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The ISSN International Centre is hiring a Web developer (m/f).

The ISSN International Centre (ISSN IC) is an intergovernmental organization established in 1975 by a treaty between France and UNESCO. It is based in Paris (45 rue de Turbigo, 75003) and employs a staff of 13. It consists of three departments: Data, network and standards, Sales, marketing and Communication, IT.

The ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) is an international number which uniquely identifies serial publications. It is thus assigned in particular to newspapers, journals and monographic series, regardless of their medium of publication.

The ISSN IC cooperates with ISSN national centres located in 89 countries. The main activities of the ISSN International Centre ( are:

– Updating and enhancing the ISSN International Register, the standardized and international database of serial print and online publications,

– Coordinating the activities of the 89 ISSN national centres worldwide which share their bibliographic data with the ISSN International Centre,

– Assigning ISSN and creating descriptive data for international organisations’ publications and publications produced in countries without any ISSN national centre,

– Marketing and disseminating ISSN Data via the ISSN International Register ( and related services such as ROAD Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources ( These tools are currently being updated.


The Web developer will work under the supervision of the head of the IT department, and will perform the following duties:

  • Take part in the maintenance of current web applications in cooperation with their developers and develop new ones, in particular in the framework of the bibliographic data portal, the extranet managing subscriptions and ISSN assignment requests, and of the ISSN IC’s corporate website and extranet for the ISSN network,
  • Ensure the development of new web services linked to these applications, by using Agile methods in cooperation with the other ISSN IC’s departments, the ISSN National Centres and with customers in order to develop tried and tested functionalities suited to needs,
  • Contribute to the design and the implementation of bibliographic data exchange processes (bibliographic records in ISO 2709 , MarcXML…);
  • Write well designed, testable, efficient code by using best software development practices,
  • Design and implement intuitive user interfaces and modular web templates using HTML/CSS best practices,
  • Create and update user and technical documentation in French and English,
  • Stay up-to-date with industry developments and innovative services.


This is an evolving role. The scope of the post, the responsibilities and main tasks will be reviewed and developed as required. A flexible and open approach is therefore expected of the postholder.


Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or software engineering, Master’s degree a plus,
  • 3 years of web programming experience,
  • WordPress and Drupal development, from installation and configuration to theme and module development,
  • Thorough understanding and command of JavaScript, PHP, HTML, CSS, XML, HTTP, URI, JSON, RESTful APIs (production and consumption), and of Responsive web design,
  • Mastering at least one programming language such as Java or Perl would be an asset, in particular in order to maintain and refactor existing applications or scripts
  • A knowledge of the Unicode standard and in particular of the bidirectionality of certain scripts would be an asset (as well as knowing Arabic or Mandarin)
  • Ability to review and amend existing code,
  • Knowledge of Agile Project management,
  • Proactive and effective problem solving, organizational skills and time management skills,
  • Strong interpersonal and written/ oral communication and reporting skills,
  • Team player,
  • Fluent English and French.


Salary and status

–           Salary commensurate with qualification and experience.

–           International status.

–           Full-time position.

–           Contract will start 1 September, 2017.


Please send by email your cover letter, résumé and the names and contact information of two professional references to Ms Gaëlle Béquet, Director ( For full consideration please apply by 28 June 2017.

Staff shall be selected without any discrimination based on their ethnic or social origin, skin colour, disability, age, marital or parental status, gender or sexual orientation, or political, philosophical or religious beliefs.

ISSN International Centre – Staff Regulations (October 2016)