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Desktop Publising Operator

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WTO - World Trade Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Grade 5 - Support Staff - No need for Higher Education - Internationally recruited position - Administrative support
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The recruitment policy of the WTO is to seek to attract and retain staff members offering the highest standards of competence, efficiency and integrity. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, the WTO gives full regard to merit and diversity.

This is an External Vacancy Notice open to external candidates and WTO staff. It is posted on the WTO internal as well as external career site. Eligible WTO staff on short-term, fixed-term or regular contracts and interns must apply through the Workday internal career site.

The Language and Documentation Services Division (LDSD) is seeking to fill a position of Desktop Publishing (DTP) Operator in the Documentation Management, Monitoring and Production (DMMP) section. 

This is a fixed-term contract funded through the regular budget. The duration will be two years with the possibility of extension.

The Language and Documentation Services Division (LDSD) ensures that WTO documents, publications and other materials are available in the WTO's three official languages — English, French and Spanish — both in hard copy and in electronic form. To achieve this, the Division operates in two complementary areas:

  • Language Services: for translation management of linguistic assets and technology and other such services.
  • Documentation Services: for document management and production including event and graphic design, and the electronic, print and physical dissemination of documentation and publications.

Under the supervision of the DTP Technical Lead, the key accountabilities of the incumbent will include the following:

1. Assist the DTP Technical Lead in the day-to-day distribution of pre-processing and post-processing tasks (for example, preformatting originals, converting formats, templating, formatting-layouting target files, among other tasks)  necessary for all types of linguistic and document services provided by LDSD.

2. Ensure that deadlines are met by monitoring the work distributed to the various members of the team or subcontracted to external service providers;

3. Perform the assigned tasks in accordance with the standards and procedures in force in the Section and respect deadlines;

4. Prepare files for outsourcing and communicate with external service providers while respecting internal section protocols;

 5. Evaluate the work carried out by external pre-treatment and post-treatment service providers, and perform or distribute technical quality control tasks among internal resources;

6. Prepare files in all accepted formats for translation (pre-processing) while respecting LDSD's internal preprocessing procedures;

7. Carry out quality control tasks for the proofreading, layouting and formatting of the translated files in all formats accepted by LDSD by following the post-processing procedures of the Section;

8. Provide training and technical support to problems that arise during the execution of any language and documentation service and seek possible solutions whenever a new problem arises (with documents in various formats such as HTML and/or XML files);

9. Maintain the Section knowledge bases and contribute to the development and implementation of procedures and areas for improvement and optimization and to the sharing of good practices (for example, writing articles on specialized subjects concerning the technical preparation of files, layout and formatting activities);



Completion of secondary education. A certificate in publishing and editing or additional studies in another area related to the nature of the job, such as translation and language technologies, document engineering or localisation, would be an advantage.

Knowledge and Skills:

Technical Knowledge and Skills:

Advanced knowledge of MS Office applications.

Basic knowledge of XML-based publishing, editorial and typesetting tools (eXtyles, Indesign,).

Ability to deliver training to specialized audience such as authors, translators and publishing staff on best practices in layout, formatting and publishing.

Knowledge of quality control and assessment methodologies in the area of publishing is preferred; knowledge of equivalent for translation is desirable.

Analytical and drafting skills.

Aptitude for documentary research.

Behavioural skills:

Ability to work as a member of a team, relating to others, while working independently to achieve his/her objectives, Ease with contacts at all levels (internal and external). Ability to work in a multicultural environment.

Tact and discretion. Respect for confidentiality.

Ability to work in an efficient manner and deliver outputs on time. Ability to work under pressure and manage different tasks and set priorities. Ability to approach work in a methodical manner and to take initiative when needed.

Curiosity of mind and ability to learn and adapt to changes in the work environment.

Ability to think out of the box, lead and stimulate continuous process improvement.

Work Experience:

Minimum 5 years' relevant experience, including demonstrated professional experience in text-processing, editing/proofreading and document management. Experience in DTP and/or XML-based publishing would be considered an advantage.


Excellent knowledge (at a level corresponding or equivalent to a minimum of C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in one of the official languages of the WTO. Intermediate knowledge of another working language of the WTO, to the extent necessary to perform the duties of the job (equivalent to a minimum of B1 according to the CEFR), is also required.

Application deadline: 31 January 2022

Additional Information:
Only applications from nationals of WTO Members will be accepted. 

The recruitment process will be undertaken as per Administrative Memorandum No. 976 (OFFICE(16)/15) on Staff Promotions and external recruitment through Vacancy Notices.

For non-entry level positions, the position may be offered at a lower grade if the selected candidate does not fully meet all the required qualifications. 

The WTO may use various communication technologies such as video or teleconference for the assessment and evaluation of candidates. The recruitment process may also involve the use of various forms of testing, assessment centres, interviews and reference checks. 

Applicants may be required to sit a written examination. 

Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for an interview. 

Candidates not selected whose performance in the selection process nevertheless shows them to be suitable for a similar position may be kept on a roster for up to 24 months, and may subsequently be called upon as and when the need arises for additional resources.

All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the closing date – Geneva (Switzerland) time – stated in the vacancy announcement. 
The WTO is a non-smoking environment.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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