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 Language Unit within the Interpretation Section of the Division of Conference Services (DCS), UNON. The incumbent will be under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Unit.


    Within delegated authority, the Interpreter will be responsible for the following duties:

    • Services 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 into French of speeches given in English and Russian and/or Spanish.

    • Routinely covers sensitive meetings.

    • Routinely functions as team leader of all interpreters assigned to a given meeting.

    • May instruct and advise interpreter trainees.

    • May function as Programming Officer.

    • May 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.

    Commitment to continuous learning:

  • Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession. Actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally. Contributes to the learning of
    colleagues and subordinates. Shows willingness to learn from others. Seeks feedback to learn and improve.


  • 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.


  • A first-level university degree is required from a university or institution of equivalent status. Candidates for this position must have passed the United Nations Competitive examination for language positions for French Interpreters.

    Job - Specific Qualification

  • United Nations Competitive examination for language positions for French Interpreters.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years of professional experience as an interpreter in an international organization is required.

  • Relevant language working experience within the UN System or similar international organization is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised perfect command of French which must be the candidate's primary/main language is required. Candidates for this post must also possess an excellent knowledge of English and Russian languages.

    How to Apply

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

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