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Freelance Sango Translator

Multiple locations (Multiple locations)

  • Organization: ICC - International Criminal Court
  • Location: Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Translations and Languages
  • Closing Date:

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18871 | Registry 
Deadline for Applications:   Open
Organizational Unit:   Language Services Section, Division of Judicial Services, Registry 
Duty Station:   Various Duty Stations
Type of Appointment:   To be determined
Minimum Net Annual Salary:   ICC Freelance Translation Rates
Contract Duration:   Variable length

Organisational context

Provision of high quality language services for efficient conduct of Court business:

The Language Services Section (LSS) provides language services to the organs of the Court, i.e. translation, revision and editing of Court documents; consecutive and simultaneous interpretation for meetings, trial hearings, press conferences, specialised seminars, diplomatic briefings and other events, held in-house or away from the seat of the Court; assistance and guidance in terminology and references, management of language tools to make sure that consistent terminology is used in all the organs of the Court; recruitment, training, and accreditation of interpreters needed for work with Registry officials in the field and/or at the seat of the Court; provision of relevant information to service users to make them familiar with all the types of language services provided and with the procedures and requirements of the professions in question.

Duties and Responsibilities

The freelance Sango translator will be required to:

  • Translate from French or English into Sango documents covering a wide range of topics including but not limited to: legal, political, military, medical, forensic, technical, administrative and financial matters, and human rights;
  • Ensure accuracy, clarity, cohesion and conformity with ICC standards, practice and policy;
  • Consult with LSS revisers and translators to clarify ambiguities;
  • Observe established terminology and inhouse usage, identify new terminology and actively contribute to terminology and reference databases;
  • Use MS Office Suite and CAT Tools.

Essential Qualifications


A university degree in translation, languages, law or any relevant subject.


  • Two years of relevant work experience as a translator;
  • For recent graduates with relevant advanced university degree who perform particularly well in the translation test, the experience requirement could be waived;
  • Experience in translation with international organisations would be an asset.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to translate documents covering a wide range of topics including but not limited to: legal, political, military, medical, forensic, technical, administrative and financial matters, and human rights;
  • Solid academic knowledge of the required languages;
  • Knowledge of legal concepts in general, and of international legal instruments and ICC basic texts in particular; knowledge of terminology relevant to the context of international organisations; basic knowledge of ICC situations and cases;
  • Knowledge of relevant IT and a high level of proficiency in the use of word processing programs and CAT Tools;
  • Ability to work effectively to deadlines and, as necessary, as part of a translation team;
  • Knowledge of the style and usage of source and target languages; acute sensitivity to nuance and attention to detail; good analytical skills;
  • Good organisational and time management skills;
  • Openness to skill development.

Knowledge of Languages:

Mother-tongue proficiency in Sango and a high level of proficiency in French and/or English.

Assessment Method

Candidates will be required to sit an ICC translation test.

Successful Candidates will be required to undergo a security vetting procedure.

ICC Core Competencies

Dedication to the mission and values
- Acts consistently in accordance with the mission and values of the Organisation;
- Maintains confidentiality, acts with integrity and shows respect for diversity;
- Shows commitment to the organisation;
- Presents a positive image of the organisation during external discussions.


- Applies professional and technical expertise;
- Keeps abreast of organisational issues;
- Produces workable solutions to a range of problems.


- Listens, consults and communicates proactively;
- Handles disagreements with tact and diplomacy;
- Recognises and rewards the contribution of others.


Learning and developing
- Identifies development strategies needed to achieve work and career goals and makes use of developmental or training opportunities;
- Learns from successes and failures;
- Seeks feedback and gives feedback to others to increase organisational effectiveness;
- Seeks opportunities for improvement of work;
- Has an open mind and contributes to innovation.


Handling uncertain situations
- Adapts to changing circumstances;
- Deals with ambiguity, making positive use of the opportunities it presents;
- Plans activities and projects well in advance and takes account of possible changing circumstances;
- Manages time effectively.


- Expresses opinions, information and key points of an argument clearly;
- Handles contacts with diplomacy and tact;
- Communicates in a transparent and open way with internal and external contacts while complying with confidentiality requirements.


Realising objectives
- Accepts and tackles demanding goals with enthusiasm;
- Keeps to agreements with others;
- Focuses on client needs;
- Takes responsibility for actions, projects and people;
- Monitors and maintains quality and productivity.

General Information

  • The selected candidate will be subject to a Personnel Security Clearance (PSC) process in accordance with the ICC policy. The PSC process will include but is not limited to, verification of the information provided in the personal history form and a criminal record check. All candidates should be in a positon to submit electronic copy of their passport and all diplomas listed on their profile when requested;
  • Applicants may check the status of vacancies on ICC E-Recruitment web-site;
  • Position to be filled preferably by a national of a State Party to the ICC Statute, or of a State which has signed and is engaged in the ratification process or which is engaged in the accession process, but nationals from non-state parties may also be considered;
  • In accordance with the Rome Statute, the ICC aims to achieve fair representation of women and men for all positions;
  • Applications from female candidates are particularly encouraged;
  • Consideration is given to achieving diverse geographical representation at the ICC, to the extent possible;
  • Personnel recruited at the General Service level are not entitled to all of the benefits granted to internationally-recruited staff;
  • The ICC reserves the right to not make any appointment to the vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.
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