Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR REVISER/PROJECT MANAGER, ARABIC, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR REVISER, ARABIC
Department/Office: Department for General Assembly and Conference Management
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 18 December 2018 - 31 January 2019
Job Opening Number: 18-Language-DGACM-108491-R-New York (L)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Arabic Translation Service, Documentation Division, Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM), in New York. The Arabic Translation Service provides translation of parliamentary documents from English and other languages into Arabic. The incumbent works under the general supervision of the Chief of Service.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Senior Reviser/Project Manager will be responsible for the following duties:

• Acts as Project Manager for global or local projects of the Division, at the request of Director, or the Chief of Service, on a part-time or full-time basis, when required.
• Assist the Director of the Division, or the Chief of the Service, in devising change management strategies to support the modernization of the documentation services.
• Revises translations and original summary records dealing with subjects of an exceptionally sensitive, complex or technical nature, while meeting or exceeding required workload standards.
• Translates texts of an exceptionally sensitive, complex or technical nature, while meeting or exceeding required workload standards.
• Makes full use of standard computer-assisted-translation (CAT) tools and assists the Chief of Service in promoting their utilization and in implementing any related IT tools and improvements.
• Directs the conduct of terminological research within the translation unit concerned.
• Counsels and assists revisers and translators/précis-writers, as required, at and away from Headquarters in addition to performing all or some of their functions.
• Assists the Chief of Service in the preparation of terminology materials to meet the needs of the Service concerned.
• Assists the Chief of Service in the preparation of instructions.
• Assists the Chief of Service in monitoring the quality of in-house and contractual translations.
• Trains and supervises junior language staff.
• Programmes daily and long-term work of the Service.
• Assists the Chief of Service in selecting texts for United Nations competitive examinations, in marking candidates’ scripts and in evaluating results.
• Serves as officer-in-charge in the absence of the Chief of Service.
• Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

• PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to develop detailed project plans and implementation strategies. Ability to manage and implement complex projects or change management processes. Ability to engage with large and diverse teams, to meet organizational goals. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Recognizes opportunities for change. Ability to demonstrate excellent writing and analytical skills. Ability to maintain the highest standard of accuracy, consistency and faithfulness to the spirit, style and nuances of the original text. Knowledge of terminological and reference research techniques with ability to use all sources of information. Knowledge of a broad range of subjects dealt with by the United Nations, or a similar international organization, i.e. political, social, legal, economic, financial, administrative, scientific and technical. Ability to demonstrate the highest level of versatility, judgement and discretion, tact and negotiating skills. Familiarity with the range of issues relating to management of Translation Services. 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.

• 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.

• PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.


• VISION: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

• BUILDING TRUST: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidences in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to theirs; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.

Education

A first-level degree from a university or institution of equivalent status is required. Candidates for this position must have passed the relevant combined United Nations Language Competitive Examination for Translators/Précis-writers, Editors, Verbatim Reporters and Copy Preparers/Proofreaders/Production Editors or relevant United Nations language competitive examinations held before 2017.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of experience in translation is required. Experience in the use of standard computer-assisted-translation (CAT) tools is required. Experience in delivering complex projects or change management processes, is required. Out of the aforementioned 10 years, at least four years of experience at the United Nations or similar international organization is desirable. Experience with PRINCE2 or similar project management methodology is desirable.

Languages

Fluency in Arabic, which must be the candidate’s main language. Applicants must also have knowledge of English as tested by the relevant United Nations language competitive examination. Knowledge of one other official United Nations language as tested by the relevant United Nations language competitive examination is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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.

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.

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.

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No Fee

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