United Nations Office at Nairobi Translator - Arabic Jobs in Kenya

United Nations Office at Nairobi Translator - 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) and 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 Translation and Text Processing Unit, Translation and Editorial Section, Division of Conference Services, United Nations Office at Nairobi.


  • Under the supervision of the Chief of Unit, the incumbent will perform the following:

  • Translates, generally subject to revision, from two other UN official languages into the language of the Unit texts covering a broad range of subjects dealt with by the United Nations, often within demanding time limits.

  • Identifies new terminology material and submits it for consideration of the revisers.

  • Counsels in-house and contractual translators with a view to refining skills and performance and helps maintain uniformity of terminology in the unit.

  • Performs other related linguistic and administrative duties and special assignments as required.


  • Professionalism: Ability to demonstrate good writing skills; high standard of accuracy, consistency to the style and nuances of the original text with a good grasp of the subject matter. Knowledge of a broad range of subjects such as political, social, legal, economic, financial, administrative, scientific and technical. Ability to use all sources of references, consultation and information relevant to text at hand. Ability to work under pressure and maintain adequate speed and volume of output.

  • 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.

  • Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


  • A first-level degree from a university or institution of equivalent status is required. Candidates for this position must have passed the relevant combined United Nations Language Competitive Examination for Translators/Précis-writers, Editors, Verbatim Reporters and Copy Preparers/Proofreaders/Production Editors or relevant United Nations language competitive examinations held before 2017.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of two years of experience in translation, précis-writing, editing, self-revision, verbatim reporting, copy preparing, proofreading or production editing is required

  • Experience in the use of standard computer-assisted-translation (CAT) tools is required.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in Arabic, which must be the candidate’s main language is required. Applicants must also have knowledge of English as tested by the relevant United Nations language competitive examination.

  • Knowledge of one other official United Nations language as tested by the relevant United Nations language competitive examination is desirable.

    How to Apply

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

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