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Job Vacancy in UN: Photographer, Nairobi

Photographer, Nairobi
Closing Date: Saturday, 28 November 2009

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Photographer, G-6
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: United Nations Human Settlement Programme
Appointment against this post is on a local basis. External candidates will be considered only when no suitable internal candidate from the duty station is identified. The candidate is responsible for any travel expenses incurred in order to take-up the appointment. Staff members are subject to the authority of and assignment by the Secretary-General. All staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. The post is located in the Design, Publications and Events Unit, Information Services Section within the Office of the Executive Director, UN-HABITAT. Under the supervision of the Head, Design, Publications and Events Unit, the incumbent will perform the following duties: 1. Research a broad scope of sources to photograph, procure and compile interesting and appropriate imagery for use in preparation and production of communications materials for internal and external audiences on urban and human settlements issues in order to support achievement of the agency’s strategic goals on advocacy, monitoring and partnership, including images for the agency’s World Urban Campaign. 2. Take part in the planning of the agency’s key events including the World Urban Forum, World Habitat Day, the Governing Council and other important meetings which include the Executive Director’s meetings with Ambassadors and other dignitaries. 3. Oversee the distribution and proper safekeeping/preservation of visual materials and perform photo-librarian functions; maintain UN-HABITAT’s image galleries on the agency’s intranet and public site. Write brief stories and captions after assignments to accompany images submitted. 4. Support marketing and coordination by providing appropriate imagery for web feature stories, social networking websites, e-newsletters, publications and other electronic. 5. Undertake assignments such as photo competitions, travelling and international exhibitions to support the agency’s advocacy work by showcasing urban issues to global audiences. 6. Perform other related duties assigned as necessary.

Professionalism: Ability to evaluate the agency’s image requirements and based on this understanding capture, caption, catalogue, and retrieve the most relevant images to portray UN-HABITAT’s issues compellingly in exhibitions, publications, marketing, and other visibility materials. Ability to work with all media including print and electronic and to choose the most appropriate imagery for the different types of media. Ability to coordinate and support projects such as complex photo shoots, global exhibitions and photo competitions. Creativity – Ability to use new photographic techniques and approaches to convey the agency’s mandate through imagery in a compelling way. Capacity to persuade others to consider new ideas, take calculated risks and think outside the box.Technological awareness – expert at using different types of photographic equipment, image management, processing and publishing software. Ability to use the Internet and other research tools to keep abreast of new trends in photography and to find images. Client orientation – Ability to see things from clients’ point of view, gain their trust and respect, and deliver according to client requirements and timescales. Ability to work well with subjects during photographic assignments. Ability to monitor ongoing projects, keeping clients, suppliers and team members informed of progress and problems, and making proposals to overcome setbacks.

Completion of secondary school education is required. Post-secondary training in Photojournalism, Photo Editing, Photoshop Skills, Studio Lighting, Advanced Digital Imaging, Digital Photo Editing, Non-silver Printing, Documentary Photography and Image Catalog Software and databases is desirable.

Work Experience
A minimum of six years of experience in photojournalism. Experience with photography equipment including all functionalities of the camera and proficiency in photo editing and image catalog software is required.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.

Other Skills
Experience with content management and image gallery systems highly desirable.

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, TRAINING OR ANY OTHER FEES). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON BANK ACCOUNTS.PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Because applications submitted by United Nations (UN) staff members are considered first, provided the eligibility requirements set out in ST/AI/2006/3 are met and the application is submitted in a timely fashion, staff members should apply within 15-day or 30-day mark.

Online applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please go to “My UN” page and check the status of your application by clicking on “View Application History”, and resubmit the application, if necessary.

1. To start the application process, applicants are required to register by opening a “My UN” account. Go to Login, and Register as a User. Fill in the form and choose a User Name and Password. 2. After opening the account, applicants may apply for vacancies using the Personal History Profile (PHP) provided. Once the PHP has been completed for a particular vacancy, it can be saved and used for future applications. The PHP may be up-dated, when necessary, for future applications. 3. In completing the PHP, please note that all fields marked with an asterisk must be completed. 4. UN staff members must submit scanned copies of their two latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS) reports at the time of application to the appropriate Human Resources Office (HRO)/Personnel Office (PO) to the email address below, clearly indicating the vacancy announcement number. In case you have no access to the digitizing equipment, please submit hard copies of the two latest PAS reposts to the relevant HRO/PO via fax. E-mail: Recruitment@unon.org, Fax: 254-20-762-4212

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions, if you encounter problems when applying.


by Laura Larmo at 2009-11-06 16:02:18 UTC (ed. Nov 6 2009 ) Milano , Italy | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Hi Laura,
I visited the web link you have provided but despite searching for a pretty long time, I can’t seem to find the register and login page on the site. Please help me as would really be interested in applying for this job.

by Ayush Ranka | 07 Nov 2009 16:11 | bangalore, India | | Report spam→
Hi Ayush,

click the bar in the bottom of the page saying ‘More Information and Application Details’, it should get you here: https://jobs.un.org/Galaxy/Release3/vacancy/Display_Vac.aspx?lang=1200&VACID={eb91747d-4a9c-4741-9197-5295ec7fca16}

Good luck!

by Laura Larmo | 07 Nov 2009 17:11 | Milano, Italy | | Report spam→
Thanks Laura!
Could i ask you a few questions that are on my mind about this?
I don’t know if I should do it here or if you’d prefer I mailed you personally.
Please let me know.

by Ayush Ranka | 09 Nov 2009 10:11 | bangalore, India | | Report spam→
You’re welcome Ayush!

However, I’m afraid I won’t be able to answer your questions; I don’t know anything else about the job, I just saw the announcement on the UN site and thought someone in Lightstalkers might be interested. I have no connections to UN nor to this job in particular…

by Laura Larmo | 09 Nov 2009 11:11 | Milano, Italy | | Report spam→
Ok! thanks anyway!

by Ayush Ranka | 09 Nov 2009 11:11 | bangalore, India | | Report spam→

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Laura Larmo, Photographer Laura Larmo
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Ayush Ranka, Freelance photojournalist Ayush Ranka
Freelance photojournalist
(Find something you love to do.)
Bangalore , India


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