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Assistant Field Translator


  • Organization: UNAMA - United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
  • Location: Kabul
  • Grade: Junior level - NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Translations and Languages
  • Closing Date: Closed
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Language Unit (LU) of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Kabul. The Assistant Field Translator reports to the Associate Field Translator within the Office of the Chief of Staff.
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following: • Assists with translation of a variety of texts from/to English, Dari and Pashto languages (mainly from/to English and Dari) covering a broad range of subjects dealt with by the United Nations, i.e., political, legal, economic, financial, administrative and technical; • Attends meetings and assists translators to mediate discussions; • Provides interpretation (consecutive and simultaneous) to UNAMA officials including its principals in meeting and conference; • Assists senior officials in converting written materials from one language into another, such as books, publications, or web pages; • Creates a new text in the target language that reproduces the content and style of the original; • Assists with reviewing the translated documents and in matters of terminology and style to ensure uniformity and quality; • Uses all sources of reference, information and consultation relevant to the text at hand and carried out any research required; • Assists with the application of computer assisted translation; • Adopts and maintains a certain speed and volume of output, taking into account the difficulty of the text and the specified deadline; • Facilitates communication for people with limited English proficiency; • Assists translators in translating languages at meetings and conferences; • Interprets both legal terminology and colloquial language; • Reads aloud documents in a language other than that in which they were written; • Assists translators in translating materials and documents into another language; • Accompanies foreign visitors and facilitates communication between the receiving party and visitors; • Adapts a product or service for use in a different language and culture; • Performs other duties as required.
Professionalism: Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. 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. Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Planning & 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in the field of English language, literature, journalism or other related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
Job - Specific Qualification
Not available.
Work Experience
As per the special measure approved for UNAMA, a minimum of one (1) year of responsible/relevant professional experience in translation language activities, preferably with government, non-governmental or international organization is required. Relevant years of experience is reduced to zero (0) for candidates with a relevant masters degree. Training or prior experience in translation is desirable.
Fluency in written and oral English is required. Fluency in Dari is required and in Pashto is preferred.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special Notice
Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located. At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process. By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions. Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira, and to refer to the Applicant Guide by clicking on “Manuals” in the “Help” tile of the inspira account-holder homepage. The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.
No Fee
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