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.
Org. Setting and Reporting
This post is located in the Russian Translation Section, Languages Service, Division of Conference Management, United Nations Office at Geneva.
The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:- Revising translations covering a broad range of subjects dealt with by the United Nations. – Translating, mostly without revision, texts covering a broad range of subjects dealt with by the United Nations, particularly those subjects requiring experience and recognized proficiency. – Developing new terminology for use where none exists in the target language. – Carrying out linguistic research and, as appropriate, preparing glossaries, technical vocabularies and related reference tools. – Counselling and assisting translators and briefing them on the procedures and practices of the Section, terminology and a broad range of subjects, as required. – Maintaining a certain speed and volume of output, due account being taken of the complexity of the text received by him/her for revision. Meeting deadlines established for the production of documents. – Supervising the work of small groups of translators. – Performing other related duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM- Knowledge of standard CAT (Computer Assisted Translation) tools. – Solid writing and analytical skills. – High standards of accuracy, consistency and faithfulness to the spirit, style and nuances of the original text such as to require little or no revision. – Good grasp of terminological and reference research techniques. – Ability to use all sources of reference and information and to do research. – High level of versatility, judgement and discretion. – Ability to work under pressure and maintain adequate speed and volume of output. – Ability to work as a self-reviser. – Shows pride in work and in achievements. – Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of translation. – 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. – Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.PLANNING AND ORGANIZING – 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 efficientlyACCOUNTABILITY: – 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.TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: – Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; – Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; – Shows willingness to learn new technology.
A first-level degree from a university or institution of equivalent status. Must have passed the United Nations Competitive Examination for Russian Translators.
At least five years of translation experience, preferably including three years within the United Nations, and some experience of self-revision. Experience in a broad range of subjects dealt with by the United Nations (political, social, legal, economic, financial, administrative, scientific and technical), with a recognised specialisation in a particular substantive, technical or administrative area is required. Experience with on-screen translation is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in Russian, which must be the candidate’s main language, and an excellent knowledge of at least two other United Nations official languages is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.
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.Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.
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