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Geneva, Switzerland: Studio Production Associate - UNHCR

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Studio Production Associate - UNHCR

Geneva, Switzerland


UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has one of the most robust and professional video production outfits in the world of humanitarian and UN communications. We design and deliver moving, impactful stories about real issues that matter. With video hubs in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and roaming production teams, we take our storytelling about the world’s forcibly displaced wherever it leads us. We specialise in broadcast-quality features, as well as live delivery from the field and studio, creative output for social media and animation projects – and welcome innovation opportunities. Whatever the format of the video, we make sure it gives voice to refugees and displaced persons, and advocates for the efforts under way on their behalf. Our aim is to instil a belief in hope, agency and urgency, in our audiences.

UNHCR’s Video Unit is headquartered in Geneva and is the main coordinating hub for global video production. It runs UNHCR’s TV studio, manages archiving and content management systems, and works with other branches of the UNHCR communication team, including website writers and editors, photographers and social media managers. It establishes agency-wide standards for video (including visual identity), ensures quality control and works with video producers across our global network.

The work environment is fast-paced, inside an organization with some 16,000 staff in more than 130 countries. We are dedicated to keeping refugees, humanitarian issues and UNHCR in the hearts and minds of international audiences. We are excited to welcome committed, creative and caring individuals to the team.


The Studio Production Associate is a tech-friendly broadcast-savvy expert who helps to keep day-to-day operations running smoothly in UNHCR video. Particular attention will go to the Video Unit studio, where there are frequent live two-way interviews, audio recordings and other filming events. The job also entails providing support to the Studio Manager in the upkeep of the studio equipment as well as UNHCR’s filming gear, and the production of live audio-visual coverage at UNHCR headquarters and in the field.

The position involves regular editing on a wide range of output, from marquee films to social video, and also involves filming and basic pre-production when necessary. The Studio Production Associate also works on establishing and enforcing the organization of video projects, daily publishing schedules and digital archives.

As the UNHCR Video Unit is a small team, there is room to develop and move into different aspects of production and post-production, including audio design and sound engineering, or basic motion design. It is creative, challenging work that requires versatility, imagination and teamwork. There is daily interaction with many different parts of UNHCR, and an opportunity to be part of an international, multilingual and dynamic team.

  • Edits and participates in post-production of UNHCR video projects, including pieces created in the studio or stories received from the field
  • Organizes and oversees Video Unit production files and archival material
  • Assists with the studio workflow including filming, direction and management of studio shoots (including two-way interviews and other recordings)
  • Assists with preparation and distribution of video output to media
  • Occasionally films elsewhere inside UNHCR or locally
  • Assists in the maintenance and upgrade of studio equipment
  • Participates in the archiving and metadata management of video within UNHCR’s digital asset management system
  • Works on cataloguing and digitizing UNHCR historic material, and on promotional material to highlight it
  • Offers creative input on all Video Unit projects

  • At least 4 years of experience in video production, including studio experience, including filming, editing and setting up broadcasts and transmissions
  • Experience in at least two of the following: live broadcast production; post-production editing; TV newsroom; social video and social media-focused production; small production company in which technical and creative roles were intertwined
  • Ease of use of Adobe Creative Cloud suite (Premiere Pro, After Effects,…)
  • Experience with content management systems (Digital Asset Management systems in particular)
  • Experience with live delivery from the field, including but not limited to Facebook Live, and/or live video via aggregated 4G solutions (LiveU, Teradek, etc.)
  • Familiarity and experience with various video formats for mobile and social media platforms including square, vertical (knowledge of 360 video and VR editing is a plus)
  • Good organisational skills allowing for multi-tasking
  • Good relationship skills to be able to interface by email and phone with international broadcasters to set up live filming events in the studio
  • Fluency in English, good French are mandatory. Other official UN languages a plus.

The successful candidate is organized, positive and good at thinking creatively about video and digital communications for a wide array of audiences.

The job does not normally require travel but the successful candidate may be called upon to do so.

While the job operates during normal office hours, it is not unusual to work early or late to meet deadlines or cover news, including weekends and holidays.

JOB AVAILABLE: Immediately


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