ASSOCIATE INFORMATION MANAGEMENT OFFICER
New York City
Org. Setting and Reporting
The Department of Operational Support (DOS) provides operational support to UN Secretariat entities globally, including advisory, operational and transactional support services and, where needed, exercises delegated authority on behalf of clients. DOS supports the entire UN Secretariat, consisting of almost 100 entities located around the globe.
This position is located in the Department of Operational Support/Division of Administration/Facilities and Commercial Activities/Archives and Records Management Section (ARMS).
The Facilities and Commercial Activities Service (FCAS) operates the Headquarters complex, striving to provide effective and efficient planning, management, maintenance and operation for all existing physical facilities and assets at the UN Headquarters, New York. FCAS also supports office and conference facilities, property management, travel and transportation services, archives and records management, mail and pouch operations, catering, giftshop and the United Nations Postal Administration.
The Archives and Records Management Section manages UN records and archives, provides advice and guidance on records and information management, and provides access to UN archives to Member States, UN staff and the public.
The incumbent reports directly to the Chief of the Archives Unit.
Within delegated authority, the Associate Information Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Identifies and manages archival records from Peacekeeping Operations to ensure their long-term preservation and efficient retrieval according to established rules and standards.
• Provides support to records-creating offices by advising on record-keeping system standards and compliance; oversees the digital records accessioning process; provides training in the use of metadata standards for the capture, maintenance and accessioning of archives; and manages system upgrades and migration for digital archives databases.
• Supervises and undertakes records accession and disposition functions, including records appraisal, by liasing with records-creating offices on the transfer and/or disposal of records and analysing and evaluating records for evidential and informational value in support of records appraisal.
• Supervises and undertakes the arrangement and description of archives and the production of finding aids; prepares mark-up of inventories for electronic dissemination; and monitors adherence to description, database and preservation standards.
• Performs and supervises reference functions by advising internal and external users on holdings and accessibility and assisting in the administration of access and declassification activities, including ensuring that archives are searchable online.
• Supports the preservation of digital and paper archives by undertaking and supervising the digitization of analogue archives to preservation standards, rehousing paper archives, and the migration of digital archives.
• Leads the Section's outreach activities by curating and contributing to online and physical exhibitions, publications, and social media.
• Supervises General Service staff relating to functions cited above.
• Performs other related duties, as required.
Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
• Managers and staff in records-originating offices and/or field missions.
• External users of UN archives, e.g., scholarly researchers, Member States, etc.
• Contractual personnel.
Results Expected: Supports programme objectives through preservation and servicing of records with continuing value in support of the Organization’s operational, informational, legal and audit needs; provides guidance to Secretariat and field mission offices on managing paper-based and electronic records.
• Professionalism: Knowledge of information management and record keeping in electronic media. Ability to provide maintenance and disposition of records, including appraisal and migration management; records preservation and description; and research practices.
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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
• Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
• Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
A first-level university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in archival, information science, information systems, social science or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the United Nations Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).
A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in modern archives management, record keeping, library, information management or related area is required.
Experience in the arrangement and description of digital and paper archives is desirable.
Experience managing the digitization of paper archives to archival standards is desirable.
Experience in coordinating user requirements for enhancement to existing information technology (IT) and information management (IM) systems is required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is desirable.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.Special Notice
This position is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. The appointment or assignment and renewal therefore subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
No Experience is required for candidates who have passed the United Nations Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the G to P Examination (G - P).
Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
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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