Translator, Interpreter, Editing Services

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Panama

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
2nd May, 2019

Job Description

Organizational Setting

The Sub-regional office for Mesoamerica (SLM) produces various technical texts on different areas of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, rural developments and social protection, resilient economy, South-South Cooperation, policy briefs, programme briefs, project proposals. These often come at short notice and vary in needed effort and time. To avoid having to undertake a separate sourcing process for each individual assignment, the office wishes to assess the market, and establish a roster of a selected small pool of professional translators, interpreters, and editors who are familiar with the above-mentioned technical areas in which they can then be drawn upon as needs arise. The post is based in Panama City, where FAO´s Sub-regional office for Mesoamerica is located.

FAO Call for Expression of Interests Purpose

The Organization frequently engages specialists to work on short-term periods as PSA.NAT. Selected candidate/s would be recruited to perform a specific task or piece of work, which would be short-term by nature. The assignment can be from a few days up to 11 months. The possibility of extension is subject to satisfactory performance and depending on the resources and needs of the Organization.

The objective of this Call is to attract talented individuals with experience and background in translation, interpretation and editorial services to create a pool of qualified candidates to fill current or potential needs.

Technical Focus

To carry out smooth translation, Interpretation and editing services where and when required.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Translate Spanish-English and English-Spanish; Spanish-Chinese and Chinese-Spanish programme/project related documents, and a wide variety of texts dealing with agriculture and related areas
  • Provide translation and interpretation services (including simultaneous and consecutive) during the workshops, seminars and other events related to programme/project activities;
  • Provide support for preparation and organization of various events, such as: preparing background materials and handouts, providing oral and written translation during events
  • Proofread and edit documents, translation works as and when requested;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Requirements

  • University Degree in the areas of Translation/Interpretation, Linguistics/Foreign Languages or specializing in the following official language of the United Nations: English;
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in the areas of translation and/or interpretation and provision of editorial services for international organizations;
  • Previous work experience within the UN System is an asset;
  • National of Panama or resident in the country with a regular work permit.

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Selection Criteria

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Be able to produce results with rigid deadlines
  • Advanced computer skills and word processing (MS Office); advanced user of translation/interpretation software and equipment.
  • Skills and experience in consecutive and simultaneous interpretation.


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