UN Associate Information Officer Job

Associate  Information Officer
Job ID
Vacancy End Date
(Midnight New York, USA)
Time Left
9d 21h 29m
Nairobi, Kenya
Education & Work Experience
G-Bachelor’s Level Degree – 2 year(s) experience
Vacancy Type
National Regular UN Volunteer
Posting Type
United Nations Volunteers
Contract Duration
This recruitment will be handled by UNV Nairobi Kenya.  A candidate could be deployed to other locations outside Nairobi.  This position is open for Kenyan nationals only as well as legal residents in the country or territory with the status of refugee/status of being stateless

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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and it benefits both society at large as well as the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development planning, and mobilizing volunteers.

In most cultures volunteerism is deeply embedded in long-established, ancient traditions of sharing and support within the communities. In this context, UNV volunteers take part in various forms of volunteerism and play a role in development and peace together with co-workers, host agencies and local communities.

In all assignments, UNV volunteers promote volunteerism through their action and conduct. Engaging in volunteer activity can effectively and positively enrich their understanding of local and social realities, as well as create a bridge between themselves and the people in their host community. This will make the time they spend as UNV volunteers even more rewarding and productive.

Organizational Context/Project

UNEP is the environment agency of the United Nations which aims at caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

Living Conditions

  • Family: – Housing available on demand;
  • Health conditions in area of work-site, access to basic commodities, safe drinking water, sanitation and medical facilities: – Conducive conditions and readily available access to commodities, safe drinking water, sanitation and medical facilities;
  • Availability to basic goods and services, and to markets at the place of assignment :- Readily available access;
  • Availability to public transport, telecommunication and banking services :- Readily available access;
  • Quality and cost of the existing educational facilities (primary and secondary) for dependents available in the specific place of assignment, or those closest to this area :- Reasonable and modest, Language of instruction – English;
  • Socio-economic and cultural background of the immediate society the UNV would be living and working in (main economic activities, religious groups, special customs and events, etc.):- National and International community of diverse backgrounds;
  • Prevailing security conditions at the place of assignment: – Modest security;
  • Topographic and climatic features of the assignment location: – Highland cool and warm tropical climate.

Conditions of Service for national UN Volunteers

A 12- month contract; with subsequent contract extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment.

Travel to duty station (if applicable) and a Settling-In-Grant will be provided in the event duty station is not within commuting distance from the place of recruitment. A Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) of Ksh 76,779 is provided monthly to cover housing, utilities and normal cost of living expenses. Life, health and permanent disability insurance are included (health insurance for up to 3 dependents), as well as final repatriation (if applicable) and resettlement allowance for satisfactory service.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of Robert Few, the head, News and Media; the national UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Monitor and evaluate media coverage for major events and launches.
  • Monitor media mentions of the organization in real time and flag emerging issues.
  • Monitor the news cycle for environmental topics and flag emerging issues.
  • Engage with Kenyan and international media based in Nairobi by pitching UNEP stories and products.
  • Help to organize press conferences, interviews, site visits and other media events.
  • Research and produce a range of written products, including factsheets, briefing notes, press releases and web stories.
  • Maintain the unit’s content calendars.
  • Contribute to the design and execution of communication strategies, including engagement with divisions and regional information officers.
  • Manage media distribution and database system.
  • Manage the online Newscentre.
  • Assist with travel arrangements, ticketing and payment of DSA to UNEP media participants.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:

  • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark IVD);
  • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
  • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
  • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
  • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
  • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Results/Expected Output

  • Weekly UNEP in the News compilation
  • Up-to-date media lists and databases
  • Production and maintenance of an up to date pipeline and calendar of events
  • Online Newscentre regularly updated with fresh content
  • Media products timely distributed to targeted recipients
  • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.
  • Corporate competencies: Ability to forge and sustain lasting partnerships
  • Knowledge Management and Learning:  Good organizational skills and keen on learning and sharing knowledge gained
  • Development and Operational Effectiveness: Critical thinker, pragmatic and able to make complex decisions with a knack for key details.
  • Leadership and Self-management: Pro-active, able to work with minimal supervision and adheres to deadlines and timelines
  • Communication competencies: Clear and Precise in communicating
Required Skills and Experience
  • A first degree in Communication or Environmental, Natural or Social sciences.
  • Proficiency in oral and written English. Good working knowledge of other UN official language is an added advantage.
  • At least two years of progressive experience in an environment related post with a high level of media engagement.
  • Experience in organizing events and handling media relations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and orally.

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme which welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.

United Nations Volunteers reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this opening for other openings with United Nations Volunteers with similar assignment description, experience and educational requirements.

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