United Nations Language Reference Assistant Jobs in Rwanda

United Nations Language Reference Assistant Jobs in Rwanda

Org. Setting and Reporting

  • The post is located in the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), Arusha Branch, Kigali Field Office. The incumbent will work under the general supervision of the Senior Trial Attorneys and/or Interpreter.


    The incumbent will perform the following duties:

    • Provides uncertified but accurate and reliable translations from Kinyarwanda to English and/or French and from English and/or French to Kinyarwanda of documents used in OTP cases or in relation to such cases.

    • Quickly peruses documents in Kinyarwanda and assists OTP Lawyers and Investigators to determine whether such documents would be useful in any of the OTP on-going cases or investigations.

    • Performs any other translation or interpretation duties as directed either by the Senior Trial Attorneys or by Investigators. These duties include, but are not limited to, acting as interpreter at meetings of the OTP, assisting Investigators in their contacts with local authorities, interpreting informal but official conversations and providing confirmation or reconfirmation of witnesses’ statements.

    • Performs any other linguistic duties as directed by the Senior Trial Attorneys or by Investigators.


    • Professionalism – 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. Commitment to
    implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

    • Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational 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.

    • Planning and Organising – 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.


  • High School diploma or equivalent. A university degree or additional training in translation/interpretation, literature, law, history, political science or related field would be considered an asset.

    Work Experience

  • At least five years of progressively responsible experience in interpretation, translation, administrative support or related field is required.

  • Good understanding of the Rwandan genocide of 1994 is highly desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the Residual Mechanism. For the post advertised, fluency in Kinyarwanda, and English or French, is required. Fluency in the other working language is a distinct advantage.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Language Reference Assistant Jobs in Rwanda

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