Duties and Qualifications
Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
In line with its Global Communications Strategy, UNHCR requires the services of highly skilled editors capable of conceiving, commissioning, editing, translating, packaging, publishing and promoting written and multimedia content for publication on its core websites in Arabic, English, French and Spanish and for distribution to media partners.
This body of work may include editing press releases and briefing notes, writing explanatory text, drafting op-eds, and producing timely, accurate and compelling news and feature stories that help us lead the narrative on forced displacement, generate empathy and mobilize action.
To do their jobs well, UNHCR s editors need to cultivate a keen understanding of our target audiences including the themes and formats that resonate deeply, convey messages effectively and spark quality engagement.
They must be vigilant about editorial and journalistic standards, attentive to protection concerns and political sensitivities, and focused on communicating successfully with key demographics.
The growing prevalence of digital platforms and mobile devices, and the increasingly visual orientation of our contemporary culture, means that web editors must know how to combine text effectively with photos, videos, graphics and interactive elements and must anticipate how people will experience our website content through social media, on smartphones, etc.
The editors functions, working relationships and skills specializations vary depending on language, location, grade, and whether they sit within a country operation, a regional bureau or the Global Communications Service.
Some will focus more on commissioning of original content, for example, while others will focus more on translation.
The Senior Editor is part of the Website Unit of the Global Communications Service. The unit reports to the Chief of Multimedia Section, working closely with other Senior Editors and liaising with colleagues managing media relations, photo and video production, social media, electronic publishing and digital marketing and the External Engagement teams within the regional bureaus.
obtain clearance prior to publication as needed; and build and publish pages with the content management system.
All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks.
In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.
Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P4 - 9 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 8 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 7 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree
Field(s) of Education
or other relevant field.
Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)
Certificates and / or Licenses
Relevant Job Experience
Minimum 9 years of progressively relevant experience in journalism and editing in an international environment, working with networks of writers and commissioning articles.
Exceptional writing, translating and editing skills not only attentiveness to grammar, syntax, style and narrative structure, but also a proven aptitude for writing and editing for the digital age.
Experience publishing multimedia content with a content management system.
Experience working in communications for a multilingual, international organization. Experience working with designers and developers in a news environment (for example, to build timelines, interactive maps or data visualizations).
Familiarity with HTML, search optimization and web analytics. Experience working in a developing country or field location.
Good knowledge of the UN, UNHCR, refugees, human rights and humanitarian issues. Working proficiency in other UN languages an asset.
Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)
For International Professional and Field Service jobs : Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
For National Professional jobs : Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
For General Service jobs : Knowledge of English and / or UN working language of the duty station if not English.
This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and / or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and / or position.
Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.
Position Competencies C001L3 - Accountability Level 3
C002L3 - Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3
C003L3 - Communication Level 3
C004L3 - Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3
C005L3 - Client & Result Orientation Level 3
C006L3 - Organizational Awareness Level 3
M001L3 - Empowering and Building Trust Level 3
M006L3 - Managing Resources Level 3
M005L3 - Leadership Level 3
M003L3 - Judgement and Decision Making Level 3
M004L3 - Strategic Planning and Vision Level 3
X003L3 - Technological Awareness Level 3
X002L3 - Innovation and Creativity Level 3
X007L3 - Political Awareness Level 3 Additional Information
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 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).