Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERNSHIP – French Translation and Text Processing Section (FTTS), I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Office at Vienna
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 22 November 2018 - 15 December 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Conference Services-UNOV-107368-J-Vienna (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This internship 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), and is for two months between 11 February and 12 April 2019.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time. The intern will work five days per week (40 hours) under the supervision of the Chief of Section and the Terminology Focal Point.

For more information please see (under the sections: "Conferences" and "Employment and Internships).


The Intern will be responsible for the following duties:

* contributing to the cleaning of terminology records in UNTERM;
* helping to eliminate duplicated records in UNTERM;
* helping to integrate, in UNTERM or in eLuna, glossaries that were established by FTTS in various work areas, e.g. on commercial law, criminal law, space sciences, nuclear sciences and drugs;
* performing terminology research in support of specific translation projects;
* performing other tasks, as requested by the Terminology Focal Point.


•Professionalism: 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.

•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.

•Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.



To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
• Applicants must be studying for a Master’s degree in Translation in a French language university or translation school.
• Priority will be given to students from universities which signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations [École supérieure d’interprétation et de traduction (ESIT, Paris III), Institut supérieur de management et de communication interculturelle (ISIT, Paris), Faculté de traduction et d’interprétation de l’Université de Genève (FTI) and Faculté de traduction et d’interprétation – École d’interprètes internationaux (FTI-EII) (UMons)].
• Applicants must have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
• Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the Programme. However, they may wish to list any relevant work experience in their Personal History Profile.


Fluency in spoken and written French, which should be the candidate’s main language of education and target language of the Translation Diploma, as well as in English, which should be the source language of the Translation Diploma, is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language would be an asset.


Candidates will be assessed based on their Personal History Profile (PHP). Individual interviews and/or tests may be conducted for further assessment.

Special Notice

A completed online application [cover note and Personal History Profile (PHP)] is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The cover note must include

•Degree programme (What are you currently studying?);
•Graduation date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?);
•List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in;
•List your top three areas of interest;
•Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship;
•Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.

In your online PHP, be sure to include all past work experiences, if any, IT skills and three references.

Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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