Audio Describer, Brasilia, Brazil

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Brazil

City: Brasília

Office: PNUD Brasil

Closing date: Friday, 29 April 2022


Description of assignment title: Audio Describer

Assignment country: Brazil

Expected start date: 04/25/2022

Sustainable Development Goal: 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

Volunteer category: National UN Volunteer Specialist

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: PNUD Brasil

Type: Onsite

Duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Brasilia


Mission and objectives

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works in approximately 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty and the reduction of inequality and exclusion. The program helps countries to developing policies, leadership skills, partnership skills, institutional capacities, and to building resilience to sustainable development results. UNDP implements several projects in different areas, offering its partners technical, operational and management assistance through access to methodologies, specialized knowledge, specialized advice and a wide international network of technical cooperation. To contribute to human development, poverty reduction and the country’s growth in priority areas, UNDP Brazil has a constant mission to align its services with the needs of a dynamic, multifaceted and diverse country. The projects are carried out in partnership with the Brazilian government, international financial institutions, the private sector and civil society.


In November 2021, the National School for the Training and Improvement of Magistrates (ENFAM) and the UNDP signed the international technical cooperation project BRA/21/010 - Strengthening management and innovation capacities in the actions promoted by ENFAM for jurisdictional promotion effective. The project aims to develop subsidies (new methodologies, educational actions, studies, research and tools) for structuring, innovation and continuous improvement of the Judiciary, helping in the training and improvement of excellence of State and Federal magistrates and, when possible, of Justice servants, so that they can promote Justice in line with society’s expectations. To achieve its goals, BRA/21/010 has the following lines of action: 1. Strategy to strengthen and innovate in training and improvement actions for judges, developed and implemented on a pilot basis. 2. Methodologies for strengthening the production and management of knowledge applied to priorities of Brazilian justice. 3. ENFAM’s technical and management capacity strengthening plan. 4. Efficient management and knowledge management of the project carried out. The expected workload is approximately 6 to 7 hours per day. The live or recorded audio description service can be performed remotely, outside the ENFAM headquarters (Brasília/DF), if the UN Volunteer provides the necessary infrastructure to monitor the transmission and capture of voice, including an environment with acoustic isolation, microphone, monitor, headphones and other instruments necessary for this service. NOTE: Initially, the volunteer will develop their activities for 12 months, however, after a good performance evaluation and the renewal of the project, there is the possibility of contract extension

Task description

Under the supervision of the Senior Project Manager, the UN Volunteer will work with ENFAM team to support teaching activities for the development and strengthening of the promotion of educational actions for the Brazilian judiciary. They will undertake the following indicative tasks:

Simultaneously carry out audio description (narration) for the transmission of a live or remote or in-person event (live);
Carry out audio description (narration) for live broadcast or remote or in-person event after its realization (recording), including script production from the evaluation of the audiovisual product, direction and recording of audio descriptions, in addition to necessary mixes for exhibition of the events held.

Carry out and review the audio description of dissemination and teaching materials to be made available on social media, journalistic materials and other ENFAM Communication and Teaching media. The Brazilian Standard ABNT NBR 16452 - Accessibility in communication Audio description must be observed.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 - 80


Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.


Required experience

3 years of experience in live audio description services and in audio description of communication materials or documents in general for public or private institutions;
Proven experience and ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with multiple actors simultaneously;
Have an affinity with or interest in Peace and Justice, volunteerism as a mechanism for sustainable development, development cooperation and the United Nations System;
Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and flow assurance;
Excellent ability to respond quickly and flexibly to necessary adaptations in flows and processes to better serve the program;
Excellent oral and written communication skills;
Excellent organization and time management;
Mastery of the Portuguese language;
Good typing;
Ease of relationship with authorities, observing due courtesy and hierarchy;
Knowledge of Office Package and other Microsoft tools (Teams, Planner);
Ease with technology;
Experience and mastery of teaching/videoconferencing platforms (Zoom, Teams);
Area(s) of expertise


Driving license



Portuguese, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Technical/vocational diploma in any area, or higher education.

Competencies and values

Accountability; Adaptability and Flexibility; Client Orientation; Commitment and Motivation; Commitment to Continuous Learning; Communication; Creativity; Ethics and Values; Integrity; Knowledge Sharing; Planning and Organizing; Professionalism; Respect for Diversity; Self-Management; Technological Awareness; Working in Teams.

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

Brasilia is a family duty station and classified A (hardship). The living conditions in Brasilia are good as well as the access to health services. The accommodation facilities are in general good, and the choice is wide. As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging their own housing and other living essentials. National UN Volunteers are part of the malicious insurance plan. Brazil is security level 3 (moderate). United Nations Department of Safety and Security UNDSS Brazil advises to exercise a high degree of caution in Brazil due to high levels of serious and violent crime, particularly in major cities. Violent crime as muggings, armed robbery, kidnappings, and sexual assault, is very high. Avoid shanty towns (favelas) in the big cities and if you are attacked or robbed, do not resist. Demonstrations can occur at any time and may turn violent with little or no warning. All United Nations personnel must scrupulously comply with UNDSS procedures and recommendations during their assignment in Brazil. For missions in rural areas or indigenous reservations, special procedures may apply; UN personnel should consult with the local DSS office in advance.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

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