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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/14/LNG/FT176
Title: Translator
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 10 April 2014
Application Deadline: 8 May 2014 Vacancy Filled
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
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 branch, preferably biology, relevant to the work of WHO.
Demonstrated advanced knowledge of translation. Exposure to, and experience of the relevant cultural and scientific environments, in order to determine the context of each translation, and to know where to seek expert advice. Ability to work in a team, tact and discretion. Familiarity with health-related subjects. Ability to use computer equipment. Computer literacy and knowledge of software applications to translation.
1. Producing results
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Fostering integration and teamwork
At least ten years of experience of translation in French, of which at least five are self-revised.
Experience at the international level. Knowledge of other scientific areas (for example, vaccines, microbiology, biosafety). Experience in terminology or in applications of computer science to translation.
Expert knowledge of English and French.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
This Vacancy Notice is published in English only.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$67611 at single rate
US$72605 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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