Job Vacancies Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM)
Editor, New York
Closing Date: Tuesday, 18 May 2010
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 18 May 2010
DATE OF ISSUANCE: 19 Mar 2010
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: Department for General Assembly and Conference Management
DUTY STATION: New York
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 10-CON-DGACM-423715-R-NEW YORK
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Under the general supervision of the Chief of the Editorial, Terminology and Reference Service and the immediate supervision of the Editorial Control Section, the Editor is responsible for the following duties: Edits United Nations documents and publications 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. With other editors and senior editors, acts on a rotating basis as programming officer, responsible for monitoring daily Section workflow via e-Doc and holding regular and ad hoc consultations with scheduling officials. Assists senior editors in regulating the quality of the work of the Section and in establishing editorial policy; in implementing Departmental policies that affect editing, with special emphasis on electronic processing and author assistance/outreach; and in training P-3 or short-term editors and revising their work. Assists staff of substantive units and delegations with the drafting of documentation and provides advice on matters concerning editorial policy and practice. Performs other related duties as required.
1. PROFESSIONALISM : Knowledge of editorial policies, practices and research techniques; 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, 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 subject matter; 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. 2. COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. 3. TEAMWORK : Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; 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. 4. ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
A first-level degree from a university or institution of equivalent status. Must have passed the United Nations Competitive Examination for English Editors.
A minimum of five years of experience in editing or a related profession is required, including at least three years of experience in editing within the United Nations.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised, perfect command of English, which must be the candidate’s main language, is required, as well as excellent knowledge of at least two other official languages of the United Nations.
Familiarity with the United Nations Editorial Manual Online and UNTERM is required.
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). English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.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 INFORMATION ON BANK ACCOUNTS.PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
How to apply
All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Because applications submitted by United Nations (UN) staff members are considered first, provided the eligibility requirements set out in ST/AI/2006/3 are met and the application is submitted in a timely fashion, staff members should apply within 15-day or 30-day mark.
Online applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please go to “My UN” page and check the status of your application by clicking on “View Application History”, and resubmit the application, if necessary.
1. To start the application process, applicants are required to register by opening a “My UN” account. Go to Login, and Register as a User. Fill in the form and choose a User Name and Password.
2. After opening the account, applicants may apply for vacancies using the Personal History Profile (PHP) provided. Once the PHP has been completed for a particular vacancy, it can be saved and used for future applications. The PHP may be up-dated, when necessary, for future applications.
3. In completing the PHP, please note that all fields marked with an asterisk must be completed.
4. UN staff members must submit scanned copies of their two latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS) reports at the time of application to the appropriate Human Resources Office (HRO)/Personnel Office (PO) to the email address below, clearly indicating the vacancy announcement number. In case you have no access to the digitizing equipment, please submit hard copies of the two latest PAS reports to the relevant HRO/PO via fax.
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