Job Opening

Posting Title: ASSOCIATE PHOTOGRAPHER, P2 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: ASSOCIATE PHOTOGRAPHER
Department/Office: Department of Public Information
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 17 March 2017 - 24 March 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Public Information-DPI-76092-J-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

Notes:

• 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

The position is located in the Photo Unit of the Audiovisual Services Section, Coverage and Media Services Branch, News and Media Division (NMD) of the Department of Public Information (DPI) and will be under the supervision of the Chief of Photo Unit. The Photo Unit provides photographic coverage of major UN headquarters events, UN Secretary-General's activities and field photo coverage to record the pictorial history of the UN for a worldwide audience. The Photo Unit works very closely with the UN photo library, which is also part of the Audiovisual Services Section located in the Coverage and Media Service Branch. The temporary position is available starting 8 May 2017 up to 31 December 2017, with possibility of extension.

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Chief of the Photo Unit, the incumbent:

- provides photographic coverage of the work of the United Nations both at the Headquarters and in the field, including travelling with the Secretary-General;

- provides expertise in image selection for public dissemination; acts as the Photo Editor when required; conducts research and provides metadata for captioning and archiving purposes;
assists in overseeing photo lab operations and quality control of output;

- contributes to UN Photo's coverage planning; conduct researches and makes recommendations for coverage of UN activities in the field;

- liaises with peacekeeping missions, offices away from the Headquarters and other entities both inside and outside the UN System for collaborations including joint coverage, photo
exchanges and acquisitions;

- maintains close contact with media outlets to ensure speedy dissemination and widest possible usage of UN photos;

- contributes to the long-term development of UN Photo, including recommending the uses of new technologies and platforms to further the work of UN Photo and the public information
outreach of the Organization;

- undertakes other assignments as required.

Competencies

Professionalism:
Substantial and diverse knowledge in all aspects of photography; experience in using both conventional and digital technologies as well as photo editing, portrait lighting and photo
transmissions; familiarity with the current state of technology as well as content and presentation formats; fully proficient in computer skills and the use of relevant software and
other applications; sound political judgment in informing coverage, photo selection and the accompanying metadata; ability to handle highly sensitive information; ability to rapidly
analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources; ability to identify public affairs issues, opportunities and risks in an international environment; ability to diplomatically
handle sensitive situations and cultivate productive relationships; knowledge of relevant internal policies and business activities/issues; 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 ownership of all
responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; considers all those to whom services are
provided to be "clients;" identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop
oneself professionally and personally; shows willingness to learn new technology; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of
women and men in all areas of work.

Teamwork:
Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; demonstrates
openness in sharing information and keeping people informed; 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.

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.

Education

A first-level university degree in communication, journalism, international relations, photography/visual arts or related field. (Candidates for this position must have passed the United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the G to P Examination. No examination is required for candidates in peacekeeping missions.)

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations or related area. Experience providing photo coverage in the
field and at live events is required. Photo coverage at an international level is required; Photo coverage of international affairs is desirable. Experience as a travelling photographer with
senior officials is desirable.

(No experience is required for candidates who have passed a United Nations Competitive Recruitment Examination.)

Languages

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 an advantage.

Assessment

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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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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