Department/ Office: OFFICE OF THE EMERGENCY RELIEF COORDINATOR - GVAO
Posting Period: 10 November 2011-10 December 2011
Job Opening number: 11-PUB-OCHA GVAO-21478-R-NAIROBI
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is with the Multimedia Unit of the Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), the humanitarian news and analysis service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Located in Nairobi, Kenya, the position reports to the Editor-in-Chief, IRIN
Within delegated authority, the Public Information Officer/Multimedia Producer will be responsible for the following duties: Ensures implementation of multimedia programmes to publicize priority humanitarian issues and/or major events, to include drafting information strategies, using film and other visual media, coordinating reporting efforts, monitoring and reporting on feedback, taking appropriate follow-up action, and analysing the impact of materials published. Monitors and analyses current events, public opinion and press, identifies issues and trends, and advises management on opportunities to provide multimedia coverage. Undertakes activities to promote multimedia coverage of priority humanitarian issues and/or major events, to include development of an editorial strategy and action plan for the Multimedia Unit, initiating pro-active outreach efforts, proposing, conceptualizing and arranging coverage and post-production, disseminating materials and consulting with humanitarian and media partners on approach/story angle and other information requests, undertaking appropriate follow-up action and analysing and reporting on the impact of coverage. Conceptualizes, produces and/or oversees production of film, photographic, graphical and other media materials for public dissemination through the web, email and other broadcast channels; proposing topics, undertaking research, determining appropriate medium and target audience, preparing production plans, writing scripts , obtaining clearances and finalizing treatments , editing footage , and coordinating approval of proofs, technical processing, and distribution. Prepares, on the basis of official UN documentation and other sources, initial concepts and scripts of films or other visual media materials for inclusion in UN websites, presentations, broadcast channels, online , reports and books. Initiates and sustains professional relationships with key constituencies. Acts as the multimedia focal point on specific issues, monitoring and reporting on developments, responding to inquiries, etc. Participates in selecting the multimedia information transmitted to key constituencies. Provides guidance to, and may supervise, more junior staff.
* Knowledge of the full range of film, photographic and other audio-visual communications approaches, tools, and methodologies essential to planning and executing effective reporting on humanitarian issues and developments, e.g. campaign management, media operations, marketing and promotion, audience outreach, message targeting;
* Ability to rapidly analyse 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 with target subjects and audiences and cultivate productive relationships;
* Knowledge of relevant industry-standard technical practices and techniques, internal policies and business activities/issues;
* Ability to produce a variety of visual communications products in a clear and compelling style;
* Ability to deliver oral presentations to various audiences;
* 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;
* Motivated by professional rather than personal concerns;
* Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
* Remains calm in stressful situations.
* Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
* 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.
PLANNING & 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.
* Actively seeks to improve programmes or services
* Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs
* Promotes and persuades 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communication, journalism, international relations, political science or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, film-making, multimedia, humanitarian advocacy, communications or related area.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage
A competency-based interview, and a test of conceptualisation, visualization and written language skills may be required.
Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds. - 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 regulations.
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.
How to ApplY:
Closing Date: 10 December 2011