UN Senior Interpreter - English - Jobs in Nairobi Kenya

UN Senior Interpreter - English - Jobs in Nairobi Kenya

Org. Setting and Reporting

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 (UNHABITAT) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, conference, security and information services.

This post is located in the Interpretation Section of the Division of Conference Services (DCS), UNON, Nairobi duty station, under the broad supervision of the Chief of the Section.


  • Service up to seven meetings per week (exceptionally eight) of various United Nations bodies, English interpreters provide interpretation, as required, into English of speeches or statements given in two other official languages;
  • Routinely assigned to sensitive meetings;
    Routinely function as team leader of all interpreters assigned to a given meeting;
    Assist the Chief of Section or Service, as appropriate, in the screening, training and examining of prospective interpreters;
    May be designated as Officer in Charge of the Interpretation Section;
  • May function as Programming Officer;
    Instruct and advise interpreter trainees;
    Perform other related duties as required.



  • 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.


  • 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 decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
  • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


  • 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.


  • Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: Empowers others to translate vision into results;
  • Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives;
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support;
  • Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions
  • Drives for change and improvements
  • Does not accept the status quo;
  • Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.
  • Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in


  • Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly;
  • Gathers relevant information before making a decision;
  • Considers positive and negative impact of decision prior to making them;
  • Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the organization;
  • Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information;
  • Checks assumptions against facts;
  • Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decision when necessary.


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

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of ten years of professional interpreting experience in a multilingual setting, five of which would normally have been within the UN System or similar international organization.
  • Five years of managerial experience in a language related area in international, regional or national institutions is required.


  • For the post advertised, fluency in English language which must also be the candidate's primary language, is required.
  • The applicant must also possess an excellent aural comprehension of two other official languages.


  • Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

    Special Notice

  • Appointment against this position is for a period of one year and may be subject to extension.
  • Staff Members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her.
  • In this context, all staffs are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
  • The United Nations is Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

    How to apply

  • 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.Apply by 9th November, 2018
  • If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link.
  • Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

  • For more information and job application details, see; UN Senior Interpreter - English - Jobs in Nairobi Kenya

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