Digital Archivist (Consultant), New York

Organization: Unicef

Country: USA

City: New York

Office: UNICEF New York

Closing date: Monday, 15 August 2022

Digital Archivist (Consultant), DFAM, New York Headquarters, Duration of Six (6 months)

Job no: 552702

Position type: Consultancy

Location: United States Division/Equivalent: Operations

School/Unit: Div of Financial and Adm Mgmt

Department/Office: Administrative Management Section

Categories: Information Communication Technology, Operations

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, Digitization

Under the supervision of the Unit Head, the Digital Archivist contributes to the formulation and implementation of processes for the digital preservation initiative which includes the overall management of all UNICEF’s digital archival materials. Centered around a framework for the implementation of an and an Archives Digital Repository (ADR) and an Archives Management System (AMS), the Digital Archivist will work closely with project teams including IT and procurement staff on the organizational roll-out plan for both the AMS and ADR.

How can you make a difference?


The Digital Archivist is expected to lead the Digital Preservation Initiative through: Developing a Digital Preservation & Digital Access Strategy, and an implementation roadmap for UNICEF, in alignment with organizational business strategy and mandates

Revising and updating existing technical requirements documents, regulatory framework, policy, process and procedure for the implementation and operation of an Archives Digital Repository (ADR) and an Archives Management System (AMS)

Engaging with stakeholders to Develop a Business Case for institutional investment in the immediate and long-term products defined in the implementation roadmap

Recommending the right level of human and financial resources for product(s) implementation, operations and sustainment

Preparing and evaluating RFP documentation for the procurement of an Archives Digital Repository (ADR) and an Archives Management System (AMS)


A UNICEF Digital Preservation and Access Implementation Roadmap

Updated ADR and AMS technical requirements

Policy Framework for Digital Preservation updated or developed

Business Case for the Digital Preservation Initiative finalized

RFP developed and evaluation process established

AMS and ADR solutions identified and selected.

TRAVEL :Travel is not required for this consultancy.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have...

Academic Degrees:

A master’s degree in Archival Studies, Information Sciences or related field, or equivalent experience

Professional Experience:

Essential: At least 2-3 years‘ experience working in records and digital archives management, with demonstrated experience in electronic records and archives management software

Experience in digital archives and metadata curation within an archives or related organization

Experience of digital preservation issues, strategies, and standards

Technical Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants with the following:

Qualification in one or more aspects of digital preservation

Working experience of digital archival standards such as OAIS and Trusted Digital Repositories

Knowledge of accessioning, arranging, and describing archival material

Demonstrated knowledge of international archival standards - ISAD(G)

Knowledge of Archives Management Systems such as AToM, ArchivesSpace, Axiell/Adlib, etc.

Experience with large scale digitization projects is a strong asset

Highly proficient with desktop applications such as Adobe Acrobat Professional, MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and an ability to learn new IT systems

Knowledge of digital preservation tools such as ArchiveIT, Archivematica, Preservica, etc.

Hands-on experience in using digital preservation systems in an enterprise-scale environment

Familiarity with web archiving tools and methods

Experience working with digital asset management software applications

Understanding of the application of emulation technologies for digital preservation strategies

Familiarity with mark-up languages, style sheets, and other XML-related technologies, using a

command line interface and scripting

Familiarity with large-scale storage systems including Cloud storage options and alternatives

Language Requirements: Fluency in English is required. Additional UN languages, such as Spanish or French, will be considered an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA). To view our competency framework, please visit here.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Only candidates with legal status in the US (Citizens or Greencard holders), or candidates with H1 visas will be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered "staff members" under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

Advertised: Jul 05 2022 Eastern Daylight Time Application close: Aug 14 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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