Job Opening

Posting Title: PUBLIC INFORMATION ASSISTANT, G6 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Global Communications
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 11 March 2020 - 25 March 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Public Information-DGC-132555-J-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Video Section, in the News and Content Branch, in the News and Media Division of the Department of Global Communications (DGC). The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Video Section. The UN Video Section shares the world's stories on important UN issues affecting humanity, wildlife and the environment. The staff creates high quality videos highlighting the work of the United Nations in places often inaccessible to most reporters. UN Video programmes are unique because they give a voice to the voiceless reaching millions of households worldwide.

The position is available as soon as possible for an initial period of six (6) months, with the possibility of extension.


Within delegated authority and depending on location, the Public Information Assistant may be responsible for the following duties:

• Provides specialized assistance to producers at the preproduction and post-production stages of video production and delivery of information communications products and services.
• Researches a broad scope of information sources for topics and materials for projects; browse UN and external archives for footage; fact checks through established databases accuracy of script information; suggests ideas for content, narrates texts, selects sound and visual materials, for inclusion in productions; obtains clearances and copyright licenses for section.
• Transcribes interviews and select soundbites for use in video series, and keeps track of footage for archival reference.
• Assists in electronic dissemination of programmes to Partnerships Unit, prepares, maintains and updates UN Video website which includes drafting and editing content, uploading and downloading of video products and creation of video links for sharing and disseminating UN Video products;
• Assists in promotion of UN Video products via various social media platforms, organize and execute special events, coordinating with diverse partners and the media.
• Handles administrative coordination in support of special training and other programmes, and serves as back-up UN Video features producer, shooting and editing (Adobe Premiere) for features series and social-media products; books studio time for production of video projects and language versions of video products including overseeing the production of both broadcast and web series in the six official languages.
• Develops data collection mechanisms to gather data on the audience and end-users of UN Video products.
• Assists in the production and editing of video projects: interviews UN officials and other main characters for inclusion in UN Video programmes which includes assisting with camera, checking scripts, editing visual and print materials, and suggesting questions.
• Performs other duties as assigned.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of internal 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

COMMUNICATION: 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.


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 all pre-production, production and postproduction of Video features required.
Experience in filming own material and editing required.
Experience working with and knowledge management of archival content is desirable.
Experience in editing with Adobe Premiere software is desirable.
Experience in taping in studio setup is desirable.
Experience with animated video creation and editing 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 an desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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 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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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