Job Opening

Posting Title: Editorial Assistant, G6
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 17 August 2021 - 15 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Language-DESA-161303-R-New York (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Division for Sustainable Development Goals in New York. The Division for Sustainable Development Goals, under the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, provides leadership in promoting and coordinating implementation of the sustainable development agenda of the United Nations and serves as secretariat to the Sustainable Development Goals. For more information, please visit our website at The Editorial Assistant reports to the Chief, Natural Resources and Interlinkages Branch.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief, Natural Resources and Interlinkages Branch, Division for Sustainable Development Goals, and within the limits of the delegated authority, the Editorial Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

1.Natural Resources Forum: Under the supervision of the Senior Officer who is also Editor-in-Chief of the Natural Resources Forum will be responsible for: (a) Proof reading: proofreads article proofs and issue proofs received from the Publisher using online, on-screen Adobe-based system.(b) Processing incoming and outgoing materials: maintains database of articles/authors/topics; replies to emails addressed to the NRF email box; formats and prepares articles for peer reviews; and tracks the workflow and keeps all concerned informed of changes in processing schedules. (c) Managing submissions: assesses incoming articles, on a preliminary basis, for suitability for the journal; and organizes electronic/digital and hard copy files; Maintains peer review arrangements; identifies potential reviewers; drafts requests for peer reviews and responds to their queries, as needed by filing comments received. (d) . Contributing to planning future issues: suggests topics, authors and scope of future issues; and keeps watch for interesting seminars, recent books and other developments for ideas. (e) Other NRF related communications and meetings: Assists the Editor-in-Chief in organizing meetings of the Editorial Board and takes minutes; Communicates with the Editorial Advisors, as needed; and distributes new issues, (f) Assisting Office procedures: Coaches and monitors the work of interns, as needed; ensures timely flow of NRF production process, including deadlines, and prepares status reports; manages electronic and hard copy files; and drafts correspondence, as needed; and

2. Undertakes editing, revising and proofreading work of other parliamentary and non-parliamentary publications of the Branch, as needed: Editing manuscripts and other written outputs of the Branch: carefully edits accepted materials for publication; edits for content, clarity and comprehension; copy edits for English language, grammar, punctuation and journal style; queries authors, as needed; and liaises with external publisher's proof-reader/copy editor regarding work in hand and journal style. Undertaking editing, revising and proof-reading content developed for websites, press releases and related content developed for social media as guided by the Chief of Branch.

3. Carries out other tasks requested by the Chief of Branch; and performs general office management functions for the Branch.


Professionalism: Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Sustainable Development Goals activities and other related issues, demonstrated skills for editing, revising and proofreading, and organizing related work in a professional manner; demonstrated ability to apply good judgement in the context of assignments given; 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and 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.

Planning & 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.


High school diploma or equivalent is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of experience in editing, proofreading and related work is required.
Experience in editing works related to development, sustainable development or natural resources is desirable.
Experience in the provision of research assistance and database management is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test in English at the United Nations Headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; or the United Nations Accounting or Statistical Assistant Examination at the United Nations Headquarters may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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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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