World Health Organization (WHO)
HQ/GBS Governing Bodies
Close on 21 Aug 2020
Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
Grade: P3, Mid-level Professional
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Job Description


Within the Department of Governing Bodies, the Office of Language Services (LNG) provides high-quality, timely and cost-effective translation, interpretation, editing, official records, word-processing and online services for the governing bodies, as well as language services for the Director-General's Office and WHO technical programmes, so as to make WHO health policy and technical information accessible to its target readerships in the official languages of the Organization.


1. To translate into Arabic from English a wide variety of texts dealing with medicine, public health and related subjects as well as administrative, financial and legal matters (resolutions and records of WHO's governing bodies, documents for WHO conferences and meetings, working papers, speeches, programme statements, web content, reports, correspondence, scientific articles);

2. To contribute to the establishment of accurate terminology in Arabic;

3. To perform other related duties, as required, including occasional translation from Arabic into English for internal use.

In order to undertake the above activities the incumbent is called upon to:

a) apply linguistic and analytical skills to produce elegant, concise and accurate translations;

b) undertake reference and terminology research work as required;

c) consult with originator or competent units to clarify ambiguous points and solve problems relating to terminology or meaning;

d) draw attention to any errors or inconsistencies in texts to ensure that they are corrected in the original and in other language versions as appropriate;

e) advise on Arabic usage on request.



Essential: A first university degree in translation or languages.
Desirable: University degree in sciences, health sciences or social sciences an asset. Experience in terminology or in application of computer sciences in translation.


Essential: At least five years' experience in translation and self-revision in Arabic of which at least three years at international level, preferably within the UN system.
Desirable: Experience in post-editing of machine-translated text.


Evident advanced knowledge of translation. Knowledge of editorial and terminology work. Ability to use computer-assisted translation tools and keep abreast of latest developments. Ability to make use of the Internet and other relevant sources for research in connection with translation. Team spirit, tact and discretion. Ability to work to tight deadlines. Familiarity with health-related subjects.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Moving forward in a changing environment
Knowing and managing yourself

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Arabic.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 60,962 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 4222 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO 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 through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
  • *For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220.

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