Location: Home-based / Remote
Mr. Olivier De Schutter is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. Special Rapporteurs report to the Human Rights Council and to the UN General Assembly and are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. As an independent expert, the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty conducts fact-finding missions and monitors the situation of people in poverty around the world. His unique approach to this mandate focuses on fulfilling the promise of SDGs 1 and 10 by making social protection floors universal, advancing social justice within planetary boundaries, and harnessing the voices of people in poverty through their active participation in the design and implementation of innovations contributing to the eradication of extreme poverty. He is seeking a Communications Advisor to join his team, currently working remotely.
Reporting to the Special Rapporteur and to his secretariat at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Communications Advisor helps develop and drive external communications strategies for the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. The Communications Advisor supports the Special Rapporteur’s communications efforts to elevate the public profile of his work around the world, proposing creative communications strategies to disseminate his messages, and initiating and developing relationships with the media in different world regions, including French- and Spanish-speaking media, in collaboration with the Special Rapporteur’s team. The work may include assisting the Special Rapporteur and his team in the writing of op-eds, and in the design and production of electronic communication materials, press releases, and event planning.
- Assist in the development and implementation of an effective and comprehensive communication strategy, using a variety of tools and information distribution channels, such as events, media relations, website, and digital and social media feeds;
- Assist the Special Rapporteur’s team in producing all public information materials related to the work of the mandate, and create high quality and timely communications outputs, including both written (op-eds, newsletters, website posts) and audiovisual communications to advance these materials;
- Collaborate with the Special Rapporteur’s team to identify communications opportunities to promote the mandate’s focus areas, including identifying clear objectives, target audiences, key messages, and realistic outputs;
- Collaborate with the Special Rapporteur’s team to develop content for the website and social media (Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube) feeds;
- Develop media contact lists and assist the Special Rapporteur’s team with cultivating relationships with journalists to ensure a strong presence in both global and national media outlets;
- Monitor coverage of key issues related to the priorities of the Special Rapporteur in global and national media and track mentions of the work of the mandate;
- Assist in liaising with media and handling requests for interviews, statements, and other public appearances of the Special Rapporteur;
- Support the organization of public events and press conferences, as well as the dissemination of information about those events through effective use of social media and by ensuring media coverage;
- Maintain the Special Rapporteur’s external website (http://www.srpoverty.org).
Qualifications and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in communication, journalism, public relations, or related field (essential)
- Minimum 3 years’ work experience in communications related roles (essential), ideally in human rights or social policy
- Track record of producing creative and impactful communications material
- Ability to maintain, nurture, and develop existing and new media contacts
- Solid understanding, skills, and experience with social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube
- Excellent written and verbal communication as well as copywriting and editing skills in English, and an ability to work in French and/or Spanish. Working knowledge of other UN languages is an asset.
- Ability to work within tight deadlines and to balance often conflicting demands
- Strong analytical skills and ability to reflect the views and values of the Special Rapporteur
- Excellent cross-cultural communication skills
- Solid understanding of project management principles
- Solid knowledge of MS Office and WordPress; photo and video-editing software is an asset
- Knowledge of tracking tools, including Google, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube analytics, hashtracking, MailChimp; knowledge of media monitoring tools (e.g. Meltwater, Mention) is a plus
- A portfolio of work available for review
Interested candidates should send a cover letter describing their qualifications and interest in the job, along with a CV and a writing sample (published press release or op-ed preferred), to email@example.com. Please send three separate PDF files with the format “LAST NAME, Name_Cover letter/CV/Writing sample”. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until March 1, 2022. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and asked to also create a candidate profile on Inspira https://inspira.un.org. Salary will be commensurate with experience at a scale determined by the UN for consultants (self-employed).