United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Translator (English-French)

United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Job Description

Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters Duty Stations. Within delegated authority and under the direct supervision of the Chief of Conference and Translation Unit (CTU), the UNV Translator will be responsible for the following duties: Translation · Perform French to English and English to French translations/self-revisions/revisions, as assigned by the Chief of Unit or his/her representative, subject to revision, of correspondence and other material, including summary records, covering a broad range of subjects dealt with by the United Nations, i.e., in the political, social, legal, economic, financial, administrative, scientific and technical fields, to the standards of the United Nations. · May be required to revise and edit texts translated by other translators to ensure linguistic quality, clarity, accuracy and conformity with established terminology and style. · Use all sources of reference, information and consultation relevant to the text in hand and carry out any research required to solve terminological problems. · Maintain an adequate speed and volume of output, due account being taken of the difficulty of the text and the specified deadlines. · Assist the Chief of Unit in the performance of Quality Control activities of the Unit. Ensure consistency of translated materials as well as their integrity. · Aim at a high standard of accuracy, consistency and faithfulness to the spirit, style and nuances of the original; observe the established terminology and usage; and ensure, as far as possible, consistency with other translators working on the same document. · Identify new terminology material and submit it for the consideration of revisers. · Perform other related duties, as required by the direct supervisor. Interpretation · Provide interpretation, into English of speeches or statements given in French, and vice versa. · Attend meetings as part of a team, take notes either directly from statements delivered in the languages of competence or from the interpretation and subsequently use the notes to produce draft summary records. · May occasionally be assigned to sensitive meetings. · May function as Team Leader of all interpreters assigned to a given meeting. · When working with national personnel or (non-)governmental counterparts, the Volunteer is strongly encouraged to set aside dedicated time for training, coaching, mentoring and capacity development. Bachelor degree or equivalent Hold at least a bachelor's or equivalent degree from a university or institution of equivalent status in which French is the language of instruction or hold a university degree from a recognized school of translation. A certificate or diploma in translation and interpretation from a recognized translation/interpretation training school or qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the bachelordegree. 60 Months At least five years of progressive responsible experience in translation and interpretation is required. Experience in handling complex organizational issues at the international level is required. Knowledge of the UN rules, regulations, policies and practices is desirable. Experience providing services to or in a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization or a large-scale private organization is desirable
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent

  • French(Mandatory), Level - Fluent

Translation and interpretation Proven ability to interpret from or into other UN official languages will be an asset. Ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure. A broad cultural background. Initiative, judgement, thoroughness and ability to maintain harmonious working relationships in a multinational team. Ability to assimilate technical subjects. Yes Communication, Integrity, Working in Teams
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