United Nations Office at Nairobi Interpreter - French Jobs in Kenya

United Nations Office at Nairobi Interpreter - French 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), 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, conference and information services. This post is in the French Interpretation Unit, Interpretation Section, Division of Conference Services, UNON. The incumbent will report to the Senior Interpreter.


  • 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 Spanish and/or Russian.

    • Routinely covers sensitive meetings.

    • May perform other related duties, as required.


    • 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.

    • Commitment to Continous 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. Candidates for this position must have passed the United Nations Competitive examination for language positions for French Interpreters.

    Work Experience

  • At least two (2) years of professional interpreting experience in French in an international organizations is required.

  • Relevant interpretation 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 post advertised, fluency / perfect command of French language -which must also be the candidate's primary language- is required.

  • Excellent / fluency in oral comprehension and command of English and an excellent knowledge of Spanish and/or Russian are also 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 (read, write, speak, 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 Office at Nairobi Interpreter - French Jobs in Kenya

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