Translator/Reviser (French), Rome, Italy 415 views


Translator/Reviser (French)

Job Posting: 28/Nov/2019

Closure Date: 19/Dec/2019, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : Conference, Council, and Protocol Affairs Division, CPA

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : Professional

Grade Level : P-3

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : Fixed term: 2 years with the possibility of extension

Post Number : 0029947

CCOG Code : 1O06

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device

The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments.

  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality
  • People with disabilities are protected from any type of discrimination during any stage of employment, including the recruitment phase
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
  • The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization.

Organizational Setting

The Meeting Programming and Documentation Branch (CPAM) is responsible for meeting scheduling and programming, and for the provision of interpretation, translation, terminology and printing services.

Reporting Lines

The Translator/Reviser reports to the Senior Reviser, French Translation Group.

Technical Focus

Timely translation or revision of meeting documents, publications, correspondence and other materials into French and occasionally from French into English or Spanish.

Key Results

Translation/Revision of FAO official documents for meetings and certain important publications to be carried out according to the highest quality standards.

Key Functions

  • Translates/revises in the target language translations prepared by other staff or by external translators, ensuring consistency of terminology and style throughout the text;
  • Produces versions in the target language which are equivalent to the original text in terms of accuracy, completeness, meaning, style and effectiveness;
  • Conducts research, proposes additional terms for the established standards of terminology and glossaries;
  • Consults with substantive units regarding possible inconsistencies or errors in the original text;
  • Collects and verify terminology and references and contributes to the linguistic research of the Branch, to the building and enhancement of terminology databases and to the selection of useful reference documents.

Specific Functions

  • Translates documents from English or Spanish into French;
  • Makes difficult decisions on terms relating to subject areas where vocabulary and semantic usage are still evolving;
  • Contributes to the selection of external translators with the necessary skills for inclusion in the FAO roster of freelance translators;
  • Promotes the adoption of new technology and the use of computer-assisted translation tools;
  • Acts as team leader when required and replaces the supervisor during her/his absence.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced University degree in Linguistic Studies or Translation, or in Law, Economics, Agriculture or other FAO field of activity with an specialization in languages, and/or Diploma from an internationally recognized interpreter/translator school;
  • Five years of relevant experience in translation/revision work;
  • Excellent knowledge of French;
  • Working knowledge of English and Spanish


  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in translation/revision work;
  • Demonstrated ability to accurately revise/translate highly specialized technical subjects and to analyze problems and detect flaws in revision/translation;
  • Demonstrated clarity of expression and rapidity of composition, breadth of vocabulary and clear sense of semantics, syntax and stylistics;
  • Extent of knowledge of technical terminology relating to one or more fields or subject matters of the Organization;
  • Extent of knowledge and use of computer-assisted translation tools.

FAO staff are expected to adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


  • Candidates endorsed in the selection process for this vacancy announcement will be considered for the FAO Professional Employment Roster for a period of two years. The Roster is used to fill other similar positions at the same or lower grade, and in the same or another duty station.
  • FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link: allowances/salary.htm Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:

  • Dependency allowances
  • Rental subsidy
  • Education grant for children
  • Home leave travel
  • 30 working days of annual leave per year
  • Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
  • International health insurance; optional life insurance
  • Disability protection

FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes:

  • elements of family-friendly policies
  • flexible working arrangements
  • standards of conduct.


  • To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications and language skills.
  • Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile;
  • Once your profile is completed, please apply and submit your application;
  • Your application will be screened based on the information provided on your online profile;
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list;
  • Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications;
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered;
  • Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered;
  • We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

If you need help, or have queries, please contact: [email protected]


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