Job Opening

Posting Title: Public Information Assistant - Website, G6
Job Code Title: PUBLIC INFORMATION ASSISTANT
Department/Office: Department of Public Information
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 22 January 2018 - 20 February 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Public Information-DPI-91470-R-New York (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is in the English Language Unit in the Web Services Section, Digital and Promotion Branch, News and Media Division of the Department of Public Information. The incumbent reports directly to the Chief of the English Language Unit. The Web Services Section (WSS) oversees the design, development and presentation of the top layers of the UN website in all six official languages, including the homepage and its main menu pages, as well as subsites with comprehensive background information about the UN, such as global issues and international observances. The Section also develops and maintains working relationships with DPI Secretariat staff and staff from other UN agencies, who produce original content for the UN website and works with other offices in creating and enhancing their websites in all official languages. WSS promotes best practices for web development and other Internet-related activities, including multilingualism, usability and accessibility for the disabled.

Responsibilities

•Provides specialized assistance in the development of the UN Home Page (www.un.org) in collaboration with other Website Section staff in a deadline-oriented environment.
•Conceptualizes and creates dynamic web pages – drafts, edits, designs and updates web pages as needed and provides specialized editorial, design and programming assistance in the oversight and maintenance of the materials posted in English.
•Edits externally provided material as needed to conform to format and structure consistent with the style developed for the UN website, and preparing and incorporating graphics as required, using appropriate web authoring tools, and creating necessary Javascript, ASP scripts, and/or Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), in keeping with the Technical Guidelines.
•Develops tailored templates for content management system and for static sites and creates workflow structures to ensure data integrity and site efficacy.
•Develops and maintains working relationships with DPI and Secretariat staff, who produce original content for the UN site and works with them, as well as assists the Website Editors in providing training, briefings, and demonstrations on the web.
•Assists in the production and editing of website projects: researches diverse print and electronic information sources for topics and materials for projects; suggests ideas on content, narration texts, audio excerpts, design elements, etc.; selects and catalogues audio/visual materials and evaluates quality for inclusion in productions, and obtains requisite clearances and copyrights.
•Manages updates and further develops internal databases; generates a variety of statistical and other reports, including reports on website traffic.
•Provides guidance and training to junior staff, interns, and contractors, who are assigned to the website, and performs other duties, as assigned.

Competencies

Professionalism: Is able to develop and assist in maintaining multiple large websites in English; has in-depth knowledge of web technologies, including HTML, CSS, ASP, Javascript; is able to customize CMS such as Wordpress or Drupal; shows willingness to learn new technology; is able to work accurately and under pressure in a small team; 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, takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

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

Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience in public information, including web design, website production, front end development, or related area is required. Experience with coding HTML, CSS and Javascript is required. Experience with HTML editors, such as Dreamweaver is required. Experience working with Content Management Systems (CMS), such as WordPress or Drupal is required. Experience with image processing software, such as Photoshop is required. Experience in designing and developing dynamic website features is desirable. Experience with managing databases is desirable. Experience with video editing is desirable. Experience in using cloud-based platforms, such as Google sheets, is desirable.

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 UN official language is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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.



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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

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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

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