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Social Media and Communications Adviser - Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations

Our mission is to promote and protect abroad the values, interests and economic well-being of Ireland and its people. We do this under the political direction of our Ministers, through our staff at home and through our Embassy network abroad.

The Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations in New York is seeking a dynamic, highly motivated, and hardworking person with excellent communication and interpersonal skills to fill a full-time Social Media and Communications Adviser position.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The precise range of duties will vary over time according to the needs of the Mission, but will include the following:

  • Support the preparation of a range of communications materials related to Ireland's membership of the United Nations;
  • Under the guidance of the Spokesperson, assist in managing the social media communications and media relations of the Mission, including producing, editing and curating content for PMUN social media accounts that reflects communications priorities and key messages and speaks effectively to our audience;
  • Manage and coordinate public diplomacy engagements for the Mission, including working with the Permanent Representative’s executive assistant to prepare briefings for the PR ahead of engagements;
  • Provide guidance to colleagues on how to use social media effectively;
  • Prepare the Mission social media plans;
  • Develop high-impact social media content, including graphics, videos and other multimedia formats that effectively informs and engages external audiences and supports Ireland's key messages and narratives on international affairs;
  • Collect and analyse social media metrics to understand reach and engagement of social media accounts;
  • Assist with the preparation, organisation, set-up and logistical organisation of high profile events associated with Ireland's current priorities at the UN;
  • Support the preparation and organisation of high-level visits to New York in association with the United Nations;
  • Any other duties, including policy work and duties related to Mission administration, as may be assigned by the diplomatic officers.

Essential Requirements:

  • Candidates must have a degree, preferably in a discipline such as: Communications, Political Science, International Relations, or another related field;
  • Minimum of 1-year professional experience in public information, advocacy, communications, or international affairs;
  • Experience producing, editing and disseminating social media content for online audiences ideally for government, civil society organisations, or international organisations;
  • Strong writing skills, and familiarity with drafting press releases and statements, preferably for high-level officials;
  • Experience of working in sensitive and fast-moving environments;
  • Strong editorial judgement, including ethical and political awareness;
  • Proven skills in communication, networking, negotiation, and ability to relate to different audiences;
  • The candidate must demonstrate using work based examples of providing excellent interpersonal skills, being persuasive, working in a team but also dealing effectively with people in external organisations;
  • The candidate must have proven ability to build relationships and maintain a network of contacts across academic, funding agency, industry and public-sector communities;
  • The candidate must provide evidence of flexibility, efficiency and effectiveness showing strong organizational skills, attention to detail, able to work under pressure and to manage multiple tasks;
  • The candidate should provide examples of being solutions-oriented, and committed to delivering results, including by adapting approach if necessary;
  • The candidate must have excellent command of English, writing and editing skills;
  • The candidate must demonstrate using examples, their working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel);
  • All applicants must have a permanent legal right to reside and work in the United States of America.

Desirable Skills and Experience:

  • A good understanding of the role of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Mission;
  • The successful applicant will work alongside other local employees of the Mission, and will report directly to the diplomatic staff in the Mission.  Previous experience in a diplomatic mission is desirable, but not essential;
  • Familiarity with the United Nations;
  • Knowledge of other official languages of the United Nations.

Terms and conditions of employment:

  • The successful candidates will be hired on a fixed-term contractual basis and will be based Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations, New York, Monday to Friday, 40 hours per week, with standard office hours from 9am to 5pm
  • Annual Leave entitlement 20 days per annum.
  • The salary for the position is $58,400 per annum, paid locally on a weekly basis. Salaries are paid direct to a bank account, therefore, the successful candidate must have a bank account.


How to apply

Please send a letter of application and resume in Word or PDF format to with subject line ‘Social Media and Communications Adviser Position’. The total should not exceed 3 A4 pages

Applications must be received before 18:00 hrs (Local time) on 30/08/2023

No applications will be accepted after this deadline. Please note that only short listed applicants will be contacted.

Selection Process:

  • Depending on the number of applications received, a short-listing of candidates to be called for a competency-based interview may be undertaken based on the Essential/Key Requirements above.
  • It is planned that interviews will be held by video-conference in early September, at a date to be determined and communicated to those candidates shortlisted for interview.
  • A skills test may be included in the recruitment process;
  • A second interview may be included in the recruitment process; and
  • A panel may be set up depending on the calibre of candidates;

Security Clearance for Local Staff

Police security clearance will be sought in respect of individuals who come under consideration for appointment. Enquiries may also be made with the police force of any country in which the applicant under consideration for appointment resided. If unsuccessful, this information will be destroyed. If the applicant subsequently comes under consideration for another position, they will be required to supply this information again.

Please note that canvassing will disqualify applicants.

The Permanent Mission to the United Nations, New York is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity.

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