Digital Editor (Economics)

Post Level: ISA-Junior Specialist

Vacancy Announcement



Female candidates from all Member States are particularly encouraged to apply.


23 June 2020

Individual Service Agreement

NonStaff-When Act. Employed

14 July 2020

Organizational Context

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of UNIDO, as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable development in the next fifteen years. UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs. Accordingly, the Organization’s programmatic focus is structured in four strategic priorities: Creating shared prosperity; Advancing economic competitiveness; Safeguarding the environment; and Strengthening knowledge and institutions.

Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, which are implemented in a holistic manner to achieve effective outcomes and impacts through UNIDO’s four enabling functions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research functions and policy advisory services; (iii) normative functions and standards and quality-related activities; and (iv) convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation. Such core functions are carried out in Departments/Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices.

This position is located under the Department of Policy Research and Statistics (PRS). Under the overall direction of the Director General and the supervision of the Managing Director, and working in close collaboration with all organizational units within UNIDO, PRS develops and provides industrial policy advice to Member States, based on evidence emerging from thematic, regional, country and sectoral analyses of industrial development and processes of structural change. Through the Research and Industrial Policy Advice (RPA) Division and in close cooperation with other relevant organizational units, the Department develops UNIDO’s capacity building and research programmes, advocates inclusive and sustainable industrial development as the main approach to reduce poverty and combat climate change, forges strategic partnerships to enhance UNIDO’s own expertise, and strengthens the capacity of Member States in related areas.


Project 190326– Industrial Analytics Platform (IAP) (Phase II)
As one of UNIDO’s primary instruments for advancing policy dialogue, building institutional capacities and creating global communities of practice in the field of industrial development, the recently launched UNIDO Industrial Analytics Platform ( provides information and analysis on the state of industrial development around the world and can be used to provide capacity-building services in the context of specific country/regional needs and policies.

The second phase of the project aims to build on the existing achievements and accelerate knowledge creation and capacity development among relevant stakeholders (policymakers, researchers and private sector participants, among others) on issues related to industrial development through further technical upgrading, practical deployment and mainstreaming of the platform as an integral part of UNIDO’s broader mandate on supporting inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID).

DURATION: 30 days (part-time)
DUTY STATION: Home-based

The Digital Editor is expected to support and contribute to further development of content for the IAP (Phase II).
S/he will perform the duties indicated below under the guidance of UNIDO staff in charge of this component of the project.

Main Functions

Preparing (proof-reading, styling and copy-editing) articles/opinion pieces for publishing under the Articles section on the IAP.

Updating the guidelines on content creation.

Ongoing support with copyediting/proof reading of pages on IAP.

Core Competencies

WE LIVE AND ACT WITH INTEGRITY: work honestly, openly and impartially.
WE SHOW PROFESSIONALISM: work hard and competently in a committed and responsible manner.
WE RESPECT DIVERSITY: work together effectively, respectfully and inclusively, regardless of our differences in culture and perspective.
WE FOCUS ON PEOPLE: cooperate to fully reach our potential –and this is true for our colleagues as well as our clients. Emotional intelligence and receptiveness are vital parts of our UNIDO identity.
WE FOCUS ON RESULTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: focus on planning, organizing and managing our work effectively and efficiently. We are responsible and accountable for achieving our results and meeting our performance standards. This accountability does not end with our colleagues and supervisors, but we also owe it to those we serve and who have trusted us to contribute to a better, safer and healthier world.
WE COMMUNICATE AND EARN TRUST: communicate effectively with one another and build an environment of trust where we can all excel in our work.
WE THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND INNOVATE: To stay relevant, we continuously improve, support innovation, share our knowledge and skills, and learn from one another.

Minimum Requirements


Master’s degree in Economics, Journalism, Communication, International Relations or other relevant field.


Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

Field of Expertise

Excellent writing, editing, proofreading and copywriting skills demonstrated by at least 2 years’ experience in a role producing content for publication (preferred in journalism or content design). Ability to translate complex ideas into understandable and appealing text. Sound knowledge and understanding of economics in the context of international development is a plus. Strong critical reasoning, planning and organizing skills. Team orientation, with a strong sense of commitment to team members, timely delivery of outputs and client impact

This appointment is limited to the specified project(s) only and does not carry any expectation of renewal.

Employees of UNIDO are expected at all times to uphold the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for jobs at UNIDO.

All applications must be submitted online through the Online Recruitment System Correspondence will be undertaken only with candidates who are being considered at an advanced phase of the selection process. Selected candidate(s) may be required to disclose to the Director General the nature and scope of financial and other personal interests and assets in respect of themselves, their spouses and dependants, under the procedures established by the Director General.

NOTE: The Director General retains the discretion to make an appointment to this post at a lower level.

Digital Editor (Economics)

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