Job Vacancies Department for General Assembly Affairs and Conference Management
Job Title Chief of Official Records Editing Section, P5
Department/ Office DEPARTMENT FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND CONFERENCE MANAGEMENT
Duty Station NEW YORK
Closing Date: Monday, 04 April 2011
Job Opening number 11-CON-DEPT FOR GA & CONFERENCE MGMT-18604-R-NEW YORK
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management, and the incumbent reports to the Chief of the Editorial, Terminology and Reference Service.
Under the general supervision of the Chief of the Editorial, Terminology and Reference Service, the Chief of the Official Records Editing Section is entrusted with the following responsibilities.
1. Plans and organizes the work of the Section, with particular emphasis on
(a) leading the development of new solutions to operational challenges, including creative approaches to concordance and related team-based activities;
(b) helping to lead DGACM’s global modernization of editing, translation and related infrastructures and workflows;
(c) seeking new ways to enhance author assistance and outreach, including by supporting the development and use of new authoring tools.
2. Ensures that the Section’s workflow is completed within scheduled deadlines to ensure accuracy, clarity, cohesion and conformity with United Nations standards, policy and practice, while respecting the needs and political imperatives of submitters.
3. Edits and/or revises texts of an exceptionally sensitive, complex or technical nature, and regulates the quality of work of the Section.
4 Supervises the establishment of guidelines for the Section and disseminates them by e-mail and other internal means, and supports the global integration of editorial standards and policies.
5 Supervises the training of Section editors, including short-term editors, and monitors and evaluates their performance via e-PAS.
6. Assists in formulating Secretariat-wide editorial policy; advises author departments, delegations and senior management on editorial matters; helps to represent the interests of the editorial function in Departmental policy discussions; and helps to take the lead in implementing Departmental policies that affect editing, with special emphasis on electronic processing and author assistance/outreach.
7. Participates in the preparation and marking of United Nations examinations for editors and editorial assistants, and serves on the board of examiners and interview panels.
8. Other duties as required, including making recommendations on personnel matters, resource requirements and the introduction of new technology, as well as acting as Officer in Charge in the absence of the Chief of Service.
-Comprehensive knowledge of United Nations editorial and/or related policies, practices and research techniques in the areas of translation, verbatim reporting or interpretation
-Excellent writing and analytical abilities, with sensitivity to nuance and target audience
-Ability to spot errors and inconsistencies in a text and to devise creative solutions to multiple textual challenges in a United Nations drafting and processing environment, while respecting the needs of authors
-Shows pride in work and in achievements and is highly efficient and productive
-Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of relevant subject matters, including the ability to edit or revise texts of an exceptionally sensitive, complex or technical nature in a highly demanding work environment;
-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
Actively seeks to improve programmes or services
Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs
Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas
Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches
-Serves as a role model that other people want to follow
-Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support
-Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions
-Shows the courage to take unpopular stands
-Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing
Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly
Gathers relevant information before making a decision
Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization
Makes tough decisions when necessary
A first-level degree from a university or institution of equivalent status. (Candidates for this position must have passed one of the United Nations Competitive Examinations for Editors, Translators, Verbatim Reporters or Interpreters in any language.)
A minimum of 10 years of experience in editing, translation, verbatim reporting or interpretation and use of relevant computer software, electronic tools and databases, of which eight preferably should have been in the United Nations, is required. Some supervisory or managerial experience is also required.
A perfect command of one of the official languages of the United Nations, which must be the candidate’s main language, is required. Excellent knowledge of at least two other official languages, as tested by the relevant United Nations Competitive Examination for Editors, Translators, Verbatim Reporters or Interpreters, is also required.
United Nations Considerations
“The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations, Chapter 3, article 8). ”
Candidates who meet the education, experience and job requirements may be further screened by a case study assessment to select candidates for interview.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, TRAINING OR ANY OTHER FEES). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INORMATION ON BANK ACCOUNTS.
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