Apply For The Position Of An Assistant Editor At United Nations University (UNU), Tokyo, Japan

An Assistant Editor At United Nations University (UNU), Tokyo, Japan

Assistant Editor’s Job position is currently available at the United Nations University (UNU) Office of Communications (OC) .  This opportunity is a full-time employment on an initial six (6) months Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with UNU. There’s possibility for renewal if the work performance is satisfactory. However, the combined duration of appointments shall not exceed six (6) years.  The remuneration depends on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.


  • update, edit, and schedule content for the UNU Centre website and Our World magazine
  • utilise social media channels to further the reach of UNU’s output
  • regularly monitor other UNU system websites, and solicit or draft short news items that highlight the University’s activities and achievements worldwide
  • review UNU research publications to identify topics that could be developed into website articles, and solicit submissions from relevant UNU researchers
  • evaluate and edit/proofread submitted articles (this might include, for example, helping the author of an 8,000-word, jargon-filled academic manuscript to transform it into a 1,200 word, “plain English” article, or advising the author of a “weak” submission on how to refine, reference, and supplement the content)
  • draft, edit, and proofread various materials, and research/write original articles by aggregating and shaping research output from multiple UNU sources into a coherent narrative
  • prepare and maintain documentation (including style guides) for the UNU website
  • support other OC work (including marketing, dissemination, content syndication, event organisation, and fundraising activities) and perform other OC-related duties as required

Required qualifications and experience

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in related fields of study with at least two (2) years of professional writing/editing experience.
  • Possess outstanding English writing skills, and have experience in editing science-based topics.
  • Have an aptitude for collaborating with writers from diverse backgrounds, and working effectively as part of an editorial team.
  • Have exceptional skills with content management and social media tools; proficiency in using WordPress would be an asset.
  • Have experience in using and/or a good understanding of social media platforms (especially Twitter and Facebook) and communications methods.
  • Have a proven ability (supported by high-quality, published samples) to write for public/academic audiences.
  • Be creative, organised, detail-oriented, self-motivated, and capable of producing high-quality work on a short deadline.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit their applications, preferably by email (to and must include the following:

  • a cover letter setting out how qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position, and what specific contribution you can make to the organisation
  • any other materials, such as writing samples, website links, etc., that you wish the selection committee to consider
  • a curriculum vitae (resume) as well as a completed and signed UNU Personal History (P.11) form; please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organisations
  • an indication of the reference number of the vacancy announcement (2016/UNU/HQ/OC/PSA/ED/51)

Application Deadline

Available until position is filled.

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