24 September 2021
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Linguist (Arabic principal language)


Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 2 years

Language, Conference and Common Services (LCC)
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, Linguistic Services and Publishing, and overall supervision of the Director, Language, Conference and Common Services (D/LCC), the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Translate and revise administrative, legal, scientific and technical texts, session documents, outreach materials, correspondence and other types of documents or publications in Arabic, meeting the UN productivity standards. Post-edit machine-translated texts;

(b) 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 Arabic;

(c) Perform quality check of external translations giving feedback for improving their quality;

(d) Counsel and assist external translators;

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

(f) Carry out terminological research and contribute/validate terminology for WMO terminological database;

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

(h) Contribute to the enhancement of the in-house computer-assisted translation tools and introduction of innovations in the multilingual processing;

(i) Participate in the testing of candidates for the roster of freelance translators or staff positions, as necessary;

(j) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent higher education qualification in linguistics (languages, translation or interpretation). Bachelor's degree can be accepted in conjunction with relevant work experience. Additional training/education in a scientific field closely related to WMO work would be an asset.

At least of five years of experience in translating, editing, post-editing and/or 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 UN Common System. Proven experience in editing, translating and revising scientific material and proven ability to comply with the UN productivity standards. 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. Having passed the UN competitive examination for language professionals (translators, editors or interpreters) in Arabic 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. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to foster team spirit.

Arabic as a principal language. Excellent knowledge of English and French. Working knowledge of an additional official WMO language would be an asset.

(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$ 62120

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 48640 (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: 1 September 2021