Org. Setting and Reporting
These positions are located in the Department for General Assembly and Conference
Management (DGACM) at headquarters, New York. These positions are under the general
supervision of the Chief of Interpretation or Language Section/Service as appropriate
Within delegated authority, the Interpreters will be responsible for the following duties:
• Services up to seven meetings per week (exceptionally eight), usually of no more than three
hours duration, of various United Nations bodies.
• English interpreters provide interpretation into English of speeches given in French and Spanish.
• 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.
• Professionalism: Ability to demonstrate a high level of concentration; split-second
accuracy. Ability to work under continuous stress and deliver clear interpretation on an
exceedingly broad range of subjects. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates
professional competence and mastery of subject matter; 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. Takes responsibility for
incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in
all areas of work.
• 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.
• Commitment to Continuous Learning: Keeps abreast of new developments in own
occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally;
contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from
others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.
A first level degree from a university or from an institution of equivalent status is required.
At least two years of professional interpreting experience in international organizations is
A perfect command of one official language of the United Nations, normally expected to be
the incumbent's main language. English, French, Russian or Spanish interpreters must also
possess an excellent aural comprehension of two other official languages.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be
followed by an interview.
Applicants who have passed the United Nations Competitive Examination for English
Interpreters (CELP or LCE) or who are already placed on the "Global Language Roster"
(GLR) are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an
• This temporary job opening is only open to applicants who have passed the United Nations
Competitive Examination for English Interpreters (CELP or LCE) or who are already placed
on the "Global Language Roster" (GLR). Applying to this job opening carries an expectation
to accept the offer, if selected.
• This position is temporarily available for up to 11 months. If the selected candidate is a staff
member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to
gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no
bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening
may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the
mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need
period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current
temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current
temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such
retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of
the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform
the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the
career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both
a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
• At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of
staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity,
with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of
qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a
diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and
employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and
ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities
may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and
indicated in the application.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.
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.