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Text-processing Operator (Chinese)


Post Number : CLD-373

Grade : G-5

Parent Sector : Division for Conferences, Languages and Documents (CLD)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Translation / Interpretation / Writing

Type of contract : Fixed Term Field

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 08-DEC-2019


UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism


Long Description

This post is recruited internationally.


Under the overall authority of Director of the Division of Conferences, Languages and Documents (ADM/CLD) and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Chinese Translation Unit, the incumbent shall:

  • Review and proofread Chinese texts for precision, quality and conformity with established policies, protocols and standard practices.
  • Make corrections to format, style, spelling and grammar; insert on-screen amendments.
  • Type, insert corrections, format and prepare documents, minutes of meetings, records of decisions, reports, briefs and other information materials, which include complex tables, special layouts, merging, collating, etc., adapting to technological developments notably in the field of CAT tools and artificial intelligence (AI).
  • Transcribe sound files in various formats and presentations; assemble electronic files and see to their electronic filing and transmission/publishing.
  • Compile multilingual summary records (SRs) and verbatim records (VRs).
  • Give guidance to short-term text-processing operators on UNESCO and United Nations policies, protocols and standard practices and on the operation of text processing software.
Long Description
Long Description
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


  • Completed secondary education and/or vocational education.

Work Experience

  • At least five (5) years of relevant experience in proofreading and/or text-processing, or equivalent experience, including experience in an international organization.
  • Proven experience in the proof-reading of documents in Chinese language.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills, discretion, tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and to take initiatives.
  • Ability to deal efficiently with people of different cultural backgrounds.
  • Flexibility, adaptability and readiness to work extended hours and to adjust work priorities to meet work volume and established deadlines.
  • Ability to cope with technological developments and very good knowledge of complex application of text processing software.
  • Very good IT skills and knowledge of office applications with proficiency in the use of MS Office (PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.).


  • Chinese as the principal language and excellent knowledge of grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Good knowledge of English or French.


  • Specialized training/certification in languages or in a related field.

Work Experience

  • Experience in an organization of the United Nations system.


  • Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (Arabic, Spanish or Russian).

UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.

For more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website and UNESCO's career website.


Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.



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