United Nations Office at Nairobi Editor, English Jobs in Kenya

United Nations Office at Nairobi Editor, English Jobs in Kenya


Org. Setting and Reporting

  • The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the representative office of the Secretary-General.

  • UNON supports programme implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, conference and information services.

  • This post is located in the English Language Unit within the Translation and Editorial Section of the Division of Conference Services (DCS), UNON, under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Unit.

  • Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

    Responsibilities

  • Editing texts of a specialized or technical nature for accuracy, clarity, cohesion and conformity with United Nations standards, policy and practice.

  • Consulting with author departments and carrying out research to clarify ambiguities and rectify errors.

  • Providing authors or others submitting documentation with information on specific aspects of editorial policy and practice and assisting them in the preparation of manuscripts.

  • Providing guidance to contractual editors and translators with a view to refining their skills and performance and assisting them in solving problems which require specialized knowledge, linguistic insight and political judgement.

  • Acting as a report-writer at United Nations meetings held in Nairobi and elsewhere.

  • Standing in for the Chief of the Unit on request and performing other administrative duties within the Unit which are assigned to her/him.

  • Performing other related duties as required.

    Competencies

  • Professionalism Knowledge of editorial policies, practices and research techniques. Solid writing and analytical abilities with sensitivity to nuance. Ability to spot errors and inconsistencies in a text. 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.

  • Teamwork Works collaboratively with colleagues to
    achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; 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 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.

    Education

  • A first-level degree from a university or institution of equivalent status. Candidates for this position must have passed the combined United Nations Language Competitive Examination for Translators/PrĂ©cis-writers, Editors, Verbatim Reporters and Copy Preparers/Proofreaders/Production Editors in the English language or any United Nations language competitive examination in the English language.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in editing is required.

  • Experience editing within the United Nations or comparable organization is desirable.

  • Report-writing experience is highly desirable.

    Languages

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.

  • For the post advertised, perfect command of English, which must be the candidate's main language, is required.

  • Excellent command of at least one other official United Nations language is required.

  • Knowledge of a second official United Nations language, is an asset.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Office at Nairobi Editor, English Jobs in Kenya


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