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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/LNG/FT300
Title: Translator
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 18 July 2013
Application Deadline: 8 August 2013 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/LNG Language Services (HQ/LNG) /
HQ/TRA Translation Service (HQ/TRA)
To ensure continuing availability of valid scientific, technical, managerial and other information relating to health to Member States in the official languages of WHO.
Description of duties:
1. To translate into French from English a wide variety of scientific, medical and other technical texts dealing with public health. Such translations may be considered final and not subject to further review;
2. To revise for accuracy and conformity with established WHO terminology and style texts translated by less experienced, temporary or outside translators, and to edit French translations, as required;
3. To contribute to the establishment of accurate terminology in French and to promote the TRA terminology data base;
4. To perform other related duties, as required. In order to undertake the above activities the incumbent is called upon to: a) apply linguistic and analytical skills to produce accurate, concise and elegant translations; b) undertake reference and terminology research work as required; c) consult with originator or competent units to clarify ambiguous points and solve problems relating to terminology or meaning;
d) draw attention to any errors or inconsistencies in texts to ensure that they are corrected in the original and in other language versions as appropriate; e) give advice and guidance to less experienced translators and to trainees as required; f) give expert advice on French usage on request.
University degrees both in translation/languages and in a scientific area, preferably biology, relevant to the work of WHO.
Demonstrated advanced knowledge of translation. Wide scientific and general culture. Ability to work in a team, tact and discretion. Familiarity with health related subjects. Ability to use computer equipment.
Knowledge of other scientific areas (for example: vaccines, microbiology, biosafety).

WHO competencies:
1. Producing results
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Fostering integration and teamwork
At least seven years of experience in translation in French, of which at least three are self-revised.
Experience at the international level. Experience in terminology or in applications of computer science to translation.
Expert knowledge of English and French are required.
Additional Information:
The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), 2. External candidates.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
A written test may form part of the screening process.
This Vacancy Notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67,483 at single rate
USD 72,467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 103.3 % 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.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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