UN announces competitive exam for French interpreters

Test to be held 8-9 June 2016 at various locations. Application period closes on 7 April.

A competitive examination for French Interpreters is tentatively scheduled to take place on 8 and 9 June 2016 in New York, Geneva and other locations according to the number and location of qualified applicants invited to take the examination.

Posting period

  • 08 March 2016 – 07 April 2016


  • A perfect command of French, which is normally expected to be a candidate's main language.
  • Excellent knowledge in one of the following combinations: English and Spanish; English and Russian; or English, Spanish and Russian


Hold a first-level university degree (Bachelor or equivalent) from a recognized school of Interpretation in which at least one full academic year is devoted to interpretation. Alternatively, applicants must hold a first-level degree from a university or institution of equivalent status at which French is the language of instruction, and have 200 days of work experience as conference interpreters and/or work experience in the fields of translation, editing, or verbatim reporting.

Work Experience

Work experience as conference interpreters and/or work experience in the fields of translation, editing, verbatim reporting or other related fields will be an asset.


Within delegated authority, the Interpreter will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Service up to seven meetings per week (exceptionally eight), usually of no more than three hours duration, of various United Nations bodies.
  • Provide interpretation into French of speeches given in English and Spanish and/or Russian.
  • May occasionally be assigned to sensitive meetings.
  • May function as team leader of all interpreters assigned to a given meeting.
  • May perform other related duties, as required.

For detailed information on requirements, expected areas of competence and assessment, plus instructions on how to apply, click here.

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