Multimedia Video Features Producer

United Nations


Multimedia Video Features Producer

Department/Office: Department of Global Communications
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 10 May 2023 – 23 June 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Public Information-DGC-204804-R-New York (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A

Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the UN Video Section, News and Content Branch, News and Media Division, under the Department of Global Communications. The UN Video Section produces human-centred, global stories on important UN issues affecting humanity, development, peace and security, human rights, gender, climate, and the environment. Videos highlighting the work of the United Nations around strategic communications priorities, events and campaigns are created for digital and broadcast use, including using the art of story-telling to cover untold story angles from places that are often inaccessible to most reporters. UN Video programmes give a voice to the voiceless reaching millions of households worldwide. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Video Section.

Within delegated authority, the TV/Video Producer will be responsible for the following duties:

  •  Produces, films and edits high quality long-format, character-driven feature pieces and interviews for broadcast television and multimedia outlets, as required. Conducts research work for United Nations productions and co-productions; Pitches feature stories that directly relate to UN priorities; Proposes programme formats, technical approaches and innovations; Takes initiative in researching distribution partners; Oversees post-production and editing of video products; ensures proper archiving of all produced material.
  •  Coordinates and implements social media communication projects for the Video Section; Collaborates with Video Section’s colleagues on identifying best practices for social media and other digital platforms; Develops, produces, drives and measures the success of digital platform strategies; Manages Video Feature Section’s social media outreach including developing and posting content in close collaboration with other social media teams.
  •  Shoots and edits high quality, fast-paced short packages for use in multimedia digital platforms and social media; Writes the content and approach of video treatments and scripts for news, feature and documentary stories.
  •  Trains colleagues within and beyond the section in shooting, editing and other related skills.
  •  Assists with distribution across all languages and formats to ensure broader and engaged audiences for video content.
  •  Identifies key contacts/constituencies and opportunities for strategic partnerships and promotion to facilitate communication efforts and maintains working relationships with the same.
  •  Undertakes any other assignments given.

Professionalism: Knowledge of emerging trends in the industry with respect to video production and distribution. Ability to undertake the cycle of research and production through to evaluation of impact of video content. Extensive knowledge of the work of the UN and its specialized agencies with ability to translate complex issues into video content for varied formats and platforms. Knowledge of advanced technical innovations in the field of digital and broadcast video production, including techniques such as After Effects and Motion Graphics. 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.

Creativity: 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, public administration or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in video production as a writer, producer and editor is required.

Experience in producing for social media and digital communication platforms is required.

Experience in filming and editing video products, particularly news, long-format features and tailor-made projects such as social media clips, teasers or curtain raisers, and in using After Effects and motion graphics software is required.

Experience in filming and producing in the field in international context is required.

Experience troubleshooting technical problems in shooting, editing, uploading and disseminating video with respect to both software and hardware is required.

Experience working at the United Nations or similar international organization is desirable.

Experience building partnerships with media and other entities, improving search engine optimization to boost distribution and carrying out promotion is desirable.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

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

Special Notice

  •  Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year.
  •  Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
  •  The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
  •  For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 December 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Malta, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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