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This position is located in the English Translation Service (ETS) of the Documentation Division, Department for General Assembly and Conference Management. The ETS is responsible for translating official UN documents and publications into English. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Service.
Within delegated authority, the self-reviser/reviser will be responsible for the following duties:
1) Revision of translations and original summary records on a broad range of subjects dealt with by the United Nations;
2) Drafting, mostly without revision, summary records and serving as monitor of précis-writing teams;
3) Development of new terminology for use, as required;
4) Counselling and assisting translators and précis-writers;
5) Performing other related duties, as required, including programming.
6) Translates, mostly without revision, texts covering a broad range of subjects dealt with by the United Nations, particularly those subjects requiring experience and recognized proficiency.
• Professionalism – Ability to demonstrate good writing skills; high standard of accuracy, consistency and faithfulness to the spirit, style and nuances of the original text with a good grasp of the subject matter; Knowledge of a broad range of subjects dealt with by the United Nations, or any other similar international organisation, i.e., political, social, legal, economic, financial, administrative, scientific and technical; Ability to use all sources of references, consultation and information relevant to text at hand; Ability to work under pressure and maintain adequate speed and volume of output; Ability to show a high level of versatility, judgement and discretion; 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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
• 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.
A first-level university degree from a university or institution of equivalent status. Candidates for this position must have passed the United Nations Competitive Examination for English Translators and Précis-writers.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in translation, précis-writing and self-revision.
A perfect command of English and thorough knowledge of two other official languages of the Organization is required.
The evaluation process may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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