On-call Photographer (Retainer positions), Multiple positions at UNOPS

Background Information – Job-specific

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. UNOPS supports partners to build a better future by providing services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of peace building, humanitarian and development projects. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.

Located in Nairobi, Kenya, the Kenya Multi Country Office manages a growing portfolio of engagements, including associated strategic and operational risks. The KEMC sub-region currently consists of an established operation centre in Nairobi, which manages a portfolio of engagements in multiple countries in East and South Africa. This includes primarily transactional projects in partnership with Nairobi-based UN Agencies, UN-Habitat and UNEP, and multiple operational projects in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and several island states.

Purpose and Scope of Assignment

The photographer will, under general guidance of the respective communications focal point, be responsible for the production and editing of high quality photos relating to UNOPS projects and activities in the region.

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 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 throughout the region or country where photographer is based;


  • 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 20 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 KEMCO 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


  • 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;

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 East and Southern Africa is an advantage;
  • Skills in MS Office, G-suite, Adobe Photoshop, and other related professional editing software will be an added advantage;

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of Kiswahili language is an asset.


Integrity & Inclusion: 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.

Partnering: 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).

Results Orientation: 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.

Agility : 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.

Solution Focused: 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.

Effective Communication: 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.

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.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • 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.

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.

  • This is a local post. As such, it is only open to Kenyan Nationals or persons with valid residence permits
  • This position is based in a family duty station

Contract type, level and duration

  1. Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement ( ICA)
  2. Contract level: LICA-6/ ICS 6
  3. Contract duration: Retainer contract (Home-based) – ‘One year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability’

Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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May 2024