Location: Kismayo Somalia
Closing date: 28 Feb 2017
Level : GL-5
Duration Of Contract: 1 Year Fixed
Duties and Responsibilities:
Within delegated authority, the Field Language Assistant will be responsible for the following duties;
• Provides clear and concise verbal communication/interpretation, interfacing between mission officials and
local population in support of operations and wider mission activities.
• Translation of high level documents and communications from/to English covering a broad range of subjects
dealt with by the United Nations.
• Liaises with counterparts in other sections and support the performance of other administrative tasks.
• Keeps abreast of news in the Media and briefs supervisors and colleagues of relevant contents.
• Drafts routine correspondence for the Supervisor.
• Assists officers with the preparation of drafts, briefing notes and background information.
• Files, retrieves office documents.
• Performs other duties as required.
Professionalism: 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 supervisor as well as the team 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.
Education: High school diploma is required. Ability to work after working hours, during week-ends and on shift duty. Ability to travel throughout the mission area and to relocate from one position to another.
Experience: A minimum of five (05) years of work experience in providing translation services.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and Somali (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of other UN language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which
will be followed by a competency-based interview.
Candidates who are not selected, but whose performance in the interview process nevertheless demonstrated them to be suitable for a similar function may be kept on a roster for up to 12 months. Candidates placed on the roster may be considered for selection against future vacancies for the same function and level.
How to Apply:
Please quote, Vacancy Announcement Number and Functional Title in the subject of the e-mail