SENIOR EDITORIAL AND DESKTOP PUBLISHING ASSISTANT (CHINESE)
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Chinese 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 needed 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;
- Assists with the collection and analysis of data as well as preparation of data presentations and reports for information sharing, responding to queries, knowledge management, planning and decision making;
- Assists with visualizations and updating information material such as web pages or brochures;
- 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.
Ability to perform analysis, modeling and interpretation of data in support of decision-making. 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 organization. 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.
Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
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.
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.
High school diploma or equivalent is required.Job - Specific Qualification
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.
Out of these, three (3) years of experience within the United Nations Common System or similar international organizations is desirable.
Experience supervising a team is desirable.
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.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in Chinese, 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, Russian or Spanish) 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 subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. Applicants for positions in the General Service and related categories must be authorized to work for the United Nations in the duty station where the position is located. Eligible applicants selected from outside the duty station are responsible for any expenses in connection with their relocation to the duty station. Staff members subject to local recruitment are not eligible for allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.
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