Job Opening

Posting Title: EDITOR, ENGLISH, P4
Job Code Title: EDITOR, ENGLISH
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 23 August 2017 - 06 October 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Language-ESCWA-83813-R-Beirut (L)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Special Notice

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. 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.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located within the Conference Services Section (CSS), Administrative Services Division (ASD) of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The English Editor reports directly to the Chief of CSS.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the English Editor will be responsible for the following duties:

1) Edits, in English, complex or politically sensitive material to ensure accuracy, clarity, cohesion and conformity with United Nations standards, policy and practice;
2) Carries out more extensive editing where required, including rewriting, abridging and restructuring texts for greater readability and better logical sequence;
3) Consults with author division and carries out research to clarify ambiguities and rectify substantive errors;
4) Acts as head of team, organizing its work, determining and enforcing deadlines and providing guidance to its members;
5) Assists in drawing up guidelines for editors and in determining desk- top publishing standards and practices;
6) Trains junior or short-term editors and revises their work;
7) Programmes daily and long-term work in English editing;
8) Assists staff of substantive units and delegations with the drafting of documentation and provides advice on matters concerning editorial policy and practice;
9) Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism - Knowledge of editorial policies, practices and research techniques; solid writing and analytical abilities with sensitivity to nuance; ability to spot errors and inconsistencies in a text; 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.

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.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands.

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.

Education

A first-level university degree from a university or institution of equivalent status. Candidates for this position must have passed the United Nations Competitive Examination for English Language Editors. An advanced university degree (Masters degree or equivalent) is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of experience in editing is required, including three years of experience in editing within the United Nations. Knowledge of a broad range of subjects dealt with by the United Nations (political, social, legal, economic, financial and technical) with a recognized specialization in social and economic area is desirable.

Languages

English and French are two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Arabic is also a working language of ESCWA. For this post, perfect command of English, which must be the candidate's main language, and excellent knowledge of at least two other official languages, as tested by the relevant United Nations Competitive Examination for English Language Editors, are required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

Assessment

The short-listed candidates will undergo a written assessment as well as a competency-based interview. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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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