World Food Programme (WFP)

Communications Associate (Translator)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

  WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.

ABOUT WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.  We are the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of Climate Change.

Aiming to feed 13 million of the most vulnerable people with food assistance, WFP’s Emergency response in Yemen is the agency’s largest anywhere in the world. WFP also provides Nutrition support to 1.7 million children and mothers, and delivers school meals to 850,000 children each day.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) and Country Offices (COs), and report to a Communications Officer.

Job holders at this level demonstrate responsibility and initiative to respond independently to queries with only general guidance. There is a requirement to use judgment in dealing with unforeseen problems on a daily basis.

JOB PURPOSE

Communications Associate (translator) will play a key role supporting WFP’s Emergency Response in Yemen by providing professional high-quality translation and interpretation services from English to Arabic (and vice versa). The incumbent will be reporting to the Communication Officer and the head of Communication Unit.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Translation of WFP internal documents, including messages, minutes, circulars, SOPs, reports, texts for bulletins, UN rules, regulations and guidelines, any other internal texts as required. The translated text to be delivered in MS Word, PowerPoint or Excel files, as required.
  2. Translation of WFP external documents including letters, press releases, media advisories, publications, reports, and official correspondence with authorities. These texts could be for print publications, broadcast or web. The translated text to be delivered in MS Word, PowerPoint or Excel files as required.
  3. Translation of figures, fact boxes, tables, photo captions, sources, infographics and covers.
  4. Provide simultaneous interpretation for senior management and visiting senior officials for high level meetings and field visits, including during evenings, weekends and other holidays.
  5. Ensure that all translated texts are technically, linguistically and grammatically correct and error free and completed to the highest standards.
  6. Perform terminology research to ensure accurate and appropriate translations. Support the development of guidelines and style guides to ensure consistent use of language and phrases in English and Arabic. Compile information, such as technical terms used in legal settings into glossaries and terminology databases to be used in translations.
  7. Complete the work within the agreed timeline and submit the final translation in both soft and hard copy.
  8. Follow standard Emergency Preparedness practices to support WFP with quick feedback in the delivery of tasks.
  9. Maintain strict confidentially of all translation work.
  10. Provide advice and guidance within area and level of expertise, in order to ensure that all translated materials meet desired standards of consistency, quality and impact.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Experience: 5 or more years of relevant work experience.

Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the related functional area.

Language: Fluency (level C) in English language. Fluency (level C) in Arabic Language.

DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE

• Has demonstrated a sound understanding of WFP communication techniques and activities and awareness of the socio-political context in which WFP operates through day to day work • Has provided ad-hoc guidance to new staff members

4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES

Purpose

  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Coaches team in the most effective ways to communicate WFP’s Strategic Objectives to WFP team and partners in the field.
  •  Be a force for positive change: Implements new methods or tools to improve team’s work processes and productivity.
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Maps team’s activities and tasks to specific successes in beneficiary communities to showcase positive impact.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Explains to teammates how each unit contributes to the overall WFP mission.
People

  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Identifies skill development opportunities such as training modules or on-the-job experiences for self, colleagues and direct reports.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Facilitates team building activities to build rapport in own unit.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Facilitates the pairing of junior colleagues with coaches within own team.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Proactively anticipates potential challenges and develops mitigation plans to ensure that team meets goals and targets.
Performance

  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Identifies opportunities to be creative in own work and to help team be more innovative and accurate in their respective tasks and areas of work.
  •  Focus on getting results: Monitors team’s deliverables and provides feedback to ensure outcomes are delivered consistently and accurately.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Provides accurate guidance to team on expected responsibilities and tasks, whilst also upholding own commitment to the team.
  •  Be Decisive: Sets an example and provides guidance to junior team members on when to escalate issues when faced with challenging issues in the workplace or in the field.
Partnership

  • Connect and share across WFP units: Facilitates partnerships with other WFP units to accomplish missions in the field.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Sets an example and provides guidance to team on how to build relationships with external partners.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Articulates to colleagues or direct reports the value of contributing to other WFP teams and agency partnerships in fulfilling WFP’s goals and objectives.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Organizes, monitors, and prioritizes own and team’s efforts to ensure that they will fulfill the needs of internal and external partners.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES

Media and Influencer Relationship Management Demonstrates ability to respond to and/or escalate needs of media and influencers within own scope of responsibility to raise the profile of WFP, build relationships and further organisational aims.

Media and Communication Expertise Collates accurate and timely information presented in required format (i.e. written or visual materials) as well as verbally, to enable information flows and informed decision making on communications issues.

Specialised Knowledge in Communications Exhibits specalised technical knowledge of communications channels processes, tools and techniques. In immediate area of responsibility, provides support in developing written, visual, audio and multi-media content for communications materials and suggestions for improved communications processes.

Sociopolitical Contextual Understanding Shows awareness of the multilateral/interagency environment and the dynamics in which WFP operates which informs approach to daily tasks.

Communication Strategy and Planning Demonstrates sound understanding of WFP communications strategy and effectively implements tailored media and communications plans which support the delivery of the strategy.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • WFP is an equal opportunity employer.
  • WFP does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.
  • The applicant should be a Yemeni national or having work/residency permit.
  • Only candidates who are short-listed will be contacted.
  • Applications must be submitted online with:
  1. Use English language only.
  2. Indicate all your job TOR.
  3. Indicate clear years of experience with each job (month/year)
  • WFP FT staff who are still under probation period are not eligible to apply.
  • By submitting your application, you have read the Terms of Reference for this position and agree that any false, wrong or incomplete information might lead to your disqualification in this recruitment process.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

10th February 2021 WFP never uses external recruitment agencies and recruitment is always is free of charge. WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. The selection of staff are made on a competitive basis and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance. Only applicants whose profiles meet the advertised job requirements will be considered and only within the announced deadline. لا يقوم برنامج الأغذية العالمي بالاستعانة ابداً بأشخاص او بوكالات خارجية في التوظيف، علماً بان عملية التوظيف دائماً مجانية. يبحث برنامج الأغذية العالمي عن مرشحين من أعلى درجات النزاهة والكفاءة المهنية والذين يتقاسمون مبادئنا الإنسانية.

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