UN Women: Junior Speechwriter

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Application Deadline :21-Dec-16 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :TA International
Post Level :P-2
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :364 days


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

The Office of the Executive Director of UN Women is looking for a dynamic individual to support the activity of the Senior Communications Advisor and Speechwriter in responding to the demand for speeches and presentations by the Under-Secretary-General / Executive Director as well as articles, op-eds, statements and social media. S/he will have excellent writing and communication skills, including social media and internal communications.

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Communications Advisor and Speechwriter, the Junior Speechwriter will write and tailor clear, well-argued, well researched draft speeches and statements, opinion editorials and tweets, as required, for the Executive Director (ED). The Junior Speechwriter will be required to translate politically sensitive and complex economic material into clear, understandable language that is accessible to a broad audience and accurately reflects the Executive Director’s ideas and the position of UN Women.

The Junior Speechwriter will liaise with departments and individuals within UN Women, the UN system and outside of the UN to prepare materials for the ED that are timely and relevant.

Duties and Responsibilities

  Prepare, edit and tweet messages for the Executive Director:

  • Draft speeches, statements and video-messages for the Executive Director;
  • Draft articles, prefaces and introductions, as requested;
  • Maintain twitter account for the Executive Director;
  • Make a first quality assessment of input received from Directorates and revise the substance, length and syntax, as necessary.

Provide research support to the Senior Speechwriter:

  • Carry out research on the full spectrum of United Nations and UN Women publications to provide relevant facts and figures, especially on -but not limited to- gender equality;
  • Identify the latest news, and reports and studies by other international organizations on topics that the Executive Director will be addressing in coming speeches and retrieve relevant ideas, facts and figures;
  • Monitor keynote speeches by prominent stakeholders in the international arena.

Provide drafting and editing support to the strategic agenda of the Executive Director:

  • Draft mission reports to convey the main developments and outcomes of those missions;
  • Draft and review the content of messages to the staff to convey important developments, brief on the outcomes of missions of the Executive Director and inform on executive/management decisions.

Support effective and timely management of the Executive Director’s communications pipeline and assignments:

  • Assist the Senior Speechwriter and Communications Advisor in ensuring that the diversity of communications products and deliverables required by the Executive Director (speeches, video messages, OpEds, etc.) are completed on time and with the adequate standards of quality.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Quality and timely drafts of articles and speeches;
  • Quality research which results in strong content for speeches;
  • Timely monitoring of news and current events;
  • Quality drafts of mission reports.


Core Values:


  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.


  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.

Respect for Diversity:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies:

Ethics and Values:

  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

Organizational Awareness:

  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Development and Innovation:

  • Take charge of self-development and take initiative.

Work in teams:

  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Communicating and Information Sharing:

  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.

Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:

  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others

Conflict Management:

  • Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.

Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

  • Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.

Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:

  • Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.

Functional Competencies:

  • Knowledge of UN Women’s work and publications;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the UN system and the UN system’s work in the area of gender equality and the empowerment of women;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Ability to draft and edit speeches and strategic documents quickly, concisely and clearly;
  • Strong social media skills, capacity to draft tweets and respond to tweets of others in a rapid strategic manner;
  • Excellent Internet research ability;
  • Strong time management and organizational skills;
  • Flexibility, good judgment and discretion, and ability to work under pressure;
  • Excellent writing and communications skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Masters or equivalent in journalism, communications, political science, economics, international development, international relations, public administration or any other relevant discipline.


  • At least two years of experience in high-level writing projects, especially in drafting speeches but also editorials, op-eds, and other internal and external publications;
  • Experience in social media, including Twitter;
  • Experience in managing projects within strict deadlines;
  • Prior experience of working in research, policy analysis, multilateral cooperation and promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment is strongly desired;
  • Experience of working in a multilateral organization is an advantage.


  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

Application Information:

  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment;
  • Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment;
  • UN Women will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest.


In July 2010, the United nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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