/or provides technical support to the production of internal and/or external bulletins published by the UN Country Team, such as the bimonthly bulletin UN in Russia, etc. Promotes UN multimedia products. Responds to incoming inquiries received via Skype, mail, email, phone and fax.


• Assists the Director and/or the NIO in producing required reports, such as the daily press review and headlines, for UNHQ. Compiles the Monthly Activity Reports for the UNIC in the work region. Assists with the planning of outreach strategies and with the drafting of work plans. Manages, updates and further develops internal databases; generates a variety of standard and non-standard statistical and other reports from various databases as requested by UNHQ.

• Provides communications support to visiting UN officials by organizing press briefings, drafting press releases and backgrounders and monitoring media coverage; in some instances, travels within the work region to provide public information and communication support for official visits of the Secretary-General in the work region.


• Assists in electronic outreach by updating the relevant content portions of the UNIC website and official social media accounts, including: the drafting and editing of content by identifying and preparing new material for posting after researching various information sources for relevant material and cross-checking information with author offices as required; editing documents to conform to UN format; structuring and preparing new pages, incorporating graphics/photos as needed; posting documents on the UNIC website and official social media accounts.

• Provides assistance (coordinating, proofreading, translating, printing, etc.) in the production and delivery of public outreach products and services in local languages. Translates selected articles and interviews published by the local media of the work region into English for submission to UNHQ.


• Assists the Director and/or the NIO with the selection and training of interns.

• Performs other duties as required


• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures related to communication, production and dissemination of public information. Ability to research information from a variety of sources. Ability to draft simple content for traditional and social media outlets in English and in Russian. 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. 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

• PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


A High School Diploma or equivalent is required. Additional coursework in communications, marketing, journalism or a related field is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of experience in public information, communications, journalism public relations, international broadcasting or related area is required. Experience working with digital communication outlets, including database-driven web sites and social media platforms is required. Experience drafting content for different publishing formats and/or platforms, including briefing notes, press releases, speeches, social media and websites is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English and Russian is required. Knowledge of other official United Nations languages is an advantage.



Local level job openings in the global network of United Nations Information Centres are currently NOT advertised on the United Nations Careers Portal.

To apply for these local level job openings, email the following documents to icsrecruit@un.org including the job opening number and your name in the subject of the email:

  • A United Nations Personal History Profile (PHP) from Inspira.  (What is this?)
  • A duly completed, signed and scanned “UNIC Employment Application Checklist” form.  (What is this?)
  • A scanned copy of the required diploma.

Important Notice

  • Do not wait until the last minute to apply for a job opening to allow enough time to prepare the required documents.
  • Applications are NOT submitted in Inspira. Candidates only need to access Inspira to generate a United Nations Personal History Profile.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Failure to follow all relevant guidelines will disqualify applications from consideration.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.