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Communications Senior Officer - Translation


  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Tripoli
  • Grade: Junior level - LICA-9, Local Individual Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Translations and Languages
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-06

Background Information - PSC

Peace and Security Cluster

The UNOPS Peace and Security Cluster (PSC) is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNDP, UNICEF, Governments of mine-affected countries and other mine action partners.  It is led by the Director, who has overall authority and accountability for the performance PSC on behalf of its clients.  The Director is responsible for administering and providing oversight of the day-to-day management of the Project Field offices, both according to the client requirements and in line with UNOPS rules and regulations.

Background Information - Job-specific

Background – UNMAS

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is a division of the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). UNMAS is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly (RES/68/72) to ensure an effective, proactive and coordinated response to the problem posed by a wide range of explosive hazards. Legislative mandates also recognize UNMAS technical expertise in responding to threats posed by unsecured and unsafe conventional weapons and ammunition stockpiles. As an office within DPKO, UNMAS supports peacekeeping and special political missions in accordance with Security Council mandates.

Background – UNMAS Libya

UNMAS Libya is an integral part of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). As its Mine Action Service, UNMAS Libya helps implement the tasks mandated by UN Security Council resolution 2365 (2017) on Mine Action, as well as Resolution 2095 (2013) requesting UNSMIL to support the Government in developing a strategy on countering illicit proliferation of arms and related materiel, clear ERW and conduct demining programmes, and implement international conventions through the coordination of international assistance and building government capacity. UNMAS Libya has been delivering and coordinating Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) responses which include training and capacity building of Libyan nationals in explosive ordnance disposal, non-technical survey, the provision of Explosive Ordnance Risk Education (EORE), conducting advocacy, and providing technical support, as well as quality control and assurance activities.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Head of Projects, the Communications Senior Officer - Translation supports the Libya programme in Tripoli by providing communications, translation and interpretation support to daily programmatic activities. The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

Interpreting and Translation

  • Provide high quality consecutive and simultaneous interpretation into Arabic from English and/or from Arabic into English, during meetings with Libyan counterparts, press conferences, donor conferences, meetings, training, workshops and other relevant entities

  • Produce timely, high quality, professional written English-Arabic and Arabic-English translation of technical and non-technical UNMAS documents, including but not limited to National Mine Action Standards (NMAS), reports, proposals and briefings

  • Provide administrative coordination and operational support associated to the translation work as requested

  • Coordinate with UNMAS internal sections to enable high quality translations as needed

  • Provide social media account for UNMAS (eg. Twitter, Facebook) including the content in both English and Arabic

  • Monitor local media outlets and social media and update senior managers on events and trends related to UN, specifically UNMAS and AAAS

Liaison and Communication

  • Support liaison with Governmental entities, mainly the Libyan Mine Action Centre and other Government counterparts in order to support delivery of UNMAS objectives when assigned

  • Contribute towards the implementation of a communications strategy to promote the relevant business unit, region or project as needed by UNOPS or our partners

  • Ensure consistent branding and visual image of communications products by promoting uniform fonts, formatting, icons, images and layout

  • Assist in the planning and implementation of special events 

  • Provide quality control on major documents with respect to use of language and design

  • Build and/or consolidate relationships with key stakeholders needed to disseminate information

  • Assist in the maintenance of documentation of decisions and correspondence and actions taken on liaison issues and keep electronic filing up to date when assigned

  • Assist in the preparation of agendas and supporting documentation for the CMAP and SPO/HPU meeting with Local Government Officials and other stakeholders when assigned


Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent)with a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience; OR
  • First level University degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) with a minimum of 4 years of relevant experience 
  • Certification in Translation is desired
Work Experience
Relevant experience is defined as experience in Liaison, Communication, Translation or Interpretation from Arabic to English or vice versa.
  • Experience working in Mine Action or similar technical field is desired
  • Experience working on communications projects for both an internal and an external audience is desired
  • Experience in dealing with local and national institutions (Government, Military, and Police etc.) in Libya is desired
  • Experience with the United Nations or international NGOs is desired
  • Experience working with office software packages (MS Office) is required
  • Fluency in English and Arabic (speaking, reading, writing) is required

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • UNOPS embraces diversity and it is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, or disability.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  
  • All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.
  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA)  Contract level: ICS-9 (P2 equivalent; IICA-1 equivalent; LICA-9 equivalent)
Contract duration: From December 2022 to December 2023

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Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS – an operational arm of the United Nations – supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by successfully implementing its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian, and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development.
UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management, and human resources.

Working with us
We are proud of our people. With a wealth of knowledge and skills in various disciplines – engineering, finance, human resources, ICT, leadership, project management, procurement, and more – they help tackle some of the biggest challenges of our time. Their work around the world supports progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

At UNOPS, we offer a range of short- and long-term opportunities in various environments and duty stations – from Denmark and Kenya to Mexico, Switzerland, Myanmar, Senegal, Uganda, and many more.

With over 5,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,400 personnel recruited on behalf of our partners, spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced and diverse labor force — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs. We continually strive to maintain our gender-balanced workplace. We encourage qualified underrepresented groups as per UNOPS Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategy to apply for our vacancies.

Work life harmonization
UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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