UN announces opening for French-booth conference Interpreters

Candidates passing the exam will be placed on a roster from which present and future vacancies for French-language Interpreters will be filled.


The purpose of the present job opening is to invite applications from prospective applicants who wish to take the competitive examination for French Interpreters which is tentatively scheduled to take place either on-site on 6, 7, and 8 June 2018 in New York, Geneva, Vienna and other locations; or online on 6 June 2018. All applications will be reviewed by the Board of Examiners. In instances where a large number of applications are received, the Board of Examiners reserves the right to admit to the examination only the most qualified applicants based on a review of qualifications over and above the minimum criteria.

All applicants will be notified in writing of the Board's decision in respect of their application. On the basis of the overall results of the examination, the Board will recommend to the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources Management the names of candidates who qualify for inclusion in the roster. All examinees will be informed in writing of the Board's final recommendation in respect of their candidature. The Board's recommendations are final and not subject to appeal. The Board does not release individual scores or results.

As a result of the competitive examination, a roster will be established from which present and future vacancies for French language Interpreter will be filled. When vacancies occur in the language services of the United Nations in Bangkok, Geneva, Nairobi, New York, and Vienna, successful candidates will be recruited from the roster, subject to the requirements of the service in terms of expertise and language combinations.

Successful examinees may thereafter be called upon to serve at other duty stations according to the needs of the Organisation. Successful examinees are expected to serve a minimum of five years in a language post. Successful candidates should note that, in accordance with the needs of the Service/Section, they may be called upon to work outside normal working hours, including weekends and holidays. Successful candidates who receive an offer of appointment are strongly encouraged to accept it, as declining may affect their prospects of receiving a subsequent offer. A successful candidate who declines two offers will be removed from the roster.

Successful examinees selected from the roster to fill vacancies are normally offered an initial two-year fixed-term appointment at the P-2 level. This level comprises 12 steps, each corresponding to an annual increment awarded if performance is satisfactory.

Upon satisfactory completion of this trial period, they will be considered for a continuing appointment according to the staff rules in force and they may be promoted to the P-3 level, which comprises 15 steps. The fixed-term appointments of interpreters whose performance proves unsatisfactory will not be extended. Fully qualified interpreters with several years of internationally recognized professional language experience and demonstrated ability to perform high-quality work may be recruited at the P-3 level.

Incomplete application (lacking evidence of language fluency) and those that are received after the above deadline will not be considered. No extensions for submission will be given if applications cannot be sent by the deadline set in Inspira. (at midnight New York time).

The deadline for registration is 27 March 2018: APPLY NOW


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AIIC. "UN announces opening for French-booth conference Interpreters". israiic.co.il March 23, 2018. Accessed September 21, 2018. <http://israiic.co.il/p/8544>.