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UN Jobs at UN IRMCT Tanzania – Audiovisual Archivist, P-3

The position of Audiovisual Archivist is located in the Archives and Records Section, Registry, Arusha Branch. Under the supervision of the Archivist, Head, MARS Arusha, the incumbent will be part of the team responsible for the management of the records of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (“Mechanism”) and the archives of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (“ICTR”) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (“ICTY”). *Appointment of the successful candidate to this position will be subject to budgetary approval.


  • Contribute to the development of strategies, policies and procedures for the management of Mechanism audiovisual records. Implement strategies, policies and procedures, in collaboration with the other Archivists.
  • Advise Mechanism officials and staff on record-keeping issues and practices as they relate to audiovisual records.
  • Plan, organize, monitor and evaluate record-keeping improvement projects, contributing to feasibility studies, analysis, design, development and implementation, and assisting with recruitment / procurement of specialist skills or materials.
  • Plan, organize, monitor and evaluate the development and delivery of record-keeping training programmes for Mechanism staff.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategies, policies and procedures for the management of the audiovisual archives of the ICTR and the ICTY, and the provision of access to them.
  • Implement strategies, policies and procedures, in collaboration with the other Archivists, the Audiovisual Technician and the Associate Research Officer.
  • Plan, organize, lead, monitor and evaluate work on acquisition, accessioning, arrangement and description, storage, preservation and conservation of audiovisual archives.
  • Plan, organize, lead, monitor and evaluate work on preparation and dissemination of finding aids for audiovisual archives.
  • Research, analyze and evaluate new systems or tools for the management of audiovisual archives, and make recommendations for their deployment.
  • Advise on and recommend measures to enhance the accessibility of audiovisual archives.
  • Advise on the determination of requests for access to audiovisual archives. If access is approved, provide access, and information and assistance to requesters, in collaboration with the Audiovisual Technician and the Associate Research Officer.
  • Assist in advocacy and outreach programmes as they relate to audiovisual records and archives. Conduct research and prepare presentation and publicity material.
  • Contribute to the management of the Section’s records repositories.
  • Ensure that repositories are maintained and managed in accordance with required standards as they relate to audiovisual records and archives.
  • Manage the transfer of audiovisual records and archives from client offices.
  • Manage the deaccessioning and disposition of audiovisual records and archives, in accordance with established policies or instructions from client offices.
  • Participate in the implementation of the Mechanism’s information security and access regime. Liaise with client offices regarding information security classification, and implement decisions on classification/declassification, in collaboration with the relevant legal officer, the Audiovisual
  • Technician and the Associate Research Officer.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the Section’s plans for disaster preparedness, response and recovery.
  • Supervise, guide and train project and/or support staff. Supervise the work of contractors, consultants or interns.
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of the Section’s operations and services by: keeping abreast of professional developments; supporting audits of the Section’s work; participating in internal reviews of the Section’s work, recommending improvements and implementing approved initiatives.
  • Assist the Chief Archivist / Archivist, Head, MARS Arusha in planning, budgeting, procurement, finance, human resources or facilities management, as required.
  • Perform other duties as required.


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.Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Technological awareness:
Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.

Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Judgement/decision making:
Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization.

Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.

Managing performance:
Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member.

Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff.

Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree in audiovisual archiving or in archival science, information management or related field with specialization in audiovisual materials. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in managing audiovisual archives.
  • Experience of managing audiovisual materials in both analogue and digital formats is required.
  • Experience of strict information security regimes is highly desirable.
  • Experience in digital preservation is desirable.
  • Experience with international tribunals or national courts is desirable.
  • Experience in project management is an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the Mechanism. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French and/or Kinyarwanda is desirable.


There may be an assessment exercise for qualified candidates followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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

The appointment is limited to the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals. *Appointment of the successful candidate to this position will be subject to budgetary approval.

Appointment of the successful candidate on this position will be limited to the initial funding of the post. Extension of the appointment is subject to the extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds.

As the international tribunals are not integrated in the Secretariat, UN Staff Members serve on assignment or secondment from their parent department/office if selected.

Appointments of staff members in the United Nations are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General.

Staff Members are expected to move periodically to new functions in accordance with established rules and procedures, and may in this context be reassigned by the Secretary-General throughout the Organization based on the changing needs and mandates.

Deadline: 3rd Of November 2021


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