Posting Title: Communications Specialist, P4
Department/ Office: International Seabed Authority
Duty Station: KINGSTON
Posting Period: 1 October 2020-29 November 2020
Job Opening number: 20-PUB-ISA-142382-R-KINGSTON (R)
Staffing Exercise ID: N/A

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located within the Executive Office of the Secretary-General at the Headquarters of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) located in Kingston, Jamaica, and reports directly to the Senior Policy Officer and Special Assistant to the Secretary-General.


The Communications Specialist is responsible for the effective and efficient performance of the following duties:

1.Takes the lead in strategy, planning, development and implementation of large, complex communications campaigns (e.g. global promotion initiatives, public information programmes for a region, broad-reaching subject specific issues) in coordination with relevant departments; supports communication initiatives positioning the Organisation, the Secretary-General and Senior staff in the media; where appropriate, works to develop ways to implement campaigns supporting the “Blue Economy” and to incorporate the campaign message and themes into all relevant events and products.

2.Develops strategic partnerships with targeted constituencies to increase understanding of ISA’s missions and strategic objectives and, especially, increase recognition of the value and impact of its contribution, thereby raising profile and visibility of ISA ; serves as a point of contact to media organisations, governmental bodies, national groups, private sector organisations, educational organisations, international organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

3.As the lead champion of communication in the Organisation, strengthens ISA’s organisational ability to communicate effectively through initiatives that foster a culture of and a capacity for communication. Strengthens internal communications with improved systems for increased information- sharing; identifies opportunities for strengthening of communications capacity. Among specific tasks: builds on existing photo and public information material library; updates guidelines on communications activities such as: dealing with the media, communicating results, writing a press release, event media management; and through training and advisory support, strengthens the ability of ISA staff to clearly communicate results to different audiences.

4.Builds information networks; plans and oversees maintenance of publicly accessible information materials on ISA; propose, edit, draft and pitch op-eds, letters to editor, and other written, digital and broadcast commentary.

5.Prepares or oversees preparation of a diverse range of information communications products in support of ISA strategies and initiatives.

6.In close cooperation with the Senior Policy Officer – Special Assistant to the Secretary-General, plans and develops outreach activities to support the goals and strategic directions of ISA.

7.Organises media coverage and arranges for media contacts, briefings, interviews; organises seminars, lectures, conferences, public events on major issues and events concerning ISA mandate; is involved in the public information aspects of managing reputational risk.

8.Develops and maintains strong strategic relationships with communications counterparts with Member States, multilateral institutions, partner organisations, civil society and other United Nations agencies related to deep sea mining. Manage select communications tactics to support those relationships, as needed.

9.Evaluates results and impact of communications activities; reports on developments, trends and attitudes regarding ISA; monitors media for potential reputational risk issues; reads and summarizes audit and evaluation reports, identifies potential reputational risk issues.

10.Identifies sources and seeks funding and other assistance for major communications campaigns.

11.Contributes strategically and operationally with communications dimension to resources mobilisation initiatives mounted by the Organisation.

12.Manages publications programme; produces materials for print/electronic/voice/visual media.

13.Coordinates information sharing and intelligence gathering with ISA campaigns & initiatives based on conversations with multilateral institutions and partnerships.

14.Performs other duties as requested


Professionalism: Knowledge of the full range of communications approaches, tools, and methodologies essential to planning and executing effective campaign strategies and programmes, e.g. campaign management, advocacy, engagement, media operations, message targeting. Ability to produce a variety of written communications products in a clear, concise style. Ability to use a web content management system; Ability to address a range of issues in the context of political developments, public attitudes and local conditions. Ability to rapidly analyse and integrate diverse information from varied sources. Solicits inputs by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise. Ability to handle diplomatically sensitive situations with target audiences and cultivate productive relationships. Ability to deliver oral presentations to various audiences. Shows pride in work and in 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; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning and Organising: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; ability to coordinate the work of others, work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent projects/activities.

Client orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communication, journalism, international relations, public administration or related field.

A first-level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area.
Experience managing digital channels (website and/or social media) in a professional context for a multilateral or intergovernmental organisation is required.
Experience in developing and implementing global and multi-stakeholder communication and engagement strategies for an international multilateral sector organisation is required.
Proven ability to design and implement impactful communications and marketing campaigns and events on behalf of complex international organisations is required.
Experience in representing an international organisation in liaising and building partnerships with Member States, Corporate, UN agencies, international development partners, Foundations and NGOs is highly desirable.
A professional track record of developing and delivering creative internal and external communications for professional and public audiences in local, national and international settings is desirable.
Proven experience in organising and running communications and marketing campaigns for advocacy or intergovernmental organisations, preferably on environment and sustainable development topics, is desirable.
Experience communicating complex environmental policies and issues to a variety of target audiences is desirable.
Established track record of maintaining effective and pro-active media relations and mobilising the media.


English and French are the working languages of ISA. Fluency in written and oral English is required. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is highly desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Candidates eligible for consideration must also be nationals of ISA Member States.

Consideration is given to achieving diverse gender, geographical and economic representation at the ISA, to the extent possible;

ISA reserves the right to not make any appointment to the vacancy, and/or to make an appointment at a lower level from the one advertised.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided.

If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira “Need Help?” link.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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