UNITAMS in Khartoum, Sudan
Description of assignment title: Public Information Officer
Assignment country: Sudan
Expected start date: 03/01/2023
Sustainable Development Goal: 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
Volunteer category: International UN Volunteer Specialist
DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No
Host entity: UNITAMS
Duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension)
Number of assignments: 1
Duty stations: Khartoum
Mission and objectives
On 3rd June 2020, the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2524 (2020), establishing the UN Integrated Transitional Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), a special political mission, to provide support to Sudan. Headquartered in Khartoum, UNITAMS supports Sudan through a range of political, peacebuilding and development initiatives, including assisting the nation to achieve the goals of the Constitutional Declaration of August 2019, and carrying out its National Plan for Civilian Protection.
Support the overall Strategic Communication and Public Information activities including advocacy, campaign activities, promote UNITAMS, including its Political Consultations and relevant programs. UNITAMS initiatives include various launching various processes to advance political transition in Sudan- they also include tailored and specific components such as gender mainstreaming.
- Supports the implementation of the Public Information Office’s annual work-plan.
- Collection of information, preparation of content for UNITAMS website and social media platforms.
- Track and monitor social media and report relevant information to the Chief Strategic Communications/Public Information.
- Research, compile and produce reports on web/social media statistics on a regular basis, using digital media analytical tools.
- Support the development and dissemination of brief notes and other relevant communication outreach material for internal and external audiences.
- Provide logistical support to the organization’s media and outreach events, press conferences, and other publicity events and provide inputs to briefing materials and press releases, as necessary. Provide media relations support:
- Work closely with UNITAMS media focal point to update database of relevant media and press; initiates and sustain professional relationships with the national media.
- Undertakes activities to promote media coverage e.g., press conferences, SRSG interviews, media brief, and other special activities. Provide communications support to UNITAMS Initiatives:
- Contribute to arranging UNITAMS initiatives meetings and events.
- Work closely with technical officers to ensure the successful preparation of meetings and activities.
- Ensure that logistical arrangements and facilities are timely in place and aligned with the needs of the meetings.
- Ensure follow-up on immediate meeting outcomes.
Age: 27 – 80
Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.
4 years of experience in Education:
- Bachelor’s degree in media, communications, business administration or other related fields (Master’s degree is plus). Experience and skills:
- At least 4 years of experience in communication, social media, event management and outreach initiatives.
- Proven track record in organizing large-scale events with participation from multiple stakeholders is mandatory.
- Knowledge of Sudan political context or experience in Sudan would be an added advantage.
- Advanced knowledge and user of leading social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and others.
- Demonstrated experience in speedy writing and creating compelling online content for website and social media platforms.
Area(s) of expertise
Communication, Development programmes, Social work
English, Level: Fluent, Required Arabic, Level: Basic, Desirable
Required education level
Bachelor degree or equivalent in Support the overall Strategic Communication and Public Information activities including advocacy, campaign activities, promote UNITAMS, including its Political Consultations and relevant programs. UNITAMS initiatives include various launching various processes to advance political transition in Sudan- they also include tailored and specific components such as gender mainstreaming.
Competencies and values
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; Tailor’s 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.
Living conditions and remarks
Sudan has made the headlines lately after the former regime was thrown by the people of Sudan, ending a period of 30 years dictatorship and grievances, however, heavy heritage of social, economic, and political crises was handed over to the new government. The worldwide acclaimed role played by women to bring about change has contributed to the creation of a more conducive environment to work in the area of promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment following the adoption of a Constitutional Declaration which guarantees and promotes women’s rights in all social, political, and economic fields, and combats all forms of discrimination against women. The chapter 12 on independent commissions states the establishment of Women and Gender Equality Commission, and Chapter 7 allocated not less than 40% for women in the Transitional Legislative Council. Khartoum is the capital and trading Centre of Sudan and is situated in Khartoum State, at the junction of the Blue and White Nile rivers; Omdurman is also a suburb of Khartoum, giving the urban area a population of over 3 million. It has long served as a major communications Centre between the Arab countries of North Africa and central African countries. The city lies near the rich, irrigated cotton growing Gezira area to the south and much of its trade is based on Nile river traffic. An oil pipeline links the city with Port Sudan on the Red Sea. Industries include tanning, textiles, light engineering, food processing, glassware, and printing. Sudan’s climate ranges from tropical in the south to arid dry desert in the north. Khartoum is one of the hottest capitals in the world in summer, although the winter months are cooler and pleasant. A rainy season in many areas spans from April to October. Living conditions in Khartoum are good. Khartoum is classified as a family duty station, with inadequate level of services, accommodation, and facilities. One can rent a comfortable modern apartment or house with air conditioners that mitigate the hot and dusty climate. Medical facilities are basic. The cost of living may be high, depending on the standards, particularly for food and accommodation. It is a relatively safe environment, sometimes marked by small criminality, especially due the economic crisis, legacy of the years of exclusion of the country from the international community, exacerbated by the COVID 19 pandemic. MORSS (Minimum Operating Residential Security Standards) compliance is required. Generally, the city is safe compared to other capitals in the continent. There are many restaurants and cafes for socializing, although limited sports facilities due to the climate although one can get membership of gyms for indoor exercise and there are clubs for swimming. International personnel should be prepared to use cash while in Sudan. ATM facilities are only available for local accounts. Credit cards cannot be used while in Sudan. Currency exchange and money transfer facilities, such as Western Union, are available in Khartoum. All Photography without a permit is forbidden in Sudan. Do not take photographs without express permission. Where an official is present, you must ask permission to photograph. It is advised to obtain such permission prior to any display of a camera. Dress code is modest and conservative (arms and legs covered), although trousers are acceptable for women, head scarves do not need to be worn by expatriate women in the capital, men should wear long trousers. Public displays of affection should be avoided. Public drunkenness is forbidden and possession of alcohol in Sudan is against the local laws. Visitors should always note that UN staff members are not permitted to bring alcohol into the country.
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Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy