Job Opening

Department/Office: Department of Global Communications
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 30 August 2021 – 13 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Public Information-DGC-155005-R-Geneva (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Radio and Television Section, United Nations Information Service, Geneva, Strategic Communications Division of the Department of Global Communications.
The Public Information Officer (Webcast) reports to the Chief of the Radio and Television Section of the United Nations Information Service, Geneva.


The position concerns the live and on-demand video coverage of the public meetings and other events of the United Nations Human Rights Treaty Bodies both at the United Nations Headquarters and
at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva. The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

– Oversees the scheduling, production and distribution (through the UN Web TV platform, and occasionally on other streaming platforms, as required) of daily live and on-demand Webcast coverage of the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies public meetings and of other events held at the UN Office at Geneva. Supervises and guides the webcast staff in the editorial and technical aspects of their daily work, with the aim of ensuring live and on-demand multilingual coverage of UN meetings and events.
– Coordinates post-production and editing of video products through the video cloud platform as well as through a Media Asset Management Systems (MAMS) and Adobe Premiere software . Oversees the publishing/uploading of videos and related metadata to the UN Web TV website, and to relevant Social Media Accounts.
– Liaises with clients and event organizers (the OHCHR Human Rights Treaties Division, and other UN Departments, Permanent Missions, etc.) to plan and produce the live and on-demand webcast coverage of the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies public meetings and events. Coordinates activities with UNTV Geneva broadcast coverage on a daily basis as needed.
– Coordinates with the UN Webcast team at UN Headquarters New York, on issues related to the UN Web TV daily live coverage of Geneva-based events and for any technical assistance and training on new functionalities of the UN Web TV video cloud platform.
– Prepares statistical reports on global audience and usage; prepares technical charts and workflow visualizations, as required.
– Trains new staff, consultants and interns in the use of webcast production hardware and software, including the UN Web TV video cloud platform and the Media Asset Management Systems (MAMS) video system.
– Oversees the configuration and set up of Webcast encoders for live multilingual streaming in multiple formats, including Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTC) Live Streaming (HLS) for mobile devices.
– Oversees production of creative video clips and infographics for news and promotional campaigns when necessary.
– Performs other duties as assigned.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of Streaming Media technology; knowledge of webcast coverage of large scale events in multiple languages, including experience in live scheduling, pre-production and post- production webcast work; knowledge on the use and operation of Media Asset Management Systems (MAMS); ability to edit videos; ability to analyse and address issues and problems; ability to apply both technical and editorial expertise to resolve issues; ability to manage a diverse team. 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; 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 equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

COMMUNICATION: 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in communication, broadcast journalism, information systems, computer science or related field is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in communications, broadcast engineering, multimedia production, computer science, information systems or related area is required.
Experience with Content Management Systems is required.
Experience with streaming video technology and video editing is required.
Experience in producing and / or promoting video content on Social Media is required.
Experience in managing diverse teams is desirable.
Experience with media asset management systems is desirable.


Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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.

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.

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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