Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Chinese Desktop Publishing Unit, Multilingual Technology Section, Languages Service, Department for General Assembly and Conference Management, Geneva. The incumbent will report to the Head of Unit.Responsibilities
Within limits of delegated authority, the Editorial and Desktop Publishing Assistant will be responsible for the following duties :
- Produces camera-ready documents for reproduction by typing, transcribing, incorporating corrections and formatting documents in desktop publishing layout as well as creating tables, graphics and organizational charts, in addition to preparing publication in relevant software as needed for reproduction in hard copy and electronic dissemination, in accordance with existing editorial guidelines.
- Performs proof-reading functions ensuring that changes have been accurately incorporated, in consultation with the responsible person, as necessary, by checking successive versions of edited and translated documents against previous versions, as appropriate, including checking the final version against the submitted original manuscript, in accordance with existing guidelines.
- Ensures, in accordance with existing guidelines, that: - all manuscript elements, including text, headings, items in lists, tabular and graphical elements, footnotes, attachments, front and back matter and spine, and page numbers, have been properly included and cross-linked, as appropriate; - numerical data have been correctly transcribed; - obvious errors, discrepancies or incongruities as to content, format and typography have been corrected. Aligns 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.
- Participates, as a member of a team, in the production of parliamentary and miscellaneous documentation, supplements and sales publications, by preparing desktop publishing layout of the final product in relevant language for reproduction in hard copy and electronic dissemination.
- Compiles and scopes final documents against the submitted document.
- Performs other modified text-processing functions developed under new workflow reviews.
- Rotates on daytime after hours and weekend work shifts, as needed.
- Stays available for overtime and on-call assignments, depending on the needs of the service.
- Performs other related work as required, including verbatim and echelon service.
Knowledge of editorial practices and desktop publishing, including typographic standards. Proficiency in the language of the unit and in United Nations terminology. Knowledge of United Nations structure and rules of procedure of various organs, including documents production system. 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.
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.
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.
High school diploma or equivalent. Additional formal training in desktop publishing or a related field is desirable.Work Experience
At least three (3) years of experience in desktop publishing, including draft typing, copy editing, proof-reading and typographical layout or related area is required.
One year (1) of experience within the United Nations Common System 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 one of the United Nations working languages, English or French, is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
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.
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