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Audiovisual Archivist


Audiovisual Archivist (full-time)


Arusha, Arusha Tanzania

Application Date

November 09, 2021

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SALARY: $77,000 – $89,000

• 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.
o Advise Mechanism officials and staff on record-keeping issues and practices as they relate to audiovisual
o 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.
o 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.
o Plan, organize, lead, monitor and evaluate work on acquisition, accessioning, arrangement and description,
storage, preservation and conservation of audiovisual archives.
o Plan, organize, lead, monitor and evaluate work on preparation and dissemination of finding aids for
audiovisual archives.
o Research, analyze and evaluate new systems or tools for the management of audiovisual archives, and make
recommendations for their deployment.
o Advise on and recommend measures to enhance the accessibility of audiovisual archives.
o 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.
o 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.
o Ensure that repositories are maintained and managed in accordance with required standards as they relate to
audiovisual records and archives.
o Manage the transfer of audiovisual records and archives from client offices.
o 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.
Core Competencies:
• Professionalism: Demonstrable knowledge of theory and practice, and of established standards and technologies for
management of audiovisual records and archives. Ability to apply knowledge in specific organizational contexts. Ability to
advise on management of audiovisual materials based on analysis of organizational objectives. Demonstrable conceptual,
analytical and evaluative skills Ability to conduct research and analysis, and to formulate and present recommendations.
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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation
and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.
• Accountability – 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 organisational 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.
• 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
• 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.
• 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 Organisation. 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.
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.
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.
Assessment Method:
There may be an assessment exercise for qualified candidates followed by a competency-based interview.