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Bern | Geneva

  • Organization: UPU - Universal Postal Union
  • Location: Bern | Geneva
  • Grade: Junior level - P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Translations and Languages
  • Closing Date: Closed

Vacancy Announcement No: UPU/24/P2/FT-C/439
Title: Expert-Translator
Grade: P2
Type of contract: Fixed-term (Core) Appointment
Duration:  Three years
Publication Date: 5 March 2024
Original published date: 5 March 2024
Application Deadline: 14 April 2024
Republished (Currently accepting applications)
Organizational Unit: Logistics Directorate (DL)
Arabic Translation Service
Duty Station:  Bern Switzerland
Scheduled date for taking up appointment:  As soon as possible
Organizational Context:
With its 192 member countries, the Universal Postal Union (UPU), a specialized agency of the United Nations, is the primary forum for cooperation between postal sector players. It helps to ensure a truly universal network of up-to-date products and services.
Main duties:
General mission: translate internal and official IB / UPU texts and correspondences sent by postal authorities form the Arabic Region.

- Translate texts from French or English to Arabic and from Arabic to French or English, seeking the advice of the Head of STAR or other translators in the team where necessary
- Carry out the necessary research that the translation requires
- Provide formal or informal drafting advice to the authors of texts
- Contribute to the development of specialized terminology for the UPU
- Participate in testing of new language-related tools or products
- As required, participate in other tasks covered by the service
Bachelor's degree in translation or modern languages from a recognized institution
Minimum of two years' experience as a translator in an international organization or similar (public administration, institutions, etc.)
Technical knowledge:
1. Familiarity with computer-assisted translation tools (Trados or equivalent) and document management tools (Pegasus or equivalent)
2. Good practical terminological research skills using the Internet or other sources
3. Solid knowledge of Office tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
4. Knowledge of database tools
Skills and abilities / competencies:
1. Ability to work independently
2. Sense of rigour
3. Ability to work under stress
4. Customer focus
5. Intellectual curiosity
6. Team spirit
Language skills:
Arabic mother tongue

Proficiency in French and English is required
Additional Information:
French is the official language of the UPU. English and French are the working languages of the UPU International Bureau.
Priority shall be given for an internal promotion.
Candidates might be considered for other similar posts (for a period not exceeding one year).
The UPU is committed to encouraging diversity within its workforce. Interested candidates from minority groups and/or with disabilities are encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated equally and in the strictest confidence.
Candidates must ensure that they provide relevant contact details so that they can be contacted at any time, to prevent them from
being excluded from the selection process.
The UPU is committed to securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for its staff members. In this
regard, candidates under serious consideration for selection may be subject to satisfactory background checks aimed at validating the educational and professional background records as indicated by candidates in their respective application forms.

At the discretion of the UPU, such background checks may also be extended to include criminal records, disciplinary measures,
sexual exploitation and abuse, and professional license check validation.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
50,377 USD
Post adjustment: 90 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

The conditions of service are governed by the Staff Regulations and Rules of the International Bureau of the Universal Postal Union.

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form.
All applications must be received by the closing date as stated in the vacancy announcement.

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

Applications from women and member states are particularly encouraged.

The UPU promotes diversity and work-life balance.

For further instructions regarding the online application process, please visit the UPU internet page at:
Republished (Currently accepting applications)

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