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Reviser (English)(P4)

Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Translations and Languages
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
  • Closing Date: 2022-02-13

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Organizational Setting

The Department of Management (MT) provides a ‘platform of services’ that serves as a foundation for the successful delivery of the IAEA’s scientific and technical programmes. Its mission statement is as follows\: “MT is a partner and a business enabler that champions change and efficiency, leveraging a common purpose”. Thus, among other support activities, it assists a scientific manager in recruiting the right expert, helps a technical officer coordinate the purchase of radiation equipment, and ensures that all Board documents are translated and distributed on a timely basis to Member States.

One of the main functions assigned to the IAEA by its Statute is to foster the exchange of scientific and technical information and the dissemination of knowledge in the nuclear field among Member States.

To facilitate the effective exchange and dissemination of information relevant to the IAEA's work and mandate, the Division of Conference and Document Services (MTCD) coordinates and supports the implementation of these activities for its users and clients, both internal and external, by organizing meetings and conferences, issuing documents in the six official IAEA languages, i.e. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish, and editing, printing and distributing publications.
The English Translation Section is one of six Translation Sections in the Division providing translations of a broad range of documents and publications. It is responsible for translating documents into English and preparing summary records of Agency meetings. High quality translations and records are required and often short deadlines are involved.


Main Purpose


As a member of a team led by the Section Head, the Reviser translates and revises a range of administrative, legal, economic, scientific and technical texts, in particular in the field of nuclear physics and engineering. The Reviser applies his/her analytical, linguistic and drafting skills to translating texts and to revising texts translated by others. The Reviser checks the work of translators for accuracy, completeness, comprehensibility, style and presentation and is responsible for the quality of the translation of the texts which pass through his/her hands. The Reviser also prepares and revises summary records in English of meetings of the General Conference and the Board of Governors (and its Committees), which are conducted in all six official IAEA languages.




The Reviser provides accurate, timely and stylistically appropriate revisions and translations of texts written mainly in Russian, Spanish and French (and sometimes in Arabic, German and other languages) for distribution to Member States and/or members of the Secretariat. The Reviser also prepares and revises records in English of official meetings and edits texts written in English by the IAEA's other divisions. His/her duties may include the planning and coordination of the work of small groups of translators and/or précis-writers.


Functions / Key Results Expected


Revise the translations done by other members of the Section from Russian, Spanish and French (and sometimes other languages) into English, covering a broad range of scientific, technical, administrative and legal subjects, ensuring that translations are equivalent in meaning and style to the original texts.

Translate and self-revise such texts, especially those of an urgent or confidential nature.

Revise summary records in English of official IAEA meetings for distribution by the Secretariat and for translation into the five other official languages.

Edit texts written in English (often by persons of another mother tongue).

Research points of terminology, language and subject matter and assist in the development of the central terminology database and reference archive.

Provide training and guidance to translators as necessary and deputize for the Section Head when required.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition
Planning and Organizing Plans and organizes his/her own work in support of achieving the team or Section’s priorities. Takes into account potential changes and proposes contingency plans.
Communication Communicates orally and in writing in a clear, concise and impartial manner. Takes time to listen to and understand the perspectives of others and proposes solutions.
Achieving Results Takes initiative in defining realistic outputs and clarifying roles, responsibilities and expected results in the context of the Department/Division’s programme. Evaluates his/her results realistically, drawing conclusions from lessons learned.
Teamwork Actively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition
Client orientation Helps clients to analyse their needs. Seeks to understand service needs from the client’s perspective and ensure that the client’s standards are met.
Judgement/decision making Consults with supervisor/manager and takes decisions in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules. Makes decisions reflecting best practice and professional theories and standards.
Knowledge sharing and learning Actively seeks learning opportunities and actively shares knowledge and information with others; shares specialized knowledge, skills and learning from experience across different situations and contexts effectively.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Language and Conference Services Editing and Proofreading Must be able to review and proofread translations into English and documents drafted in English.
Language and Conference Services Revising Must be able to revise translations into English and summary records prepared in English.
Language and Conference Services Terminology Must be able to assist in the development of the central terminology database and reference archive.
Language and Conference Services Translating Must be able to produce and self-revise translations of documents from Russian, Spanish and French (and sometimes other languages) into English.
Language and Conference Services Translation Support Tools Expertise and knowledge of translation support tools is essential.

Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Language and Conference Services English Editing Should be able to edit and proofread texts drafted in English.


Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Advanced university degree in translation, languages or a related field, or in a technical or scientific field.

A first level university degree in those subjects with three additional years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced university degree.

At least seven years of relevant work experience, of which at least four should have been in an international organization, public sector, non-profit organization or equivalent. 

English as mother tongue or principal language of education, with a profound knowledge of its grammar, spelling, syntax, style and usage.

Thorough knowledge of Russian essential; thorough knowledge of Spanish and/or French also essential. Working knowledge (or more) of German desirable. Basic knowledge (or more) of Arabic an asset.

Knowledge of and experience in using Microsoft Office software and IT translation tools, in particular Trados Studio and Multiterm, desirable.

Experience in supervising (small) teams of translators and/or précis-writers would be an asset.




The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $74913 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 31538, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks' annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance


Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are encouraged

Applicants should be aware that IAEA staff members are international civil servants and may not accept instructions from any other authority. The IAEA is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. As part of the United Nations common system, the IAEA subscribes to the following core ethical standards (or values)\: Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for diversity. Staff members may be assigned to any location. The IAEA retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade or with a different contract type, or to make an appointment with a modified job description or for shorter duration than indicated above. Testing may be part of the recruitment process



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