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Senior Editorial and Desktop Publishing Assistant (Spanish) (Temporary Job Opening) [Temporary]

Geneva

  • Organization: UN - United Nations
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: GS-7, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Translations and Languages
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Documentation and Information Management
  • Closing Date: 2022-09-26

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Spanish Desktop Publishing Unit (SDPU), Multilingual Technology Section (MTS), Languages Service, Division of Conference Management, Department for General Assembly and Conference Management, Geneva. The incumbent will report to the Chief of the Multilingual Technology Section.

Responsibilities

Within limits of delegated authority, under the supervision of the Chief of the Multilingual Technology Section, the Senior Editorial and Desktop Publishing Assistant (Supervisor) will be responsible for the following duties:
- Adopts and modifies 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 desk-top publishing and archiving of United Nations documents to the Official Document System; establishes priorities, issues special instructions as eeded 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, in particular regarding the verification of the alignment of bitexts to support the production of high-quality documentation, establishing weekly rosters of daytime, after-hours and weekend work shifts, as needed;
- Completes e-Performance evaluations for unit staff as First and/or Second 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 desktop publishing functions such as in the area of pre-processing or pre-formatting of documents;
- Oversees the 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 activities;
- Stays available for overtime and on-call assignments;
- Works towards increased collaboration across languages between the desktop publishing units.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM:
Knowledge of typographic standards, with special emphasis on technological applications leading to processing efficiencies, proficiency in editorial practices (in Spanish) of the United Nations or a similar international organisation. 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.

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.

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.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent is required. Additional formal training in desktop publishing or a related field is desirable.

Work Experience

At least ten (10) years of experience in desktop publishing or a related field, including copy editing, formatting, proofreading and creating typographical layouts, is required.

Experience supervising a team is required.

Knowledge of the workflow processes and tools of the Languages Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva or of that of a similar international organization is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in Spanish, which must be the candidate's main language, is required. Knowledge of English or French is required, and knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language (Arabic, Chinese or Russian) is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2022 with a possibility of extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• Recruitment for this position is done on a local basis, whether or not the candidate is a resident of the duty station.

• Candidates should have no expectation of any fixed-term appointment possibility after the end of this temporary assignment.

• If the selected candidate is an internal staff member from the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.

• Subsequent to the initial temporary appointment, new and successive temporary appointments may be granted for service in the same office or in a different office any number of times, for any duration, provided that the length of service does not exceed the period of 364 calendar days.

• 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 after submitting an application. Staff members who were granted a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment as a result of having passed a predecessor test recognized by the Office of Human Resources Management, and who have continuously held such appointments, are not required to take the new test.

• A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

• At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

• For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English.

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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