Chief of Section, Spanish Verbatim Reporting - United Nations, United States, Deadline: May-16-2014

Posting Title:  Chief of Section, Spanish Verbatim Reporting, P5 
Department/ Office:  Department for General Assembly and Conference Management 
Duty Station:  NEW YORK 
Posting Period:  17 March 2014-16 May 2014 
Job Opening number:  14-LAN-DGACM-33724-R-NEW YORK (L) 

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.


Org. Setting and Reporting


This position is located in the Verbatim Reporting Service, Meetings and Publishing Division, of the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM) at Headquarters. The incumbent heads the Spanish Verbatim Reporting Section and is under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Verbatim Reporting Service.




Within delegated authority, the Chief of the Spanish Verbatim Reporting Section will be responsible for the following duties: 
• Supervises and evaluates the work and performance of the Revisers and Verbatim Reporters of the Section.
• Recruits temporary staff for the General Assembly and other bodies as required.
• Under a programme defined by the Chief of Service, provides Verbatim Reporters and potential Revisers with practical training to develop and refine the various facets of their work.
• Plans and organises the daily distribution of work of the Section and monitors its progress.
• Revises verbatim records.
• Ensures that the final text meets the requisite standards expected of United Nations official records.
• Provides advice and guidance to Revisers and Verbatim Revisers for solving difficult problems requiring specialized knowledge, linguistic insight and political judgment.   
• Assists the Chief of Service, as required, in the preparation of terminological materials intended to serve the urgent needs of the Service.
• Selects, for approval by the Chief of Service, texts for official Verbatim Reporters’ examinations, assists in screening candidates, reads and grades the papers, evaluates the results and participates in interviews of finalists.
• May serve as officer-in-charge in the absence of the Chief of Service.
• Performs other related duties, as required.




• Professionalism:  Knowledge of a broad range of subjects dealt with by the United Nations, i.e., political, social, legal, economic, financial, administrative, scientific and technical. Ability to work under continuous stress in dealing with a broad range of subjects. Ability to demonstrate tact and negotiating skills, good judgment and decision-making skills. 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.

• Planning& 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.

• Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.

Managerial Competencies

• Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

• Managing Performance: 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 United Nations Competitive Examination for Spanish Verbatim Reporters.


Work Experience


A minimum of ten years of experience in verbatim reporting, revision of verbatim records or related area, of which at least eight should have been in the United Nations system.




Must have a perfect command of Spanish, which must be his/her main language, and an excellent knowledge of English and another official United Nations Language.


Assessment Method


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.


United Nations Considerations


The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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