This position is located in the French Translation and Text Processing Section (FTTS) of the Conference Management Service (CMS), Division for Management (DM), United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV). The incumbent will be working under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Section.
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Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
• Produce revised texts as necessary, as well as self-revised translations, that cover a broad range of subjects dealt with by the United Nations and that fully reflect the content, style and intent of the original text. Translate, mostly without revision, texts submitted by the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in particular those of a sensitive nature or requiring vast experience and recognized proficiency. Revise translations covering subjects dealt with by the above-mentioned offices. Maintain recognized and established UN workload and quality standards.
• Develop new terminology for use where none exists in the target language; carry out linguistic research and participate in the preparation of online terminology records and glossaries, technical vocabularies and related reference tools for use in the Section.
• Coach and assist junior translators, give them feedback on their work and brief them on the procedures and practices of the Section, on standard terminology and on a number of subjects, as required.
• Participate in drafting or consistency groups, as assigned.
• Serve as team-leader on conference shifts, including early-morning, late or night shifts.
• Contribute to the quality management of outsourced documents, as assigned.
• Perform other work-related duties as required.
Professionalism: Has ability to demonstrate good writing skills; high standard of accuracy, consistency and faithfulness to the spirit, style and nuances of the original text with a good grasp of the subject matter. Has knowledge of a broad range of subjects dealt with by the United Nations, i.e., political, social, legal, economic, financial, administrative, scientific and technical. Is able to use all sources of references, consultation and information relevant to text at hand. Is able to work under pressure and maintain adequate speed and volume of output. Has ability to show a high level of versatility, judgement and discretion. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Client orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Managerial Competency: Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
A first-level degree from a university or institution of equivalent status.
Candidates for this position must have passed the combined United Nations Language Competitive Examination for Translators/Précis-writers, Editors, Verbatim Reporters and Copy Preparers/Proofreaders/Production Editors in French or any United Nations language competitive examination in French held before 2017.
A minimum of five years of experience in translation, précis-writing, editing, self-revision, verbatim reporting, copy preparing, proofreading or production editing is required.
Experience in the use of standard computer-assisted-translation (CAT) tools is required.
Three years of experience working within a multilingual setting is desirable.
Experience working within the United Nations or a similar international organization is desirable.
Legal, scientific or technical expertise relevant to the topics dealt with at the United Nations is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in French is required which must be the candidate’s main language.
French translators must also have knowledge of English and, preferably, of one other official United Nations language, as tested by the relevant United Nations language competitive examination.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.Special Notice
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Vienna is classified in the H category and is a family duty station.
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