International Staff, NATO HQ
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE ESSENTIAL
The incumbent must:
• hold a university degree or equivalent, complemented by proven conference interpretation skills
• possess the following minimum levels of NATO’s official languages (English/French): VI (“Proficiency”) in both
• have at least 2 years’ experience as a simultaneous conference interpreter, interpreting from English to French and French to English
• demonstrate flexibility and strong drive for teamwork and diversity.
The following would be considered an advantage:
• both English and French as mother tongues (‘A’ language);
• a degree in Conference Interpretation from a recognised institution;
• be familiar with global political and military affairs, security and defence matters, International Organizations and the relevant terminology.
Prepare for NATO committee meetings requiring interpretation, on a variety of subject matters that may be politically sensitive or highly complex, such as technical, political, economic, administrative and budgetary matters, using all the available tools developed for and by interpreters. Participate in the Interpretation Service’s training initiatives. Coach young graduates and students, if required.
Planning and Execution
Improve on service delivery and quality by developing and maintaining a thorough understanding of the Organization at large (including processes and procedures, key figures and main issues, the full range of current affairs, budgetary, political, management, defence and military matters).
Engage clients, support staff, management and colleagues constructively to develop and maintain effective working relations, to gather feedback, understand client requirements and actively assist in the Service’s stakeholder management. Participate in the network of Contact Point Interpreters engaging with national delegations, if appropriate.
Contribute personally to good circulation of information and ideas within the team of staff interpreters and the Service at large.
Play an active part in the overall effort of the Interpretation Service to develop and update glossaries, pool terminology and share corporate knowledge. Follow political and military events that are discussed and negotiated by NATO committees and the related terminology. Perform any other related duty as assigned.
The incumbent reports to a Senior Interpreter & Team Leader, under the supervision of the Head of Interpretation and Conference Services. S/he will work on ad hoc Interpretation teams, maintaining close links with all members of the Service. The incumbent will be called upon to service meetings from low-level technical working groups to summits of Heads of State and Government. As such, interpreters come into contact with many senior officials and high ranking military officers and must display impeccable interpersonal skills. Direct reports: N/a Indirect reports: N/a.
The incumbent must demonstrate:
• Achievement: Works to meet standards;
• Customer Service Orientation: Takes personal responsibility for correcting problems;
• Empathy: Reads non-verbal cues and understands meanings;
• Flexibility: Acts with flexibility;
• Organisational Awareness: Understands the Organization's structure;
• Self-Control: Responds calmly;
• Teamwork: Expresses positive attitudes and expectations of team or team members;
Contract to be offered to the successful applicant (if non-seconded): Definite duration contract of three years’ duration; possibility of an indefinite duration contract thereafter.
Contract clause applicable: In accordance with the NATO Civilian Personnel Regulations, the successful candidate will receive a definite duration contract of three years, which may be followed by an indefinite duration contract. If the successful applicant is seconded from the national administration of one of NATO’s member States, a 3-year definite duration contract will be offered, which may be renewed for a further period of up to 3 years subject to the agreement of the national authority concerned. The maximum period of service in the post as a seconded staff member is six years. Serving staff will be offered a contract in accordance with the NATO Civilian Personnel Régulations.
Please note that we can only accept applications from nationals of NATO member countries. Applications must be submitted using e-recruitment system, as applicable:
Please note that at the time of the interviews, candidates will be asked to provide evidence of their education and professional experience as relevant for this vacancy. Appointment will be subject to receipt of a security clearance (provided by the national Authorities of the selected candidate) and approval of the candidate’s medical file by the NATO Medical Adviser.
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