Posted 29-04-2015, offered


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

To support our global communications strategy, the Communications & Advocacy department seeks a qualified photographer, photo editor and photo consultant to support the multimedia production of the department under the overall guidance of the Audio-visual specialist, including in the Beijing+20 public mobilization campaign as well as the day-to-day production of photographs on the UN Women website, in print products and on all relevant social media platforms.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

Arranges for, supervises and/or undertakes photography of UN Women events (meetings, bilaterals, etc.) and staff members as needed, focusing on the following results:

- Provides edited photos for use on UN Women social media and website;
- Photographs new headshots of UN staff members for use by the media;
- Maintains UN Women Global flickr account by uploading photos with appropriate embedded photo metadata;
- Liaises with consultant photographers as needed at HQ and in the field.

Manages the daily photo workflow for the UN Women website and social media accounts, as well as media requested as needed, focusing on the following results:

- Oversees and provides editorial photos to web and social media colleagues;
- Maintains UN Women global Flickr account ensuring that it is regularly updated with new photo material and related captions;
- Maintains and updates the photo archive for UN Women website, and multimedia and print productions;
- Arranges for and/or undertakes photo research for UN Women publications and website in close collaboration with the Production Specialist;
- Maintains and expands a roster of freelance photographers and photo researchers;
- Responds to media requests for photos.

Provides guidance and support to UN Women HQ sections and field offices, focusing on the following results:

- Maintains guidelines on ethical photo reportage;
- Supports and coaches regional communications officers in maintaining regional Flickr account;
- Monitors regional UN Women Flickr accounts for quality and branding;
- Provides photo guidance related to visits of the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Directors as needed;
- Provides photo guidance for field projects as needed.

Archives photo material on UN Women’s Digital Asset Management system (DAMS):

- Archives photos on UN Women’s Digital Asset Management system. Archiving includes assigning filenames, pulling technical information, determining permissions, writing descriptions and cataloguing content under appropriate categories;
- Responds to audiovisual requests for material from the DAMs as needed.


Core values and Guiding principles:


Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.

Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:

Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies:


Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of photographer, photo editing, dissemination and archiving photos.

Ethics and Values:

Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

Organizational Awareness:

Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Work in teams:

Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Communicating and Information Sharing:

Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.

Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:

Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others.

Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:

Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.

Functional Competencies

- Excellent knowledge of photo production processes and formats;
- Excellent photography skills;
- In-depth knowledge of photo editing; familiarity with Photoshop and/or similar editing software;
- Solid knowledge of existing UN and commercial video and photo archives;
- Good knowledge of and interest in online distribution channels, including commercial channels;
- Knowledge of Office software applications (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access);
- Outstanding organizational and time-management skills;
- Familiarity with gender issues an important asset;
- Familiarity with the UN system an asset.

Required Skills and Experience


University degeree in Photojournalism, Communications, Journalism or related field.


Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience as a working photographer.


- Fluency in English (written and oral);
- Another official UN language is an asset.

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment. Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment, please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF document. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

Find the application form here: bit.ly/1DASdJ9

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