Stellenausschreibung UN || Junior Professional Officer Program (JPO)


Stellenausschreibung UN || Junior Professional Officer Program (JPO)

Terms of Reference

I. General Information
Title: JPO in Information and media management
Sector of Assignment: Humanitarian Affairs, Programme management support
Organization/Office: United Nations / Office for Outer Space Affairs / UN-SPIDER
Country and Duty Station: Bonn, Germany
Duration of assignment: 2 years with possibility of extension for another year. The
extension of appointment is subject to yearly review concerning priorities, availability of
funds, and satisfactory performance

II. Supervision
Title of Supervisor:
Head, UN-SPIDER Bonn Office
Establishment of a Work Plan: During the first month of the assignment, the Junior
Professional Officer (JPO) will work jointly with his/her direct supervisor to finalize an agreed
upon work plan. The final work plan will be discussed and mutually agreed to by the JPO and his/her supervisor.
Initial introductory briefing on background and work of the Office and of UN-SPIDER;
discussion and direction on assignments, including regular follow-up consultations and
feedback (as often as needed); continuing work-related interaction with other professional
staff of Office through staff meetings and ad hoc meetings; periodic evaluations with the
Head of the UN-SPIDER Bonn Office
Evaluation: The United Nations Performance Evaluation System (e-performance) will serve
as a primary platform to evaluate of the JPO’s performance.

III. Duties, Responsibilities and Output Expectations
Within delegated authority, the Junior Professional Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
The JPO shall be involved directly in the activities of the work being carried out by the UN-
SPIDER Bonn Office in the implementation of the United Nations Platform for Space-based
Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER). The duties of
the JPO would include inter alia:

  • Compiling, managing and disseminating the information content of the UN-SPIDER programme (40%).
  • Compiling and managing the information content of the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal, including the technical management of the modules of the Content Management System as needed; in line with the user requirements/expectations and with the objective of sharing and storing relevant experiences, knowledge and documents.
  • Contributing to the implementation of the content management guidelines, in line with the UN-SPIDER Plan of Work, and support their implementation.
  • Contributing to the drafting and editing of technical documents.
  • Supporting the UN-SPIDER team in the acquisition, analysis and dissemination of information and knowledge-based resources.
  • Acting as an editorial interface between external sources of information and UN-SPIDER.
  • Supporting the UN-SPIDER Bonn Office in the provision of technical advisory support to selected African countries (30%).
  • Contributing to the preparation and implementation of advisory missions to selected African countries.
  • Contributing to facilitate the use of space-based information, services, and products by national disaster management agencies and other government agencies and stakeholders with a focus on African countries.
  • Supporting the organization of in-house conferences, expert meetings, workshops and training on relevant topics related to information compilation and knowledge management (20%).
  • Carrying out other specific activities in support of UNOOSA as required (10%)

IV. Qualifications and Experience
Master’s degree in communications, journalism, public relations, international relations,
information/ knowledge management, geography, geographic information systems.
Work experience:
A minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience in information/ media management,
website content management, Earth observation or geographic information systems,
advisory support to developing countries.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position,
fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Other skills:

  • Knowledge or experience in geographic information systems, remote sensing, or other space-based tools and applications such as satellite telecommunications or global navigation satellite systems.
  • Experience in database administration and content management.
  • Experience in the provision of technical advisory support to developing countries on the use of communication and information technologies or geospatial information.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations in a multi-cultural organization.


Further Information on the program and application you can find here.