United Nations Office at Geneva
UN Office in Geneva
Posting Title: INTERPRETER, SPANISH (2 posts), P4
Job Code Title: INTERPRETER, SPANISH
Department/Office: United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 27 June 2022 – 10 August 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Language-UNOG-185033-R-Geneva (L)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and Reporting
These two posts are located in the Spanish Interpretation Section, Interpretation Service, Division of Conference Management (DCM), Department for General Assembly and Conference Management, Geneva, and are under the general supervision of the Chief, Interpretation Service.
Under the broad supervision of the Chief, Spanish Interpretation Booth, the Interpreter will be responsible for the following duties:
- Services up to seven meetings per week (exceptionally eight), usually of no more than three hours duration.
- Provides interpretation, as required, into Spanish of speeches or statements given in English and French.
- Routinely functions as team leader of all interpreters assigned to a given meeting.
- Routinely covers sensitive and complex meetings.
- May be called upon to serve as Chief Interpreter on missions.
- May assist in the screening, training and examining of prospective Spanish interpreters.
- May provide guidance and coaching to junior interpreters.
- May participate in the evaluation of freelance interpreters
- May function as Programming Officer.
- May perform other related duties, as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to demonstrate a high level of concentration; split-second accuracy. Ability to work under continuous stress and deliver clear interpretation on an exceedingly broad range of subjects. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
COMMITMENT TO CONTINUOUS LEARNING: Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.
A first level degree from a university or from an institution of equivalent status is required.
Job – Specific Qualification
A Master’s degree is desirable.
Having passed the United Nations Competitive Examination for Spanish Interpreters is required.
At least five (5) years of professional interpreting experience in international organizations is required.
Experience providing accurate interpretation in a broad range of United Nations subjects is desirable.
English and French are the working languages in the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, a perfect command of Spanish, normally expected to be the incumbent’s main language, is required. Candidates for this position must also possess an excellent command of English and French. Proven ability to interpret from or into other official languages is desirable.
Excellent command is defined as at least two “Confident” ratings out of the four language fields.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.
Relevant language experience within the UN System may be taken into consideration in meeting the requirements of this post.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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