Job Opening

Posting Title: ASSOCIATE TRANSLATOR, ENGLISH (two posts), P2
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 04 June 2021 - 09 August 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Language-IIMM-156553-R-Geneva (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar was established by the Human Rights Council in its resolution 39/2, adopted on 27 September 2018. The creation of the Mechanism was welcomed by the General Assembly in its resolution 73/264, adopted on 22 December 2018. This position is located in the Independent Investigative Mechanism on Myanmar (IIMM), based in Geneva, Switzerland. The Associate Translator will report to the Editor in the Language Support Services Section.


Within delegated authority, the Associate Translator will be responsible for the following duties:

• Assists in producing accurate translations of written and/or oral witness statements, media articles, public outreach materials and other documents from the Myanmar language (Burmese) and/or other languages used in Myanmar (such as Chin, Kachin, Rakhine, Rohingya and Shan) into English, and vice versa as required by the Mechanism.
• Attends meetings as part of a team, takes notes either directly from statements made in the languages of competence or from the interpretation and subsequently uses the notes to produce draft records, subject to revision.
• Provides interpretation support for the Mechanism’s internal and external meetings.
• Consults and coordinates with other associate translators, revisers, analysts, investigators, legal officers and supervisors within the work unit, to assure conformity and consistency with UN practices and internal protocols.
• Provides advice to other members within the work unit on matters concerning translation/interpretation policy and practice and assists them in the preparation of translations, and consults with relevant sections and carries out research to clarify ambiguities and rectify substantive errors.
• Undertakes open source research on matters related to Myanmar.
• Performs such other duties as may be directed by the supervisor and the Head/ Deputy Head of the Mechanism.


Professionalism: Knowledge of editorial policies, practices and research techniques, including translation workflow (translation, editing, proofreading). Knowledge of translation memory software and ability to work with ZawGyi and Unicode fonts. Ability to apply judgment, maintain confidentiality and be flexible. Solid writing and analytical abilities with sensitivity to nuance. Ability to spot errors and inconsistencies in a text. Ability to work under pressure. 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 under tight time constraints.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational 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.

Planning and Organising: 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.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) from a university or institution of equivalent status in translation, interpreting, social sciences, law or other related fields is required. A first-level degree in one of these fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may also be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of two (2) years of experience translating and interpreting from the Myanmar language (Burmese) into English, and vice versa, is required.
Experience translating and interpreting from another language used in Myanmar (such as Chin, Kachin, Rakhine, Rohingya and Shan) into English, and vice versa, is desirable.
Experience translating legal documents is desirable.
Experience providing translation or interpretation services in support of criminal investigations is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the positions advertised, fluency in English and the Myanmar language (Burmese) is required. Knowledge of another language used in Myanmar (such as Chin, Kachin, Rakhine, Rohingya and Shan) is desirable.


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

Special Notice

The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof is subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

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.

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.

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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