Language Service Assistant (Arabic Translation Group), Rome, Italy

Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Country: Italy

City: Rome

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Thursday, 30 March 2023


Language Service Assistant (Arabic Translation Group)

Job Posting: 14/Mar/2023

Closure Date: 30/Mar/2023, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : CSGL

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : General Service

Grade Level : G-4

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : Fixed-term: 1 year with possibility of extension

Post Number : 2009457

CCOG Code : 2101

Staff in the General Service category are recruited locally from the Primary Location area, which is where the office is located.

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

Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply

Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values

FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination

All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through the FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through the FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

The Language Branch (CSGL) enables Multilingualism of the Organization by providing interpretation, translation and terminology goods and services in all FAO languages across the span of corporate governance, normative, operational and communication functions. CSGL also supports the provision of FAO products in local languages, and is responsible for quality language assurance within the Organization.

The position is located in the Arabic Translation Group (CSGLA) at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Main Purpose

The Language Service Assistant (Arabic Translation Group) performs a large variety of language checks and proofreading of documents to ensure quality language assurance for documents published in Arabic.

Supervision Received/Exercised

The Language Service Assistant reports to the Senior Reviser, Arabic Translation Group. He/she acts independently in routine matters. Supervision received is focused on the quality of the work performed and provides for on-the-job learning.

Working Relationships

The Language Service Assistant (Arabic Translation Group) usually interacts with a wide variety of colleagues within the work unit and with immediate clients within the Organization.

Key Functions/Results

Type and proofread, both in draft and final form, various types of correspondence and documents and format texts for accuracy, grammar, punctuation and style, as well as for adherence to established standards;
Use standard Word Templates to produce, under strict deadlines, the final version of meeting documents, including reports, after having assumed responsibility for the proofreading and final typing of the texts, implementing all layout instructions;
Bring to the attention of the relevant reviser or the supervisor any errors, obscure passages or inconsistencies in translated documents or in the original texts;
Review documents produced to ensure that all processes have been completed before forwarding for printing and web-posting;
Finalize documents translated with the CAT Tool or carry out alignments of previously translated documents and add them to the central Translation Memory.

Impact Of Work

The incumbent’s work impacts on the timely and efficient delivery of language support services including timely submission, processing, issuance and distribution of documentation and on the overall output of the work unit.


Minimum Requirements

Education: Secondary School Education Experience: Three years of relevant experience in office/ management support work including conference services, documentation processing and management as well processing of documents, including final layout and processing of complex tables and figures. Languages: Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of Arabic and limited knowledge (intermediate - level B) of English. IT Skills: Very good knowledge of the MS Office applications, Internet


Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical Skills

Experience in Arabic proofreading.

Good knowledge of communication and documentation standards.

Good knowledge of the organizational structure.

Good knowledge of corporate computerized systems

Good knowledge of CAT tools.

Desirable Qualifications and Skills

Thorough knowledge of work procedures in the language support service.

Knowledge of the FAO Style Guide for Arabic.

Knowledge of the relevant policies, guidelines, rules and regulations on document processing.

Ability to proofread translations against English originals.

Working knowledge (Level C) of English.

Good knowledge of FAO terminology.

FAO staff are expected to adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO,

Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


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

Please note that FAO 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 at

The length of the appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to extension of appointments

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

General Service Staff are recruited locally. To be eligible for this position, candidates must be nationals of the country of the duty station or possess an existing visa/work permit, and reside within commuting distance of the duty station at the time of the application."Commuting distance" means the distance within which staff members can travel daily between their place of work and their residence.

No international benefits will be payable as selected candidates are recruited locally and paid in the local currency of the office location

Other similar positions may be filled from this vacancy notice

For additional information visit the FAO employment website:

REMUNERATION A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link: allowances/salary.htm


To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Once completed, please apply and submit your application, with language certificates as attachments. Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications. FAO reserves the right to request candidates to undertake a language test in the future, as appropriate

Incomplete applications will not be considered

Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications

Incomplete applications will not be considered

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Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile

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