Editorial and Desktop Publishing Assistant, Russian, New York, United States At Department for General Assembly and Conference Management

Closing date: Monday, 8 May 2023



Department/Office: Department for General Assembly and Conference Management

Duty Station: NEW YORK

Posting Period: 10 April 2023 – 09 May 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Language-DGACM-204722-R-New York (O)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and ReportingThis position is located in the Text-Processing Unit, Russian Translation Service, Documentation Division of the Department of General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM) in New York. The Documentation Division facilitates the deliberation and decision-making processes of intergovernmental and relevant expert bodies and United Nations conferences by providing efficient and effective conference-servicing support while ensuring effective multilingual communication and the equal treatment of all official languages. The incumbent reports to the Russian Text-Processing Unit Supervisor.


Within limits of delegated authority, the Editorial and Desktop Publishing Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

  •  Assists in leading the adoption of modified working methods and procedures in the framework of ongoing modernization processes, including the Global Terminology, Reference and Translation Solutions (gText) project
  •  Helps to ensure 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
  •  Organizes, plans, controls and coordinates the work of unit work with respect to the production of camera-ready documents for reproduction and storage of final text on the United Nations Official Documents System (ODS).
  •  Distributes assignments to ensure efficient and effective processing of documentation and an equitable distribution of work. Updates electronic tracking system accordingly.
  •  Assures smooth continuity of work from one work shift to another; prioritizes work to be continued and gives special instructions as needed.
  •  Registers incoming/outgoing documents in order to control flow of work in and out of unit.
  •  Maintains daily statistics. Performs administrative work, as needed.
  •  Performs daily maintenance of the unit network drives.
  •  Trains and guides junior support staff.
  •  Completes e-Performance evaluations for junior staff members as First or Additional Reporting Officer.
  •  Provides assistance to translation services by aligning English texts with corresponding language, using Logiterm and eRef aligning tools to produce quality translation memories.
  •  Assists in training staff to align bi-texts in order to support the production of high-quality translation memories for computer- assisted translation (CAT), machine translation (MT) and related workflow improvements.
  •  Assists in overseeing the creation, updating and maintenance of macros, templates and models.
  •  Rotates on daytime, after-hours and weekend work shifts, as needed.
  •  Stays available for overtime and on-call assignments, depending on the needs of service.
  •  Performs other related work as required, including echelon service.
  •  Performs functions of Supervisor in his/her absence.

CompetenciesProfessionalism: – Knowledge of the structure and rules of procedure of various organs of the United Nations or of that of any other similar international organization – Knowledge of all aspects of the work of the unit including typographic standards, with emphasis on technological applications leading to processing efficiencies as well as demonstrating proficiency in grammar, spelling, keyboarding and applicable software. – 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. 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 Planning & 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

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

Work ExperienceA minimum of seven years of experience in desktop publishing, including copy editing, formatting, proofreading and creating typographical layouts using Microsoft Office and Adobe Suites, is required. Experience in front desk operations, planning, distributing and monitoring work assignments while ensuring timely production of error-free documents is desirable.

LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in Russian which must be the candidate’s main language is required. Knowledge of English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.

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

Special NoticeThis 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. Selected candidates/staff members will be responsible for any costs related to their travel and relocation in the context of onboarding to report for duty. If the selected candidate/staff member does not already have the right to work in the duty station, appointment is contingent on issuance of a visa from the local authorities. Passing the Verbal Reasoning Test (VRT) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration for the Editorial and Desktop Publishing Assistant positions in the United Nations Headquarters. Applicants who have not passed the VRT at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

United Nations ConsiderationsAccording 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.



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