Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) - Individual Contractor Asia Pacific Region Roundtable – Korean Translation
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 23 April 2021 - 03 May 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-154444-Individual Contractor
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Through these translation services the Initiative will be able to engage a broad range of financial institutions, including commercial banks, asset managers, insurers, and multi-lateral development banks and agencies in Asia – in a constructive dialogue about the nexus between economic development, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the financial sector. The services will also help promote the full integration of climate considerations into all aspects of the financial sector’s operations and services and help foster private sector investment in the transition to a low-carbon, climate resilient economy. Finally, the services will help the Initiative to broaden its outreach both within UNEP / UN and external to banks, insurers and investors, governments, regulators, private sector and multi-stakeholders.

Work Location

Working Remotely

Expected duration

The expected duration of the contract is 1 month.

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

The overall objective of the UNEP’s Economy Division is to encourage decision makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities.

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is the strategic partnership between the United Nations and over 300 banks, insurers and investors. For over 28 years UNEP FI has been shaping and driving the international sustainable finance agenda, setting global standards and growing a global network of leading financial institutions. Through its work-streams and regional activities, peer learning, methodology development, training and research, UNEP FI carries out its mission to help the financial industry align with and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and with that take on the crucial role it must play in achieving a sustainable future.

UNEP FI needs a consultant to work on the translation for its Asia Pacific Region Roundtable in June 2021 and currently does not have the relevant professional expertise internally to carry out the stated tasks as shown below.

Objectives, output expectations and performance indicators

The consultant will provide assistance in the following project/tasks for UNEP FI’s Event Translation work:
• Translation of 5 recorded sessions from English into Korean
• Provide audio files of all recorded sessions in Korean up to a high level of quality
• Provide live simultaneous translation for 2 sessions (English-Korean)
• Provide transcripts in Chinese, Japanese and English for 1 recorded session (recorded in Korean)

A high quality of translations will be checked through local partners to ensure it is up to standards.

Specific tasks and responsibilities

1st deliverable May 2021 – Provide 5 audio files in Korean, 1 video with transcripts in Chinese, English and Japanese

2nd Deliverable June 2021 – Provide Simultaneous translation for 2 live sessions on 1-3 June 2021 (Korean-English)

The consultant/individual contractor will report to the Programme Management Officer, and the overall responsibility for the consultant will rest with the Head of Unit

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Excellent oral and written communications skills in Korean and English, strong interpersonal skills and ability to provide translations for webinars and events; ability to cope with juggling multiple tasks across diverse projects in an organized and timely manner; attention to detail. The consultant is expected to support the secretariat in delivering engaging events in multiple languages. The consultant should have the ability to establish and maintain good working relations in a multicultural and geographically dispersed environment across teams. A hands-on, pragmatic approach is desirable.

Academic Qualifications: Advanced degree in interpretation, communications, administration or international relations or environmental affairs or social sciences. A first-level university degree in combination with additional relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: At least 5 years’ experience working as a translator. Experience working with banks and /or insurers and/or investors is required as well as experience working in international contexts would be of benefit. The candidate should have successfully coordinated complex and, ideally, multi-stakeholder, projects.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this consultancy, fluency in oral and written English is a requirement. Excellent knowledge of Korean is required. Japanese is an asset.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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