Speech Writer Needed At International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, Switzerland

Speech Writer Needed At International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, Switzerland

The  the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technologies is in need of the services of a Speech Writer to join its station at Geneva, Switzerland.


  • Develops an overall strategy to address the process of speech preparation. Determines the development phases of statements and speeches to ensure their timely delivery (written and oral) in English for the Secretary-General, and the Deputy Secretary-General. Exchanges, clarifies and unifies information and organizational communication through close and frequent collaboration with the Head of Corporate Communication Division. Drafts finished speeches, remarks, toasts, messages, blurbs and press statements for the Secretary-General. Identifies new opportunities/locations to give focused press briefings to promote ITU.
  • Consults the Secretary-General and his/her senior advisors on the topics for inclusion in official statements and speeches, ensuring that the organizational policies and vision are well articulated. Develops targeted messages, including alternative responses. Maintains regular contact with the relevant persons throughout ITU and Member States, when appropriate, to discuss organizational priorities, programmes and activities and to gather substantive inputs in order determine essential communication points and translate for use in official communications. Carries out extensive and varied research as part of the process of producing speeches and other materials that are persuasive, inspiring, politically sound and factually accurate.
  • Edits or redrafts in their entirety the Secretary-General’s English statements and speeches prepared by Bureaux counterparts taking into consideration recent political developments. Assists in the revision of the speeches for the Deputy Secretary-General. Streamlines the delivery of inputs by providing guidance and advice. Develops alternative recourse in case deadlines are missed.
  • Assists the Chief, Strategic Planning and Membership Department, in all activities related to the communications and speeches of the Secretary-General, including the formulation of combined policy and communications advice, the efforts to raise urgent or sensitive issues and formulates a response, ensuring that the Secretary-General is equipped to provide a timely response.
  • Drafts and keeps up-to-date summaries of ITU position papers for use by ITU spokespersons.
  • Monitors and reports on press covering ITU. Determines when a strategic response is necessary and informs the Secretary-General as well as drafts such responses. Develops and tailors speaking notes for the Secretary-General, providing targeted, analytical or summary notes on certain questions, creates alternative responses and provides coaching on interviews.
  • Provides expert advice on the wide dissemination, impact and translation of the Secretary-General’s speeches and statements throughout Member States.
  • Coordinates and liaises with counterparts in the Bureaux and in other UN organizations to ensure consistency of message.
  • Performs other duties as required.


Advanced university degree in communications, journalism, international relations, public administration or other related field OR education in a reputed college of advanced education with a diploma of equivalent standard to that of an advanced university degree in one of the fields above. For internal candidates, a first university degree in one of the fields above in combination with ten years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree for promotion or rotation purposes.

At least seven years of progressively responsible experience in communications, journalism, international relations including at least three years at the international level. A Doctorate in a related field can be considered as a substitute for three years of working experience.

Knowledge of one of the six official languages of the Union (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish) at advanced level and knowledge of a second official language at intermediate level. Knowledge of a third official language would be an advantage. (Under the provisions of Resolution No. 626 of the Council, a relaxation of the language requirements may be authorized in the case of candidates from developing countries: when candidates from such countries possess a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the Union, their applications may be taken into consideration.)


  • Highly developed communication (spoken, written and public speaking) skills.
  • Ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources.
  • Broad understanding of ICT/telecommunications issues.
  • Demonstrated planning and organizational skills and ability to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent projects/activities.
  • Discretion and sound judgment in applying expertise or complex and/or sensitive issues.

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