Photographer, P-2

DATE OF ISSUANCE:   19 Oct 2006
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Field Missions Administered by DPKO
DUTY STATION:   Multiple D/S

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Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Public Information the incumbent photographer shall be required to perform the following duties: (These duties are generica and may differ depending on the requirements of the mission.) Provide principal photographic coverage and documentation of the Mission’s activities, and liaise with the Military, Police and Civilian units in order to achieve this end. Identify and carry out photographic assignments within the Mission’s area of operations and provide written information describing the coverage. Conceive, prepare proposals, write, photograph, edit and assist in the design of specific print/web/digital photo montages for use by the Public Information Office (PIO) as well as other substantive units of the Mission and UN Department of Public Information (DPI). Ensure the best quality of photographic products. Edit and archive photographs with specific data information for storage at Mission HQ. • Provide UN DPI Photo Library with images of the Mission’s activities. • Work closely with the Mission’s Newsletter Editor and Webmaster, providing supportive imagery for their specific publications and products. To undertake any other photography-related assignments, but not limited to, photo editing, photo research, maintenance and update of Missions’ Photo Archive and perform digital post production and photo processing tasks. Provide Mission stock images, liaison services, as well as technical support to international and local media organizations. Assist in building capacity in regard to technical proficiency in local media. Be responsible for photo equipment, issued by the Mission, for inventory and maintenance purposes. Assist in the creation and procurement of equipment infrastructure of the Mission’s photographic unit. Perform other duties as required.

Professionalism: Good understanding of the functions and organization of the work unit, and of the organizational structure and respective roles of related units; Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures generally and in particular those related to the communication, production and standard sources; Good applied technical and specialized skills in audio visual production and demonstrated ability to apply good judgment and discretion in the context of assignments given; Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of peace operations; Responsible for the accuracy of the source and content of pictures and also for the aesthetic quality thereof. Accountability: Photographic outputs/products can reflect positively or negatively upon the Mission. Great attention should be paid to the content of photo products used for external audiences. Communications: The incumbent is responsible for the audio-visual productions for the Mission, therefore good communication skills are needed for conducting interviews and for editing of visual material to ensure that the end-result communicates well; Ability to draft and edit a variety of correspondence and other communications in English; Demonstrated public relations skills. Teamwork – Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. Planning and Organisation - Demonstrated planning and organizational skills; ability to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities; Technological Awareness: Fully proficient in the use of digital cameras and advance computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications; knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and other photo editing/archiving software technologies; the incumbent will be required to keep up-to-date with the current technologies to achieve high-quality audio-visual information products. Creativity: Ability to assist in the design, creation and delivery of new and effective communications products and services.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in journalism, photography, graphic arts or a related field. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
At least 2 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of photography. Electronic/computer-based editing and design experience, and the ability to work independently are necessary. Additional training/work experience in the field of photography in developing nations and/or post conflict situations is desirable.

Fluency in spoken and written English or French; knowledge of a second official United Nations language is an advantage and sometimes a requirement. Fluency in the local language may be essential.

Other Skills

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.



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