Interpreter-Translator, Home-Based

Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Country: Home-based

Closing date: Tuesday, 27 October 2020



Job Posting: 06/Oct/2020

Closure Date: 27/Oct/2020, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : SEC

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Home-Based

Duration : WAE

Post Number : N/A

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FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization

Organizational Setting:

FAO’s Subregional Office for SEC is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing subregional food, agriculture and rural development priorities. It develops and maintains relations with subregion-wide institutions including Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs). The Subregional Office is a subsidiary of FAO’s Regional Office for SEC.

The Meeting Programming and Documentation Service (SEC)

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative and/or Sub-regional Coordinator for Central Asia (FAOSEC), the subscriber works in close collaboration with respective Technical Officers, and FAO-SEC support services (Operations Unit and/or Administration Department) as required.

Technical Focus

Interpret and translate from to non-FAO Languages a variety of project-related documents and workshops.

Tasks and responsibilities

Provide written translations (English-Russian-English; Russian-Local-Russian;etc), project proposals a wide variety of texts dealing with agriculture and related subjects as well as administrative, financial and legal matters, from Russian-English and vice versa, and from English official local language of the country (Turkish, Tajik, Turkmen, Uzbek, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Azeri) and vice-versa.

Provide high quality translations within deadlines set, ensuring the adequate use of relevant terminology, in the areas of FAO mandate namely: agricultural production, land and water (irrigation), plant production and protection, rural development, food security, food safety, rural development, agricultural investment, forestry, fishery, livestock production, and animal health;
As a self-revising translator, the incumbent must produce concise and accurate translations in an appropriate style, which will not be subject to further review;
Provide consecutive and/or simultaneous interpretation services during project workshops,.

Perform other related duties as required.

* The languages of the Organization are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish


Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in Linguistic Studies or Translation and/or diploma from an internationally recognized interpreter/translator school specialising in one of the following official languages of the United Nations: English or Russian

Three years of relevant experience in simultaneous and consecutive interpretation and translation

Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills

Skills and experience in consecutive and simultaneous interpretation from/into English, Russian or any other official language of the United Nations, as well as from/into the official language of the country is an asset;
Fluency in spoken and written Russian and English and/or the official language of the country

Excellent knowledge of one of the Organization’s languages, which should be the candidate’s mother tongue, and working knowledge of at least two other languages of the Organization

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Advanced computer skills and word processing (MS Office and other office equipment); advanced user of translation/interpretation software and equipment.

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Extent and relevance of experience in supporting translation services of international organizations.

Familiarity with the FAO documentation, terminology and the reference work.

Familiarity with terminology research work.

Advance computer skills and word processing (MS Office and other office equipment).

Be able to produce results with rigid deadlines

Professional experience in providing translation services to international organization (written, oral)

Selection Criteria

Candidates will be assessed against the requirements listed above.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)

Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list If you are in possession of language certificate/s from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT), please attach the certificate/s when submitting the application.

For more information, visit the FAO employment website


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