- Years of Experience At least seven years progressively responsible experience in video/TV production and multimedia content production, including experience at the international level, is required.
- Number of Vacancies: 1
- Contract Type Long Term
- Required Languages Dari, Pashto, English
- Reference 23-Public Information-UNAMA-197633-R-Kabul (M)
- Gender Male/Female
- Nationality Afghan & Foreign
- Possibility of Contract Extension Yes
- Probation Period 3 Months
- Education Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in journalism/communications, broadcast communications, international relations, political science, broadcasting or other related fields. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- close Date February 13, 2023
This position is located within the Strategic Communications Service (SCS) of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The position is based in Kabul, Afghanistan (Kabul is classified as a Hardship “E” duty station and a non-family duty station). The incumbent will report to the Senior Public Information Officer, Strategic Communications Service.
UNAMA was established by UN Security Council Resolution 1401 in March 2002 at the request of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Its mandate is reviewed annually with the latest mandate renewal being on 17 March 2022 when the Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2626. Resolution 2626 (2022) calls for UNAMA and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, within their mandate and in a manner consistent with Afghan sovereignty, leadership and ownership, to continue to lead and coordinate international civilian efforts.
Within delegated authority, the TV/Video Producer at this level will be responsible for the following duties:
Plans and manages the implementation of public information TV/Video projects:
– Supervising Strategic Communications TV, video, radio and multimedia production and ensuring coverage of activities related to the mission and in support of its mandate as well as significant political, social and cultural events in the country, as appropriate; assuming responsibility for all aspects of production of multimedia production, including public service announcements, news stories, features and documentaries for local, regional and international use, as well as social media use; devising an appropriate national, regional and international distribution system for mission multimedia products;
– Taking the lead in strategy, planning, development and implementation of TV/video and multimedia element of communications campaigns; working with other mission components to develop multimedia communication campaigns and to incorporate campaign message and themes into all relevant events and products;
– Providing raw materials for (a) mission products, including for community outreach, (b) internal mission use such as training of mission personnel, (c) United Nations Headquarters, (d) local and international media as appropriate, and (e) mission archives.
– Interpreting mission mandate as it applies to video/television and multimedia communications and exercising editorial judgment over content production in coordination with the Chief of Public Information and Senior Public Information Officers; ensuring that the editorial focus of multimedia content is integrated with other public information programmes and products.
Project management and build partnerships:
– Develops strategic partnerships with key constituencies to elicit support for and maximize impact of unit objectives; maintains working relations with the media sector in the host country, including managing production and broadcast partnerships and capacity building programmes as appropriate;
– Building information networks; plan and develop outreach activities; working with local TV stations on the production of programmes with international effort in assigned country;
– Conducting needs assessment and making recommendations regarding planning needs; evaluating results and impact of communications activities involving multimedia content; reporting on relevant developments, trends and attitudes regarding the UN.
– Representing the institution in meetings and conferences; fulfils speaking engagements and makes presentations to groups on UN activities and advocate issues of concern.
– Managing the procurement of specialized equipment ensuring appropriate standards are met to procure necessary TV/Video and multimedia equipment at the least cost and in the most expeditious manner; Overseeing the evolution of television/video projects and preparing or overseeing preparation of periodic status reports on video/television strategy implementation.
Administrative and financial management:
– Coordinates the day-to-day administration of the unit including managing the budget, preparing annual cost estimates and monitoring budget allocations and expenditures; Provides inputs for annual technology and equipment budget requests and control expenditures;
– Supervises all international and national TV/Video producers and administrative support staff assigned to the TV/Video unit; determines TV/Video training and support requirements and oversees the provision of such training;
– Assisting, as required, in the day-to-day operation of the public information office, including participating in coordination of substantive and administrative activities of the unit, interpreting and disseminating policy, providing procedural advice, improving reporting systems, handling operational and administrative queries, preparing budget submissions, and monitoring and evaluating results.
– Participates in recruitment and evaluation of staff as appropriate.
– Performs other related duties as required.
Professionalism: Excellent knowledge of digital media trends and technologies, including social media, and different aspects of public information and communication. Ability to conceptualize, design and implement major information campaigns. Familiarity with UN public information policies and procedures is desirable. Ability to rapidly analyse and integrate diverse information from varied sources. Ability to diplomatically handle sensitive situations with target audiences and cultivate productive relationships. Ability to produce a variety of written communications products in a clear, concise style.. 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 the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Managing performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.
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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Technological awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations 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 or equivalent) in journalism/communications, broadcast communications, international relations, political science, broadcasting or other related fields. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
At least seven years progressively responsible experience in video/TV production and multimedia content production, including experience at the international level, is required.
Experience in managing (directly or through a team) corporate social media platforms is required.
Experience in public information and content creation in politically sensitive environments (such as faced in conflict or post-conflict environments) is required.
Relevant experience working in a field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes, or similar international organization or non-governmental organization) is desirable.
Relevant working experience in the South Asia and Central Asia Regions is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required. The knowledge of any other UN official language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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 procedures
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.
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