PUBLIC INFORMATION ASSISTANT
New York City
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Video Section (VS), News and Content Branch (NCB), News and Media Division (NMD) of the Department of Global Communications (DGC). The Video Section produces video content highlighting a wide range of priority themes and issues on the United Nations agenda, including climate change, the Sustainable Development Goals, human rights and gender equality. The Incumbent reports to the Chief of Section.Responsibilities
Within delegated authority the Public Information Assistant may be responsible for the following duties:
• Provides specialized expert editing, production and delivery including filming, editing and versioning of content for documentaries, UN News and UN social media platforms.
• Keeps abreast of and implements the latest filming techniques, technical equipment and editing software, music and stock footage and editing techniques including graphics.
• Researches a broad scope of information sources for topics and materials for projects; browses UN and external archives for footage; fact checks; suggests ideas on content, selects sound and visual materials and evaluates quality of same for inclusion in productions; assists in obtaining requisite clearances and copyright licenses for section.
• Assists in the production and editing of video and film projects: interviewing of UN officials and other main characters which includes assisting with filming, editing, prepares detailed “shot lists” and checks scripts of video and film material.
• Assists in maintaining the branding guidelines and consistent look and feel of video products.
• Assists with the distribution of audio and video materials; ensures the management of audio/video archives, and the proper safekeeping/preservation of historical audio/visual materials.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
Professionalism: Knowledge of policies, processes and procedures related to the communication, production and dissemination of public information. Ability to research and gather information from a variety of sources. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Technological awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.
High school diploma or equivalent.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in public communication,
journalism, international relations or related area is required
At least three years' experience in video production including filming and digital video editing is required.
Experience with video editing software for social media, news and documentary editing, and graphics is required.
Experience in editing with Adobe Premiere software is required.
Experience in working with social media and digital communication platforms is desirable.
Experience in animation is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the posittion advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
• Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.
• Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test [in English] at the United Nations headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International criminal tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.
• This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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