Job Opening

Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 30 August 2017 - 28 September 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Media Technology-ESCWA-85002-R-Beirut (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

Appointment against this post is on a local basis; candidates shall be recruited in the country of the duty station, irrespective of nationality and length of time the candidate may have been in the country. If no suitable candidate is identified, overseas candidates will be considered subject to a passing grade on the relevant entry-level examinations at the duty station.

The candidate is responsible for any expenses incurred in order to take the examination and, in the event of an employment offer, any costs relating to travel and relocation to the duty station.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located within the Reproduction and Document Distribution Unit (RDDU), Conference Services Section (CSS), Administrative Services Division (ASD) of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The Printing Press Operator reports directly to the RDDU supervisor and will be under the overall direction of the Chief of CSS.


Within limits of delegated authority, the Printing Press Operator carries out a full range of activities related to Printing Press and will be responsible for the following duties:

1- Under the supervision of the Team Leader, Digital Press, organizes and co-coordinates the work of a particular shift with a view to ensuring the timely production of official documents and publications;
2- Ensures digital printing equipment is operated in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs);
3- Assigns work to other offset printers based on daily production demands within the section;
4- Interfaces, as required, with the Front Desk to ensure a complete understanding of the job;
5- Distributes assignments so as to ensure efficient and effective processing of documentation and an equitable distribution of work;
6- Maintains daily statistics. Performs related administrative work as required;
7- Receives jobs in a variety of formats, e.g. PDF or native file (Adobe Creative Suite);
8- Performs all digital printing equipment operator functions as noted in the job specifications;
9- Maintains knowledge of safety requirements of job and equipment, and ensures the safe, effective and efficient operation of equipment to the highest industry standards and as noted in the job specifications;
10- Maintains a clean and well-organized work area;
11- Informs supervisor of equipment problems, and co-ordinates with manufacturer/vendor for repairs, as needed;
12- Operates finishing equipment attached to digital printing equipment;
13- Performs operator level troubleshooting and maintenance on the digital printing equipment in accordance with manufacturer/vendor’s specifications;
14- Assures smooth continuity with respect to consecutive shifts. Prioritizes work to be continued and gives special instructions as needed;
15- Trains more junior staff in operation of equipment and work-flow procedures;
16- Performs supervisory functions in the absence of the team leader;
17- Rotates in shifts, as well as weekend on-call duties, as needed;
18- Depending on the needs of the service, availability for overtime is expected;
19- Performs other related work as required.


Professionalism - Knowledge of policies, processes and procedures related to the production of documentation and publications. Knowledge of publishing and graphic industry standards. 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.

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.

Technological Awareness - Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


High school diploma or equivalent.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in digital printing is required. Experience in binding and finishing is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. Arabic is also a working language of ESCWA. For this position, fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic is required.


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 when they are short-listed for a job opening. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) 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 may be accepted in lieu of the GGST per applicable eligibility guidelines.

In addition to the above, the shortlisted candidates will undergo a substantive written assessment related to the functions of the post and 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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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