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United Nations Secretariat (UN)
Department of Global Communications
Grade: P-3, Mid-level Professional
Closing soon: 27 Oct 2021
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Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the French Language Unit of the Web Services Section (WSS) in the Digital and Promotion Branch, News & Media Division of the Department of Global Communications (DGC). The Web Services Section oversees the design, layout, production and presentation of the top layers of the UN website in all six official languages, including the homepage, the five thematic portals (Peace and Security, Development, Human Rights, Humanitarian Affairs, and International Law), as well as comprehensive background information about the UN such as global issues, and events, including all UN international observances.

The Section ensures parity of website content in the six official UN languages for the following UN Organs: General Assembly, Security Council, and ECOSOC, as well as the Executive Office of the Secretary-General and the Office of the President of the General Assembly. The Language Units of WSS provide digital language adaptation services whereby digital products such as graphics, video, and different digital media are rendered usable in languages other than English (for example, by video subtitling). The Section also provides guidance and assistance to Secretariat offices in creating and enhancing their websites in all UN official languages. WSS promotes best practices for UN websites and other Internet-related activities, including multilingualism, usability, and accessibility for the disabled. The incumbent will report to the Chief of Unit.

This position is available as soon as possible until 5 October 2022.


Under the general supervision of the Chief of French Language Unit and general guidance from the Chief of Web Services Section, the incumbent is responsible for:

• Ensures implementation of information programmes to publicize priority issues and major United Nations special observances that celebrate multilingualism, including drafting information strategies, coordinating efforts, monitoring, and reporting on progress, taking appropriate follow-up action, and analyzing the outcome on the websites maintained by the French Language Unit.

• Coordinates and undertakes the specifications and website production of the official United Nations website (; perform ongoing maintenance and provide new templates in the UN.ORG brand as needed; prioritize needs and monitor web content daily in the French language.

• Oversees translation, editing, proofreading, and posting content published on websites maintained by the French Language Unit.

• Produces and populates web content, including the production of new websites using CMS such as Drupal and WordPress, and maintenance of the existing website using HTML, Dreamweaver, and CMS.

• Prepares new material for inclusion in appropriate web pages and blogs; conceptualizing and creating dynamic web pages; drafting, editing, designing, and updating web pages as needed and providing specialized editorial, design, and programming assistance in the oversight and maintenance of the materials posted in French language, ensuring that web content complies with the Organization requirements and web standards.

• Supervises, coordinates, and administers the work of technical consultants hired by the Language Units: provide guidance to, and may supervise, the work of public information assistants and interns.

• Acts as the focal point on technical issues, provide support and assistance to the client within the Organization; make presentations about the UN website to both UN and non-UN audiences; attend conferences, workshops and conduct web-related training as required and developing and managing relationships with partners and developing a promotion strategy to raise the profile of the website, in conjunction with the other Web Officers in other UN languages.

• Prepares web accessibility and web branding reports to ensure new UN websites launched on comply with web governance principles; participate in inter-agency meetings related to accessibility; keeps abreast of developments in the field of web accessibility and update the related websites and online guidelines.

• Performs any other task assigned by the Chief of Section or Chief of Unit as necessary.

• Provides guidance to and may supervise more junior staff.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the French language, ability to translate, edit, proofread and create content in French; knowledge of information and web technologies; ability to produce compelling (visually and linguistically appealing) web compatible images and info-graphics; ability to serve as thematic focal point of the French Language Unit (FLU); ability to independently manage projects handled by the FLU; ability to acquire new technical skills and share acquired knowledge with the members of the FLU; strong analytical skills in analyzing issues and problems and ability to apply expertise to resolve issues; ability to effectively prepare specifications and other written reports and other documents in a clear, concise style; ability to create and adapt images and videos to French; 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; is committed to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects 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.

TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in communication, journalism, or related field is required. A first level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Minimum (5) five years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, or related area is required.
Experience in website management and in writing for the web in French is required.
Experience in using content management systems such as Drupal or WordPress is required.
Experience in using the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of products is required, which at a minimum must include Adobe Premiere, Adobe Dreamweaver and Adobe Photoshop.
Experience of developing web pages using HTML 5, CSS3 and Javascript is required.
Experience in website analytics, branding and accessibility is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 5 October 2022. 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.

• The appointment or assignment and renewal thereofare subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

• Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

• The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

• For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 April 2021, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.


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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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