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Vacancy Notice No: EURO/14/FT11
Title: Editor (ENG)
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year with possibility of renewal (1) See Additional Information below
Date: 13 January 2014
Application Deadline: 9 February 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Copenhagen, Denmark
Organization unit: EURO Europe Regional Office (EU/RGO) /
EU/DIR Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation (EU/DIR)
Library, Languages and Publications (LLP)
The Division of Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation (DIR) was established in order to strengthen Member States' ability to collate, analyse and interpret health evidence, to link WHO/EURO more closely with the research community and to enable the Regional Office to anticipate and analyse change and assist with the formulation of evidence-informed health policy. DIR provides a cross-cutting service that helps all partners, including WHO/EURO programmes, to adequately collate, analyse, interpret and disseminate their health information.
Within the Knowledge Management and Dissemination team in DIR, the main tasks of the Library, Languages and Publications (LLP) unit are to provide services to the Regional Office in the fields of translation, publication and library services.

Purpose of the position
Editing of documentation for the governing bodies of the WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO/EURO), such as the Regional Committee and the Standing Committee of the Regional Committee (SCRC), taking responsibility for the style, terminology, standards and presentation of official documentation in English used for the deliberations of the governing bodies. The editor may also carry out more extensive editing where required, including rewriting, abridging and restructuring texts to improve readability and presentation. The editor works closely with the authoring unit, providing advice and guidance on expectations and execution. S/he supervises and revises, if necessary, the work of temporary editors ensuring that their work meets expected standards. Coordinates the original English edition of the working documents and governing bodies proceedings with editions in other official languages of WHO/EURO.
Description of duties:
The incumbent will:
  • edit all original English material prepared in connection with sessions of the Organization's regional governing bodies and major conferences as well as letters to be signed by Regional Director;
  • carry out all necessary terminological inquiries and research work, incorporate the material thus generated in the sub-unit's terminological database, and contribute to the production of glossaries;
  • review and revise texts produced by freelance editors;
  • give guidance to freelance or less experienced editors as required;
  • perform related tasks as required.
Essential: Advanced university degree, preferably in English language, or a subject related to the work of the Organization.
Desirable: Training in terminology management.
Competencies:see WHO Global Competencies model at http://www.who.int/employment/competencies/en/
  1. Communicating in a credible and effective way: Produces effective written communications through application of high-level editing skills.
  2. Producing results: Delivers complete, correct, accurate and high-quality texts within the deadlines set, taking responsibility for own work.
  3. Moving forward in a changing environment: Is receptive to new ideas and working methods.
  4. Fostering integration and teamwork: Works collaboratively with members of the group to achieve results, encouraging cooperation and taking action to resolve any conflicts that might arise.
  5. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization: Builds and maintains mutually beneficial work relationships and alliances within and outside the Organization, notably with freelance editors and language staff in other international organizations.
Functional Skills and Knowledge:
  • Editing skills, as well as analytical skills.
  • Thorough familiarity with modern editorial and publication processes.
  • Knowledge of conference organization at international level.
  • Proficiency in use of common PC applications (email, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, etc),
  • Tact, judgement and firmness combined with diplomatic manner in dealing with senior staff, members of delegations and SCRC members.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team and with people at all levels of the Organization, as well as with professional counterparts outside the Organization. Negotiation and communication skills.
Essential: At least 7 years of experience, including several years of national editorial experience preferebly as a technical editor in health-related fields, of which 5 years of international editorial experience preferably with WHO or similar UN organization.
Desirable: Experience as a precis-writer, report writer and/or translator/reviser.
Essential: English mother tongue, intermediate knowledge German or French or Russian.
Desirable: Advanced knowledge of Russian.
Additional Information:
(1) Extension of appointment is subject to a) satisfactory performance, b) continued need for the function, and c) availability of funds.

Similar positions at the same grade may be filled using this vacancy notice.

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A written test may be used as a screening tool. Long-listed candidates may be contacted to sit a written test or presentation prior to final short-listing. This does not preclude a written test or presentation prior to final interview.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67,483 at single rate
USD 72,467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 82.7 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

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