Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief of Editorial Unit, P4
Job Code Title: CHIEF OF UNIT, LANGUAGE
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 05 October 2021 - 03 November 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Language-ESCAP-165293-R-Bangkok (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote sustainable and inclusive development and regional connectivity in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership with policy oriented research and analysis, normative support and technical assistance and capacity building, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.

This position is located in the Editorial Unit, Conference and Documentation Services Section. The incumbent reports directly to the Chief of section.

Responsibilities

With delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties: Plans and oversees the management of the Unit’s work; ensures that substantive work programmes and programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and comply with the relevant mandates;

• Organizes the editing and translation work of the unit; determines and enforces deadlines; and provides guidance to the editorial staff.

• Edits complex or politically sensitive material, without revision, to ensure accuracy, clarity, cohesion, and conformity with United Nations stands, 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.

• Advises author departments, senior management and delegations on editorial matters;

• Assists in drawing up guidelines for editors and in determining desk-top publishing standards and practices.

• May provide informal translations from French and one other official language into English on occasion.

• 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.

• Assists in the preparation of terminological materials to meet the needs of the section.

• Carries out administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Unit, including evaluation of staff performance, interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and recruitment of temporary assistance;

• Serves as officer-in charge of the section, as required.

• Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism:
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.

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.

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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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 that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.

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.

Education

A first-level degree from a university or institution of equivalent status. Candidates for this position must have passed the relevant United Nations Competitive Examination for Editors.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in editing, which should have been within the United Nations.

Experience in managerial and supervisory capacity in international setting is required.

Experience in forging cooperative and effective relations with substantive offices, author departments and clients is desirable

Experience in training, outreach and programming activity is highly desirable.

Languages

A perfect command of English which must be the candidate’s main language, as well as an excellent knowledge of at least two other official languages, as tested by the relevant United Nations Competitive Examination for Editors, are required. Fluency in French is desirable.

Assessment

Qualified applicants will be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or otherassessment methods.

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him orher. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers inaccordance 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, 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.

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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No Fee

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