Press and Media Consultant, Home based

Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services

Country: Denmark

Country: Home-based

City: Copenhagen

Office: UNOPS HQ Copenhagen

Closing date: Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.

Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, which took place in October 2016. In resolution 66/207 and in line with the bi-decennial cycle (1976, 1996 and 2016), the United Nations General Assembly decided to convene, the Habitat III Conference to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanization, to focus on the implementation of a “New Urban Agenda”, building on the Habitat Agenda of Istanbul in 1996. The objective of the Conference was to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable urban development, assess accomplishments to date, address poverty and identify and address new and emerging challenges. The conference resulted in a concise, focused, forward-looking and action-oriented outcome document, the New Urban Agenda.

As part of its advocacy efforts to promote the New Urban Agenda, the Habitat III Secretariat is looking for a press and media consultant.

The consultant directly reports to the Coordinator, Habitat III Secretariat or any authorized staff of the Habitat III Secretariat and will be responsible for the following duties.

  • Draft Op-Ed's and articles on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, to be placed in mayor media outlets globally
  • Support the Habitat III outreach and communications campaign in May and June, which will promote the Habitat III toolbox
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • Successful placement of five Op-Ed's and articles on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda in mayor media outlets globally in May and June
  • Successful set up of outreach events to promote the Habitat III toolbox.
  • Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of the New Urban Agenda and the Habitat III process. Good knowledge of key actors involved in Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda, including national, regional and local governments and stakeholders. Very good knowledge of media outlets with a focus on urbanism, very good knowledge and contacts to journalists and publishers focussing on urban stories. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.
  • Team Work: 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.
  • Planning and Organising: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

    At least a first-level university degree in journalism, communications, urbanism, architecture, urban geography, social sciences, or related fields. Advanced related education or degree is an advantage.


  • At least five years of professional experience in urban journalism, press and media, communications work for urban magazines or organisations related to urban topics
  • Experience in working with International Organisations is an asset
  • Strong networking skills and experience in coordination of multi stakeholder projects and complex partnerships is desirable;
  • Team working ability and flexibility;
    • Previous UN working experience is preferred;

    Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of any other UN language is an added advantage.


  • Very good writing and journalistic skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and in an ethnically diverse and political setting.
  • Contract type: Individual International Consultant Agreement

    Contract level: IICA-1

    Contract duration: 2 Months outputs based

    For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.

    Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

    UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

    Working in some of the world's most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners' expectations.

    With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

    A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

    Based in Geneva, the Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECR) supports UNOPS offices throughout the region through: management, financial and programmatic oversight of global and country-specific portfolios, clusters and operations centres, including hosting services; fund and management advisory services; project implementation; procuring goods and services; and managing human resources.

    ECR ensures that projects are executed to the highest standards, providing a shared knowledge base and ensuring that best practices and lessons learned are disseminated between business units and projects across the entire region.

    ECR strategy is to:

  • Strengthen UNOPS role in operationalizing the Sustainable Development Goals with particular emphasis on health, environment and economic development.
  • Position UNOPS in the Balkan sub-region, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
  • Strengthen the implementation of ECR global and regional programmes, with revitalized partnerships in infrastructure, procurement and project management.
  • ECR operates global portfolios from offices in Geneva, Brussels and New York, and country-specific programmes from its operations and project centres located in Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries.

    Based in the New York, the UNOPS Development Group Cluster supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. For example, within the United Nations Development Programme, the Cluster works with the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support and the Office of South-South Cooperation.

    The cluster also supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as a broadening community of other New York-based United Nations organizations in the delivery of project management and implementation services

Source: UN Jobs

This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat.

Deadline/closing date: 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017