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Associate Translator (Russian)

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Translations and Languages
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-12

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IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATION DEADLINE\:  please note that the deadline for applications is indicated in local time as per the time zone of the applicant’s location.


1.      Organizational Context


  1. Organizational Setting

The post of Associate Translator is located in the Russian Translation Section of the Language Division of the Administration, Finance and Management Sector. The Language Division is responsible for delivering comprehensive and high-quality language services in relation to\: the translation of treaties and other international instruments administered by WIPO, national legislative texts, documents for the Assemblies of Member States, publications, reports of meetings and conferences and working documents for committees of experts and other bodies, and the WIPO website;  and the provision of interpretation services for the meetings of the WIPO Assemblies, committees and meetings organized by the various sectors.

  1. Purpose Statement

The incumbent undertakes translation work in Russian that meets quality and quantity standards, and participates in terminology and other related work.

  1. Reporting Lines

The incumbent works under the supervision of the Head of the Russian Translation Section.


2.      Duties and Responsibilities


The incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:

a.   Translate documents on a wide range of political, legal, administrative, scientific and technical subjects from English and from at least one other official UN language into Russian, and perform a range of pre-translation activities;

b.   Provide translation and related services during conferences and high-level meetings;

c.   Collect, compile, extract and propose new records or terms to support the development and maintenance of an integrated multilingual terminology database;

d.   Perform referencing and research activities to ensure high-quality pre-translation and terminology work;

e.   Provide input and support in relation to computer-assisted-translation and terminology (CATT) tools, including tasks such as training colleagues and testing and exploring new tools;

f.    Carry out first-level quality control of translations to check for typographical and grammatical mistakes, ensure compliance with formatting standards and signal possible content-related inaccuracies to other Translators / Revisers;

g.   Perform other related duties as required.


3.      Requirements


Education (Essential)

First-level university degree in linguistics, translation or related discipline.  A relevant advanced university degree may be accepted in lieu of two years of experience.

Experience (Essential)

At least three years of relevant professional work experience in translation, editing and using CATT tools.

Experience (Desirable)

Translation experience acquired in an international organization.
Experience using MultiTrans and/or Trados Studio, and World Server.

Language (Essential)

Mother tongue level of Russian and excellent knowledge of English as well as good knowledge of at least one other official UN language.

Language (Desirable)

Knowledge of other official UN languages.

Job Related Competencies (Essential)

Sound translation and editing skills, with the ability to produce accurate, clear and stylistically appropriate translations.
Ability to work rapidly and accurately within strict time limits.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
Confident user of Microsoft Office applications (e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and the Internet and the ability to quickly adapt to new software.

Job Related Competencies (Desirable)

Knowledge of the subject matter dealt with by WIPO.
Familiarity with emerging translation technologies.


4.      Organizational Competencies


  1. Communicating effectively.
  2. Showing team spirit.
  3. Demonstrating integrity.
  4. Valuing diversity.
  5. Producing results.
  6. Showing service orientation.
  7. Seeing the big picture.
  8. Seeking change and innovation.
  9. Developing yourself and others.

5. Information

Annual salary\:

Total annual salary consists of a net annual salary (net of taxes and before medical insurance and pension fund deductions) in US dollars and a post adjustment.  Please note that this estimate is for information only.  The post adjustment multiplier (cost of living allowance) is variable and subject to change (increase or decrease) without notice.  The figures quoted below are based on the April 15, 2021 rate of 79.3%





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Salaries and allowances are paid in Swiss francs at the official rate of exchange of the United Nations.

Please refer to WIPO’s Staff Regulation and Rules for detailed information concerning salaries, benefits and allowances.

Additional Information

Temporary appointments are renewable, subject to continuing needs, availability of budget and satisfactory performance with a maximum cumulative length of two years.

Applications from qualified women as well as from qualified nationals of unrepresented Member States of WIPO and underrepresented geographical regions are encouraged. Please click on the following links for the list of unrepresented Member States and the list of underrepresented regions and the WIPO Member States in these regions.

The Organization reserves the right to make an appointment at a grade lower than that advertised.


By completing an application, candidates understand that any willful misrepresentation made on this web site, or on any other documents submitted to WIPO during the application, may result in disqualification from the recruitment process, or termination of employment with WIPO at a later date, if that employment resulted from such willful misrepresentations.

In the event that your candidature is shortlisted, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of an identification and of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WIPO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link\: http\:// Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.


Additional testing/interviewing may be used as a form of screening. Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory professional references.

Additional background checks may be required.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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