Interpreter Trainee opportunity at NY United Nations Headquarters

In-house training and preparation for the UN language competitive examination available to interpreters with native English and excellent passive knowledge of French and Russian.

Posting Title: Interpreter Trainee
Job Code Title: ASSISTANT CONFERENCE SERVICES OFFICER
Department/Office: DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND CONFERENCE MANAGEMENT
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 11 October 2016 - 31 October 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Conference Services-DGACM-68283-J-New York (L)
Staffing Exercise N/A

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Special Notice
The purpose of these positions is two-fold: (i) training in the mastery level skills required for work throughout the UN system and (ii) preparation for the UN language competitive examination.
All decisions are final and not subject to further appeal.

Org. Setting and Reporting
The traineeship positions are located in the English Interpretation Section, Interpretation Service, Meetings and Publishing Division, Department for General Assembly Affairs and Conference Management. New York. The purpose of these positions is two-fold: (i) training in the mastery level skills required for work throughout the UN system and (ii) preparation for the UN language competitive examination. The duration of the traineeship is for 2 (two) months and is tentatively scheduled from 16 January 2017 to 10 March 2017. The on-site traineeship will be supplemented by a four week e-course. The Trainees will report to the Senior Interpreter.

Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Chief of the English Section, the trainees will carry out different assignments given by trainers including:

a) simultaneous interpretation of speeches given in the different organs of the United Nations;
b) sight translation;
c) stress management (speed, etc); 
d) assignments preparation using UN reference documents, IT tools and glossaries.

Trainees are expected to sit for the next UN English booth Language Competitive Exam (LCE) at the end of the training period. The LCE is open to internal as well as external candidates.

Competencies
Professionalism: Professional competence; ability to demonstrate a high level of concentration; shows pride in work and in achievements; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. 

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Education
Candidates must 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 and or a post graduate qualification in interpretation. Having passed a UN freelance exam or a comparable international organisation test is an advantage.

Work Experience
Work experience is an advantage.

Languages
Candidates must have English as the main language and an excellent passive knowledge of French and Russian.

Assessment
Once pre-screened, candidates will be given a two-part admission test, consisting of a simultaneous interpretation and a sight translation. Successful candidates will be invited to take a competency based interview.

United Nations Considerations
Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of inspira account-holder homepage.

Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.



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