United Nations Secretariat
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the French Unit, Meetings Coverage Section (MCS) of the Coverage and Media Services Branch (CMSB) in the News and Media Division (NMD) of the Department of Global Communications (DGC). The Meetings Coverage Section produces summaries and press releases, in English and French, of UN meetings. Overall guidance is provided by the Chief of Section, and direct supervision by a Senior Editor and a Senior Editorial Assistant.
This position is available effective 1 August 2022 until 16 January 2023, with a possibility of extension. Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Editorial Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
• Proofreads and reviews meetings summaries and press releases for clarity, spelling, grammar, consistency and factual accuracy in accordance with UN editorial guidelines and terminology.
• Ensures that text is formatted to UN Press style and standards.
• Posts on the UN website the final versions of the meetings coverage/press releases.
• Provides general office support; responds to complex information requests and inquiries.
• Sets up and maintains files/records, organizes meetings, monitors deadlines, etc.
• Provides specialized assistance to Press Officers in the production and delivery of information, communications products and services.
• Rotates in shifts, as needed.
• Stays available for overtime and on-call assignments, depending on the needs of the office.
• Performs other related work as required. Competencies
Professionalism: 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.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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. Education
High school diploma or equivalent.
A minimum three (3) years of experience in public information, including the production of meeting summaries and press releases, as well as draft typing, copy editing, proofreading and typographical layout or related area is required.
Experience using Office 365 (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams and SharePoint) is required.
Experience in formatting as well as proofreading material for online publication is required.
Experience in web content management systems such as Drupal or WordPress is desirable.
Knowledge of UN documentation, the document processing chain and relevant operational and administrative procedures is desirable.
Knowledge of UN editorial policies and practices; thorough understanding of the Editorial, Terminology and Reference Service and the roles of related services/sections is desirable. Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in French and in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage. Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a technical assessment test which may be followed by competency-based interview. Special Notice
• This position is temporarily available until 16 January 2023 with 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.
• 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.
• 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. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test [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.
• This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.
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.
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