Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR INTERPRETER, FRENCH
Job Code Title: SENIOR INTERPRETER, FRENCH
Department/Office: DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND CONFERENCE MANAGEMENT
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 13 May 2016 - 11 July 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Language-DGACM-57225-R-Nairobi (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the representative office of the Secretary-General. We support programme implementation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, conference, security and information services. This post is located in the Interpretation Section of the Division of Conference Services (DCS), UNON, Nairobi duty station, under the broad supervision of the Chief of the Section.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Senior Interpreter will be responsible for the following duties:

• Service up to seven meetings per week (exceptionally eight) of various United Nations bodies, French interpreters provide interpretation, as required, into French of speeches or statements given in two other official languages;
• Routinely assigned to sensitive meetings;
• Routinely function as team leader of all interpreters assigned to a given meeting;
• Assist the Chief of Section or Service, as appropriate, in the screening, training and examining of prospective interpreters;
• May be designated as Officer in Charge of the Interpretation Section;
• May function as Programming Officer;
•Instruct and advise interpreter trainees;
• May perform other related duties as required.

Competencies

• Professionalism: Ability to demonstrate a high level of concentration; split-second 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.

• 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 decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

• 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.

• 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.

• Judgement/Decision-Making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impact of decision prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decision when necessary.

Education

A first-level degree from a university or institution of equivalent status. Candidates for this position must have passed the United Nations Competitive Examination for Interpreters in the primary language of the post.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years' of internationally recognized professional interpreting/translation experience into the main language of the post is required.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, perfect command of French language which must also be the candidate's primary language, is required. Excellent oral comprehension and command of English is also required. For the post advertised an excellent knowledge of Spanish or Russian is also required. Knowledge of at least one other official language of the United Nations, is an asset.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

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.

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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No Fee

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