United Nations Office at Nairobi Senior Interpreter - Arabic Jobs in Kenya

United Nations Office at Nairobi Senior 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) the Resident Coordination System (RCS) 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. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Section.


  • Within delegated authority, the Senior 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.

  • 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.

  • Provides interpretation services to sensitive meetings.

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

  • Assists the Chief of Section in assessing the performance of staff and freelance interpreters.

  • Assists the Chief of Section, as appropriate, in the screening, training and examining of prospective interpreters.

  • Assists the Chief of Section in instructing and advising interpreter trainees.

  • Serves as Team leader on missions and as Officer in Charge, if required.

  • Assumes the role of Chief of Section when designated.

  • Performs 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.

  • Team Work: 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.

  • Planning and Organizing: 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.

  • Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines.

  • Leardership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands.


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

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of professional interpreting experience in international organizations, of which at least five (5) years working within the United Nations system or similar international organization is required.

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


  • English and French are the working languages in the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency / 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.

  • 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 Senior Interpreter - Arabic Jobs in Kenya

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