United Nations Office at Nairobi Interpreter - Arabic Jobs in Kenya

United Nations Office at Nairobi Interpreter - Arabic Jobs in 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. UNON supports programme implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, conference and information services. The post is in the Arabic Interpretation Unit, Interpretation Section, Division of Conference Services, UNON.

  • Under the broad supervision of the Senior Interpreter, 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.

    • Provides interpretation, as required, into Arabic of speeches or statements given in English and/or French and interpretation into English and/or French of speeches given in Arabic.

    • Routinely covers sensitive meetings.

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

    • May be called upon to serve as Chief Interpreter on missions.

    • May assist in the screening, training and examining of prospective Arabic interpreters.

    • May provide guidance and coaching to junior interpreters.

    • May function as Programming Officer.

    • May perform other related duties, as required.


  • Profesionalism; 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.

  • 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.

  • Commitment to Continouse 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.


  • A first level degree from a university or from an institution of equivalent status is required. A Master’s degree is desirable. Must have passed the United Nations Competitive Examination for Arabic interpreters.

    Work Experience

  • At least five (5) years of professional interpreting experience in international organizations is required.

  • Experience providing accurate interpretation of a broad range of UN subjects is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages in the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, a perfect command of Arabic, normally expected to be the incumbent's main language, is required. Candidates for this post must also possess an excellent knowledge of English or French.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Office at Nairobi Interpreter - Arabic Jobs in Kenya

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