This position is located at Headquarters in the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM). It is under the general supervision of the Chief of the Spanish Translation Service/Section (Documentation Division).
Within delegated authority, the Reviser will be responsible for the following duties: Revises translations and original summary records dealing with a broad range of subjects dealt with by the United Nations. Translates, mostly without revision, texts covering a broad range of subjects dealt with by the United Nations, particularly those subjects requiring experience and recognized proficiency. Drafts, mostly without revision, summary records and serves as monitor of precis-writing teams. Develops new terminology for use where none exists in the target language. Carries out linguistic research and prepares terminological bulletins and glossaries, technical vocabularies and related reference tools. Counsels and assists translators/precis-writers and briefs them on the procedures and practices of the Service, terminology and a broad range of subjects, as required. Participates in the setting of terminology standards. Supervises the work of small groups of translators/precis-writers. Performs other related duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to demonstrate good writing skills; high standard of accuracy, consistency and faithfulness to the spirit, style and nuances of the original text with a good grasp of the subject matter. Knowledge of a broad range of subjects dealt with by the United Nations, i.e., political, social, legal, economic, financial, administrative, scientific and technical. Ability to use all sources of references, consultation and information relevant to text at hand. Ability to work under pressure and maintain adequate speed and volume of output. Ability to show a high level of versatility, judgement and discretion. 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.
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.
TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology
A first-level degree from a university or institution of equivalent status. Candidates for this position must have passed the Spanish United Nations Competitive Examination for Translators/Precis-writers.
A minimum of five years of experience in translation, precis-writing, self-revision and use of relevant computer software, electronic tools and databases, of which three preferably should have been in the United Nations. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognized by the United Nations.
A perfect command of Spanish, which must be the candidate’s main language. Must also have an excellent knowledge of at least two other official languages, one of which must be English, as tested by the relevant United Nations competitive examination.
Qualified candidates will be invited to a competency-based interview.
United Nations Considerations
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