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I’ve been trying to locate information on being a photographer for the UN. Sure I’ve found the info on the requirements, position openings, and pay. But I can’t find anything on what it’s actually like, first hand accounts/blogs, or anything like that.

I’m just curious what the daily responsibilities of a UN Photographer are, how the work environment is, is it like being in the military or something completely different.

If anyone has been or is a UN Photographer I’d love some insight. I’m in the US Marine Corps, and I’ve been so for long enough to know that each place is different and will present different challenges and responsibilities for any job. Just want to learn what it might be like. I’m interested in maybe perusing it as a job, but it’s not like there’s a UN Recruiting Office down the road. Again, appreciate any responses and thanks in advance.

by Steve Orcutt at 2008-12-22 18:59:06 UTC (ed. May 13 2009 ) Havelock, NC , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

I don’t knowfrom personal experience, Steve, but I do know a bit about the UN operations. From what I know generally I can almost guarantee you that it is not a uniform experience across the whole UN. The UN is a very large organization and has many functions, ranging from peacekeeping work, to UNICEF, to UNESCO, to UNDP, etc., etc. Each has a separate function and I will be a lot that each has a different management culture. So if you have a handle on a photo job in a particular unit within the UN umbrella, I would try to focus on that unit, not broadly about the UN.

by [former member] | 22 Dec 2008 21:12 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
My experience being a photographer at UNESCO is it’s dull as hell !!! Fancy photographing conferences, signatures, handshakes and the occasional concert full time ???

Every one thinks it must be an exciting place to work! If you like old men in suits and bad lighting well you’re in for a treat!

The foreign missions don’t happen very often as there is very little budget.

it’s ok freelancing for them but full time I found the work really dull.

by Andrew Wheeler | 23 Dec 2008 14:12 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
Always posts in Peacekeeping………..

by [former member] | 24 Dec 2008 04:12 | New Delhi, India | | Report spam→
i think that i have said this before, don’t go looking for sustainable work with npos, ngos etc including un and the likes look rather for good stories kicked up perhaps by these organisations and do and sell the story your self, rather. the above organisations will have the odd shoot here and there and by all means if you can do them. but remember the as photojournalists, our life blood is the story and not the source… j.

by John Robinson | 24 Dec 2008 07:12 | around, South Africa | | Report spam→
re: the link posted above, there were 2 such jobs listed in 2006, I applied to both, 4 steps on the website, never even got so much as a reception email in return.

by Gina van Hoof | 24 Dec 2008 08:12 | Brussels, Belgium | | Report spam→
Maybe you should all work on being an unphotographer, as opposed to a UN photographer…

by [former member] | 24 Dec 2008 16:12 (ed. Dec 24 2008) | Singapore, Singapore | | Report spam→
Hey guys, there was a link to the UN webpage but it has vanished – anyone remember what it was? Thanks

by James Wardell | 28 Dec 2008 20:12 | Barcelona, Spain | | Report spam→
Steve, did you get my PM.. the person I suggested you contact is a UN photog – JG

by [former member] | 29 Dec 2008 01:12 | Charlottesville, Virginia, United States | | Report spam→
I applied through the UN website for a field position a few months back and never heard a thing back about any stage of the process.

If you’re a Marine though, I doubt you would have too hard of a time securing a GS position somewhere in a PAO. I’m a contractor for an Army paper and I’m surrounded by GS employees (90% are prior service). I’m sure there’s a job out there if you look hard enough.

Good Luck.

by Phil Sussman | 29 Dec 2008 04:12 | Tacoma, Washington, United States | | Report spam→

by Line Wolf Nielsen | 02 Jan 2009 07:01 | New Delhi, India | | Report spam→
Steve, You should get contact to local NGO, for example, If you want to go Kashmir, you should get contact which NGO has funding from UN, this is the best way. IGood Luck

by Kerem Yucel | 02 Jan 2009 14:01 | Ankara, Turkey | | Report spam→
http://www.slang.co.za/ is working as a photographer for the UN, drop him a line…

by Lucian Stanescu | 05 Apr 2009 23:04 | Brussels, Belgium | | Report spam→
Somebody has experience on UN Field Missions? Is it true that you have to stay on location at least for a year as it states in their un jobs website?! Maybe some tips on whats better to include/highlight in the CV before sending/applying. I’ll be trying to apply for a FS-4 or FS-5 category.

by Emil Zinger | 04 May 2009 13:05 | Vilnius, Lithuania | | Report spam→

by Emil Zinger | 13 May 2009 18:05 | Vilnius, Lithuania | | Report spam→

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Steve Orcutt, Marine /  Aspiring Photoj Steve Orcutt
Marine / Aspiring Photoj
All Over , Italy
Andrew Wheeler, Photographer Andrew Wheeler
Paris , France
John Robinson, Photographer John Robinson
(works with light)
Pigeon Club , South Africa
Gina van Hoof, photographer Gina van Hoof
Brussels , Belgium ( BRU )
James Wardell, Photographer/Photojournal James Wardell
Barcelona , Spain ( BCN )
Phil Sussman, Photojournalist Phil Sussman
Tampa, Fl , United States
Line Wolf Nielsen, Journalist Line Wolf Nielsen
Copenhagen , Denmark
Kerem Yucel, Photographer Kerem Yucel
Istanbul , Turkey
Lucian Stanescu, conference interpreter Lucian Stanescu
conference interpreter
Brussels , Belgium ( BRU )
Emil Zinger, Photographer Emil Zinger
Vilnius , Lithuania


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