Thursday, September 22, 2016

Archives Officer (2 positions), P-2. UNICEF, New York. Open until 5 October 2016

Archives Officer (2 Positions) - Enterprise Content Management Project, TA, P2, New York

Job Number: 499225 | Vacancy Link
Location: Information Tech Solutions & Services
Work Type : Temporary Appointment

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children's rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society's most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

Job organizational context
The Archives Officer directly reports to the Senior Project Manager, ECM.

Purpose for the job
Under the direction of the Senior Project Manager, the Archives Officer will:
  1.  Appraise records to evaluate whether they meet the criteria for inclusion in the
  2. Archives;
  3.  Arrange and describe archival records accordingly to ISAD(G)
  4.  Contribute to the development of archival policies, .e. access, accessioning, appraisal
  5.  Create finding aids
  6.  Participate in the development of a Trusted Digital Repository
  7.  Support Senior Project Manager in implementation of the ECM project.
  8.  Performs other duties as required.

Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks
Operational functions:
* Operationalizes and implements archival guidelines, as defined by the ECM project that support teams regarding the identification, appraisal, arrangement and description, and preservation and conservation of archival records.
* Responds to research requests in accordance with internally defined guidelines.
Efficiency management and reporting
* Using a data driven focus develops a process improvement process that leads to a positive and measurable impact on space management where there are housing costs, including electronic storage.
* Communicates regularly with Senior Project Manager - ECM to ascertain the status of activities to ensure information is managed accurately and appropriately.
* Provides necessary support and insights on archival management and processing.
Partnership, coordination and collaboration
* As required, under direction of the Senior Project Manager - ECM, collaborates with other agencies, local authorities and implementing partners on archives related matters including information exchange and harmonization.

Impact of Results 
 1. Governance: upholds and maintains UNICEF's archival records principle. Allows employees and other important stakeholders to perform their duties as effectively as possible. Safekeeping of UNICEF's digital and physical archival records.
 2. Analysis: appraises records to determine archival value. Focuses on digitization to reduce storage costs.
 3. Efficiencies: Enable users to seamlessly access UNICEF"s archival records by ensuring confidential materials are identified and protected, and making available information accessible to all staff.
 4. Compliance: Ensuring that UNICEF's archival records procedures and guidelines are followed.
 5. Knowledge management: The most relevant and latest industry expertise is maintained, expanded, and disseminated throughout the department as well as Organization, and shared with the regional/national institutions/partners.
6. Staff capacity is enhanced through active staff learning/development programmes in the area of archives.

Functional Competencies:
  • Strong communication skills to deal with senior colleagues;
  • Negotiation skills to persuade senior colleagues to follow agreed archives guidelines;
  • An awareness of archival management principles and familiarity with information systems and archives in a digital and paper context;
  • Highly organized and process oriented;
  • Acute awareness & ability to meet project deadlines;
  • Highly proficient with desktop applications such as Adobe Acrobat Professional, MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and an ability to learn new IT systems.

Recruitment Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Archival Studies or related field
  • Demonstrated knowledge of international archival standards – ISAD(G).
  • A minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience in archival arrangement and description.
  • Experience with large scale digitization projects will is a strong asset.
  • Understanding of international development issues and previous experience with a multilateral or UN organization is a strong asset.

Opening Date 20 Sep 2016 Eastern Standard Time
Closing Date 5 Oct 2016 Eastern Standard Time

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