Job Vacancies Department of Public Information
Position: Public Information Assistant
Location: United States of America ( The ), New York
Closing Date: Friday, 24 August 2012
Organizational Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the News and Media Division (NMD) of the Department of Public Information (DPI). The incumbent reports to the Chief of the TV Section, which is part of the News and Content Branch of NMD. The Section produces a variety of television and multimedia products about the work of the United Nations at headquarters and in the field.
Working under the supervision of the Chief of the TV Section, the incumbent:
o Prepares work related to television, multimedia and social media products by:
coordinating production of UN TV products in all official languages;
coordinating and implementing video and social media products;
assisting in scripting, shooting and editing broadcast and multimedia video products;
researching and compiling audio-visual, text and other type of materials;
logging incoming footage in detail by time code and description of content, locale and relevance to production;
coordinating technical arrangements and organizing filming inside and outside UNHQ;
selecting from UN or commercial archives, sound and visual materials for inclusion in video programs and multimedia products including obtaining clearances and copyrights, and when necessary, arranging for payment for use of commercial archive materials;
coordinating with other NMD sections, including UNifeed, UN News Centre, and Photo Unit and attending production/editorial coordination meetings, when requested;
assisting other NMD staff on shooting and editing technologies, when requested by the Chief of the TV Section;
o Provides administrative and clerical services by:
- typing and distributing scripts and synopses of programs in appropriate languages;
assisting in preparation and issuance of contracts and payment vouchers for special service contractors (SSA’s);
assisting in preparation of service orders and job requisitions to outside production facilities, estimating costs, maintaining administrative records and monitoring billing system.
Proven ability in communication, production and dissemination of public information; ability to research and gather information from a variety of standard sources. Knowledge of television and multimedia production, including filming and video work stations. Proven ability to work with and implement social media projects. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calm in stressful situations.
Actively seeks to improve programs, services and products; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuade others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
Keeps abreast of available production and social media technology; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate task; Proficient with a wide variety of hardware equipment and software tools required in video production, including sound recording. Knowledge of digital video equipment and video editing such as Final Cut Pro. Ability to encode audio and video files and disseminate programs via electronic means.
High School diploma or equivalent. Must have passed the United Nations Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) at UN Headquarters or an equivalent locally-administered test at Offices Away.
Five years of work experience in public communication, international broadcasting or related area. Experience with television and multimedia production and new information technology sources are required. Experience of working with various computer software is required.
For this post, fluency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of French and other official UN languages is highly desirable.
Short-listed candidates will be assessed through a written and technical test which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
Recruitment for this position is done on a local basis, whether or not the candidate is a resident of the duty station.
Passing the Administrative Assessment Support Test (ASAT) at Headquarters or an equivalent recognized locally-administered test at a United Nations Office is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Service category in the United Nations Secretariat.
United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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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