Communications Officer (Interpreter) Retainer, Multiple positions – UNOPS


Job Description

Organization United Nations Office for Project Services
Job categories Communications
Job Title Communications Officer (Interpreter) – Retainer, Multiple positions
Vacancy code VA/2021/B5004/22663
Department/office NYSC, SDC, Development and Special Initiatives Portfolio
Duty station Khartoum, Sudan
Contract type Local ICA Support
Contract level LICA Specialist-8
Duration Open-ended subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and/or satisfactory performance
Application period 07-Oct-2021 to 21-Oct-2021

 Background Information – Job-specific


Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the contractor is expected to provide Interpretation services on a need basis – from English to Arabic, and vice versa for the PCVE workshops. The target audience for the translated content will include government officials, as well as, other stakeholders. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Functional Responsibilities

  • Produce high-quality Interpretation services from English to Arabic and Arabic to English.
  • Routinely covers sensitive workshops.
  • Perform other duties as may be reasonably required and in line with the incumbent’s scope of services above. 

Monitoring and Progress Controls

The Communications Officer will:

  • Ensures efficient interpretation services, focusing on achievement of the following result:
    • Full and precise delivery of bi-directional English – Arabic verbal communications between the programme and external programme partners on subject matters (Preventing Counter-Violence Extremist);
    • Accompany the programme team members to different Sudan states to deliver interpretation support between beneficiaries and the programme team.
  • Ensures effective recording and retention of information relevant to the programme delivery, focusing on achievement of the following results:
    • Provide accurate, faithful, and timely translation of reports, minutes, visibility items, official and unofficial communications, other documents, and texts for the programme team into the target language. Respecting the source layout when required;
    • Perform other related duties as assigned.
  • Impact of Results:
    • The key results have an impact on the efficiency of the programme delivery. Accurate and precise interpretation and translation, as well as the recording of the communication and presentation of information, is one of the keys to the success of the programme.

Education/Experience/Language requirements




  • A Bachelor’s degree preferably in communications, political science, international relations, public administration, strategic public relations, or another relevant field is required.

Work Experience 


  • A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in interpreting is required. 

Desirable (The following experience is optional. Candidates who do not have it are welcome to apply):

  • Two years (2) of professional interpreting experience in international organizations is highly desirable.
  • Experience translating strategic communications products, materials, and guidelines is desirable.
  • Experience with an international organization and or working in the UN is desirable.

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  • Fluency in English and Arabic (write, read, talk) is required. 
  • Knowledge of other UN working languages is desirable.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement  (LICA) Retainer – A retainer contract is issued for a period of time during which the services of the individual contractor are required intermittently. The individual contractor agreement on retainer basis will specify a “unit price” per day worked. For budgetary purposes, a monetary cap will be determined when the contract is awarded and issued. Please note that the retainer contract will not provide for a minimum, and payment will be made only after completion of work

Contract level: Local Individual Contractor Agreement (L-ICA 8) 
Contract duration: Open-ended (renewable subject to funds availability and satisfactory performance)

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Integrity & Inclusion

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.

Leading Self and Others

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).

Results Orientation

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.

Solution Focused

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.

Effective communication

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.

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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.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

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.

Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

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

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