English-Serbian Translators (local consultancy), Belgrade, Serbia

Organization: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

Country: Serbia

City: Belgrade, Serbia

Office: OSCE Mission to Serbia, Belgrade

Closing date: Monday, 4 January 2021

Issued by: OSCE Mission to Serbia

Vacancy number: VNSRMC00662

Vacancy type: Experts/Consultants

Field of expertise: Translators, Interpreters, Conference Services

Number of posts: multiple

Duty station: Belgrade

Date of issue: 16 December 2020

Deadline for application: 4 January 2021 - 23: 59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)

Date of entry on duty: 25 January 2021


The OSCE Mission to Serbia is looking for highly experienced translators who would be placed on the Mission’s consultancy roster and may be hired to translate written documents from Serbian into English and/or from English into Serbian. The documents deal with a variety of topics covered by the Mission’s mandate, such as rule of law, human rights, criminal justice, anti-corruption, judicial and legal services reform, economic crime, police reform, organized crime, human trafficking, community policing, good governance, parliamentary affairs, local self-government, environmental affairs, rights of national minorities, refugees, youth, non-discrimination, media freedom, media literacy, media legislation, digital society, political affairs.

The selection will be made on the basis of an online written test in which applicants will be asked to translate two pages of text, one from English into Serbian and one from Serbian into English.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the relevant hiring manager the translator will be responsible for:

Translating the relevant text from Serbian into English and/or from English into Serbian, as required; Formatting the translated text in line with professional standards; Proof-reading the text, ensuring consistency in style and terminology.

Necessary Qualifications

Citizenship of or permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia;
University degree or equivalent professional qualification in relevant language(s);
Minimum 5 years of professional experience in translation both from Serbian into English and from English into Serbian in the areas covered by the Mission’s mandate as listed above;
Professional fluency in Serbian and English, both oral and written;
Computer literacy with practical experience in Microsoft package, including the ability to independently finalize a document for external use;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, as well as the ability to integrate gender perspective into tasks and activities;
Ability to work with people of different nationalities, religions or cultural backgrounds and diverse views while maintaining impartiality and objectivity.

Candidates are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the OSCE core values and competencies by studying the OSCE Competency Model available at: //jobs.osce.org/resources/document/our-competency-model">https: //jobs.osce.org/resources/document/our-competency-model.

Required competencies

Core values

Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals

Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions

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Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles

Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work

Core competencies

Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization

Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment

Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner

Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions

Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects

Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances

Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)

Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment

Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them

Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities

Remuneration Package

Successful applicants will be placed on the Mission’s consultancy roster and may be hired for specific translation tasks in the period of 2 (two) years upon completion of the selection process, which is the duration of the roster. Remuneration will be in accordance with the Mission’s translation fees valid at the time of the hiring, currently set at 1,400 RSD per translator’s page (1,800 characters with spaces).

How To Apply

Please apply online through this website ( //jobs.osce.org/">https: //jobs.osce.org) no later than 4 January 2021. Only applications received through this website will be considered; applications received by email, post etc. will not be accepted.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Candidates who have not been contacted by 31 January 2021 should consider there will be no follow up to their application.

The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, cancel the recruitment, offer a consultancy at a different level or with modified terms of reference or for a different duration.