Job Opening

Posting Title: TRANSLATOR, FRENCH, P3
Job Code Title: TRANSLATOR, FRENCH
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 31 August 2017 - 14 October 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Language-ECA-83508-R-Addis Ababa (L)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 April 2017, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Viet Nam.

The United Nations Secretariat committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance 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. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Public Information and Knowledge Management Division (PIKMD), Publications Section (PS) at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Addis Ababa. The incumbent works under the overall guidance of the Chief of PS, and the direct supervision of the Head of French Translation and Editing Unit (FTEU).

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the French translator will be responsible for the following duties:

•Translates, subject to revision, documents covering a broad range of subjects dealt with by ECA, i.e. social, economic, financial, administrative, scientific and technical;

•Services meetings of the Commission and those of the sub-regional offices as part of a team and translates their report subject to revision;

•Identifies new terminology material and submit it for the consideration of the revisers;

•Performs other related duties as required

Competencies

•Professionalism: Good writing skills, high standards of accuracy, consistency and faithfulness to the spirit, style and nuances of the original text; good grasp of the subject matter; ability to use all sources of references, consultation and information relevant to the text at hand; ability to maintain an adequate speed and volume of output, taking into account the difficulty of the text and the specified deadlines; ability to use all sources of references, consultation and information relevant to text at hand.

•Planning & Organizing: Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work. 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.

•Teamwork: Good coordination with others working on same document in order to ensure consistency of terminology and style; demonstrated ability to gain the support and cooperation of others and maintain effective working relations in a team endeavour, with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Education

Degree from a university or from an institution of equivalent status required. Candidates for this position must have passed the United Nations Competitive Examination for French Translators. A combination of a postgraduate degree and relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the competitive examination requirement.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of translation experience within the United Nations. Knowledge of a broad range of subjects dealt with by the Economic Commission for Africa (social, economic, financial, administrative, scientific and technical) with a recognized specialization in a particular substantive, technical or administrative area is desirable.

Languages

A perfect command of French, which must be the candidate’s main language, and an excellent knowledge of English are required.

Assessment

Short-listed candidates will be subject to a competency-based interview and other assessment, if required.

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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

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