Job Vacancies United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Position: UN Women: Audio-Visual Specialist
Location: United States of America ( The )
Closing Date: Wednesday, 01 February 2012
Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women will work for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations System efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
Under the direct supervision of the Chief, Communications & Advocacy, the Audio-Visual Specialist is responsible for the production, archiving and provision of video, audio and photo material on gender issues and UN Women’s work.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of key functions:
Manages partnerships with UNTV and UN Radio for production of video and audio content
Undertakes and oversees UN Women in-house audio-visual productions and research
Provides guidance and advice to UN Women HQ sections and field offices on audio-visual content
Maintains and expands distribution channels for UN Women productions
Archives video, audio and photo materials on UN Women’s Digital Asset Management system
Manages partnerships with UNTV and UN Radio for production of video and audio content, focusing on the following results:
Manages the selection of topics for relevant video and audio productions in collaboration with UNTV/UN Radio producers, HQ sections and field offices;
Facilitates and backstops logistics for field missions of UNTV/UN radio producers;
Manages Post-production and provides inputs to final scripts;
Ensures administrative arrangements for the productions are carried out in close collaboration with the Administrative Assistant, Communications & Advocacy Section.
Undertakes and oversees UN Women in-house audio-visual productions and research, focusing on the following results:
Arranges for, supervises and/or undertakes filming and basic editing of short video messages of senior managers; to that end, liaises with consultant video producers;
Arranges for, supervises and/or undertakes photography of UN Women events as required; to that end, liaises with consultant photographers;
Arranges for, supervises and/or undertakes photo research for UN Women publications and web sites in close collaboration with the Production Specialist; to that end, liaises with photo researchers;
Maintains and expands a roster of freelance video producers, photographers and photo researchers;
Compiles b-roll material on UN Women priority issues;
Responds to media requests for audio-visual material.
Provides guidance and support to UN Women HQ sections and field offices, focusing on the following results:
Develops and maintains guidelines outlining basic considerations on the How To of video productions and photography;
Develops and maintains guidelines on ethical video and photo reporting;
Supports and backstops staff-generated video content, such as for One Day on Earth initiative or individual productions;
Establishes and maintains regional UN Women Flickr accounts to meet photography needs of field offices.
Maintains and expands distribution channels for UN Women productions, focusing on the following results:
Maintains UN Women and Say NO YouTube Channels and UN Women website ensuring that it is regularly updated by new uploads of UN Women productions and related descriptions;
Identifies, uploads and distributes Say NO video of the week feature;
Maintains UN Women and Say NO Flickr accounts ensuring that they are regularly updated with new photo material and related captions;
Monitors Regional UN Women Flickr accounts for quality and branding;
Explores New online audiovisual distribution channels, including podcasts.
Archives video, audio and photo material on UN Women’s Digital Asset Management system (DAMS):
Archives audio-visual content (videos, photos and audio) on UN Women’s Digital Asset Management system. Archiving includes assigning filenames, pulling technical information, determining permissions, writing descriptions and cataloguing content under appropriate categories;
Tests system for searchability of items and to that end update keywords and update catalogues necessary;
Tests native files, mainly videos and audio, to ensure functionality in DAMs before archiving. Troubleshoots and archives as necessary to meet latest audiovisual standards;
Provides trainings on how to use DAMs to staff;
Responds to audiovisual requests for material from the DAMs, as necessary.
Impact of Results
The key results have a significant impact on the visibility and reputation of UN Women as a leading source of knowledge and information in the areas of gender equality and women’s rights. The results have an impact on the success of the Strategic Partnerships, Advocacy, Civil Society, Communications and Resource Mobilization initiatives in supporting global advocacy and outreach campaigns, and on the performance of UN Women staff members, enabling access to and sharing of information and knowledge generated from within and outside UN Women and, thus helping UN Women achieve its strategic goals.
Core Values / Guiding Principles:
Integrity: Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct;
Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity: Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.
Ethics and Values: Demonstrating / Safeguarding Ethics and Integrity;
Organizational Awareness: Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
Developing and Empowering People / Coaching and Mentoring: Self-development, initiative-taking;
Working in Teams: Acting as a team player and facilitating team work;
Communicating Information and Ideas: Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively;
Self-management and Emotional intelligence: Creating synergies through self-control;
Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning: Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others.
Excellent knowledge of video, audio and photo production processes and formats;
Good videography and photography skills;
Good knowledge of basic video editing; familiarity with Final Cut Pro and/or similar editing software;
Good knowledge of basic photo editing; familiarity with Photoshop and/or similar editing software;
Solid knowledge of existing UN and commercial video and photo archives;
Good knowledge of and interest in online distribution channels, including commercial channels;
Office software applications (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access);
Familiarity with gender issues an important asset;
Familiarity with the UN system an asset.
Required Skills and Experience
Master or equivalent degree in Communications, Film Photography or related field.
Minimum of 5 years relevant experience in Audio-visual production, Digital Archiving, Production Management, Communications at the national or international level.
Fluency in English (written and oral);
Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.
Note: In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
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