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Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.Org. Setting and Reporting
The post is located in the Radio and Television Section of the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) in Geneva.Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Chief of the Section, the incumbent will be responsible for the following tasks:
- Covers meetings, press conferences and other newsworthy events;
- Researches, writes and produces television news reports;
- Ensures timely delivery of video news material to clients.
- Initiates television (TV)/video coverage and programme ideas on activities in Geneva;
- Researches and writes proposals for video productions, co-production and fundraising;
- prepares budgets and monitors expenditure on video and TV productions;
- Writes and produces video features, both in Geneva and in the field;
- Manages the start-to-finish cycle of video products through pre-production, script-writing, filming, editing and post-production phases, including client relations;
- Liaises with substantive departments and other United Nations offices over substantive contents and messaging for video projects, as well as with Permanent missions and national authorities in production locations.
Promotion & Management :
- Promotes United Nations Television Geneva (UNTVCH) videos and TV productions and maintains/initiates contacts with broadcasters and other video content users;
- Liaises with internal entities (e.g. United Nations News Centre, the United Nations News Centre (UNifeed), United Nations Social media teams) and external entities (e.g. European Broadcasting Union (EBU)/Eurovision, TV news agencies) for optimal distribution and showcasing of UN television coverage and production generated by the UN Information Service, Geneva;
- Assists in section management, programme reporting, workflow scheduling and fund-raising, as needed;
- Undertakes other assignments, including representing the sections at meeting and following-up on required action, as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Excellent knowledge of the work of the UN and its specialized agencies and international issues, journalistic skills, ability to write and produce creative television material, ability to work effectively under pressure and on deadline. Familiarity with social media and audio-visual software tools is highly desirable. Ability to write scripts, pitch story ideas, and produce television news packages in English. 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 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, uses time efficiently.
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; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in communications, journalism, film making 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.Work Experience
At least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in news coverage and video production as a producer is required, including at least three (3) years at the international level preferably within the United Nations system or its specialized agencies. Experience in video production management is required, including: proposing story ideas, researching and writing scripts in English, organizing production teams, overseeing post-production. Experience with social media platforms and audio-visual software tools is desirable.Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and knowledge of French (both oral and written) are required. Knowledge of another official language of the United Nations would be an advantage.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.
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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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.
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The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.
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