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Interpreter, French P4

Under the broad supervision of the Senior Interpreter, the Interpreter will be responsible for the following duties:


  • Services up to seven meetings per week (exceptionally eight), usually of no more than three hours duration.
  • Provides interpretation into French of speeches or statements given in English and Spanish and/or Russian.
  • Routinely covers sensitive meetings.
  • Routinely functions as team leader of all interpreters assigned to a given meeting.
  • May be called upon to serve as Team Leader on missions.
  • May assist in the screening, training and examining of prospective French interpreters.
  • May provide guidance and coaching to junior interpreters.
  • May function as Programming Officer.
  • May perform other related duties, as required.

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  • 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.
  • COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • 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. A Master’s degree is desirable. Candidates for this position must have passed the French United Nations Language Competitive Examination for French Interpreters.

Job – Specific Qualification

  • United Nations Competitive Examination for French interpreters.

Work Experience

  • At least five (5) years of professional interpreting experience in international organizations is required.
  • Experience providing accurate interpretation of a broad range of UN subjects is desirable.
  • Experience in training and coaching interpreter trainees and junior staff interpreters is desirable.
  • Experience in grading interpretation exams and/or assessing freelance colleagues’ performance is desirable.
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  • English and French are the working languages in the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency / perfect command of French, normally expected to be the incumbent’s main language is required. Candidates for this position must also possess.


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