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Interpreter, English

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United Nations Jobs: Interpreter, English

  • Posting Title: Interpreter, English, P4
  • Department/Office: United Nations Office at Nairobi
  • Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Posting Period: 01 November 2019 – 15 December 2019
  • Job Opening Number: 19-Language-UNON-124468-R-Nairobi (L)

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 (UN-HABITAT) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, conference and information services. The post is in the English Interpretation Unit, Interpretation Section, Division of Conference Services, United Nations Office at Nairobi, UNON.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Unit and within delegated authority, the Interpreter will be responsible for the following duties:

Provide interpretation into English as required, of speeches or statements given in two other official languages.
Service up to seven meetings per week (exceptionally eight), usually of no more than three hours duration, of various United Nations bodies.
Routinely covers sensitive meetings.
Routinely functions as team leader of all interpreters assigned to a given meeting.
May instruct and advise interpreter trainees.
May function as Programme Officer.
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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors 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.

Education

A first-level degree from a university or institution of equivalent status. Candidates for this position must have passed the United Nations Language Competitive Examination for English Interpreters with Russian.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of professional interpreting experience in a multilingual setting is required. Relevant language experience in a language related area in international, regional or national institutions is required.

Languages

A perfect command of English normally expected to be the candidate’s main language. The candidate must also possess an excellent aural comprehension of two other official languages, one of those two languages must be Russian.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

This is a language 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.

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.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening.

Internal Applicants – when completing the PHP, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up to date. This information is the basis for the hiring manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you.

Individual contractors and consultants who have worked within the UN Secretariat in the last six months, irrespective of the administering entity, are ineligible to apply for professional and higher temporary or fixed-term positions and their applications will not be considered.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided.

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Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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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