Associate Translator/Interpreter – UNITAMS


Job Opening

Vacancy NoUNITAMS-JO- El Fasher-2022- 91
Posting TitleAssociate Translator/Interpreter
Organizational UnitOffice of Support to the Political Transition
LocationsEl Fasher
Number of posts01
Issuing Date20/3/2022
Closing Date3/4/2022

Important note: UNITAMS will only accept properly completed and signed Personal History Form (P.11) received before closing date. Please submit your application on the attached P.11 ONLY. Other UN P.11 formats, incomplete P.11, CV and Resume will not be accepted, nor will late submissions after closing date.

The selected candidate will be expected to deploy in time to commence work as soon as possible.

Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected, subject to clearance of employment reference checks, security and medical. 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. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in
accordance with established rules and procedures. An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

This position is locally recruited open for Sudanese nationals only.
UNITAMS will not provide accommodation to locally recruited staff.
UNITAMS is equal employer for men and women. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply


The position is located in the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS). The position is based in El Fasher and is located in the office of the PCC Chair. The Associate Interpreter/Translator reports to the PCC Chair.


Within the delegated authority, the Associate Translator / Interpreter will be responsible for the following duties:
• Provides clear and concise verbal communication/interpretation, interfacing between the mission’s representative and local population in support of operations and wider mission activities.
• Translates from local language(s) to designated UN working language(s), subject to revision, a variety of texts covering a broad range of subjects dealt with by the United Nations, i.e., political, social, legal, economic, financial, administrative, scientific and technical; respecting deadlines and using appropriate terminology;
• Travels with PCC staff on their missions to the field for interpretation and other assistance, as needed.
• Assists in matters of terminology and style to ensure uniformity and quality.
• Resolves translation/editorial issues (i.e., clarification on ambiguities, technical meanings, etc.) through consultation with authors.
• Aims at high standard of accuracy, consistency and fidelity to the spirit, style and nuances of the original.
• Observes the established terminology and usage and ensures, as far as possible, consistency with other translators working on similar documents.
• Uses all sources of reference, information, and consultation relevant to the text at hand and carries out any research required.
• Maintains a certain speed and volume of output, taking into account the difficulty of the text and the specified deadlines.
• Identifies new terminology material for the consideration of revisers and terminology managers.
• Keeps abreast of media news and briefs supervisors and colleagues of relevant contents.
• Perform other duties as required.


Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Translation, Interpretation, law or any relevant subject is required.
A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience:
A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in providing interpretation and translation services. Experience working with unformed personnel is desirable, experience working with the United Nations is desirable.
Languages: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic is required. Knowledge of other United Nations language is desirable.


Professionalism: Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. 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.
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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing other’ 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 positions; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and
anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a written assessment followed by a competency-based interview.


• Applicants must accurately complete, update, sign, and date the attached United Nations Personal History form (P.11 ONLY and forward the duly completed signed P.11 by e-mail to:[email protected]
• Applicants should COPY – UNITAMS-JO- El Fasher-2022-91 – Associate Translator/Interpreter in the SUBJECT line of the email when submitting their signed P.11 form UNITAMS will not consider any applications which are not received directly in the VA mailbox. Other UN P.11 formats and
incomplete P.11 will not be accepted.
• Applicant MUST indicate the Location of preference.
• Please note that any information provided on the P.11 form will be considered binding.
• The selected candidates will be subject to a reference check to verify the accuracy of the information provided in the P.11 form.
• Only applicants who are short-listed will receive an acknowledgement within two weeks from the deadline indicated on the VA.

Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

United Nations Considerations:
The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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