For the past four decades, UNU has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on the pressing global problems of human survival, conflict prevention, development, and welfare. With more than 400 researchers in 13 countries, UNU’s work spans the full breadth of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, generating policy-relevant knowledge to effect positive global change. UNU maintains more than 200 collaborations with UN agencies and leading universities and research institutions across the globe.
The Office of Communications (OC) at UNU Centre in Tokyo implements and oversees UNU’s communications strategy, including web, visual identity, branding, media relations, and content development/delivery in English and Japanese. The OC works in collaboration with communications focal points across the University’s global network of institutes to meet UNU’s communication goals.
Specifically, the OC:
UNU is searching for a Head of Communications at its Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan to lead the OC team and channel the communications resources of UNU’s broader global network towards the achievement of one overarching goal: to shape, package, and deliver UNU’s products and expertise to maximise impact, effect positive change, and drive further demand for UNU’s work.
The OC, supported by stakeholders from across the UNU system, is also currently leading a project to collaboratively redevelop UNU’s brand and online presence. Underpinned by a recent rebranding exercise, the UNU Web Platform Development Project aims to combine all UNU institutes’ primary websites (30+) together onto the same platform, redevelop shared databases, and create a cohesive UNU web experience through similar design and user experience. The Head of Communications is responsible for guiding this large project to a successful conclusion.
Reporting to the Executive Officer, Office of the Rector, the Head of Communications will also:
The successful candidate will have a highly collaborative and diplomatic style and be able to lead teams in an open and positive manner. They will have experience developing and implementing communications strategies, excellent writing/editing and verbal communications skills, and a strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of initiatives concurrently. The position requires high energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to manage conflicts constructively, unify a sometimes divided system, and position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels.
The position also requires:
UNU is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities to apply and become part of the organisation.
UNU has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNU, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.
Approximate net salary (free of tax) of US$ 119,582 including post adjustment. Post adjustment is subject to change.
The post carries the standard set of United Nations benefits and entitlements for international positions in the UN Common Systems, including participation in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund, the possibility of participation in a health insurance programme, education grant, removal expenses and home leave. For more information, please visit www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/salaries_allowances/salary.htm.
The Rector reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below that is advertised.
This is a full-time fixed-term appointment. The period of initial contract would be for a one-year term with the likelihood of renewal on the basis of excellent performance. The mandatory retirement age in the United Nations is 65 years.
Staff members of the United Nations University are international civil servants subject to the authority of the Rector and may be assigned to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations University.
Applications from suitably qualified women candidates and those from developing countries are particularly encouraged.
As soon as possible.
Interested applicants are encouraged to apply online and should submit:
The letter of application should set out how your qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position and must accompany your application. Please include a brief vision of how you believe the Head of Communications can best contribute to advancing the academic study of sustainable development and to informing policy- and decision-making in United Nations and international circles.
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