UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, seeks experienced freelance journalists to report, write and edit news and feature stories, video scripts and special reports for its digital platforms.
Selected candidates will be added to a global roster making them eligible for short- and medium-term assignments in various locations around the world. The roster carries no guarantee of contracted work, but will make it easier for you to be hired on short notice.
Writers and editors will report to the Chief of Multimedia Content in Geneva or other communications colleagues as assigned. You may be asked to report, write and/or edit stories and/or reports about refugees, internally displaced people, asylum-seekers and host communities, typically showcasing the experiences of individuals as well as illuminating the wider context of displacement and humanitarian response.
Some assignments may be home-based; others may require travel to one or more of the 134 countries where UNHCR is present.
Contract Type: Individual contractor contracts of varying lengths, from several days up to one year.
- Attach a cover letter telling us why this work appeals to you and why you’re a good fit.
- Attach your CV and include clips or links to some of your best work.
- Include “Writer/Editor roster” in the subject line.
- Include your surname in the filenames of any attachments.
Deadline: 31 July 2019
Ideal candidates will bring:
- Exceptionally strong writing and editing skills in English;
- Experience reporting news and feature stories for world-class media outlets and/or UN agencies, ideally including coverage of humanitarian and development issues;
- A personal social media presence that shows an awareness of how people consume and share content;
- Working proficiency in one or more relevant language besides English; and
- Strong diplomatic skills and proven commitment to humanitarian principles.
Given the anticipated volume of applications, we will only reply to shortlisted candidates.
The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Please also note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).
Job Types: Temporary, Contract
- professional journalism: 10 years (Required)
- Bachelor’s (Required)
- English (Required)
- other relevant language(s) (Preferred)
More information here.