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Head, Public Relations and Information Department at Organization Of The Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is a permanent, intergovernmental Organization, created at the Baghdad Conference on September 10-14, 1960, by Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. The five Founding Members were later joined by nine other Members: Qatar (1961); Indonesia (1962) - suspended its membership from January 2009; Libya (1962); United Arab Emirates (1967); Algeria (1969); Nigeria (1971); Ecuador (1973) - suspended its membership from December 1992-October 2007; Angola (2007) and Gabon (1975-1994). OPEC had its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, in the first five years of its existence. This was moved to Vienna, Austria, on September 1, 1965.

OPEC's objective is to co-ordinate and unify petroleum policies among Member Countries, in order to secure fair and stable prices for petroleum producers; an efficient, economic and regular supply of petroleum to consuming nations; and a fair return on capital to those investing in the industry.Job Code: 8.1.01

Department Overview


The Department is responsible for presenting OPEC objectives, decisions and actions in their true and most desirable perspective; disseminating news of general interest regarding the Organization and the Member Countries on energy and related matters; and carrying out a central information programme and identifying suitable areas for the promotion of the Organization’s aims and image.


Objective of Position


Plans, organizes, coordinates, manages and evaluates the work of the Public Relations and Information Department in accordance with the work programme and budget of the Department so as to optimize its support to the Secretariat in achieving its objectives.
The work aims at creating and maintaining a positive image of the Organization and at ensuring the dissemination of publications and journals at the highest professional standard.


Main Responsibilities


Plans, organizes, coordinates, manages and evaluates the work in the Public Relations & Information Department by:

Suggesting ways and means of promoting the image of the Organization;
Regularly dispatching information to the broad public through the media and disseminating information and news on OPEC;
Informing and seeking dialogues with targeted policy making bodies, institutions and organizations;
Identifying and strengthening avenues for dialogue between OPEC, other institutions and the general public;
Monitoring the media to evaluate public perception about the Organization, and recommending, where necessary, any disinformation about the Organization through the Director, Support Services Division to the Secretary General;
Ensuring that publications and public relations activities are fully consistent with the pursuit of   OPEC aims and objectives, and policies, and of highest professional standard in terms of language, format and layout;
Updating and sustaining the OPEC website


Establishes and maintains close contacts with the media and arranges print, radio, TV and internet interviews to promote objective presentation of OPEC, its aims and objectives as well as the work of the Secretariat
Ensures full responses to requests by the Conference, BOG and standing committees for studies and special reports relevant to the work program of the Department
Arranges presentations at relevant OPEC meetings and international forums representing the Secretariat as required
Develops and maintains networks with external experts and institutions in fields relating to the work of the Department
Keeps the Director, Support Services Division fully informed on all aspects of the work of the Department, and draws his attention to important analyses performed by it
Evaluates the performance of the staff of the Department, and recommends to the Director, Support Services Division of staff development, salary increase, promotion and separations as appropriate
Ensures that the staff of the Department receive the supervision and guidance necessary to broaden and deepen their skills and continuously improve their performance
Prepares the annual budget for the Department
Carries out any other tasks assigned to him/her by the Director, Support Services Division


Required Competencies and Qualifications
Education:


Advanced university degree in Media Studies, Journalism, Public Relations, International Relations or relevant Social Sciences
PhD preferred.


Work Experience:


12 years in journalism, information management and/or public relations in the media or in an energy-related establishment with a minimum of 4 years in a managerial position, preferably at large national, regional, or international institutions
PhD: 10 years


Training Specializations:


Knowledge of modern information practice and techniques
Professional Management & Leadership
Membership of a professional body (Public Relations or Journalism) is an advantage
Knowledge of energy development issues an asset


Competencies:


Managerial & leadership skills
Communication skills
Decision-making skills
Strategic orientation
Analytical skills
Presentation skills
Interpersonal skills
Customer service orientation
Negotiation skills
Initiative and integrity


Language:


English.


Status and Benefits


Members of the Secretariat are international employees whose responsibilities are not national but exclusively international. In carrying out their functions they have to demonstrate the personal qualities expected of international employees such as integrity, independence and impartiality.
The post is at grade B reporting to the Director, Support Services Division. The compensation package, including expatriate benefits, is commensurate with the level of the post.








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