Candidates for editorial posts must take the examination in their main language, which must be one of the official United Nations languages, i.e., Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish. The main language is normally the language in which candidates completed their higher education. The frequency with which examinations are held depends on current and/or projected vacancies. The majority of vacancies are for English editors.
A first-level degree from a university or institution of equivalent status is a requirement for employment for all United Nations editors. Candidates must be able to perform their duties at computer workstations and have word-processing skills.
The examinations for editors may include the following exercises:
- Editing of a text or texts in the main language
- Exercises in style and usage of the main language
- Editing of a text in the main language to bring it into line with a text edited in another official language.
- Summary in the main language of a text in another official language
- Translation from the candidate’s other language
Successful candidates are convoked to a competency-based interview.
Applicants should check the examination notices attached to the announcement of the examination they are interested in, since examination content, procedures and dates, as well as eligibility requirements and instructions on how to apply, may vary.
Sample examination notice
Sample examination for editors