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  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Translations and Languages
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
  • Closing Date: 2019-04-03

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Senior Reviser (Russian)

Rome (Italy)


The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments



  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality
  • People with disabilities are protected from any type of discrimination during any stage of employment, including the recruitment phase
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
  • The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization



Organizational Setting


The Meeting Programming and Documentation Service (CPAM) is responsible for meeting scheduling and programming, and for the provision of interpretation, translation, terminology and printing services.

Reporting Lines


The Senior Reviser reports to the Chief, Meeting Programming and Documentation Service.

Technical Focus


Idiomatic and timely translations of meeting documents, publications, correspondence and other materials into Russian.

Key Results


Translation of FAO official documents for meetings and certain important publications be carried out according to the highest quality standards.

Key Functions


• plans, organizes, supervises and monitors the translation, revision and editing work, as well as related terminology and reference work, of the Unit; allocates work to staff, assigns staff  to particular translation, revision or editing duties, determines and communicates priorities, controls quality and output, and ensures compliance with established  FAO rules, house style and standards;

• supervises and evaluates the work performed by the staff of the unit and by external collaborators; provides new translators and revisers with guidance and training; organizes the testing of candidates for employment, including prospective contractual translators, and makes recommendations regarding the selection of staff;

• revises translations of highly sensitive texts and approves finished translations of an exceptionally difficult or complex character; edits or translates texts that cannot be assigned to other staff because of their urgency, confidentiality or importance;

• formulates instructions and guidelines governing the work of the unit;

• makes authoritative linguistic determinations in the target language especially in technical and subject fields where vocabulary is only emerging and semantics must be developed;

• leads and facilitates terminology research as well as  the building up of terminological data bases, useful reference materials and sources for translation work;

• recommends action on personnel, budgetary and procedural matters relating to the efficient operations of the unit;

• performs other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

• Advanced University Degree in Linguistic Studies or Translation or in another FAO field such as Agriculture, Economics or Law with specialization in languages
• Ten years of relevant experience in translation/revision work
• Excellent knowledge of Russian
• Working knowledge of English and French or Spanish

• Results Focus
• Leading, Engaging and Empowering
• Communication
• Partnering and Advocating
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Strategic Thinking
Technical/Functional Skills

• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is essential
• Extent and relevance of experience in translation/revision work
• Demonstrated ability to accurately translate highly specialized technical subjects and to analyze problems and detect flaws in translation
• Demonstrated clear expression and rapid composition in Russian
• Extent of professional vocabulary coupled with a keen sense of semantics
• Extent and relevance of experience in the use of modern translation tools

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