Posted September 16, 2022

2022 Competitive examination for language positions: English Translator/Précis-writers, Editors, Verbatim Reporters and English Linguists – United Nations


New York; Addis Ababa; Bangkok; Beirut; Nairobi; Santiago; Vienna


• Duties and responsibilities depend on the service/section/unit and duty station in which the position is located.

• In Translator/Précis-Writer positions, they include translating, subject to revision, documents covering a broad range of subjects dealt with by the United Nations, i.e., in the political, social, legal, economic, financial, administrative, scientific and technical fields; and preparing draft summary records of the proceedings of United Nations meetings.

• In Editor positions, they include correcting grammar and applying United Nations editorial style, including in terms of punctuation, capitalization, spelling and abbreviations and acronyms; ensuring the accuracy of terminology used; checking details such as names, dates and titles; verifying quotations (to the extent possible); striving to minimize the use of obscure language so that texts are understandable and translatable; in consultation with authors, bringing texts into line with established United Nations usage, resolving ambiguities and promoting clarity to avoid different interpretations in the other five languages; and verifying the accuracy of, and applying United Nations editorial style to, footnotes and other references.

• In Verbatim Reporter positions (New York only), they include producing in extenso verbatim records of meetings; editing the original language version as necessary for accuracy, making the required changes for style, syntax and grammar, and parliamentary procedure; transcribing and/or translating assigned portions of meetings; comparing transcripts of interpretation with original language versions to ensure completeness and accuracy of the records; and translating passages that are either inaccurate or incomplete.

• In English Linguist positions (New York only), they include any combination of the duties and responsibilities of Editor and Translator/Précis-Writer positions.

Applicants must have a perfect command of English and an excellent knowledge of two other official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish).

Information on the requirements and assessment method is available in the job opening.

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