Job Opening

Posting Title: VIDEO PRODUCER, P4
Department/Office: Department of Global Communications
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 02 July 2021 - 15 August 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Public Information-DGC-157713-R-New York (G)
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 UN Video Section, News and Content Branch, News and Media Division, under the Department of Global Communications. The UN Video Section produces human-centred, global stories on important UN issues affecting humanity, development, peace, human rights, the climate, and the environment. Videos highlighting the work of the United Nations in places, around strategic communications priorities, events and campaigns are created for digital and broadcast use, including using the art of story-telling to cover untold story angles from places that are often inaccessible to most reporters. UN Video programmes are unique because they give a voice to the voiceless reaching millions of households worldwide. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Video Section.


Under the general supervision of the Chief of the Video Section, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:
- Produce specific video projects including short and long broadcast features for global audiences, social media audiences, multimedia content, promotional video content and other video content as requested by the Chief of Video.
- Responsibilities include but are not limited to: planning productions (including budgets), overseeing editorial content and production of stories and videos, directing in the field, conducting interviews, as well as shooting, writing scripts, and editing video content. Responsibilities will also involve feeding material from the field and writing news stories while in the field;
- Oversee the production of news, social media and feature stories including for news magazine program, UN in Action and other products (in all official UN languages); generate story ideas and concepts for these productions; supervise the output of producers by commenting and editing narration scripts; create the rundowns and the running order for the shows; help make story assignments and engage in long term planning for the programs; supervise the pre-production, production and post-production of the feature stories to be included in the program; supervise all production aspects of the studio elements for the programs; liaise with the talent on the show and co-production partners for language versions; secure additional content for the programs including reformatting, purchasing or commissioning feature stories;
- Assist with editorial supervision of all video products, including drafting and text editing video feature scripts, participating in editorial meetings and deciding editorial lines according to UN priorities and needs; suggest approaches to video projects by writing treatments or by evaluating treatments proposed by others;
- Assist in creating campaign strategies, and coming up with distribution and promotion plans and help find funding sources and coproduction partners for the Video Section, as and when possible;
- Liaise with departments and other United Nations offices concerned with a particular video project as well as with the Permanent Missions and national authorities in the areas where filming is to take place;
- Take the lead in providing metrics of each of the programme outputs, suggesting alternate platforms as needed to enhance impact;
- Undertake any other assignments given, including overseeing the recording of Secretary-General messages;
- Take on performance management/supervising/coaching responsibilities when required;
- Support the Chief in reporting responsibilities, analytics and management of support staff;
- Serve as Officer-in-charge of the section, when required, in the absence of the chief.


Knowledge of the work of the UN and its specialized agencies. Developed script writing skills for video broadcast; ability to conceptualize, design and implement creative video production notably for an international audience; creative production abilities including writing for video platforms and editing the scripts of others; ability to shoot and edit video material (Adobe Premiere Suite); Understanding of the global media and social media market; attention to efficient use of available resources; Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines and achieving results. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Shows pride in work and in achievement; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; 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.

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.

Technological Awareness:
Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology— particularly mobile and video for mobile technology; shows willingness to learn new technology.


Advanced University Degree (Master's or equivalent) in communications, journalism, video, film and television or related areas. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying years of experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in video production and script writing for broadcast (both short and long formats) as well as news and social media at the national and international level is required.
Experience in communications, broadcast and film production, as well as with digital video platforms, is required.
Experience with current technical developments and production editing techniques is required.
Experience in filming and producing in international settings is desirable.
Experience working in creating multilingual videos is desirable.
Experience in an international news environment working for an intergovernmental institution is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.


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

Special Notice

• Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.

• The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof are 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 in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

• For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 September 2020, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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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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.

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