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: Translator (English)
Requisition ID: 1555 Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reports to: Head of Translation Division
Directorate/Department : Conference Management & Publication
Division : Translation
Job Grade: P3
Contract Type: Regular
Purpose of Job
To translate official documents ensuring the highest standard of accuracy by maintaining the original spirit, context and quality of the original version using precise, clear and proper terminology.
Provides support in the preparation and Implement the programmes developed out of the Division’s strategic plan
Ensures effective coordination and implementation at various levels
Liaises with Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and other stakeholders including on relevant matters
Prepares and develops reports, budget and work programmes related to the functioning of the Division
Conducts complex analysis and generates accurate reports in a timely manner for the Division and AU’s internal use.
Liaises with the various Departments/Units of the Commission for coordination and alignment purposes
Prepares budgets for the Division in accordance with relevant frameworks.
Supports the promotion of the activities of the Division including preparing leaflets, guidelines and fact sheets as may be required.
Contributes in the development of strategies, policies, programmes and plans
Ensures quality English translation of working documents on a wide range of subject matters in a timely manner and in the respective AU working languages;
Checks working documents before and after translation to ensure contextual understanding, linguistic accuracy and conformity with established AU terminology;
Facilitates consultations with colleagues, specialised dictionaries, glossaries, data banks;
Participates in the development of AU terminology database by compiling terms in the course of their work into glossaries for subsequent validation by the Reviser and inclusion in the DCMP in-house terminology bank;
Performs any other duty relevant to their work as may be assigned by the Director or Head of Division.
Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience
Master's Degree in Translation, Modern Languages or related fields from a recognized institution with seven (7) years’ experience as a translator out of which 3 years are at expert level.
Candidates with a Bachelor Degree in the above fields of study will be considered provided they have a minimum of ten (10) years of relevant work experience as translator out of which 3 years are at expert level;
Certification of translators’ professional member status from a recognized professional body is an added advantage
The candidate for each position is required to translate into their A language, thus an English Translator must have English as their A language; a French translator must have French as their A language, and so on for all other AU working languages.
Knowledge of the Computer assisted translation (CAT) tools
Management and supervisory skills
Word processing skills, especially the ability to type and format own work;
Communication, report writing and presentation skills
Negotiation and Interpersonal skills
Planning and organizational skills
Research and analytical skills
Knowledge in managing international protocols
Ability to work in teams and in a multi-cultural environment
Knowledge and working understanding of AU policies, strategies and work processes.
Knowledge in the use of Microsoft Office suite and AU computer programmes
Proficiency in two of the AU official working languages (French, English, Portuguese, Arabic or Spanish) and fluency in another AU language(s) is an added advantage;
Accountable and Complies with Rules...
Communicating with Influence
Job Knowledge and information sharing...
Drive for Results
Continuous Improvement Orientation:
Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish) and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage
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$ 37,453.00 (P3 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment (46% of basic salary), a Housing allowance of US$ 22,932.00 (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.