United Nations Office at Nairobi Translator - Spanish Jobs in Kenya

United Nations Office at Nairobi Translator - Spanish 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 Resident Coordinator System (RCS) 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 Spanish Translation and Text-Processing Unit, Translation and Editorial Section, Division of Conference Services, UNON. Under the supervision of the Chief of Unit, the incumbent will perform the following:


  • Translates, generally subject to revision and often to tight deadlines, from two other UN official languages into the language of the Unit texts, which cover a broad range of subjects dealt with by the United Nations.

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

  • Provides guidance to contractual translators with a view to refining their skills and performance and helps maintain uniformity of terminology use in the unit.

  • Stands in for the Chief of the Unit as required.

  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Demonstrated good writing skills; ability to grasp the meaning of a complex text and translate it accurately while replicating the style and nuances of the original text. Knowledge of a broad range of subjects, including political, social, legal, economic, financial, administrative, scientific and technical subjects. Ability to make effective use of all appropriate and available reference sources. Ability to work under pressure and maintain adequate speed and volume of output. Demonstrated flexibility, judgement and discretion.

  • 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.

  • 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 Prepares/Proof-readers/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 Spanish, 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.

  • 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 Translator - Spanish Jobs in Kenya

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