Interpretation Planning Officer

  • Contract
  • Paris
  • Posted 2 weeks ago

UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization


Post Number : CLD/PA/001

Grade : P-3

Parent Sector : Division for Conferences, Languages and Documents (CLD)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Translation / Interpretation / Writing

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 13 – MAY – 2024


UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism




Under the overall authority of the Director of the Division of Conferences, Languages and Documents, and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Interpretation Unit, the Associate Interpretation Planning Officer organizes and plans the works of free lance interpreters for UNESCO meetings and conferences and accomplishes a series of administrative tasks in compliance with UNESCO Rules and Regulations, practices, standards and procedures. 


Long Description

The incumbent will be responsible for the following:


  • Provide guidance and assistance on the recrutment of interpreters in compliance with relevant UNESCO Rules and Regulations/AIIC-UN CEB provisions;
  • Support on all administrative matters related to planning and organizing interpretations services in six or more languages, in due time;
  • Liaise with meeting organizers to ensure that requirements are realistic and resources available;
  • Keep abreast of developments of new interpretation tools and service delivery mechanisms of interpretation in the UN common system and other public/private organizations;
  • Conduct market reaserch when required;
  • Undertake the implementation of pilot experience for use of automated interpretation and for collaboration with private agencies to provide interpretation services;
  • Undertake additional tasks that may be required to ensure the success of the work team.

Long Description
Long Description
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Communication (C)
Accountability (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Professionalism (C)

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



  • Advanced University degree (Master’s or equivalent) in the field of Language, Business administration or a related field.


Work Experience

  • Minimum of 4 years of  progressively relevant professional experience in planning and organisation of interpretation works, of which preferably 2 years at international level. 


Skills and Competencies

  • Solid analytical skills and ability to speak and present effectively, concisely and persuasively.
  • Good organizational and coordination skills and ability to plan coordinate and monitor work-plans.
  • Ability to set priorities and capacity to work effectively under pressure.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, to take initiatives and follow up actions.
  • Team-spirit/Open personality and capability of creating good inter-personal relations.
  • Discretion, loyalty and diplomacy.
  • Commitment and reliability.
  • Knowledge of e-Conference tools: gMeets, DCPMS, gDOC, eLUNA, eAPG or  other conference , translation and document management systems.
  • Good IT skills, including MS Office (Windows, Office Suite, Teams, etc.).



  • Excellent knowledge of English or French and good knowledge of the other.





  • Conference Interpreting Diploma from a recognized school of interpretation will be an asset


Work Experience

  • Experience or/and deep knowledge of procurement procedures.


Skills and Competencies

  • Professional experience in the United Nations System or another international organization in the field of interpretation;
  •  Initial training as conference interpreter in consecutive and simultaneous interpretation, including at high-level meetings;
  •  Good interpersonal and relational skills (tact, diplomacy, firmness); 



  • Knowledge of any other official United Nations languages (Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, or Russian).


UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.

The approximate annual starting salary for this post is 104 581 US $.

For full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our Guide to Staff Benefits.


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

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