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Desktop Publishing Operator (Arabic Language)


  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Paris
  • Grade: Administrative support - GS-5, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Translations and Languages
    • Documentation and Information Management
  • Closing Date: Closed


Post Number : CLD 380

Grade : G-5

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

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Administration

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 05-AVR-2024 - Extended


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


Only candidates who are entitled to work in France can apply for this position


The Pre-Media Unit is in the Documents Management Section of the Division of Conferences, Languages and Documents, in the Sector for Administration and Management. The Pre-Media Unit's primary responsibilities concern the direction and management of visual design, multimedia and graphic design services for all UNESCO publications, documents, large-format and promotional materials for conferences, programme sectors and governing bodies of UNESCO; and for advising clients on the technical aspects of such services. The Unit is also responsible for the management of outsourced desktop publishing (DTP) work that cannot be processed in-house.


Under the overall authority of the Director of the Division of Conferences, Languages and Documents, and the direct supervision of the Chief of Pre-Media Unit, the incumbent is required to interpret the client's vision and transform this into a finished or pre-finished product, optimizing the layout, typography and design, to ensure a printable or electronic version of a production mainly in Arab Language. S/he is required to be creative while at the same time respecting the graphic charter reflecting the institutional design of the Organization.


The incumbent will be expected to perform the following essential duties:

Long Description
  •  As a member of a team, contribute to the production of documents and publications. Provide creative formatting, design, and layout services, including content input from multiple digital files using Adobe Creative Suite for different type of products: Brochures, leaflets, publications, banners, roll-ups, stickers, posters, visiting cards, diplomas/certificates, etc.
  • Participate in briefs with clients and other central services to create layout, typography and designs that correspond to the clients' request taking into consideration the graphic charter of UNESCO and typographical and design standards. Propose different options to the client, always taking into consideration the technical description made prior to the commencement of the production and not deviating from this without consultation.
  • Review and correct files, load fonts, inspect graphics and prepare files for printing or web-publishing. Perform conversion/export of data from native files and /or pdf to and from other software, i.e., pdf to Word, PDF to Filp book, Excel to Adobe illustrator, PDF to ePub, etc.
  • Assist and guide external Desktop publishing Operators/Designers with temporary assistance or service contracts on UNESCO policies and graphic charts, standard practices and on the electronic filing and transmission of documents. Keep all job folders up to date on the dedicated server and follow all guidelines for archiving files.
  • Keep abreast with the latest trends in Desktop Publishing field and related technologies.
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) Professionalism (C) - For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS


  • Completed secondary, technical, or vocational school including qualifications in graphic design or related field.


Work experience

  • At least (5) years of relevant professional experience in visual communications, graphic design for web and for print.



  • Expertise in graphic design, and layout design.
  • Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite, including Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
  • An eye for detail and latest visual design standards.
  • Organised, flexible and able to multitask and balance multiple responsibilities.



  • Excellent knowledge of Arabic  (spoken and written).
  • Good knowledge English or French. 


Skills and Competencies

  •  Knowledge of typography, colour, and production.



  • Knowledge of Spanish.

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.

The approximate annual starting salary for this post is 43 734 Euros.

For full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our Guide to Staff Benefits.



Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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