United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Communications Specialist (Digital and Content)

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Job Description

  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.

New York Service Cluster (NYSC) supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as other New York-based United Nations organizations, bilateral and multilateral partners in the delivery of UNOPS mandate in project management, infrastructure management, and Procurement Management Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC) supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. It was formed by combining the following portfolios: Grants Management Services (GMS), UN Technology Support Services (UNTSS), Development and Special Initiatives Portfolio (DSIP) It provides Services to partners' programmes that are designed, structured, and managed with a global perspective and primarily serving partners that are headquartered in New York.  The SDC has a footprint of approximately 125 countries.

As an implementing partner, UNOPS provides Human Resources Management, Procurement Management, Financial Management, and Travel and Logistical Support services to the UNOCT.

The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) was established by the General Assembly in June 2017. The Office has five main functions: (a) provide leadership on the General Assembly counter-terrorism mandates across the United Nations System; (b) enhance Coordination and coherence across the 38 Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force entities to ensure the balanced implementation of the four pillars of the Strategy; (c) strengthen the delivery of United Nations counter-terrorism capacity-building assistance to Member States; (d) improve visibility, advocacy and resource mobilization for United Nations counter-terrorism efforts; and (e) ensure that due priority is given to counter-terrorism across the United Nations System and that the important work on preventing violent extremism is firmly rooted in the Strategy.

The incumbent of this position will be personnel of UNOPS under its full administrative and financial responsibility. This position is located in the United Nations Centre for Counter-Terrorism (UNCCT) of the Office of Counter-Terrorism (OCT) in the Victims Unit. The overall vision of the Global Victims of Terrorism Support Programme is to protect, promote, and respect the rights and needs of victims of terrorism, and to increase the capacity of Member States and civil society organisations in this regard. Communications and advocacy are among the areas of work of Victims Unit. of need for victims is recognition and acknowledgement of their experience.  Often a terrorist attack is aimed at the state and its policies, meaning that the target is the citizens, rather than specific individuals.  For those affected by a terrorist act, this social targeting can add a layer of difficulty which requires recognition from the state and wider society.  Commemorative events, testimonies of victims are particularly significant as they create a sense of solidarity and acknowledgement of what happened. A documentary film, a photo exhibition and other multimedia products provide an opportunity for victims to share their messages and feel that they can come together as one family.  The Production of Package of Multimedia Products aims to raise awareness on the rights and needs of victims of terrorism and to provide them with a platform to raise their voices and share their experiences.

Functional Responsibilities

Purpose and Scope of Assignment 

  • Develop, coordinate and implement video work, including in both long and short formats, features, documentaries and interviews for UNCCT and create post-production quality, 10-15 minute feature documentaries, with seamless edits, tight synchronization and overall comprehension.
  • Generate story ideas and concepts for productions; ensure consistency of output to achieve objectives by commenting and editing narration scripts; engage in long-term planning for the video products; participate in editorial meetings, gather news from field; ensure that pre-production, production and post-production of the feature stories are all consistent with pre-approved objectives; ensure that all other production aspects of the video production on counter-terrorism are fully implemented; collaborate with the Department of Global Communications, particularly with the News and Media Division and UN News; and secure additional content for the products as and when necessary.
  • Plan production budgets; write and edit scripts and story synopses; direct in the field, prepare the location; establish the camera angles and lighting; direct talent; record; edit; synchronize, add voice overs and complete all post production work; conduct off-camera interviews. Arrange video interviews with officials, experts, victims etc.; select sound bites and visual elements to integrate into the wider communications strategy of UNCCT; feed material from the field and writing short news stories while in the field.
  • Liaise with relevant United Nations offices where applicable on video projects, as well as with the Permanent Missions and national authorities in the areas where filming is to take place.
  • Oversee all elements of the UN Victim of Terrorism Support Portal Interview Series including setting up, producing, filming and editing video content (in all official UN languages); supervise administrative support.
  • Produce and create tailor-made video products for distribution through social media and multimedia platforms; utilize top-class technical skills; edit on non-linear formats (Avid, Premiere, Adobe AFX, Audition, Protocols, Photoshop, Illustrator) to include file transfer of content from remote locations to the UN server in New York.
  • Availability to travel is a must for the production and shooting of the documentaries and other multi-media products.
Monitoring and Progress Controls

  • Increase the production of the multimedia products, including documentaries and guest interviews, and social media content to be used on the different UNOCT/UNCCT social media platforms and the Victims of Terrorism Support Portal.
  • Produce short form documentaries, based on interviews with victims of terrorist attacks, talking to camera about their personal experiences, including original b-roll as well as archive material. Tasks will include research and rights clearance, production logistics, health and safety, music supervision, postproduction.
  • Produce a series of multi-media products to be used for the fourth commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to Victims of Terrorism, (21 August 2021) and for the First Global Congress of Victims of Terrorism, which will take place at the end of 2021.
  • Produce a series of individual films for each relevant question/subject/victim of approx. 1 to 3 min. to be used to promote International Day and the Congress and as future online content, including preparation of Social Media: 15, 30 and 60 sec. versions of the same films to be distributed by social media to raise awareness on victims’ needs and rights.
  • Produce 30 minutes approx. of individual short features films featuring victims of terrorism, including production of social media clips of 15, 30 and 60 sec. to raise awareness on victims of terrorism.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


Advanced degree or equivalent preferably in communications, journalism, specialist in film and TV production or related areas. A first level university degree in combination with additional two (2) years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience 

Required Experience
  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in filmmaking, video documentary production and script writing for broadcast and social media (both short and long formats) is required;
Desired Experience: The following experience is optional. Candidates who do not have it are welcome to apply
  • Experience  on narratives based on terrorism, victims of terrorism, radicalisation and human rights is desirable.
  • Experience in working, directing and interviewing victims of terrorism for feature/tv long form documentary is desirable
  • Experience with the latest technical developments and production techniques is desirable.
  • Strong background in video story-telling including high-end production, filming, directorial and editing experience is desirable.

  • Fluency in oral and written English is required

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement  - ICA retainer modality. A retainer contract is issued for a period of time during which the services of the individual contractor are required intermittently. The individual contractor agreement on retainer basis will specify a “unit price” per day worked. For budgetary purposes, a monetary cap will be determined when the contract is awarded and issued. Please note that the retainer contract will not provide for a minimum, and payment will be made only after completion of work Contract level: International Individual Contractor Agreement (I-ICA 2) Contract duration: ASAP - 31 December 2021 (retainer) For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx


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.

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.

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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