National Programme Officer (Information, Communication and Documentation)

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Référence: PER 267/6/CNUDHD/13/03
Deadline For application: 28th June 2013
Post Title: National Programme Officer (Information, Communication and Documentation)
level: NPO (level to be determined based on relavant experience)
Duration: From 1st August to 30th septembre 2013
Duty Station: OHCHR Central Africa Regional Office (CARO), Yaoundé, Cameroun
Date of creation: July 8th, 2013
Start: Immediatelely

Job Description
Organizational Unit: OHCHR Central Africa Regional Office (CARO)/United Nations Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa (UNCHRD).

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the OHCHR Regional Representative for Central Africa/Director of the United Nation Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa, the National Programme Officer (Information, Communication and Documentation) as team leader of the Documentation, Information and Advocacy Cluster, will be responsible for the following duties:
Information and communication:

  • Supervise the preparation and dissemination of issuance of the bi-monthly public information newsletter, lead the production of press clippings informationon human rights, Democracy, on the Center's activities in the sub-region, and beyond to Centre's contacts and partners;
  • Organize human rights specific days and special events;
  • Lead the designing of outreach materials (factsheets, newsletter, etc..)
  • Contribute to the writing of the monthly report of the office;
  • Supervise the preparation and issuance of press releases and media alerts when required;
  • Send regular messages to contacts.

Documentation and information management:

  • Improve the Documentation Centre's services by updating a record data base on the Centre's contacts including governments, National Human Rights Institutions, UN agencies, NGO and the media;
  • Search, compile and develop working documents for capacity building activities such as trainings of trainers, workshops, seminars meetings and special events organized or supported by the Centre;
  • Carry out research for internal and external users by searching collections, internal and external databasis and using Internet;
  • Review and Identify materials for the development and maintenance of the collections of the documentation Centre;
  • Supervise the organization of the collection of the Documentation Centre, according to the established classification system for public access;
  • Supervise the issuance of the access cards, to the Documentation Centre to users and deal with request for material publications.


  • Manage the documentation, communication and advocacy cluster, including monitoring the implementation of the workplan of the cluster, supervising the communication and advocacy associate and the documentation fellow;
  • Develop background documents and budgets, relating to activities led;
  • Review the draft monthly reports and other written materials produced by the cluster.

Perform any other relevant task as requested by the Regional Representative.

Professionalism-Advanced knowledge of the use of information management to improve the awareness on human rights and advocacy issues in the subregion; familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the Internet, intranet and other data bases, demonstrate problem-solving skills and ability to use sound judgment to ensure effective and timely completion of complex tasks, ability to work under pressure, very good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines, pertaining to human rights and democracy and sound knowledge of the institutions of the UN system;
Planning and organizing-Ability to establish priorities, to plan coordinate and monitor own work plan; Demonstrate ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignment given;
Communication-Ability to speak and write in clear concise manner in English and French, including ability to draft a variety of reports, correspondences and articulate ideas in clear, concise style.
Technological awareness-Fully proficient computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications e.g.Word processing, spreadsheets, internal databases, internet, etc.
Team work - Good interpersonal skills, ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Qualifications and skills

  • Education: Advanced university degree, preferably in communication, journalism, public relations, information management and documentation, social science international relations or other relatedfield. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Experience: Five years of relevant work experience of which three to four years of experience in information management, communications, public relations, research libraries, documentation centers or substantive journalism is essential. Working knowledge or experience of the UN system is required. Experience in conceiving and publishing documents and studies in the field of human rights and/or democracy is an asset.
  • Language: Fluency in both oral and written English and French is essential

Deadline for applications is Thursday 1st August 2013.
Application should include CV, motivation letter and copies of relevant degrees

Please send your application (marketing reference to the vacancy number above) to the United Nation Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa by email (electronically only) to

Only short listed candidates will be contacted and will be expected to undergo a written and oral interview in English and in French.
The United Nations Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa reserves the right to appoint a candidate at one level below the advertised level of the post.