Public Information Assistant – French, New York, United States At Department of Global Communications

Closing date: Tuesday, 18 July 2023



Department/Office: Department of Global Communications

Duty Station: NEW YORK

Posting Period: 19 June 2023 – 18 July 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Public Information-DGC-205753-R-New York (O)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and ReportingThis position is located in the French Language Unit of UN News Services Section I, which is part of the News & Content Branch of the News & Media Division of the Department of Global Communications (DGC). The News Section produces daily news and feature stories, magazine programmes and special series and makes available live and recorded audio form meetings and events. Through these products UN News provides daily and weekly content in 9 languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Kiswahili, and Hindi). The incumbent will directly report to the Chief of French Language Unit.


Within delegated authority, the Public Information Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

  •  Provides specialized assistance to the producers at the preproduction and post-production stages of multimedia news production and delivery of information communications products and services related to UN News.
  •  Researches a broad scope of information sources, printed and electronic; researches and compiles printed sources of information, as well as video and audio excerpts originating from meetings, press releases, official documents, press conferences, studio interviews, field recordings and live coverage of events related to the work of the UN.
  •  Participates in the morning editorial meeting and the daily unit planning, suggests in-depth story ideas and proposes ideas for extending the reach of products.
  •  Requests and arranges interviews for the producers to conduct; carries out digital content production, editing of inserts, cuts, clips and other recorded components of programmes and publishing; and assists with all aspects of podcast production; identifies and selects appropriate and relevant excerpts of speeches and statements for inclusion in clips; coordinates translation/adaptation of scripts, the recording of narrations and the preparation of online graphics, etc.
  •  Assists in fact-checking and updating the web page, including drafting and editing of content.
  •  Assists in the production and editing of video projects; interviews UN officials and other main characters for inclusion in UN News’ video outputs, which can include assisting with camera, checking scripts, editing visual and print materials, and suggesting questions.
  •  Assists with promotion activities and outreach to partners; carries out analytics and social media metrics for the news website and social media accounts, as required.
  •  Assists with the distribution of audio and video materials; ensures the management of audio/video archives, and the proper safekeeping/preservation of historical audio/visual materials.
  •  Provides guidance to interns/volunteers, training and other logistical support.
  •  Performs other duties as assigned.

CompetenciesProfessionalism: Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures related to the communication, production and dissemination of public information. Ability to research and gather information from a variety of sources. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects 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. Planning & 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.

EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent is required.

Work ExperienceA minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in public communication, international broadcasting or related area is required. The minimum years of relevant experience is reduced to five (5) for candidates who possess a first-level university degree or higher. Experience in audio and video production for broadcasters, web and social media is required. Experience in full range of production of multimedia features is required. Experience in digital content publishing, and incorporation of photos and graphics is required. Experience in recording, filming and editing audio and video material is desirable. Experience in editing with Adobe Premiere software is desirable.

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

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

Special NoticeAppointment against this position is for an initial period of one year. Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test [in English] at the United Nations headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International criminal tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia may be accepted in lieu of the GGST. This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. Applicants for positions in the General Service and related categories must be authorized to work for the United Nations in the duty station where the position is located. Eligible applicants selected from outside the duty station are responsible for any expenses in connection with their relocation to the duty station. Staff members subject to local recruitment are not eligible for allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

United Nations ConsiderationsAccording 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. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.



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