International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2013/010

Position and Grade: Editor (P-3)
Organizational Unit: Editing Unit
Publishing Section
Division of Conference and Document Services
Department of Management
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 29 January 2013
Application Deadline: 25 February 2013
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Organizational Setting

The Division of Conference and Document Services is one of the six Divisions in the Department of Management. One of the main functions assigned to the IAEA under its Statute is the exchange of information and the dissemination of knowledge in the nuclear field among its Member States. Publications represent a major vehicle for disseminating the output of the IAEA's scientific and technical work. The IAEA has an extensive publishing programme, implemented by its Publishing Section, which produces a wide range of publications on nuclear related issues in both print and electronic formats.

The Publishing Section is responsible for preparing publications from manuscripts approved by the Director General, the Board of Governors and the Publications Committee. The Editing Unit coordinates the editorial services for IAEA scientific and technical manuscripts, various documents of the Policy Making Organs (PMO) and the Director General's Office for Policy (DGOP), as well as certain advocacy materials.

The operating environment is dynamic, participative and interactive, with inputs in the form of manuscripts of scientific/technical publications, policy-related documents and advocacy items originating from different parts of the house.

Main purpose

To carry out detailed editing of complex scientific/technical manuscripts and a limited number of policy related documents and advocacy materials, in compliance with international scientific editing and publishing standards and the IAEA's publishing policies and practices; ensure that the IAEA’s quality standards are being met in all publications and policy related documents and that customers receive professional, efficient and expeditious editorial services that are responsive to their needs; coordinate the production and publication of scientific and technical manuscripts, policy related documents and advocacy materials.

Role

In addition to being (1) an expert professional English editor, reviewing and revising complex scientific and technical texts, as well as a limited number of policy related documents and advocacy materials, the incumbent is: (2) a service provider, contributing to the expeditious and efficient delivery of professional editorial services to customers throughout the house; (3) an editorial adviser, providing guidance to technical officers on the preparation of IAEA publications; (4) a quality control specialist, ensuring the implementation of the IAEA's high quality editorial standards in the preparation of all English-language publications; and (5) a project manager, coordinating the work of designated freelance editors and publishing specialists.

Partnerships

The Editor interacts with scientific and professional staff throughout the IAEA in facilitating and implementing the editorial review and revision of technical manuscripts, policy related documents and advocacy materials; he/she works with colleagues in the Editing Unit and designated freelance editors in ensuring the highest linguistic quality of all IAEA materials published in English; he/she also cooperates with other staff of the Publishing Section (desktop publishing operators, graphic designers, digital printing operators, web specialists, marketing and sales assistants) in the preparation of IAEA publications, policy related documents and advocacy materials.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Review and edit complex scientific and technical manuscripts in English, as well as a limited number of policy related documents and advocacy materials, in compliance with international scientific editing and publishing standards and the IAEA's publishing policies and practices.
  • Provide editorial quality control by ensuring the implementation of the IAEA's editorial standards in the preparation of all English-language publications.
  • As project manager, liaise with freelance editors and coordinate the in-house production of scientific and technical publications, policy related documents and advocacy materials to ensure that they are issued in a timely manner and in line with customer needs.
  • Provide advice and guidance to manuscript originators on the preparation and presentation, for electronic or paper formats, of IAEA scientific and technical publications, as well as policy related documents and advocacy materials.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Professional expertise:
    • Excellent editing skills in English; ability to edit complex scientific and technical texts, graphics and figures on-screen using MS Word;
    • Expert knowledge of editorial and book publishing techniques and practices, for both print and electronic formats;
    • Ability to deal successfully with the dual requirements of quality and timeliness in the production of IAEA publications;
    • Organizational and planning skills and proven ability to establish and follow through on priorities and firm deadlines.
  • Customer orientation: Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with counterparts.
  • Service orientation: Ability to provide efficient, high-quality services that are responsive to the particular needs of customers.
  • Teamwork/interpersonal skills: Ability to establish and maintain good relationships with internal and external counterparts and to work harmoniously in multicultural/multidisciplinary teams with respect and sensitivity for diversity.
  • Change orientation: Ability to contribute creative ideas, propose changes to existing processes, and recommend solutions to issues in the work area.
  • Continuous learning/development: Ability to adapt to changes in job requirements and identify suitable opportunities for self-improvement.
  • Results orientation: Ability to work independently, organize required internal and external resources and take responsibility for achieving agreed outputs within set deadlines.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • University degree in English or a relevant scientific area.
  • Minimum of five years of work experience in scientific editing and publishing, preferably with a science publisher. Experience in the publishing programme of an international, public sector or non-profit organization highly desirable.
  • Perfect command of English as mother tongue or principal language of education, with a thorough knowledge of its semantics, grammar and style.
  • Working knowledge of another official IAEA language (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) desirable.

Remuneration

The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $56 091 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $33 440*, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks' annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance.

How to apply to the IAEA

Complete an Online Application

* Subject to change without notice


Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are encouraged

Applicants should be aware that IAEA staff members are international civil servants and may not accept instructions from any other authority. The IAEA is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. As part of the United Nations common system, the IAEA subscribes to the following core ethical standards (or values): Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for diversity. Staff members may be assigned to any location. The IAEA retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade or with a different contract type, or to make an appointment with a modified job description or for shorter duration than indicated above. Testing may be part of the recruitment process.

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