This position is located in the Kiswahili Unit, News Section II, News and Content Branch, News and Media Division, Department of Public Information. The News and Content Branch is primarily a multimedia service provided by the United Nations to promote the universal ideals of the United Nations, including peace, respect for human rights and developments. It produces a range of audio, video and multimedia products across eight languages available to media organizations around the world. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Unit.
Please be advised that the position is available starting as soon as possible for a period of six months with the possibility of extension.
Under the supervision of the Chief of the Kiswahili Unit, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
- Researches, writes and produces news and feature stories in English for radio magazine programmes, which are also posted on the web;
- Rewrites official releases, statements, and features based on UN activities system-wide in English for posting on the UN News web page and social media; present TV programmes.
- Ability to travel to cover conferences and field reporting;
- Duties on a daily basis include: Reviewing press releases, statements and other official news material from UN organs, offices and agencies for inclusion in the daily news programme and on air broadcasting;
- Assisting in updating material on the English web page, as necessary;
- Acting as media contact person on selected stories, conduct interviews, set up interviews, produce and edit videos, and posting stories, features, videos and photos on the main page and social media pages;
- Performs other duties as required.
Professionalism – Knowledge of radio broadcast journalism, ability to show political awareness, judgment and solid knowledge of international current affairs. Possess research and analytical skills. Ability to make effective on-air presentations. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in 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 responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
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 to meet strict deadlines.
Teamwork - Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; 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.
A first-level university degree in communications, journalism, media studies or related field.
A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public relations or related area is required.
Experience in on-air studio presentation for radio and multimedia broadcast journalism in Kiswahili is required.
Experience drafting and writing news and feature stories for online portals required.
Experience in the technical aspects of multimedia production, such as mastering of digital editing tools, creating audio clips and broadcast programmes, filming and editing short news video pieces is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Kiswahili is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
- 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.
- Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
- This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
- 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.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
- Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
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. 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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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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