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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 27 May 2020 Recruitment Completed

Linguist (French principal language)


Geneva, Switzerland

1 September 2020
or as soon as possible thereafter

Fixed-term - 2 years

Linguistic, Conference and Common Services,
Governance Services Department
WMO is committed to achieving diversity and a balanced workforce. Applications are welcome from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. The statutory retirement age after 1 January 2014 is 65. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete the term of appointment will normally be considered.

Under the direct supervision of the Chief, Multilingual Services Section (C/MSS), and the overall supervision of the Director, Linguistic, Conference and Common Services (D/LCC), the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Translate and revise administrative, legal, scientific and technical texts from English into French, meeting the United Nations productivity standards;

(b) Translate, when required, occasional session documents or correspondence from French into English;

(c) Following the master edition of manuscript, edit and prepare in conformity with WMO editorial policy and style a wide range of manuscripts for publication in French, meeting the United Nations productivity standards;

(d) Counsel and assist external translators;

(e) Consult all relevant sources of reference and information, carrying out any research required;

(f) Serve as team-leader of teams of translators during WMO constituent body sessions;

(g) Serve as a bilingual linguist (French-English) on missions or off-site, ensuring the real-time production of reports;

(h) When necessary, provide French-English liaison interpretation;

(i) Carry out other relevant duties as required, either in the Secretariat or on mission.

Master's degree or equivalent higher education qualification in languages, translation, interpretation or a field closely allied to WMO work.

Eight years of experience in translating, editing, revising and working in multilingual production in a governmental or an international organization, or a large-scale private company, of which three years of experience at the international level, preferably acquired in an international organization belonging to the United Nations Common System. Proven experience in editing, translating and revising scientific material and proven ability to comply with the United Nations productivity standards (1650 words/day for translation, 3690 w/d for revision and 4290 w/d for editing). Proven experience in the use of computer-assisted translation tools and machine translation. Thorough knowledge of publishing techniques and software. Knowledge of meteorology, hydrology or related scientific disciplines is an advantage. United Nations editing or translation examination in French is considered as an asset.

Other requirements
Familiarity with the working methods employed for the preparation of documents for international conferences and meetings and experience of the working procedures and terminology of WMO and/or other international organizations. Ability to work under pressure whilst keeping the quality and productivity criteria at the highest level, due account being taken of the difficulty of the text and specified deadline; ability to shift attention rapidly from one job to another; ability to understand clearly the overall purpose of published material, and to attend accurately to all details. Good health permitting travel on missions to any part of the world. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to foster diversity and team spirit.

French as a principal language essential. Excellent knowledge of English. Working knowledge of other official languages of the Organization would be an advantage.

(Note: The official languages of the Organization are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.)
The Secretary-General may appoint a candidate at a grade below the advertised grade of the post, with the possibility of promotion to that grade within three years of appointment, subject to satisfactory appraisal of performance.
Possibility of renewal subject to the availability of funds and pending satisfactory performance after an initial probationary period of one year which can be extended up to a maximum of two years.

Annual net base salary on initial appointment is: US$ 74913

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 53563 (in addition to the net base salary)

Additional Information:
Only applicants in whom WMO has a further interest will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit a written assessment and/or an interview.
Date of issue of vacancy notice: 29 April 2020

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