The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)
United Nations International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM)
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is within the International Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011 (IIIM), The position is located in Geneva, Switzerland. The incumbent reports to the Senior Legal Officer in the Operational Support Section (OSS) and, as required, will assist in managerial, administrative, operational, and supervisory responsibilities of the IIIM translation unit, including by acting as First Reporting Officer.
Within delegated authority, the Reviser will be responsible for the following duties:
– Revises translations (from English into Arabic and Arabic into English) and original summary records dealing with a broad range of subjects dealt with by the United Nations, while meeting or exceeding required workload standards.
– Translates texts, mainly from English into Arabic, covering a broad range of subjects dealt with by the United Nations, particularly those subjects requiring experience and recognized proficiency. Makes full use of available computer-assisted-translation (CAT) tools and actively contributes to their utilization and implementation of any related IT tools and improvements. Occasional translation from Arabic into English.
– Develops new terminology for use where none exists in the target language.
– Carries out linguistic research and provides input to multilingual terminology databases and related reference tools.
– Counsels and assists translators/field language assistants and briefs them on the procedures and practices of the IIIM translation unit, terminology and a broad range of subjects, as required.
– Participates in the setting of terminology standards.
– Supervises the work of translators and field language assistants.
– Coordinates outsourcing of translation needs as required.
– Performs other related duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to demonstrate good writing skills; high standard of accuracy, consistency and faithfulness to the spirit, style and nuances of the original text with a good grasp of the subject matter. Knowledge of a broad range of subjects dealt with by the United Nations, i.e., political, social, legal, economic, financial, administrative, scientific and technical. Ability to use all sources of references, consultation and information relevant to text at hand. Ability to work under pressure and maintain adequate speed and volume of output. Ability to show a high level of versatility, judgement and discretion. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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 efficiently.
MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
A first-level degree from a university or institution of equivalent status is required.
Job – Specific Qualification
Having passed the combined United Nations Language Competitive Examination for Translators/Précis-writers, Editors, Verbatim Reporters and Copy Preparers/Proofreaders/Production Editors in Arabic or any relevant United Nations language competitive examinations in the relevant language is required.
A minimum of five years of experience in translation, précis-writing, self-revision, and use of relevant computer software, electronic tools, and databases is required.
Out of the aforementioned experience, three years of experience at the United Nations or a similar international organization is desirable.
Experience in the use of standard computer-assisted translation (CAT) tools is desirable.
Experience managing language staff is desirable.
Experience in editing, verbatim reporting, copy preparation, proofreading, or production editing is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in Arabic, which must be the candidate’s main language, is required. Excellent knowledge of English and French, as tested by the relevant United Nations language competitive examination, is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
Fulfillment of the responsibilities of this position may necessitate engagement with material and/or information that may be distressing.
An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.
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.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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