Candidates for copy preparer/proofreader/production editor posts must take the corresponding competitive examination in their main language, which is normally the language in which the candidates did their higher education studies.
A first-level degree from a university or institution of equivalent status is a requirement for employment for all United Nations copy preparers/proofreaders/production editors.
The written examination for copy preparers/proofreaders/production editors usually consists of four papers as follows:
The highest-scoring candidates from the written examination are invited to sit a computer exam, which tests candidates’ ability to perform basic and essential operations to produce a publication and manipulate files using Adobe Creative Suite software.
Those who pass the written examination and the computer test are invited to a competency-based interview.
Please note that the content and format of the examination, as well as eligibility requirements and instructions on how to apply, may vary from one examination session to the next. Applicants should therefore check the corresponding examination notices carefully in order to be duly prepared.
Preparing for the competitive examination for copy preparers/proofreaders/production editors