Vacancy Announcement: Senior Communications Consultant – countering narratives

Background information – job specific

The Security Council, in its presidential statement of 11 May 2016 (S/PRST/2016/6), requested the Counter-Terrorism Committee, in close consultations with the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and other relevant United Nations bodies and international and regional organizations, in particular the CTITF office, as well as interested Member States, to “present a proposal to the Security Council by 30 April 2017 for a ‘comprehensive international framework’, with recommended guidelines and good practices to effectively counter, in compliance with international law, the ways that ISIL (Da’esh), Al Qaida and associated individuals, groups, undertakings, and entities use their narratives to encourage, motivate and recruit others to commit terrorist acts”.

Functional responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Senior Human Rights Officer, and in close consultation with CTED experts, the incumbent will be responsible for assisting the Counter-Terrorism Committee in developing a proposal for a “comprehensive international framework”, with recommended guidelines and good practices to effectively counter, in compliance with international law, the ways that ISIL (Da’esh), Al Qaida and associated individuals, groups, undertakings, and entities use their narratives to encourage, motivate and recruit others to commit terrorist acts. The incumbent will also provide expertise and suggestions for implementing S/PRST/2016/6, including options for coordinating the implementation of the framework and mobilizing resources as necessary.

The incumbent will work closely with experts from CTED to promote implementation by Member States of Security Council resolutions 1624 (2005) and 2178 (2014) and other decisions of the Council through a number of initiatives, including by assisting in the organization of regional and national capacity-building workshops and seminars. In this regard, the incumbent will liaise with Member States, donors, relevant international, regional and sub-regional organizations, non-governmental organizations and civil society representatives, as appropriate.

Specific duties will include:

  • Providing expert advice on the possible design options for the comprehensive international framework and effective modes of implementation
  • Compiling and assessing different models for countering terrorist narratives, both on-line and off-line
  • Organizing workshops and other meetings aimed at promoting effective approaches to countering terrorist narratives
  • Contributing to the effective implementation of the framework, in accordance with any decisions of the Security Council

The incumbent will report to the Senior Human Rights Officer and will work under the overall authority of the Deputy Head of the Assessment and Technical Assistance Office (ATAO).



Knowledge of different aspects of public information, communications and outreach campaigns in both the on-line and off-line spheres. Particular expertise in the use of new Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) and other viable approaches and tools to prevent and counter violent extremism both on-line and off-line, through effective community engagement; ability to conceptualise, design and implement strategic communication strategies and alternative approaches to the use of the media to counter violent extremism; familiarity with established international approaches to countering incitement and violent extremism, including relevant Security Council resolutions; experience in working with a broad cross-section of stakeholders, including Member States, academic networks, civil society organizations and others; ability to deliver oral presentations to a variety of key audiences; strong analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive research on a range of issues, including those of a complex nature. Proficiency in drafting and ability to prepare well and under time pressure briefs, statements and other written materials; shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; 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.


Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify; 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.

Client orientation:

Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and takes into account clients’ perspectives. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of product or services to client.


Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by 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 discussion, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Advanced university degree (Masters or Equivalent), in communications, journalism, international relations or other related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in communications, journalism, or international relations; experience in producing, disseminating and/or evaluating counter-narrative content and strategies. Experience in providing guidance to others active in messaging campaigns is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency and oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and competency-based interview.

Contract duration:

12 months


Interested applicants should send their PHPs along with a cover letter expressing interest to

2017-01-27T12:31:18+00:00 Thursday, 26 January 2017|Human rights, Countering violent extremism|