Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief, Interpretation Section, P5
Department/Office: Department for General Assembly and Conference Management
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 11 March 2021 - 24 April 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Language-DGACM-149795-R-Vienna (L)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Interpretation Section (IS) of the Conference Management Service (CMS) of the Division for Management (DM) of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV). The Chief of the Interpretation Section reports to the Chief, Conference Management Service.

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Within delegated authority, the Chief, Interpretation Section, will be responsible for the following duties:
• Provide policy guidance to the Chief of Service on conceptual strategy development and management of the implementation of overall strategies and intra and interdivisional/departmental policies and procedures regarding interpretation as well as on relevant rules of the International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC).
• Plan and oversee the management of activities undertaken by the Section; ensure that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion.
• Manage, supervise and carry out the work programme of the Interpretation Section. Coordinate diverse projects carried out by the Section.
• Contribute to the reporting to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports by providing substantive input in the preparation of position papers and reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions, Committee for Programme Coordination, Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.
• Ensure that the outputs produced by the Section maintain high-quality standards, in compliance with the relevant mandates.
• Prepare inputs for the work programme of the Service, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
• Carry out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Section, including preparing budget estimates and cost estimates for individual meeting/conferences as required, assigning interpreters and team leaders to meetings, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparing inputs for results-based budgeting and evaluating staff performance (e-Performance) as first or second reporting officer.
• Recruit staff for the Section taking due account of geographical and gender balance and other institutional criteria. Recruit regular and freelance staff for the Section in a timely manner, taking into account language combinations for meetings and keeping abreast of the development of a meeting/session to plan for additions or modifications of staffing tables. Monitor the state and evolution of the freelance market and actively seek to increase the pool of competent local freelancers.
• Coordinate with counterparts at other duty stations under the Integrated Global Management with a view to optimize the utilization of interpretation capacity, and liaise with relevant secretariats in the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV)/ United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), advising them on the optimum use of interpretation resources.
• Manage, guide, develop and train staff under her/his supervision.
• Foster teamwork and communication among staff in the Section and across organizational boundaries.
• Participate in international, regional or national meetings and provide programmatic/substantive expertise and hold programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.
• Represent the Organization at inter-agency meetings: International Annual Meeting on Language Arrangements, Documentation and Publications (IAMLADP), seminars, etc., on issues related to the work of the Interpretation Section.
• Carry out other duties as assigned, including acting as officer-in-charge of the Service in the absence of the Chief.


• Professionalism: Has profound knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Is able to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Is able to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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.
• 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.
• Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Managerial Competencies
• Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
• Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.


An advanced degree (Master's degree or equivalent) from a university or an institution of equivalent status, preferably from an internationally recognized interpretation school, or equivalent qualifications. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Candidates for this position must have passed the United Nations Competitive Examination for Interpreters.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in conference servicing/interpretation as well as in planning and budgeting is required.
Demonstrated management and leadership experience is required.
Considerable experience and knowledge of the worldwide and local freelance interpretation market are required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity.

All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect.

The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her.

Vienna is classified in the H category and is a family duty station.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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