United Nations Translator, French Jobs in Ethiopia

United Nations Translator, French Jobs in Ethiopia

Org. Setting and Reporting

ECA's mission, objective and strategic directions:

  • ECA's mission is to deliver ideas and actions for an empowered and transformed Africa; informed by the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063. The mission will be guided by ECA's five new strategic directions which are: Advancing ECA's position as a premier knowledge institution that builds on its unique position and privilege to bring global solutions to the continent's problems and take local solution to the continent; developing macroeconomic and structural policy options to accelerate economic diversification and job creation; designing and implementing innovative financing models for infrastructure, and for human, physical and social assets for a transforming Africa; contributing solutions to regional and transboundary challenges, with a focus on peace security and social inclusion as an important development nexus; advocating Africa's position at the global level and developing regional responses as a contribution to global governance issues.

  • This position is in the Publications, Conference and Knowledge Management Division (PCKMD), Publications and Conference Management Section (PCMS) at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Addis Ababa. The incumbent works under the overall guidance of the Chief of PCMS, and the direct supervision of the Head of French Translation and Editing Unit (FTEU).


    Within delegated authority, the French translator will be responsible for the following duties:

    • Translates, subject to revision, documents covering a broad range of subjects dealt with by ECA, i.e. social, economic, financial, administrative, scientific, and technical.

    • Services meetings of the Commission and those of the sub-regional offices as part of a team and translates their report subject to revision.

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

    • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Possesses strong writing skills, high standards of accuracy, consistency and faithfulness to the spirit, style and nuances of the original text; strong grasp of the subject matter; ability to use all sources of references, consultation and information relevant to the text at hand; ability to maintain an adequate speed and volume of output, taking into account the difficulty of the text and the specified deadlines; ability to use all sources of references, consultation and information relevant to text at hand. 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.

  • Planning & Organizing: Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work. 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.

  • Teamwork: Good coordination with others working on same document in order to ensure consistency of terminology and style; demonstrated ability to gain the support and cooperation of others and maintain effective working relations in a team endeavor, with sensitivity and respect for diversity.


  • A first-level degree from a university or from an institution of equivalent status is required. Must have passed the United Nations Language Competitive Examination for French translators and précis-writers.

    Job - Specific Qualification

  • Certificate for passing the United Nations Competitive Examination for French translators or précis-writers is required.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of two years of translation experience within the United Nations.

  • Knowledge of a broad range of subjects dealt with by the Economic Commission for Africa (social, economic, financial, administrative, scientific and technical) with a recognized specialization in a particular substantive, technical or administrative area is desirable.


  • A perfect command of French, which must be the candidate’s main language, an excellent knowledge of English, and knowledge of another official language of the United Nations, as tested by the relevant United Nations Competitive Examination for French translators or précis-writers are required.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Translator, French Jobs in Ethiopia

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