Editor (Arabic)

Where: Geneva (Switzerland)

Extent of Work: Full Time

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Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Editing Section, the Editor will be responsible for the following duties:
• Edits and reviews publications and parliamentary documents, including complex or politically sensitive material, normally without revision, to ensure accuracy, clarity, cohesion and conformity with United Nations standards, policy and practice.
• Carries out more extensive editing where required, including rewriting, abridging and restructuring texts for greater readability and better logical sequence.
• Consults with author departments and carries out research to clarify ambiguities and rectify substantive errors.
• Produces the master copy of a text to be followed by a multilingual team of editors.
• Acts as head of a team of editors, editorial assistants, proofreaders and other staff; leads, supervises and coordinates their work; prepares their performance appraisal reports and reports to the Chief of Section on staff performance.
• Assists the Chief of Section in managing policy, administrative and operational matters.
• Trains junior or short-term language staff and revises their work.
• Assists staff of substantive units and delegations with the drafting of documentation and provides advice on matters concerning editorial policy and practice.
• Acts for head of office or group in his or her absence.
• Performs other related duties as required.


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. 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.

Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work; encourages others to set challenging goals; holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility; genuinely values all staff members’ input and expertise; shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort; involves others when making decisions that affect them.

Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


A first-level degree from a university or institution of equivalent status. Candidates for this position must have passed the combined United Nations Competitive Examination for Translators/Précis-writers, Editors, Verbatim Reporters and Copy Preparers/Proofreaders/Production Editors in Arabic or any United Nations Language Competitive Examination in Arabic held before 2017.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of experience in editing, translation, précis-writing, self-revision, verbatim reporting, copy preparing, proofreading, production editing or in another relevant language field, and using relevant computer software, electronic tools and databases, is required.
Three (3) years within a multilingual setting is desirable.
Extensive experience in editing publications and documents on international law is desirable.
Experience in planning, writing, copy-preparation, proofreading and the production of publications is an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in Arabic, which must be the candidate’s main language, and fluency in English and in at least one other official language, preferably French, as tested by one of the above-mentioned United Nations Competitive Examinations, are required.

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