English Editor – Interpretation/Translation/Conferences services

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    2 weeks ago
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    Conference and Meeting Services, Language and Writing Services
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Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. Visit www.worldbank.org.

The Corporate Services Department within Global Corporate Solutions (GCS) provides services to the World Bank Group in the areas of Translation and Interpretation; Graphic Design and Publications; Printing and Interactive Media; Travel and Visa services; Food and Conference Services; Mail and Shipping; Staff Services; and the Art Program.  The Department also provides administrative support and oversight to the World Bank Family Network, the World Bank Group Staff Association, and the 1818 Society, and is responsible for setting the policy framework and service standards, and for delivering services through a combination of staff and vendors at HQ and in Country Offices. GCSCS has about 130 staff and about 1000 contractors.  

The purpose of the Translation and Interpretation Unit (GCSTI), which comprises six language teams, is to facilitate the World Bank Group’s communications with its member governments and with a wide range of institutions, civil society associations, nongovernmental organizations, and other entities, by providing translation and conference interpretation services.

In addition to translation services, GCSTI’s English Translation Team also provides editing services. Editing for the English Translation Team can range from basic line editing to complete restructuring of the document. Our editors work with clients to improve the readability and overall coherence of the text, adhering to stringent industry standards and World Bank-specific publishing conventions.  The successful candidate will manage the English editing program as a separate business line of the English Team’s overall program and will report directly to the Team Leader, under the general oversight of GCSTI’s Senior Program Manager.

Duties and Accountabilities
The incumbent will undertake the following activities:
• Independently manage the English Team’s editing program, testing and hiring new freelance editors as necessary and providing them with training and feedback.
• Pay attention to the revenue generated by the English Team’s editing program, with a view to ensuring the continuing profitability of the program.
• Assist project coordinators by crafting language suitable to respond to clients when the latter have editing questions, and provide project coordinators with guidance on the placement of editing jobs with the appropriate vendors.
• Edit English documents submitted by clients on a wide range of topics, ensuring their consistency, readability, adherence to WBG editorial guidelines, and on-schedule delivery.
• Pay particular attention to keeping computer and information technology skills up to date, and to remaining abreast of general developments in the field of editing.

Selection Criteria

• English as a first language (i.e., mother tongue)
• Master’s or post-graduate degree in English, communications or journalism, with at least five years of relevant professional experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Sound knowledge of style manuals, especially the Chicago Manual of Style
• Experience reviewing the work of other editors
• Experience supervising and/or mentoring other editors
• Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Adobe Acrobat (PDF)
• Ability to work under very tight deadlines and handle several projects at the same time
• Ability to work in a multicultural environment and build effective working relations with clients and colleagues

NOTE: As this position will be based in Kingston, Jamaica, special consideration will be given to Jamaican nationals and non-nationals currently based in Jamaica.

World Bank Group Core Competencies

The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

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