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 Director-General of UNON is the representative of the Secretary-General in Kenya. UNON supports programme implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Resident Coordination System (RCS) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, security, conference and information services (www.unon.org).

This post is located in the English Editorial Unit within the Translation and Editorial Section of the Division of Conference Services (DCS), UNON. Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Unit and within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

• 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 Unit on request and performing other administrative duties within the Unit which are assigned to her/him.
• Performing other related duties as required.

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; 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.

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.

  • A first-level degree from a university or institution of equivalent status is required.
  • Candidates for this position must have passed the relevant United Nations Competitive Examination for Editors or the relevant combined United Nations Competitive Examination for Translators/Précis-writers, Editors and Verbatim Reporters; this requirement will be waived for candidates who passed one of the relevant United Nations competitive examinations held before 2017 for Translators/Précis-Writers or Verbatim Reporters, subject to an assessment test to be conducted by the hiring manager as part of the Inspira selection process.

    Work Experience
  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience in translation, précis-writing, editing, self-revision, verbatim reporting, copy preparing, proofreading or production editing, is required.

  • Experience editing within the United Nations or another international organization is required.

  • Experience in the use of standard computer-assisted-translation (CAT) tools is required.

  • Report-writing experience is desirable.

    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English, which must be the candidate's main language is required, and knowledge of at least one other United Nations official language as tested by the relevant United Nations language competitive examination is required. Knowledge of a second official language is desirable.

    NOTE: "fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and " Knowledge of" equals a rating of " confident" in two of the four areas.

    Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview

    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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