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Monday, March 28, 2011

Archives/Records Officer. IMF, Washington. Open until 24 April 2011

Archives/Records Officer (Job Number: 1100224)

Description

Under the general supervision of the Senior Archives Officer, the selected candidate will be part of a group of archivists responsible for the management and maintenance of the IMF archives collection. The candidate will participate in the implementation of strategies, policies and procedures for the management of and access to the IMF's collection of twentieth century archives relating to international finance and monetary policies. The archivist will also participate in the development and implementation of procedures to ensure the accessibility, integrity, authenticity and security of IMF archives and their metadata over time, including processing, declassification review, digitization of selected collections, and long-term preservation of archival digital assets.

In carrying out these responsibilities, the candidate will:
assemble and analyze information in support of efforts to develop the archives collection; assist in the determination of records of enduring value; and appraise records to evaluate whether they meet the criteria for inclusion in the Archives;
organize and process both paper and born-digital archival materials in accordance with international standards. The process involves (1) collection and analysis of the contextual information necessary to formulate an adequate description of the material, (2) the actual description of fonds or collections according to established standards;
identify archival material eligible for declassification and liaise with the archives officers responsible for this process;
assist in developing and implementing workflows and procedures to ensure the reliability and authenticity of archival materials in all media over time. This task includes the development of forward migration plans for born-digital records of enduring value to ensure that those remain accessible over time; and
assist in establishing requirements for dynamic finding aids on the web and their implementation.

Qualifications

An advanced university degree in Archives Management or a related field of study, plus a minimum of two years of relevant professional experience; or a bachelor's degree in a related field plus a minimum of eight years of relevant professional experience.

The candidate must be familiar with international standards for Archives Management and have experience in the application of those standards. For this position, emphasis will be given to selecting a candidate with in-depth knowledge of professional archival standards, methods and procedures in archives management in both paper and electronic form, knowledge of ISAD (G) and RAD archival description standards preferred. Experience in an archival setting along with knowledge of post-WWII history and /or economics is highly desirable. Experience with digital archives management and preservation methods is highly desirable. Prior experience in a multicultural environment is also desirable; in particular an ability to deal diplomatically and effectively with staff of different nationalities. Strong analytical and writing skills and the ability to plan and prioritize work assignments are also desirable.

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