EDITOR, ENGLISH
United Nations
GENEVA
vor 22 Tg.

Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in the Editing Section, Languages Service, Division of Conference Management, United Nations Office at Geneva.

Responsibilities Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Editing Section, the Senior Editor is responsible for the following duties :

  • Edits and reviews publications and parliamentary documents, including complex or politically sensitive material, normally without revision, to ensure accuracy, clarity, cohesion and conformity with United Nations standards, policy and practice.
  • Carries out more extensive editing where required, including rewriting, abridging and restructuring texts for greater readability and better logical sequence.
  • Consults with author departments and carries out research to clarify ambiguities and rectify substantive errors.
  • Acts as head of a team , organizing its work, determining and enforcing deadlines and providing guidance to its members.
  • Assists the Chief of Section in managing policy, administrative and operational matters.
  • Programmes daily and long-term work of the Section, in the absence of the programming officer.
  • Trains junior or short-term editors and revises their work.
  • Assists staff of substantive units and delegations with the drafting of documentation and provides advice on matters concerning editorial policy and practice.
  • Acts for head of office or group in his or her absence.
  • Performs other related duties as required. Competencies PROFESSIONALISM : Knowledge of editorial policies, practices and research techniques.
  • Solid writing and analytical abilities with sensitivity to nuance. Ability to spot errors and inconsistencies in a text.

  • 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

  • TEAMWORK : Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise;
  • is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
  • shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

  • CLIENT ORIENTATION : Considers all those to whom services are provided to be clients and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view;
  • establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions;
  • monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects;
  • meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

  • 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 Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information;
  • checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision;
  • makes tough decisions when necessary. Education A first-level degree from a university or institution of equivalent status.

    Candidates for this position must have passed the United Nations Competitive Examination for English Editors or the combined United Nations Competitive Examination for English Translators / Précis-

    writers, Editors, Verbatim Reporters and Copy Preparers / Proofreaders / Production Editors. Work Experience A minimum of five (5) years of experience in editing, including three years of experience in editing within the United Nations common system.

    Extensive experience in the editing of human rights documentation is desirable. Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.

    Fluency in English, which must be the candidate’s main language, and knowledge of at least two other official languages, as tested by one of the above-

    mentioned United Nations Language Competitive Examinations, are required. Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a written assessment, followed by a competency-

    based interview. Special Notice Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her.

    In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

    The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50 / 50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

    United Nations Considerations According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.

    Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts.

    The term sexual exploitation means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another.

    The term sexual abuse means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

    Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs.

    The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

    Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on Manuals hyper-

    link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

    The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines.

    Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening.

    No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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