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8 Aug 2018


Job Description

Job Description
Agency:  UN Office on Drugs & Crime
Title: Interpreter/Translator (UNODC)
Job ID: 17900
Practice Area – Job Family: Management – COMMUNICATIONS
Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 21/08/2018
Time Left: 13d 14h 13m
Duty Station: Berbera, Somalia
Education & Work Experience: C-HS Graduate or Equivalent – 4 year(s) experience
Desired: English, Somali
Grade: SB3
Vacancy Type: Service Contract (SC)
Posting Type: External
Bureau: Arab States
Contract Duration: 11 Months
Open to Somali Nationals only

The UNODC Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) continues to support the criminal justice systems of states in the Horn of Africa and Indian Ocean region prosecuting suspected pirates, arrested by their own law enforcement authorities or transferred from the authorities of other states. This is in line with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and customary international law allowing every state to arrest pirates on the high seas and prosecute them. In addition, UN Security Council (SC) Resolution 1816 (2008) allows foreign ships to take actions within the territorial waters of Somalia to repress piracy and armed robbery against ships. In series of Resolutions since 2008, the UNSC has commended the ongoing work of UNODC, and others, in implementing and supporting counter-piracy programming, and has required UNODC to continue expanding its work in this field.

Piracy incidents in the seas off the Horn of Africa and the coast of East Africa pose a serious threat to regional security and development. Piracy prosecutions pose additional strains on the criminal justice systems of regional states. The Programme supports the police, prosecutors, judges and prison staff of these states to ensure that they are able to meet international standards of fair and efficient trials and secure and humane imprisonment. In addition, the GMCP supports prison reform works in Somalia in order to ensure convicted pirates can be transferred back to Somalia to serve their sentence under prison conditions which are in line with internationally recognized standards. The Programme has prison mentors based in both Somaliland and Puntland where prison refurbishment and construction are on-going. Prison work in Mogadishu Central Prison has started in 2013 and includes improvements to both infrastructure and prison practices and routines, in order to ensure the provision of secure and humane imprisonment for adult and juvenile prisoners, and assurances that the respective sentences are carried out in accordance with the requirement of the courts and in line with international standards and human rights. The GMCP will further be assisting Somali authorities in the establishment of a Major Crimes Complex in Mogadishu.

In addition, the Programme has been supporting the development of the Somalia Maritime and Security Strategy, as well as reviewed and drafted Somali maritime legislation. In line with the approved Maritime and Security Strategy, and under the GMCP for the Horn of Africa, the Programme has expanded its work to focus on capacity building of Somali Maritime Law Enforcement, including provision and maintenance of equipment, training of staff and communication and coordination between the regional entities.

The interpreter will be reporting to the Programme Coordinator of the Horn of Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:

Provide support through editing and translation of UNODC/GMCP documents;
Provide interpretation services;
Provide support in coordinating operations related to the UNODC/GMCP programme implementation.
Provide support through editing and translation of documents of the UNODC/GMCP Programme

Ensure the timely delivery of translated and edited materials from English to Somalia and vice versa

Ensure a high quality of work with English to Somalia and vice versa translations reflecting an accurate portrayal of the meaning found in the English source documents.

Provide support in coordinating operations related to the UNODC/GMCP HoA programme implementation. The Interpreter/Translator will support UNODC/GMCP HoA staff based in Berbera in their daily work in Berbera as well as UNODC/GMCP HoA staff from Nairobi.

Impact of Results

The key results have an impact on the overall performance of the Programme and success in implementation of project and programme strategies.  Accurate analysis, appropriate and efficient management of tasks, as well as sensitivity to a diverse cultural environment will impact on the results.

Corporate Competencies:

Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
Functional Competencies:

Ability to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time;
High client service orientation and initiative to solve problem, excellent analytical and communication skills;
Ensures high quality and accuracy of work;
Executes reports with a results-oriented approach;
Ability to work with minimal supervision.
Development and Operational Effectiveness:

Ability to extract, interpret and analyze data;
Ability to perform work of confidential nature and handle a large volume of work;
Good knowledge of administrative rules and regulations;
Strong IT skills and knowledge of web based systems;
Ability to provide input to business processes re-engineering, implementation of new system.
Leadership and Self-Management:

Focuses on results for the client and responds positively to feedback;
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure.

Shows pride in work and in achievements;
Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns.

Speaks and writes clearly and effectively;
Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;
Asks questions to clarify; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise;
Willing to learn from others; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Planning, Organizing and Multi-tasking:

Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
Identifies priority activities and assignments;
Adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work;
Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
Required Skills and Experience

Completion of Secondary Education.
University Degree in law, social sciences, police administration, business or public administration or relevant social or political area is desirable.

4 years’ experience in translation and interpretation work is required with atleast 2 years of experience in same or similar field;
Experience in the usage of computer software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.), and web based management systems;
Proven ability and capacity to deliver translations to meet tight deadlines.
Language Requirements:

Strong written and spoken English skills and Somali language is required
Important applicant information

All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment.

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