Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Editorial and Desktop Publishing Assistant (Russian), G7
Job Code Title: Senior Editorial and Desktop Publishing Assistant (Russian)
Department/Office: Department for General Assembly and Conference Management
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 30 December 2021 - 28 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Language-DGACM-169781-R-New York (L)
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 at Headquarters in the Russian Text-Processing Unit (RTPU) of the Russian Translation Service, Documentation Division of the Department of General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM). The Documentation Division facilitates the deliberation and decision-making processes of intergovernmental and relevant expert bodies and United Nations conferences by providing efficient and effective conference-servicing support while ensuring effective multilingual communication and the equal treatment of all official languages. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Russian Translation Service.

Responsibilities

Within limits of delegated authority, the Senior Editorial and Desktop Publishing Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
- Leads the development and adoption of modified working methods and procedures in the framework of ongoing modernization processes, including the Global Terminology, Reference and Translation Solutions (gText) project
- Ensures that modified workflows are designed and implemented according to rigorous and transparent standards that reflect the language-specific operational needs of the unit and are supported by systematic training
- Ensures effective transition to new workflows while maintaining delivery of existing unit products by sharing information and supporting full participation in workflow reviews.
- Supervises the daily activities of the unit with respect to desktop publishing and archiving of United Nations documents to the Official Document System; establishes priorities, issues special instructions as needed for the production of camera-ready documents for reproduction and storage of final text.
- Oversees programming of work unit; distributes assignments, ensuring efficient and effective processing of documentation and an equitable distribution of work.
- Confers and collaborates with other language units in order to maximize resources; this includes identifying statistical charts, diagrams and charts for utilization by other units.
- Supervises the staff of the unit by identifying and resolving issues, monitoring staff performance, participating in and overseeing staff training, establishing weekly rosters of daytime, after-hours and weekend work shifts, as needed, and weekend and holiday on-call duties.
- Completes e-Performance evaluations for unit staff as First Reporting Officer.
- Performs administrative work, including the maintenance of daily statistics. Prepares, compiles and submits statistical reports on capacity-planning, overtime, productivity and other reports.
- Trains staff to perform other modified text-processing functions developed under gText or related workflow reviews, such as in the area of pre-processing or pre-translation of texts.
Oversees the creation, updating and maintenance of unit macros, templates and models.
- Rotates on daytime, after-hours and weekend work shifts, as needed.
- Acts as a hiring manager for recruitment.
- Stays available for overtime and on-call assignments, depending on the needs of service.

Competencies

• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of typographic standards, with special emphasis on technological applications leading to processing efficiencies, proficiency in editorial practices (in Russian) of the United Nations or a similar international organization. Ability to enhance
the skills and monitor the performance of staff within the unit, with emphasis on change management in the area of technological innovation, demonstrates initiative, ability and creativity to effectively attain objectives. 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent. Must have passed the United Nations specialized tests, i.e. grammar, verbatim, formatting and speed typing in Russian.

Work Experience

Ten years of experience in desktop publishing, including copy editing, formatting, proofreading and creating typographical layouts, is required.

Supervisory experience is desirable.

Experience with documentation processes of the United Nations or a similar international organization is desirable.

Languages

For the post advertised, candidates must have Russian as their main language with proficiency in spelling and grammar. Fluency in oral and written Russian is required; knowledge of English is required; knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Assessment

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 Verbal Reasoning Test (VRT) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration for the Editorial and Desktop Publishing Assistant positions in the United Nations Headquarters.

Applicants who have not passed the VRT at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application.
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.

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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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