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Russian Translation Section, Language Division, Administration and Management Sector

Grade: P3

Contract Duration: 2 years *

Duty Station: CH-Geneva

Publication Date: 03-Dec-2019

Application Deadline: 27-Jan-2020, 10:59:00 PM

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATION DEADLINE: Please note that the deadline for applications is indicated in local time as per the time zone of the applicant’s location.

1. Organizational Context

  • Organizational Setting

    The post of Translator is located in the Russian Translation Section of the Language Division, Administration and Management Sector. The Language Division is responsible for delivering comprehensive and high-quality language services in relation to: the translation of treaties and other international instruments administered by WIPO, national legislative texts, documents for the Assemblies of Member States, publications, reports of meetings and conferences and working documents for committees of experts and other bodies, and the WIPO website; and the provision of interpretation services for the meetings of the WIPO Assemblies, committees and meetings organized by the various sectors.

  • Purpose Statement

    The incumbent undertakes translation work in Russian that meets quality and quantity standards, and participates in terminology and other related work.

  • Reporting Lines

    The incumbent works under the supervision of the Head of the Russian Translation Section.

2. Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:

  • Translate and self-revise documents on a wide range of political, legal, administrative, scientific and technical subjects from English and French or Spanish into Russian; if required, translate and self-revise from Russian.
  • Edit texts to ensure linguistic quality, clarity, accuracy and conformity with established WIPO terminology and style.
  • Provide translation and related services during conferences and high-level meetings.
  • Participate in terminology work by creating, adding and verifying Russian terms in the database for validation by the supervisor.
  • Carry out linguistic research and prepare glossaries, technical vocabularies and related data collections.
  • Participate in the development and use of computer-assisted-translation and terminology (CATT) tools and provide regular feedback and make proposals for improvements.
  • Upon request, participate in quality control work including revising translations of temporary and external translators.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

3. Requirements



First-level university degree in modern languages, linguistics, translation or related discipline.



At least six years of relevant professional work experience in translation, editing and using CATT tools, mainly acquired in international organizations. An advanced university degree may be accepted in lieu of two years of experience.



Mother tongue level of Russian and excellent knowledge of English, plus excellent level of French or Spanish.


Knowledge of other official UN languages.

Job Related Competencies


Good translation and editing skills, with the ability to produce accurate, clear and stylistically appropriate translations.

Ability to work rapidly and accurately within strict time limits.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and the Internet.


Knowledge of the subject matter dealt with by WIPO.

4. Organizational Competencies

  • Communicating effectively.
  • Showing team spirit.
  • Demonstrating integrity.
  • Valuing diversity.
  • Producing results.
  • Showing service orientation.
  • Seeing the big picture.
  • Seeking change and innovation.
  • Developing yourself and others.

5. Inform ation

Mobility: WIPO staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the Director General and may be assigned to any activities, office or duty station of the Organization. Accordingly, the selected candidate may be required to move from time to time to new functions and/or to another duty station.

Annual salary:

Total annual salary consists of a net annual salary (net of taxes and before medical insurance and pension fund deductions) in US dollars and a post adjustment. Please note that this estimate is for information only. The post adjustment multiplier (cost of living allowance) is variable and subject to change (increase or decrease) without notice. The figures quoted below are based on the November 2019 rate of 76.7%


Annual salary: $60,233

Post adjustment: $46,199

Total Salary: $106,432

Currency USD

Salaries and allowances are paid in Swiss francs at the official rate of exchange of the United Nations.

Please refer to WIPO’s Staff Regulation and Rules for detailed information concerning salaries, benefits and allowances.

Additional Information

  • Initial period of two years, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance. No fixed-term appointment or any extension hereof shall carry with it any expectancy of, nor imply any right to, (further) extensions or conversion to a permanent appointment.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill other posts at the same grade with similar functions in accordance with Staff Rule

  • 9.5.

Applications from qualified women as well as from qualified nationals of unrepresented Member States of WIPO and underrepresented geographical regions are encouraged. Please click on the following links for the list of unrepresented Member States and the list of underrepresented regions and the WIPO Member States in these regions.

The Organization reserves the right to make an appointment at a grade lower than that advertised.

By completing an application, candidates understand that any willful misrepresentation made on this web site, or on any other documents submitted to WIPO during the application, may result in disqualification from the recruitment process, or termination of employment with WIPO at a later date, if that employment resulted from such willful misrepresentations.

In the event that your candidature is shortlisted, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of an identification and of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WIPO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.

Additional testing/interviewing may be used as a form of screening. Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory professional references.

Additional background checks may be required.

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