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VA 37/2018: Associate External Relations Officer (UNOPS), Bangkok

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Closing date: 20 Sep 2018

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Representation in Thailand

Vacancy Announcement No. 37/2018

Internal/External Circulation

Position Title: Associate External Relations Officer

Post Level: Equivalent to P-2

Post No.: -

Report To: Representative in Thailand

Section: Office of the Representative

Duty Station: Bangkok, Thailand

Contractual Status: International Individual Contractor Agreement (UNOPS)

Date Issued of the Vacancy Announcement: 06 September 2018

Closing Date of the Vacancy Announcement: 20 September 2018

Availability of the Position 01 January 2019 – 31 December 2019

(with possible extension based on satisfactory performance and availability of fund)

Scope of Assignment

· Stay abreast of key developments and challenges in Thailand, the region, and globally, relating to refugees, asylum seekers, internal displacement, statelessness, and humanitarian operations.

· Liaise closely with all Units in Thailand to keep up-to-date on programmes and activities, and challenges and progress posed by the political, economic, and social context in order to gather and collate accurate information relating to the Operation.

· Develop and consolidate information for external and internal documents such as Fact Sheets, Global Appeal, Mid-Year and Annual Reports, Thailand’s Country Operation Plan, donor reports, and external updates.

· Assist in responses to donors such as narrative reporting, and visibility requirements.

· Act as focal point for donor visibility, and brand compliance across the Operation.

· Compile, draft, edit, and fact-check information and products submitted by Units for external dissemination.

· In support of the Representative, act as focal point for activities relating to the United Nations Country Team in Thailand, and other inter-agency initiatives.

· Conduct outreach activities on behalf of the Office such as presentations at schools and universities.

· Liaise with Private Sector Partnerships colleagues on issues relating to public information.

· Work closely with UNHCR regional PI/communications staff in South East Asia, and focal points in HQ on communications initiatives and messaging.

· Act as a spokesperson for UNHCR, handling interview requests, and providing responses to requests from media relating to UNHCR and its work.

· Draft talking points and messages for the Office, and for sharing with communicators at regional and global level.

· Draft press releases, press lines, and ‘if-asked’ guidance notes, social media outputs, website content; working closely with colleagues across the operation, region and at HQ.

· Produce and encourage colleagues across the operation to produce strategic and general interest news and human interest stories for dissemination to external audiences.

· Maintain an up to date database of journalists and media organizations

· Perform other duties as required.

Qualifications and Required Competencies

· Degree in Political or Social Science, International Relations, Refugee law, Journalism or other related fields

· At least four years years’ previous job experience with relevant experience to the function and one year working in an international capacity.

· Experience in (UNHCR) humanitarian operations in the field would be considered positively.

· Excellent writing and communication skills.

· Computer literacy: advanced computer knowledge and experience in the use of other software packages will be an added advantage.

· Knowledge of using multi-media materials to reach different audiences.

· Fluency in English. Knowledge of Thai is not essential but would be considered positively.

· Strong inter-personal and team skills

How to apply:

Please submit your Motivation Letter, P.11 form, Curriculum Vitae and a copy of official ID card/national passport indicating the vacancy announcement number and position title to:

Only candidates under positive consideration will be contacted for a written test and/or interview.

UNHCR/P.11 and supplementary forms can be downloaded from: and