Under the overall guidance of the Chief of Section and direct supervision of a Senior Editor, the Press Officer will be responsible for the following:
- Serving as team leader to cover meetings of the General Assembly and its Main Committees, as well as the Security Council and other major bodies of the United Nations, as a member of a two-person coverage team that produces a speaker-by-speaker account of the meeting topped by a lead that summarizes the proceedings and highlights the most newsworthy aspects;
- Covering such meetings alone, occasionally, when such single coverage is decided upon by an editor; the selected candidate must be able to take statements from the floor by listening to a speaker and summarizing what is being said while the meeting is in progress;
- Covering press conferences given by top United Nations officials, Member States and non-governmental organizations and summarizing them, highlighting the most newsworthy elements;
- Researching, summarizing and preparing, on the basis of official UN documentation and other sources, drafts of backgrounders on specific topics or themes related to major meetings or conferences;
- Must be able to contribute to spreading of the United Nations message through fast, clear, accurate and mistake-free coverage of intergovernmental meetings at the Headquarters;
- Performing other duties as assigned.
Professionalism – Ability to cover inter-governmental meetings and produce a clear, concise, mistake free speaker-by-speaker account(s) of meetings; ability to create a lead, summarize the meeting and highlight the most newsworthy elements; possess sensitive understanding of a wide-range of political issues and how writing about such issues must be perceived by all sides as fair and objective; ability to research and analyze complex international issues and quickly grasp their essentials; ability to meet daily news deadlines and work well under stress. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas.
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.
Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.