Translator/Minute-Writer Job Vacancy at UNESCO (UN JOBS)

Post title: Translator/Minute-Writer
Organisational unit
English Translation Unit, Translation Section, Division of Conferences, Languages and Documents, Sector for Administration
Duty station
Paris, France
Post number
Closing date
20 December 2010
Main responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Chief of Unit, the incumbent shall:
Translate official documents and material from Arabic and French into English, for periodicals and publications, general or specialized (education, science, social and human sciences, culture, communication, administration, etc.), carry out or request necessary referencing;
Minute-write and edit verbatim records at sessions of governing bodies and other meetings;
When sufficiently experienced, and if required, translate on a self-revised basis, revise and edit documents drafted in English, and participate in reading committees;
Participate in the Unit’s terminology work.
Advanced university degree (Master’s level or equivalent) in a field related to languages or translation.
At least three years’ experience of translating in a governmental or international organization, preferably within the United Nations system.
Very broad general knowledge. Knowledge of UNESCO's major fields of action and, if possible, specialization in one or more of these fields.
Ability to work quickly and accurately, as part of a team, often under pressure.
Good IT skills, including proficient word processing, are required. An experience with the use of Computer Assisted Translation (CAT) tools would be an asset.
Excellent knowledge of English (mother tongue or principal language) and very good knowledge of Arabic and French. Knowledge of Russian and/or Spanish would be an asset.
Candidates without experience of translation in the United Nations system may be required to sit a translation/revision test
Conditions of employment
UNESCO’s salaries are calculated in US dollars but mainly paid in local currency. They consist of a basic salary and a post adjustment which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates. For this post, the annual remuneration in local currency will start from around 56,600 euros (53,100 euros if without dependants) for P-2; and from around 68,300 euros (63,800euros if without dependants) for P-3 grade, exempt from income tax. In addition, UNESCO offers an attractive benefits package including 30 days annual vacation, home travel, education grant for dependant children, pension plan and medical insurance. The initial appointment, which is for 2 years, includes a probationary period of 12 months, and is renewable, subject to satisfactory service. Worldwide mobility is required as staff members have to serve in other duty stations according to UNESCO’s job rotation policy. UNESCO is a non-smoking Organization.
How to apply
When applying for UNESCO vacancies, please only use the on-line recruitment system at Candidates without access to Internet may send a paper application by completing the official UNESCO CV form (available at Headquarters, UNESCO Offices, National Commissions in Member States, or any office of a United Nations Resident Representative) in English or French to Chief, HRM/RCS, UNESCO, 7 place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07 SP, France, before the closing date, quoting the post number: ADM-289
UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. If you have any questions concerning persons or companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of UNESCO and requesting the payment of a fee, please contact:
UNESCO is committed to gender equality in its programming and to gender parity within the Secretariat. Therefore, women
candidates are strongly encouraged to apply, as well as nationals from non- and under-represented Member States.
Non- or under-represented Member States as of August 2010 (please check at for the latest situation): Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Azerbaijan,
Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Bolivia, Brunei Darussalam, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El
Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Fiji, Gabon, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kenya,
Kiribati, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Montenegro, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Niue,
Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia,
Singapore, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Tajikistan, Tanzania (United Republic of ),Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu,
Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen.
HRM/RCS/JD/10/P/57, Issue date:18 October 2010

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