Russian-language Translators – UN

un-careersSpecial Notice

•The purpose of the present Job Opening is to invite applications from prospective candidates who wish to take the competitive examination for Russian-language Translators in 2015.

•The competitive examination for the recruitment of Russian-language Translators will be held on 25 August 2015 in Moscow, Geneva, Nairobi, New York, Vienna and other locations according to the number and location of qualified applicants invited to take the examination.

•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. The Board’s decisions are final.

•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 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 Russian-language Translators will be filled. When vacancies occur in the language services of the United Nations Secretariat in Geneva, Nairobi, New York, Vienna and other locations, successful examinees will be recruited from the roster, subject to the requirements of the service in terms of expertise and language combinations. Successful examinees will be expected to take up their functions as required by the needs of the Organization, specifically in the duty stations where vacancies are located.  Successful examinees may thereafter be called upon to serve at other United Nations duty stations according to the needs of the Organization.  Successful examinees are expected to serve a minimum of five years in a language post.

•Successful examinees 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 examinees 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, their appointment will be extended and they may be promoted to the P-3 level, which comprises 15 steps. The fixed-term appointments of translators whose performance proves unsatisfactory will not be extended. Fully qualified translators 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.

•Successful examinees assigned directly to duty stations away from Headquarters will normally be required to spend the first six months of their trial period in the corresponding service at Headquarters.

•Incomplete applications (including those without the required essay in Russian or evidence of languages) and applications 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. (New York HQ local time).

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Russian Translator positions are located at Headquarters in the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM) and in the Geneva, Vienna and Nairobi offices of the United Nations, as well as in the regional commissions. These positions are under the general supervision of the Chief of the Russian Translation Service at Headquarters, or the relevant Chiefs of Section in Offices away from Headquarters.


Within delegated authority, the Translator is responsible for the following duties: (These duties are generic and may not be carried out by all Translators.)

Translates, subject to revision, documents, including summary records, covering a broad range of subjects dealt with by the United Nations, i.e., in the political, social, legal, economic, financial, administrative, scientific and technical fields; Performs other related duties as required.


Application deadline: 4 June 2015

Read more and apply here.

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