Job Opening

Posting Title: LIBRARIAN (Scholarly Communications Officer), P4
Job Code Title: LIBRARIAN
Department/Office: Department of Global Communications
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 27 March 2022 - 10 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Documentation and Information -DGC-173514-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

The position is located in the Dag Hammarskjöld Library, Outreach Division, Department of Global Communications (DGC). The United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library connects Member State delegations, UN staff, researchers and world citizens with trusted information/data, facts and human knowledge about and for the UN. It provides a foundation for facilitation, dissemination, use, access to, engagement with, and preservation of information and knowledge in support for the work, principles and mission of the United Nations. The incumbent reports to the Section Chief.


Within delegated authority, under the guidance of the Section Chief, the Librarian (Scholarly Communications Officer) will be responsible for the following duties as the needs of the service require:

- Contributes to the formulation of overall policies, procedures, scholarly communications processes, objectives and guidelines affecting the development and re-engineering of the Organization’s Depository Library programme into a distributed scholarly network comprised of more than 350 entities from 135 countries, and incorporating capacity building and diverse education and outreach programmes; oversee policy implementation as required.
- Ensures a high standard of client service whether to internal library clients, partners or end- users.
- Conducts policy-oriented research and drafting on the applicability of digital scholarly management standards in digital repositories using data from internal and external sources to develop Section policies, guidelines and procedures in keeping with technological development, and the evolution of the Organization’s scholarly communication cycle - including a strategy for long-term preservation and retrievability of the institution’s digital output with research value files; translates organizational needs into analytics, reporting and recommendation requirements to support decision-making and workflows with data information and knowledge.
- Identifies the information needs of the Organization and its information clientele and manages:
• Development and implementation of policies and guidelines relating to digital repository content aggregation of the UN digital record (UN publications, grey literature)
• Development and production of
o scholarly communication services & products
o library marketing and communication strategy and products
o cataloguing standards, and ensures they are maintained.
• Client services
• Online services
• Technical services for the Section and its extensive scholarly network and strategic partners by evaluating the institutional repository and related products – a digital, open, dynamic knowledge suite of resources providing information data, knowledge on the UN official record as well as on relevant grey literature; ensures evidence-based participation in the formulation of policy papers and positions on themes of key relevance in the areas of UN digital information, data and knowledge management.
- Formulates and implements projects in the provision of scholarly communications services.
- Implements technologies in scholarly communications management to ensure the Organization has effective tools for access to information.
- Promotes and develops internal and external bibliographic and other database interoperability as well as additional files to ensure consistency and accuracy.
- Advises Member State Permanent Missions and other Secretariat units and departments seeking expertise in scholarly communications management.
- Manages and performs high level research and analyses, integrating information from a wide variety of sources, with understanding of the Organization’s mandate and of the relevance and quality of external information.
- Develops and implements policies and guidelines relating to the curation of and permanent access to the UN digital record (UN publications, grey literature), including using indicators of research impact and promoting emerging alternate measures of impact and metrics; supervises relevant functions.
- Develops and operates outreach services to Member State Permanent Missions and Delegations; develops client outreach strategy and knowledge dissemination programmes for the scholarly community including a global Conference on scholarly communications, and coordinates implementation; acts as the alternate Chair of the Section’s Standing Working Group on Communications.
- Evaluates applications and cost-effectiveness of services in relation to technology options, and prepares data and recommendations for decision-making on those options.
- Plans and organises training for Delegates, Permanent Mission staff and headquarters staff with respect to scholarly communications practices and use of library services.
- Evaluates the performance of vendors and exchange partners and negotiates charges where necessary.
- Undertakes procurements as required, in conjunction with the relevant services of the Organisation.
- Manages budgets assigned to the Outreach & Community Engagement Unit and carries out other managerial responsibilities ensuring compliance with administrative requirements, programme and Section planning and strategies, policy and procedure recommendations and human resources.
- Ensures the broad professional development of general service and professional staff, in relation to scholarly communications work.
- Guides, trains and supervises general service and professional staff in the function.
- Performs other duties as assigned.


Professionalism: Knowledge of library & information service operations. Understanding of technologies relevant to library & information services. Experience in managing projects. Ability to produce reports and papers on library & information issues. Ability to apply conceptual, analytical, and evaluative skills and identify issues, formulate opinions and make conclusions and recommendations. Ability to develop library & information services. 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 & 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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in library science, information science or closely related field. A first-level university degree in library science, information science or closely related field in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years post-qualification of progressively responsible experience in scholarly communication management & digital repository or knowledge dissemination work or closely related area is required.

Experience in the design and implementation of knowledge organization systems and networks is desirable.

Experience in scholarly publishing services and resource assessment is desirable.

Experience in strategic library management is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

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

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity 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 31 January 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, 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, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Viet Nam.

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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