The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African Continent. It was officially launched in 2002 as a successor to the Organization of African Unity (OAU, 1963-1999). We are an Integrated, Prosperous and Peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Interpreter (English)
Requisition ID: 1561 Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reports to: Head of Interpretation Division
Directorate/Department : Conference Management & Publication
Division : Interpretation
Number of Direct Reports: 1
Number of Indirect Reports: 4
Job Grade: P4
Contract Type: Regular
Purpose of Job
Responsible for converting concepts in the source language to equivalent concepts in the target language.
Provides technical and intellectual support in the management of various partnerships relevant for the Division and Directorate.
Identifies best practices and monitor effectiveness of the Division/Directorate’s support to AU.
Contributes to the development of the departmental strategies and business continuity plan and participates in/ensure their implementation
Involved in negotiations.
Fosters and ensures implementation of large-scale and long-term initiatives related to strategic partnerships;
Supports the organization of thematic networks, consultations and meetings on development cooperation and international relations.
Develops training materials and provide necessary training and support to Organization Units.
Provides technical resource allocation and policy guidance on matters relating to system -Implementation projects and maintenance.
Provides simultaneous, consecutive, liaison and other forms of English interpretation during conferences, meetings, audiences, discussions and whenever required ;
Keeps abreast with developments in both the source and target languages by compiling and regularly up-dating specific terminologies, phrases, special expressions, nuances, lexicons and acronyms and special expressions in order to widen the stock of vocabulary with the aim of enhancing skills and ability;
Helps develop terminology/lexicons of the AU;
Consults colleagues and specialized dictionaries;
Checks appropriate references to ensure exact understanding and use of AU technical terminologies;
Carries out translation and provides support in all interpretation related activities when required;
Performs other related duties that may be assigned by the Director or the Head of Division
Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience
A University Master’s Degree in Conference Services, Languages or Interpretation from a recognised institution with ten (10) years of progressive experience out of which six (6) years at expert or specialist level and 3 years at supervisory level.
Candidates holding a Bachelor’s Degree in either Translation, Modern Languages, linguistics or related fields of study must have twelve (12) years of progressively responsible experience out of which six (6) years at expert or specialist level and 3 at supervisory level.
Professional certification in interpretation field will be an added value.
Leadership and management skills
Communication, report writing and presentation skills
Research and analytical skills
Interpersonal and negotiation skills
Ability to work in teams and in a multi-cultural environment
Knowledge of interpretation procedures and practices;
Knowledge in international policies and strategies
Knowledge and working understanding of AU policies, systems and standards
Planning and Organization skills.
Proficiency in English and any other AU official working languages (French, Portuguese, Arabic, Kiswahili or Spanish); is mandatory
Accountable and Complies with Rules
Communicating with Influence.
Job Knowledge and information sharing
Drive for Results
Continuous improvement orientation
Proficiency in English and any other AU official working languages (French, Portuguese, Arabic, Kiswahili or Spanish); is mandatory.
Tenure of Appointment
The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract will be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables.
The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.
Indicative basic salary of US$ 42,879.00 (P4 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 46% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 26,208.00 (per annum), and education allowance (100% of tuition and other education-related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$ 10,000.00 per child per annum), for internationally recruited staff and a maximum of $3,300 per child per annum for locally recruited staff.