Job Vacancy For Communications and Public Relations Associate At United Nations University (UNU)

Organizational Unit: UNU Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) United Nations University objectives

UNU is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate training and the dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States. The University functions as a think tank for the United Nations system, contributes to capacity building, particularly in developing countries, and serves as a platform for new and innovative ideas and dialogue.
UNU Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA)

UNU-INRA is one of fifteen Research and Training Centres and Programmes established by UNU worldwide. The mission of UNU-INRA is to strengthen the capacity of Africa’s universities and research institutions to conduct research and produce well-trained, well-equipped and motivated individuals, capable of developing, adapting and disseminating technologies that advance food security and promote conservation and efficient use of the continent’s natural resources for sustainable development.

We are looking for an outstanding individual with strong commitment and the potential to bring a significant contribution to the activities of the Institute.


Under the supervision of the Director of UNU-INRA, the Communications and Public Relations Associate will:

•   Participate in the development and implementation of the Institute’s communication strategy;
•   Provide advice to UNU-INRA staff on outreach strategies and on how to disseminate research results;
•   Organize communications and public relations activities to promote and disseminate research results;
•   Coordinate media relations and liaise with key stakeholders and policymakers;
•   Develop and present communication and media products to share research results; and
•   Perform any other professional duties as may be required by the Director of UNU-INRA.

Qualification Required & Experience

•   Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, social sciences or a related field;
•   At least two (2) years of relevant work experience, preferably in an international environment;
•   Demonstrated experience in identifying and analysing issues to provide advice regarding communications and public relations methods;
•   Proven experience in media relations, both print and oral;
•   Good writing, presentation and communication skills, and demonstrated ability to edit scientific publications;
•   Fluency in both oral and written English is required. Good working knowledge of French and/or another UN official language will be an advantage;
•   Familiarity with the work of researchers and proven ability to undertake research;
•   Ability to work independently with little supervision and under tight deadlines; and
•   Proven interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.


Remuneration will be commensurate with academic qualifications and experience.

Location: Accra

How To Apply For The Job

Interested applicants should submit their applications, preferably by email (to [email protected]), and must include the following:

•   a cover letter setting out how the qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position;
•   a curriculum vitae with a completed and signed UNU Personal History (P.11) form. Please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organizations;
•   full contact information of three (3) referees; and
•   an indication of the reference number of the vacancy announcement (2013/UNU/INRA/PSA/CPRA/38).

Closing Date: 15 August, 2013

Duration of contract

This is full-time employment on a one (1) year Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with UNU-INRA, with the possibility for contract renewal subject to satisfactory work performance.

This is a locally recruited post; no relocation expenses or allowances apply. The successful candidate will be employed under a local contract and will not hold international civil servant status nor be a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations. UNU does not sponsor a working visa for this position.

Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.
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