Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Information Officer (TV News Specialist)

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Job Description

This position is located in the Media and Public Positioning Section, External Outreach Service of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. The incumbent will report to the Chief of the Media and Public Positioning Section.


Within delegated authority, the Information Officer/TV News Specialist will be responsible for the following duties during a 6-month (extendable) pilot project designed to enhance coverage of OHCHR in global TV news broadcasting and related social media: • Systematically plans, produces, films, edits and disseminates high-quality audio-visual (A/V) outputs to generate broadcast TV, radio, social media and internet coverage of press releases, news briefings and news-oriented statements/comments by the High Commissioner, other OHCHR officials and spokespeople, both in Geneva and during visits to the field.

• Establishes systematic in-depth advance planning of A/V materials to enhance newsworthiness of reports, events, policy guidelines (including filming in or acquiring footage from the field).

• Identifies and manages new free/cost-effective external sources of visual material to illustrate TV news products and related A/V by-products, establishes necessary procedures, and negotiates rights for the use of images.

• Liaises with, and provides guidance to, OHCHR field presences to generate more source material to enhance news potential of OHCHR products; and to disseminate more OHCHR A/V news materials to diverse audiences via local TV/radio outlets.

• Increases quantity of live and pre-recorded multi-lingual TV interviews and other A/V news products (especially in Arabic, French and Spanish as well as English) to broaden global TV coverage of OHCHR news materials.

• Builds sustainable relationships with major international and national broadcasters to enhance long-term coverage of OHCHR audio-visual news products.

• Based on the above activities, draws up and presents a plan and recommendations, including an Analysis of the feasibility, sustainability and costs of recommended improvements and innovations, with a specific focus on best practices designed to amplify the coverage of important OHCHR reports, events, field visits etc by TV news broadcasters.

• Performs other related duties as required by the Chief of the Media and Public Positioning Section.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of and practical experience in audio-visual communications. Good communication (spoken, written, public speaking and presentational) skills, including ability to convey through audio-visual materials, key messages of the OHCHR. 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.

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.

CREATIVITY: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box"; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

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 degree or equivalent degree) in mass communications, journalism, international relations or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in TV production, filming and editing is required.

Experience in using linear editing software (Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premier) is required.

Experience at the international level is desirable.

Experience in producing TV stories in English and/or French about international affairs is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice


• If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment. • While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. • Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station. • This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15. • Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation. • Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the Career Development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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.

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.

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