Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in the Kiswahili-language unit of UN News Services Section II, which is part of the News & Content Branch of the News & Media Division of the Department of Global Communications (DGC). The incumbent reports to the Chief of UN News / Kiswahili. The News Section produces daily news and feature stories, magazine programmes and special series. Through these products UN News provides daily and weekly content in 9 languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese and Kiswahili).
This position is available as soon as possible until 18 March 2022 with possibility of extension.
Responsibilities Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the UN News / Kiswahili, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:
Provide specialized assistance to producers at the pre-production and post-production stages of multimedia news production and delivery of information communications products and services related to UN News.
Research a broad scope of information sources, printed and electronic; research and compile printed sources of information, as well as video and audio excerpts originating from meetings, press releases, official documents, press conferences, studio interviews, field recordings and live coverage of events related to the work of the UN.
Assist in various phases of the production and distribution of recorded radio programming and products: participate in the morning editorial meeting and the daily unit planning of broadcasts;
Request and arrange interviews for the producers to conduct; perform digital audio editing of inserts, cuts, clips and other recorded components of programmes; suggest in-depth story ideas and assisting with all aspects of production related to podcast production; propose ideas for extending the reach of audio products.
Assist in the timely electronic/digital or internet dissemination/distribution of radio programmes: prepare, maintain and update web page, to include drafting and editing of content; upload/download audio files; undertake proactive calls and direct mail initiatives to build client base and nurture relationships; manage, update and further develop internal databases; generate a variety of standard and non-standard statistical reports from various databases on the usage or consumption of the units items, products and programs; provide guidance and training to interns/volunteers.
Assists in the production and editing of video projects: interviews UN officials and other main characters for inclusion in UN News’ video outputs which can include assisting with camera, checking scripts, editing visual and print materials, and suggesting questions.
Performs other duties as assigned.
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.
Planning and 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.
Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Education High school diploma or equivalent.
Work Experience A minimum of seven years of experience in public communication, international broadcasting or related area is required.
Experience in producing audio and video production for broadcasters, web and social media required.
Experience in all pre-production, production and post production of multimedia features required.
Experience with live radio or TV broadcasting transmissions required.
Experience in recording, filming and editing audio and video material required.
Experience in editing with Adobe Premiere software is desirable.
Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in both English and Kiswahili are required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special Notice – This position is temporarily available until 18 March 2022 with possibility of extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
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.
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.
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.
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