Posting Title:INTERPRETER, RUSSIAN (2 Positions), P3
Department/Office:United Nations Office at Nairobi
Duty Station:NAIROBI
Posting Period:11 October 2017 – 24 November 2017
Job Opening Number:17-Language-UNON-82576-R-Nairobi (L)

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Special Notice

Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira “Need Help?” link.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the representative office of the Secretary-General. We support programme implementation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, conference and information services. This post is located in the Interpretation Section of the Division of Conference Services (DCS), UNON.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief, Interpretation Section, the Interpreter will be responsible for the following duties:

•Service up to seven meetings per week exceptionally eight, usually of no more than three hours duration, of various United Nations bodies.
•Russian interpreters provide interpretation, as required, into Russian of speeches or statements given in two other UN official languages.
•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. 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.
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.
Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


A first-level degree from a university or institution of equivalent status. Candidates for this position must have passed the United Nations Language Competitive Examination for Russian Interpreters.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of internationally recognized professional interpreting experience.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised perfect command of Russian which must be the candidate’s primary language is required. Excellent aural comprehension and command of English and an excellent knowledge of a second UN language are also required. Knowledge of at least one other official language of the United Nations is an asset.


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

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