Special Tribnal for lebanon

Head, Public Affairs Unit

Vacancy Ref NL-OTR-PICS-P3-979
Deadline for Applications 5 March 2020 (11 days left)
Issuance Date 4 February 2020
Location Leidschendam
Organ / Section REGISTRY   /  Public Information and Communications Section
Post Level P-3
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package will be offered. The successful applicant will be offered a fixed-term appointment of one-year duration or until 31 December 2020, limited to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (Tribunal). This appointment and any subsequent extension(s) will be subject to terms of the Tribunal’s mandate and/or the availability of funds.

The Tribunal is an international inter-governmental organization with its own independent legal identity and not a United Nations (UN) organization. However, the Tribunal follows the UN common system of salaries, allowances and benefits to its staff members. UN staff members may also serve on loan or secondment from their parent department/office, if selected.

A roster of suitable candidates may be established for this particular profile as a result of this selection process for both fixed-term established and general temporary assistance posts.

The recruitment process may include a pre-screening exercise, written tests and competency-based interviews.

It is not necessary at this stage to send copies of qualifications, previous employment contracts, entire publications, etc.

Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.
Only candidates who are under serious consideration will be contacted. The Tribunal is not in a position to respond to queries regarding information on the status of vacancies.

The Registrar reserves the right not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description. All applications will be handled with strictest confidentiality.

The English version of this vacancy announcement is authentic. The French and Arabic versions, if available, are not official translations and are provided for information purposes only.

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of PICS, the Head, Public Affairs Unit:
• Manages the Unit, provides leadership to and supervises PAU staff. This includes managing PAU related administration, including budgetary resources, contracts and procurement action;

• Takes the lead in preparing and proposing the public affairs components of the STL Communications strategy, as well as the organization and oversight of the implementation thereof;

• Acts as focal point for all the Tribunal’s organs and externals relating to PAU activities at the substantive level;

• Produces, oversees, reviews, edits and drafts the Tribunal’s website and social media content, publications and audio-visual materials, and ensures their distribution and promotion through appropriate mediums and to the Tribunal’s target audiences;

• Organizes and represents the Tribunal in events, including those surrounding judicial milestones. This includes overseeing the organization of seminars, roundtables, and group visits at the Tribunal’s Headquarters in Leidschendam, and conducting presentations about the Tribunal’s work;

• Manages the public aspects of the courtroom’s public gallery during judicial milestones (e.g. managing attendance of members of the general public, media, victims, handling VIPs in and outside the public gallery during judicial milestones);

• Acts as Deputy Spokesperson. Works with the Tribunal’s Spokesperson in handling media queries, drafting press releases and media advisories, and deputizes in his/her absence;

• Oversees the design and reproduction of hardcopy publications produced by PICS, as well as all other organs of the Tribunal, other Tribunal-wide reproduction materials and court and official Tribunal photography;

• Organizes and oversees the organization of PICS’ internal communications efforts;

• Monitors and analyses current events, public opinion and press to identify issues and trends relevant to the Tribunal’s work and the work of PAU. Advises senior management on public affairs actions and responses by inputting into reports to senior management, or providing briefings on current events; and

• Performs other duties as required.
Knowledge and Skills
• Leadership - Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support;
anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take decisions. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

• Vision - Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

• Empowering Others - Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work; encourages others to set challenging goals; holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility; genuinely values all staff members’ input and expertise; shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort; involves others when making decisions that affect them.

• Building Trust - Provides an environment in which others can talk and act with respect; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency;; places confidences in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to theirs; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.

• Managing Performance - Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff;
encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.

• Judgement/Decision-making - Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information;
checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

• Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communications, journalism, public relations or another related field. A first-level university degree in a relevant field in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

• Work Experience: At least five years of progressively responsible experience(or seven years if in possession of a first-level university degree) in the field of outreach or public affairs of an institution or organization at an international level. Proven ability to conduct comprehensive analysis and lead online communication campaigns is highly desirable, as well as experience in the MENA region.

• Languages: Arabic, English and French are the official languages of the Tribunal. For this post, fluency in oral and written English and proficiency in either Arabic or French is required. Working knowledge of the third official language is highly desirable.