Team Lead (Chief Interpreter), Geneva, Switzerland

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva

Office: WHO Geneva, Switzerland

Grade: P-5

Closing date: Monday, 18 July 2022

Team Lead (Chief Interpreter)

( 2204373 )

Grade : P5

Contractual Arrangement : Fixed-term appointment

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : two years

Job Posting: Jul 4, 2022, 7:44:40 AM

Within the Department of Governing Bodies, the Office of Language Services (LNG) provides high-quality, timely and cost-effective translation, interpretation, editing, official records, word-processing and online services for the governing bodies, as well as language services for the Director-General’s Office and WHO technical programmes, so as to make WHO health policy and technical information accessible to its target audiences in the official languages of the Organization.


Provides technical leadership and managerial support within the department in the area of interpretation, ensuring that activities in this area are carried out efficiently and effectively.

Supports the programme area in delivering its objectives through efficient management of a small team of staff and effective work planning to optimize the programme’s deliverables in line with WHO rules, CEB-AIIC Agreement and the mandate of the Organization.

Leads and applies best practices in interpretation and related programme activities and builds capacity in the respective area of work.

Manages monitoring, evaluation and reporting in relation to key performance indicators and other reporting requirements and mechanisms.

Serves as the technical reference among the peer community, UN Agencies and other stakeholders in the respective area of expertise.

Liaises with and utilizes partnerships in other UN Agencies, International Organizations or research and educational institutions in the field of interpretation.

Takes part in CEB/AIIC negotiations and coordination and represents the programme area of work at various meetings to advocate for best practices and application of norms and standards in interpretation.

Performs all other related duties as assigned.

Specific duties:

To lead a comprehensive interpretation service to constitutional and technical meetings for WHO headquarters, and to support regional offices on request, ensuring efficient planning, providing cost estimates, and advising on optimal use of resources.

To manage and supervise the staff of the interpretation team, providing guidance, building capacity and planning for needs, including testing, selection, recruitment, training, assignment and performance evaluation of short-term conference interpreters.

To advise on policy and strategy in respect of developments in interpretation; coordinate with the conference and information technology services to ensure selection and use of equipment that conforms with international standards and to ensure optimal inputs for high-quality interpretation; keep up to date with relevant changes in technology and best practice, and manage change.

To coordinate with relevant departments and services for the establishment of interpretation requirements, direct the management of interpretation operations during meetings, and raise awareness of best practices for participants in meetings for which interpretation is provided.

To interpret, as necessary, in particular for high-level policy meetings and emergencies.



Essential: Advanced level university degree in interpreting.

Desirable: Degree in management or international relations


Essential: A minimum of 10 years of professional experience, comprising at least 5 years experience in interpretation and 5 years in the administration of interpretation or conference services. Demonstrated experience managing human and financial resources. Demonstrated experience at the international level.

Desirable: Experience in a UN or other International Organization


Excellent skills and ability to work under pressure and in managing diverse teams.

Ability to engage and communicate effectively and diplomatically with external partners.

Commitment to collaborate effectively with other key partners in the field of interpretation.

Technical skills:

Ability to interpret consecutively and simultaneously at high-level policy meetings.

Experience and knowledge of interpretation planning and management in the context of international multilingual conferencing.

Other Skills: Particularly on languages:

Specific language skills required: Any WHO official language as A, B and C languages. If not an English booth, Retour into English is desirable.

Strong presentation skills.

Good skills in office packages, and the ability to learn to use systems for the management of language services.

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Knowing and managing yourself

Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of French. Expert knowledge of any other official UN languages (Chinese, Russian, Arabic and Spanish).


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 90,664 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 6188 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


The position start date is foreseen as 2 January 2023

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

A written test may be used as a form of screening.

In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.

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