• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.
• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• 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. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.
• The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.
• Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.
• The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English
• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.
• Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the News and Media Division (NMD) of the Department of Public Information (DPI). The incumbent reports to the Chief of the French Unit, UN News Services Section I, which is part of the News and Content Branch of News and Media Division of the Department of Public Information (DPI). The News Section produces daily news and feature stories, magazine programmes and special series and makes available live and recorded audio form meetings and events. Through these products UN News provides daily and weekly content in 8 languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese and Kiswahili). The incumbent reports to the Chief of the French News team. Please be advised that the position is available as soon as possible for an initial period of six months, with the possibility of extension.
Researches and writes news, to multiple daily deadlines, and creates multimedia feature materials on UN activities system wide for posting on the UN News website in French covering the global activities of the United Nations, in keeping with editorial guidelines.
Conducts interviews, gathering audio and video material, undertaking digital editing and recording, using digital tools and software to create engaging content including news, audio programming, podcasts and feature stories;
Ensures timely and accurate coverage of key United Nations developments at Headquarters and around the world, including through regular weekend duty shifts and evenings as needed;
Prepares content for social media dissemination and for sharing across news platforms, implementing strategies to build social media audiences;
Monitors, on a daily basis, global news developments and the activities of organizations, funds and programmes within the UN System;
Initiates contact and liaises with substantive departments of the United Nations System and other relevant sources to identify news sources, backgrounders, social media packages, photos, infographics and other visuals to flesh out story ideas, and incorporate relevant multimedia content;
Carries out, in consultation with other counterparts in the Department and with substantive Departments, coverage of major conferences, commemorative events and campaigns;
Liaises with news outlets to explore partnership opportunities and to assist with metrics and evaluation;
Contributes ideas to strategic planning and promotional efforts, including via social media channels;
Supervises the work of multimedia production assistants;
Carries out other assignments, as required.
PROFESSIONALISM:• Extensive knowledge of digital journalism; Political awareness and judgment and knowledge of international current affairs; ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines. Knowledge of digital editing technology and of multimedia platforms. Ability to write crisply and concisely, making use of sound and words, and to make effective on-air presentations. •Discretion and sound judgment in applying expertise to complex and/or sensitive issues;•Proven experience managing social media properties and multimedia pages, as well as developing and posting content for them;•Highly developed communication (spoken, writing, public speaking and presentational) skills. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
PLANNING AND ORGANIZATION:•Excellent ability to plan work of and manage conflicting priorities to meet demands and deadlines;•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.
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.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in communications, journalism, media studies, international relations, or a related field. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Five years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area is required. Journalistic experience in a news environment with a wire service, online news or broadcast news outlet is required. Experience writing news and feature stories to multiple daily deadlines, conceptualizing and producing multimedia feature materials is required. In particular, experience in the technical aspects of multimedia production, such as creating audio clips and broadcast programmes, filming and editing short news video pieces, is desirable. Experience with social media platforms is desirable. Experience in identifying visual content (graphics, photos and videos) related to UN News coverage is desirable. Experience in compiling social media analytics is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in both English and French is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may 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.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
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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