Ended Senior Translator & Interpreter Assistant

The Job

Open to Internal and External Candidates


Organizational Unit  :    Programme  Support  Unit

Duty Station  :  Yemen,  Sana’a

IOM Classification    :      G 6

Type of Appointment :      Special Short-Term  (SST) Graded Contract, 6 Months (Renewable)

SVN No.   :      SVN2019-101

Estimated Start Date   :      As soon as possible

Closing Date    :     Thursday 23, May 2019

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.
IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Internal and external candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy. For the purpose of the vacancy, internal candidates are considered as first-tier candidates.


Under the overall supervision of Project Support Coordinator and the direct supervision of the Government Liaison Officer, the Translator/Interpreter is responsible for the following functions:

 Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Assist with translation of all incoming communications to IOM in Arabic to English;
  2. Assist with the translation of all outgoing communications from IOM to authorities and other counterparts;
  3. Assist with translation of related CVs and documents of appointed international staff for IOM mission on temporary or fixed term bases;
  4. Assist with the translation of any other material including reports, snapshot, sitrep … etc;
  5. Provide oral interpretation from English to Arabic and vice versa;
  6. Translate informal documents from English to Arabic and vice versa;
  7. Assist in the development and compilation of reports and other information documents;
  8. Act as an interpreter in meetings with authorities and prepare the draft minutes of the meeting;
  9. Perform interpretation function during meeting with any counterpart as required;
  10. Follow up on response to communications and keep management updated;
  11. Perform any other tasks as required.

Required Qualifications and Experience


  • University Degree in translation and/or English Literature.
  • Competed Higher Diploma in any of the above fields with six years or relevant experience in similar position


  • Minimum 4 years related experience in a translation/interpretation preferably in the Humanitarian Field.


  • English and Arabic Required Competencies Accountability
  • Creates a respectful office environment free of harassment and retaliation, and promotes the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA)
  • Accepts and gives constructive criticism
  • Follows all relevant procedures, processes, and policies
  • Meets deadline, cost, and quality requirements for outputs
  • Monitors own work to correct errors
  • Takes responsibility for meeting commitments and for any shortcomings

Client Orientation

  • Identifies the immediate and peripheral clients of own work
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with clients
  • Identifies and monitors changes in the needs of clients, including donors, governments, and project beneficiaries
  • Keeps clients informed of developments and setbacks

Continuous Learning

  • Contributes to colleagues' learning
  • Demonstrates interest in improving relevant skills
  • Demonstrates interest in acquiring skills relevant to other functional areas
  • Keeps abreast of developments in own professional area


  • Actively shares relevant information
  • Clearly communicates, and listens to feedback on, changing priorities and procedures
  • Writes clearly and effectively, adapting wording and style to the intended audience
  • Listens effectively and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience

Creativity and Initiative

  • Actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services
  • Expands responsibilities while maintaining existing ones
  • Persuades others to consider new ideas
  • Proactively develops new ways to resolve problems

Planning and Organizing

  • Sets clear and achievable goals consistent with agreed priorities for self and others
  • Identifies priority activities and assignments for self and others
  • Develops strategic vision for IOM within area of responsibility
  • Organizes and documents work to allow for planned and unplanned handovers
  • Identifies risks and makes contingency plans,
  • Adjusts priorities and plans to achieve goals
  • Allocates appropriate times and resources for own work and that of team Members


  • Masters subject matter related to responsibilities
  • Identifies issues, opportunities, and risks central to responsibilities
  • Incorporates gender-related needs, perspectives, and concerns, and promotes equal gender participation
  • Persistent, calm, and polite in the face of challenges and stress
  • Treats all colleagues with respect and dignity
  • Works effectively with people from different cultures by adapting to relevant cultural contexts
  • Knowledgeable about and promotes IOM core mandate and migration
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  • Actively contributes to an effective, collegial, and agreeable team environment
  • Contributes to, and follows team objectives
  • Gives credit where credit is due
  • Seeks input and feedback from others
  • Delegates tasks and responsibilities as appropriate
  • Actively supports and implements final group decisions
  • Takes joint responsibility for team's work

Technological Awareness

  • Learns about developments in available technology
  • Proactively identifies and advocates for cost-efficient technology solutions
  • Understands applicability and limitation of technology and seeks to apply it to appropriate work


Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

Only candidates residing in the country of the duty station within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

Female with the above qualifications are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via email to hrdeptsanaa@iom.int indicating position applied on subject line by Thursday 23 May, 2018

In order for the applications to be considered valid, IOM only accepts applications with a cover letter not more than one page specifying the motivation for application, with a subject line SVN2019/101 Sana’a, SENIOR TRANSLATOR & INTERPRETER ASSISTANT G6

All applications should include a functional email address, mobile numbers and detailed curriculum vitae (CV).

Posting period: From 10.May.2019 to 23.May.2019

  • Employer: IOM
  • Category: Others
  • Location: Sana'a
  • Posted on: 9 May 2019
  • Deadline: 23 May 2019
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