United Nations Interpreter, French Jobs in Kenya

United Nations Interpreter, French Jobs in Kenya


Org. Setting and Reporting

  • The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the Director-General of UNON is the representative of the Secretary-General in Kenya. UNON supports programme implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Resident Coordination System (RCS) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, security, conference and information services (www.unon.org).

  • This post is located in the Interpretation Section of the Division of Conference Services (DCS), UNO, Nairobi duty station. Under the direct supervision of the Chief, Interpretation Section, the Interpreter will be responsible for the following duties:

    Responsibilities

    • Service up to seven meetings per week exceptionally eight, usually of no more than three hours duration, of various United Nations bodies.

    • French interpreters provide interpretation, as required, into French of speeches or statements given in two other UN official languages.

    • May occasionally be assigned to sensitive meetings.

    • May function as a team leader of all interpreters assigned to a given meeting.

    • 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 French Interpreters.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of two years of internationally recognized professional interpreting experience

    Languages

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised perfect command of French language which must be the candidate’s primary language is required. Knowledge of English and Russian is required. Knowledge of at least one other official language of the United Nations is desirable.

  • Note: 'Fluency' equals a rating of 'fluent' in all four areas (speak, read, write and understand) and 'Knowledge of' equals a rating of 'confident' in two of the four areas.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Interpreter, French Jobs in Kenya


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