Within delegated authority, the Field Language Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

Provides clear and concise verbal communication/ interpretation, interfacing between mission officials and local population in support of operations and wider mission activities.
Translation of high level documents and communications from /to English covering a broad range of subjects dealt with by the United Nations.

Liaises with counterparts in other sections relating to scheduling and administrative arrangements.

Keeps abreast of news in the Media and briefs supervisors and colleagues of relevant contents.
Drafts correspondence for the Supervisor.

Assists officers with the preparation of drafts, briefing notes and background information and country information.

Files, retrieves office documents.

Performs other duties, including driving office vehicles, as required.


Professionalism: 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; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages

from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information; and keeping people informed

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others` ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda

Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Education: High school diploma is required. Ability to work after working hours, during the weekends and on shift duty. Ability to travel throughout the mission area and to relocated from one position to another.

Experience: A minimum of four (04) years of work experience in providing translation/ interpretation services.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in English (both oral and Written) is required. Knowledge of other United Nations language is desirable.

Assessment Method: Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Additional Information: Candidates who are not selected, but whose performance in the interview process nevertheless demonstrated them to be suitable for a similar function may be kept on a roster for up to seven years. Candidates placed on the roster may be considered for selection against future vacancies for the same function and level.

Special Notice

This position is funded for an initial period of one year, extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval. Appointment against this post is on a local basis. The candidate is responsible for any travel expenses incurred in order to take-up the appointment. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply well before the deadline stated in the job opening.

Interested applicants who are working with UN Contractors must fulfil the obligations of their contracts with the UN Contractors in order to be eligible to apply for this vacancy.

Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships:

This position is located within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Beletweyne. The incumbent will report to the Head of Office.

How to apply:
How to Apply:

Qualified candidates may submit their applications including their United Nations Personal History form (P.11) to the address mentioned below on or before the deadline. The P.11 is on the Applications submitted after the deadline 24 July 2018 will not be accepted. CVs will not be accepted.


Please quote, Vacancy Announcement Number and Functional Title in the subject of the e-mail

Kindly attach a copy of P11, Degree Certificate, Passport and or National Identification Card. Copy of Valid driving license/ permit. These are required as part of your application for consideration of eligibilty. Please note CID and NISA Certificates are required at a later stage of the recruitment process.

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs.