Job Opening

Posting Title: PUBLIC INFORMATION ASSISTANT (Hindi), G6 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: PUBLIC INFORMATION ASSISTANT
Department/Office: Department of Global Communications
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 17 May 2022 - 24 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Public Information-DGC-177922-J-New York (X)
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 Digital Support Unit of the Digital and Promotion Branch, in the News and Media Division of the Department of Global Communications (DGC). The Unit is responsible for designing, implementing and managing web and digital properties of the Department, in line with its overall communications guidance, priorities and messaging and as guided by administrative policies on the institutional use of web and social media. The selected candidate will be reporting to the Digital Support Unit Chief in New York.

This position is available starting as soon as possible for an initial period of six (6) months with a possibility of extension.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, and under supervision of the Digital Support Unit in New York, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

- Provides specialized assistance in the production and delivery of information communications products and services, such as moderately complex multilingual websites and micro-sites in support of the Organizations communications priorities and strategy.

- Provide front-line support to content contributors in New York and New Delhi on UN News digital platform and other assigned DGC web properties, on staggered work hours as necessary.

- Design, prototype, and develop custom newsletter templates for the promotion of UN communications initiatives and content, such UN News articles, interviews, features, events, and campaigns. Includes development of custom code for DGC web content management publishing systems that are integrated with third party newsletter service providers.

- Serves as team member in the planning, specification, design, development, implementation, and support of computer application systems; independently liaises with users to define and specify requirements.

- Assists in the production and editing of website projects: research diverse print and digital information sources for topics and materials for projects; suggests ideas on content, narration texts, audio excerpts, design elements, etc.; selects and catalogues sound/visual materials and evaluates quality for inclusion in productions and obtains requisite clearances and copyrights.

- Handles administrative coordination in support of special training and other programmes.

- Provide orientation and training to other staff and users in client offices on the use of established digital platforms and tools.

- Manages updates and further develops internal databases; generates a variety of standard and non-standard statistical and other reports from various databases.

- Generate web analytics reports and analyze traffic to evaluate effectiveness of content and features.

- Prepares technical and user documentation for deployed computer application systems, as well as training materials and conducts technical presentations.

- Provides support for deployed computer application systems including version management, data recovery; performs ongoing reviews with users and developers and responds to users’ requests.

- Drafts correspondence and communications, including work plan revisions and other related issues, as well as prepares unit contributions for a variety of periodic reports.

- Serves as focal point for coordination, monitoring, and expedition of computer application systems development projects, involving extensive liaison with diverse organizational units to initiate requests; prepares standard terms of reference; processes and follows-up on administrative actions and resolves issues related to project implementation, e.g., organization of and participation in training, procurement of equipment and services, etc.

- Keeps abreast of developments in the field; performs benchmarking and proposes new acquisitions.

- Provides guidance to new/junior staff.

- Perform other duties as assigned.

Competencies

• Professionalism: Experience providing technical support and training to remote teams, using remote desktop and presentation technologies. Knowledge of various types and levels of software testing. Knowledge of software development life-cycle and quality assurance activities. Knowledge of system development workflow and document flow processes, ability to conduct research and gather information from a wide variety of standard and non-standard sources. Ability to respond to changing requirements and assignments. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects 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.

• 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.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of 7 years experience in public communication, international broadcasting or related area is required.

Experience in information systems analysis and programming, systems administration and maintenance, software development, technical writing or related area is required.

Experience maintaining, configuring and/or site building with Drupal is required.

Experience providing technical assistance and support for at least one year is desirable.

Experience with digital multimedia editing tools is desirable.

Knowledge of fundamental web technologies and standards including HTML and CSS is desirable.

Experience working in a multilingual international news environment is desirable

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Hindi or another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available starting as soon as possible for an initial period of six (6) months with a possibility of extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• 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.

• The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

• This post is financed by extra-budgetary funds.

• 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 have 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.

• 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; or the United Nations Accounting or Statistical Assistant Examination at the United Nations Headquarters may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.

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.

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.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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