Job Opening

Posting Title: EDITOR, P4
Job Code Title: EDITOR
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 07 June 2022 - 21 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Language-UNEP-179825-R-Montreal (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders agreed on a comprehensive strategy for 'sustainable development'. One of the key agreements adopted at Rio was the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Convention has three main objectives: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) is located in Montreal and is administered by United Nations Environment Programme. This post is located in the Convention on Biological Diversity, Office of the Executive Secretary (OES). Under the overall supervision of the Executive Secretary and the direct supervision of the Deputy Executive Secretary, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

Responsibilities

I. Provides editorial services:
a) Edits complex or politically sensitive material, normally without revision, to ensure accuracy, clarity, cohesion and conformity with United Nations standards, policy and practice.
b) Carries out more extensive editing where required, including rewriting, abridging and restructuring texts for greater readability and better logical sequence.
c) Consults with author departments and carries out research to clarify ambiguities and rectify substantive errors.
d) Acts as head of team, organizing its work, determining and enforcing deadlines and providing guidance to its members.
e) Draws up guidelines for editors and in determining desk-top publishing standards and practices.
f) Serves as focal point for issues relating to information technology; provides advice to staff and management on the use of information technology.
g) Programmes daily and long-term editing work.
h) Trains junior or short-term editors and revises their work.
i) Assists staff of substantive units with the drafting of documentation and provides advice on matters concerning editorial policy and practice.

II. Manages Editorial and Translation Services:
a) Supervises the provision of editorial, translation and other documentation services for all meetings organized by the Secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity (SCBD).
b) Initiates and oversees the preparation and finalization of documents and information papers for submission to the CBD Conference of the Parties as well as other meetings and conferences, and, upon the request of the Executive Secretary, takes the lead in following up on decisions emanating from these meetings.
c) Oversees the distribution of in-session documents.
d) Makes suggestions concerning the recruitment of temporary assistance staff to cope with extra workloads, peak periods and emergency situations.
e) Participates, as required, in the Management Committee of the Secretariat and ensures follow-up to relevant decisions taken.

III. Oversees the production of the books of decisions of the Conference of the Parties:
a) Coordinates the production of the book, which is produced in the six official languages of the United Nations.
b) Works closely with the CBD Knowledge Management Officer and the Public Information Officer.
c) Acts as English proofreader.
d) Secures the services of in-house proofreaders for the other languages.
e) Interacts with the printer as necessary.
f) supervising the proofreaders and consulting translators as necessary.

IV. Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of theories, concepts and approaches related to English editorial work. Shows pride in work and 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 calms in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas 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.

Education

Advanced university degree in environmental, social or political sciences, business administration, environmental management or equivalent is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Must have passed the United Nations competitive examination for English editors.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience as an editor is required.

Four of the seven years of experience working in an international organization is required.

Experience within United Nations Organizations in managing conference services is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of other UN languages is desirable.

NOTE: "Fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and "Knowledge of" equals a rating of "confident" in two of the four areas.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.

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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.

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