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Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS – an operational arm of the United Nations – supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by successfully implementing its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian, and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development. UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management, and human resources. Working with us We are proud of our people. With a wealth of knowledge and skills in various disciplines – engineering, finance, human resources, ICT, leadership, project management, procurement, and more – they help tackle some of the biggest challenges of our time. Their work around the world supports progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At UNOPS, we offer a range of short- and long-term opportunities in various environments and duty stations – from Denmark and Kenya to Mexico, Switzerland, Myanmar, Senegal, Uganda, and many more. Diversity With over 5,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,400 personnel recruited on behalf of our partners, spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced and diverse labor force — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs. We continually strive to maintain our gender-balanced workplace. We encourage qualified underrepresented groups as per UNOPS Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategy to apply for our vacancies. Work life harmonization UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Background Information – Job-specific

The photographer will, under general guidance of the respective communications focal point, be responsible for the production and editing of high quality photos along with its content relating to the Afghanistan Community Resilience and Livelihoods Project (CRLP) implemented by UNOPS.

Functional Responsibilities

The selected incumbent will undertake the following activities/responsibilities:

    •  Producing high quality photos relating to UNOPS project events, visits, impact stories and other key activities.
    •  Editing photos, including retouching and correction.
    •  Writing captions in English and local languages and ensuring photos contain relevant and accurate metadata.
    •  Assisting the establishment and maintenance of a photo database using the file naming and caption convention in agreement with the communications focal point.

  •  Attending meetings with relevant project personnel to understand project briefs, needs and general vision and plan photo shoots.
  •  The photographer will be required to have his/her own equipment and be available for travel, with the team or independently, as needed in rural and urban Afghanistan.


  •  At least five 5 digital photos in web resolution will be provided immediately upon completion of a covered activity;
  •  Upon the completion of the covered programme activity provision of at least 40 digital photos, showing a diverse range of activities, will be uploaded to a designated Google Drive within 48 hours of completion of a covered activity. Photos must contain all relevant metadata, including keywords, captions, photo date, location, and subject) and provided in both low and high resolution (minimum 300 dpi) in JPG format names of people featured, credits etc. The files should retain their original names and be organized clearly by labeled folders. Photos must be provided in all three of the following formats. Web resolution jpegs (1600 pixels 98dpi); high resolution jpegs (minimum 4000 pixels, 300 dpi); and in PSD (editable) format;
  •  Provision of at least five 5 digital photos in web resolution – immediately on site for instant distribution on social media and with press release.


  •  All copyrights of produced photos are reserved to UNOPS AFCO and the related projects. The photos cannot be altered, sold or redistributed to third parties. Where appropriate, the photographer will be credited.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

a. Education

  •  Secondary education is required.
  •  Bachelor’s degree preferably in communications, journalism, arts, media or other related areas is an added advantage but not a requirement.

b. Work experience

  •  Six years of experience in photography and/or photojournalism is required. Bachelor’s degree and two (2) years of experience may substitute;
  •  Knowledge of local and national media scene in Afghanistan is an advantage;
  •  Skills in MS Office, G-suite, Adobe Photoshop, and other related professional editing software will be an added advantage.

c. Languages

  •  Fluency in English is required;
  •  Knowledge of Dari and Pashto language is required.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

This VA is open only for Afghan nationals under CTG contract modality not UNOPS ICA.

Additional Considerations

  •  Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time.
  •  Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  •  Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  •  UNOPS embraces diversity and it is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, or disability.
  •  UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  •  Work life harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  •  For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  •  For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  •  The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
  •  All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.
  •  It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

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