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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 20 July 2020 Recruitment Completed

Chief, Linguistic Support and Production Section


Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 2 years

Linguistic Support and Production Section, Linguistic, Conference and Common Services Branch,
Governance Services Department
WMO is committed to achieving diversity and a balanced workforce. Applications are welcome from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. The statutory retirement age after 1 January 2014 is 65. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete the term of appointment will normally be considered.

Under the supervision and guidance of the Director, Linguistic, Conference and Common Services (D/LCC), the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Direct and control the work programme of the Section to ensure the timely issuance in the languages concerned of WMO documents and publications, as required;

(b) Make recommendations to the Director on policy, administrative and operational matters of the Service;

(c) Monitor developments in the field of computer-assisted translation tools, machine translation and publishing platforms and formulate recommendations to the Director on their application in the Service; prepare terms of reference for procurement exercises, as appropriate;

(d) Organize all activities of the Section to ensure maximum efficiency and cost-effectiveness;

(e) Supervise and monitor the performance of the Section (approximately 30 staff from the Professional and General Services categories) and prepare performance reports as the First or Second Reporting Officer;

(f) Formulate and develop guidelines, instructions and priorities governing documentation and publications management, outsourcing and quality management, translation, editing, use of computer-assisted and publishing tools, terminology work, layout and design; prepare internal information notes on work procedures;

(g) Screen applications and evaluate potential freelance staff and contractors, and prepare requests for contractual translation or the recruitment of temporary assistance, as needed;

(h) Carry out random quality control checks for work done in-house and by outside contractors in her/his first working language, as appropriate;

(i) Make long and short-term projections of the work of the Service and its staffing and budgetary requirements; organize training and prepare reports on all aspects of the Service;

(j) Make recommendations on such personnel actions as recruitment, renewal of contracts, transfers, assignments and promotions;

(k) Organize examinations of freelancers, participate in examination boards and interviews, including external ones, as appropriate;

(l) Serve as the final arbiter on issues connected with the provision of linguistic services, introduction of new technologies and workflows; translate and/or revise particularly important, sensitive or confidential texts in her/his language, as required;

(m) Serves as the Officer-in-Charge of the Division, when required;

(n) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent in languages, publishing, communications, or in meteorology, hydrology, geophysical science or other scientific field related to the activities of WMO, coupled with proven expertise in translation and/or editing. Having passed the United Nations Language Competitive Examination for Editors or the United Nations Language Competitive Examination for Translators/Précis-writers would be an advantage.

At least 10 years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in planning and operating a linguistic publications or document management programme, preferably acquired in an international organization of the United Nations system. Proven ability to manage multidisciplinary teams of staff. Experience in formulating and supervising budget and cost monitoring and reporting for a larger programme. Proven experience in developing, implementing and periodically reviewing procedures for administering contracts with external providers. Experience in developing knowledge and use of modern language and publishing technologies. Advanced computer literacy and relevant experience with software applications suitable for planning, data processing and analysis.

Other requirements
High sense of integrity, responsibility, and maturity of judgment; ability to work autonomously; good level of initiative and creativity; demonstrated ability to plan, organize and manage multiple workload; proven managerial, supervisory and negotiation skills. Ability to draft reports, correspondence and documents clearly and succinctly in English; excellent interpersonal skills; familiarity with the work of WMO structure and activities would be an advantage. Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to foster diversity and team spirit.

Excellent knowledge of English and French (both oral and written). Working knowledge of an additional United Nations language required.

(Note: The official languages of the Organization are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.)
The Secretary-General may appoint a candidate at a grade below the advertised grade of the post, with the possibility of promotion to that grade within three years of appointment, subject to satisfactory appraisal of performance.
Possibility of renewal subject to the availability of funds and pending satisfactory performance after an initial probationary period of one year which can be extended up to a maximum of two years.

Annual net base salary on initial appointment is: US$ 92731

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 70290 (in addition to the net base salary)

Additional Information:
Only applicants in whom WMO has a further interest will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit a written assessment and/or an interview.
Date of issue of vacancy notice: 22 June 2020

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