Special Tribnal for lebanon

Arabic Reviser (Roster, Re-circulation)

Vacancy Ref NL-OTR-LSS-P4-491(R)
Deadline for Applications 31 December 2013 (-3620 days left)
Issuance Date 25 February 2013
Location Leidschendam
Organ / Section REGISTRY   /  Language Services Section
Post Level P4
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package will be offered. The successful applicant will be offered a fixed-term appointment of one year limited to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL). Any subsequent extension(s) are subject to terms of the Tribunal's mandate and/or the availability of the funds. The Special Tribunal for Lebanon is an international inter-governmental organization with its own independent legal identity and not a UN organization. However, STL follows the UN common system for benefits and entitlements to its staff members. UN staff members may also serve on loan from their parent department/office, if selected.

This vacancy announcement for rostering purposes is open until 31 December 2013. The intention is to fill the current vacant post with a suitable candidate found through this exercise whilst maintaining a roster for future vacancies.

Applications will be vetted and eligible applicants short-listed, tested and interviewed at regular intervals. Thereto, you are encouraged to apply without delay.

*Note: This is a re-circulation to widen the pool of candidates. Candidates who have previously applied for this vacancy do not need to re-apply.
Under the supervision of the Head of Unit, the incumbent will be expected to perform the following duties: revise translations produced by in-house staff, on-site and external contractors from English into Arabic, and if possible from French into Arabic or Arabic into English or French; counsel and motivate the latter with a view to refining their skills and performance (quality of output, productivity, timeliness, etc.); report to the Head of Unit on their performance and development needs; promote teamwork and communication in the Unit and address any issues arising in a prompt and proactive manner; advise on deadlines and assignments, and adapt these to changing priorities; produce self-revised translations ; maintain a high standard of accuracy, consistency, and fidelity to the spirit, style, register and nuance of the original; observe established STL terminology and usage and strive for consistency with reference texts and for consistency in STL translations; carry out the requisite research, drawing on reference and terminology materials, background information, and consultation within the Tribunal, as appropriate; produce and maintain an Arabic style guide, identify new terminological material and validate terms submitted by other language staff; use and encourage the use of the in-house computer-assisted translation and terminology software; work to deadline and produce a set volume of output; and perform other duties as required.
Knowledge and Skills
•Professionalism – Pride in work and achievements; professional competence and mastery of subject matter; conscientiousness and efficiency in meeting commitments, compliance with deadlines; motivation by professional rather than personal concerns; persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; calm in stressful situations.
•Planning & Organizing – Ability to establish priorities and plan, coordinate and monitor work, and to adapt successfully to changing circumstances.
•Teamwork - Good interpersonal skills, willingness to share knowledge and encourage cooperation, ability to motivate a team and to work in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
•Technological Awareness – Good computer skills, familiarity with standard computer applications (Windows XP, Word, Access, Lotus Notes, Excel, etc.), ability to harness internet resources, knowledge of computer-assisted translation and terminology systems.
•Commitment to continuous learning – Active interest in new developments in the translation and terminology fields and commitment to developing own skills.
•Education: Advance University degree in languages, translation, law or other relevant subject. Documented equivalent combination of relevant experience and formal education/training may be considered appropriately. A first level university degree with specific training in translation, together with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
•Experience: At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience in translation and revision preferably in the context of the United Nations or an international organization.
•Languages: Arabic, English and French are the official languages of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. For this post, a perfect command of Arabic and an excellent knowledge of English is required. An excellent command of the third official language is desirable. Applicants may be invited to sit a competitive test.
•Other: Ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure; familiarity with research techniques for translators; specialisation in legal translation and familiarity with computer-assisted translation and terminology software are desirable.