Switzerland: English Translator, Language Services, P2 – Part Time (80%)

By Inter-Parliamentary Union Organization: Inter-Parliamentary Union
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 09 Nov 2018

Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships

Reporting to the Head of Language Services and under the general supervision of the Director for Member Parliaments and External Relations, the English Translator will ensure that editing of English texts and translations into English are provided in a consistent and timely manner.


The English Translator:

  • Translates political, legal and administrative texts from French and Spanish into English
  • Edits texts drafted in English;
  • Enters requests into workflow and keeps track of translation volume and outputs for the English section;
  • Liaises with external collaborators;
  • Outsources requests into English, Spanish and Arabic as required;
  • Drafts or edits summary records;
  • Assists temporary staff attached to the service during Assemblies and meetings and briefs them on the procedures and practices of the IPU and on terminology, as required;
  • Takes minutes of meetings;
  • Other duties consistent with the role and responsibilities of the position.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following IPU Secretariat Staff

  • External Collaborators

Results expected

High-quality outputs. General language support in the servicing of governing bodies and committees.


  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audiences; uses discretion and confidentiality;
  • Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matters. 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 and has the ability to work under pressure while maintaining high levels of production and quality. Has a good knowledge of administrative procedures;
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals and foster a cohesive team environment. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Supports and acts in accordance with final decision taken for the group, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. Is able to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
  • Planning & organization: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work;
  • Client orientation: Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with other units within the Organization by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies their needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Keeps them informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timelines for the delivery of services;
  • Technological awareness: Proficient in Office applications and is familiar with computer-assisted translation (CAT) tools.


  • Education: University degree in modern languages, translation or a field relevant to the IPU’s activities;
  • Language: A perfect command of written and spoken English, and an excellent knowledge of French and Spanish or other UN language. Knowledge of another IPU working language will be an advantage;
  • Experience: Two years of progressively responsible experience in translation, preferably in a governmental or international organization;
  • Other skills: Previous experience of working in a parliamentary environment will be a distinct advantage.

Duties applicable to all staff

Actively work towards the achievement of the IPU’s strategic objectives. Perform any other work-related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by the Head of Language Services and the Director of Assembly Affairs and Relations with Member Parliaments.


The Inter-Parliamentary Union offers an attractive salary and benefits package comparable to that of other international organizations headquartered in Geneva, commensurate with education and experience.

Indicative Annual Salary at the P-2 level at 80% (net of tax)

USD 37,178 at single rate (plus allowance for primary dependants if applicable).

Post Adjustment

Plus 74.6% (October 2018 rate) of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

For further information, please consult the International Civil Service Commission website: http://icsc.un.org/

Employment Policy

This position will be filled through an international recruitment process that will be open to internal and external applicants. From among equally qualified candidates, preference will be given to the under-represented sex and persons from countries not represented in the Secretariat.

This position will be based in Geneva and will require frequent travelling. It will be for an initial period of two years, renewable depending on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

How to apply:

Applications should be addressed to the:

Director, Support Services
Inter-Parliamentary Union
5, chemin du Pommier
Case postale 330
CH-1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland
Tel: 41 22 919 4150
Fax: 41 22 919 4160
e-mail: job@ipu.org

Applications should be received on or before 9 November 2018 at midnight. In order to ensure prompt and efficient processing of your application, you are required to provide, along with your resume and IPU Job application form (available at http://www.ipu.org/finance-e/vacancy.htm ), a detailed covering letter explaining how you meet each of the requirements of the position with concrete examples.

Applicants will be contacted only if they are under serious consideration. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.