The United Nations is set to send at least 50 communications staff
into Kosovo to mount a massive public information campaign to explain
and promote the post-war civil settlement in the territory.
The UN is planning to second existing communications professionals from
its New York headquarters as well as recruiting new staff. It is also
seeking a communications head to lead the team.
Among the responsibilities of the team will be setting up a UN radio
station, training local journalists, explaining Kosovo’s new democratic
institutions and communicating with western journalists.
The UN is working together with its partners, the European Union, the UN
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Organisation for Security
and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), on the communications front.
The EU last week announced a fund of #420,000 to ensure the provision of
accurate information to the public across Yugoslavia. The OSCE is
seeking ten communications professionals to handle press and public
information, and the UNHCR is set to recruit a further two staff to add
to its seven-strong team in Kosovo.