Job Opening

Posting Title: Field Interpreter, P3
Job Code Title: Field Interpreter
Department/Office: United Nations Mission to support the Hodeidah Agreement
Duty Station: HODEIDAH
Posting Period: 25 September 2019 - 09 October 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Language-UNMHA-123297-R-Hodeidah (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the United Nations Mission in Support of the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA). The incumbent will be based in Hudaydah, Yemen and will report to the Head of Mission.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:

• Provides consecutive and simultaneous interpretation from the Arabic to English and vice versa at various meetings or areas of activity of the United Nations, using the appropriate terminology, as and when the need arises. This includes interpreting for senior management during meetings with high-rank officials or when required by a substantive department;
• Provides escort (field) interpretation for high-level delegations from UN headquarters, and facilitate communication during official visits, as required;
• Lends assistance to host country in matters of interpretation or translation;
• Aims at a high standard of accuracy, consistency and faithfulness to the spirit, style and nuances of the original spoken/written statements;
• Assists interpreters/translators at meetings and conferences;
• Interprets from local Arabic to English and vice versa, all documents addressed to him/her from the substantive areas, including correspondence motions, briefs, reports, agreements;
• May act as team leader of all interpreters during assignments, as required
• Ensures that work from other interpreters in the unit is done and delivered on time;
• May occasionally be assigned to sensitive meetings;
• Assists in matters of terminology and style to ensure uniformity and quality.
• Identifies new terminology material for the consideration of revisers and terminology managers.
• Observes the established terminology and usage; and ensure consistency;
• Translates when required.
• Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Ability to demonstrate a high level of concentration and accuracy. Ability to work under continuous stress and deliver clear interpretation on an exceedingly broad range of subjects. 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.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; Adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.

Education

A first level degree from a university or an institution of equivalent status is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible relevant experience in English and Arabic translation and interpretation is required
At least two years of work experience in these fields within the United Nations is desirable

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Arabic (both oral and written) is required.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is being advertised for advance planning purposes, pending formal approval of the relevant funding and staffing structures, for an initial period of one year subject to extension of the Mission's mandate. An appointment may be terminated, or post level adjusted in accordance with the Staff Rules for such reasons as abolition of post or reduction of staff or committee funding approvals, for example in the event that the funding for the post is not approved or the mandate of the mission is not extended.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

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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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