Translator - English into Portuguese at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional group of fifteen West African countries. Founded on 28 May 1975, with the signing of the Treaty of Lagos, its mission is to promote economic integration across the region.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Translator English into Portuguese - P4
Division: Judicial Certified Translation & Interpretation
Institution: Community Court of Justice
Line Supervisor: Portuguese Reviser
- The incumbent shall, in accordance with professional standards, provide translation services for Judicial and non-judicial documents in Portuguese to the Hon. Judges in the discharge of their judicial mandate. Ensuring high linguistic and terminological quality and application of ECOWAS Court jargon.
- S/he shall assist the setting-up and updating of terminology database and compilation of glossaries.
Role and Responsibilities
- Translation Services as assigned by the HOD Language and Management; Provides translation into Portuguese of speeches, statements and Court processes.
- Routinely assigned Translation of official documents for Judges and staff members as required;
- Language Combination: Portuguese A, English B or French B. (Any proven C language in either of the other two working languages of the Community will be an advantage)
- Assists the HOD Language Division, as appropriate, in the screening, training and conduct of examination for prospective translators;
- Participates in the establishment of terminology database, a compilation of glossaries, etc.
- Performs other related duties as required.
Academic Qualifications and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in Translation or equivalent from a recognized university;
- 7 years of experience in translation, and use of relevant computer software, electronic tools, and databases;
- Excellent writing and analytical skills; highest standards of accuracy, consistency, and faithfulness to the style and nuances of the original text;
- Familiarity with computer-assisted translation tools, machine translation tools, and on-screen editing tools.
- Excellent knowledge of legal issues relating to the functions, structure, and activities of ECOWAS;
- Proficiency in legal writing and the ability to work on a variety of legal instruments and related documents;
- Be below 50 years old. This provision does not apply to internal candidates.
ECOWAS Key Competencies:
- Ability to get groups to work together cooperatively, by enlisting active involvement, creating a climate for respect and openness, and applying effective techniques for group facilitation, explore their potentials, motivate and guide them;
- Organize and lead cross-divisional workgroup in developing creative solutions to address problems and or lead a small group of entry-level professionals and administrative support staff;
- Ability to respect the chain of command in an appropriate manner;
- Develop on-the-job training techniques paired with excellent coaching and mentoring skills; knowledge of new staff orientation approaches to facilitate understanding of the position and organization;
- Ability to assign work to direct reports and provide timely and consistent feedback regarding technical proficiency and effectiveness;
- Ability to represent the organization effectively before external parties.
- Ability to consider the impact of a shift in programmatic direction to the needs of internal and external stakeholders;
- Ability to promote and consider staff feedback to streamline processes in order to meet deadlines of relevance to client expectations;
- Ability to consistently maintain composure and direction in high- pressure situations;
- Develop problem-solving, mediation and conflict resolution skills to address discrepancies, complaints, bottlenecks, time constraints affecting the quality and quantity of client services;
- Ability to anticipate growing client needs and expectations to continuously improve quality, timeliness, service delivery and addressing client questions in a timely manner;
- Ability to communicate openly with clients, keeping them informed of progress and issues requiring attention/resolutions.
- Ability to implement programmatic changes in a manner that ensures a biased-free work environment, fair and equitable application to new rules/regulations;
- Experience and ability to adhere to policies, goals, objectives, and principles of valuing diversity in performing everyday duties and responsibilities; promoting/modeling behaviors that demonstrate tolerance and understanding of various cultures;
- Ability to remain objective in managing conflict regardless of cultural differences /positions, gender differences, and encourage other staff to overcome cultural and gender bias and differences;
- Ability to build value from leveraging diverse capabilities and inputs from various cultures, staff, and clients;
- Ability and responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
- Ability to create a diverse and inclusive interactive environment that benefits from diverse strengths bringing together innovative practices;
- Ability to seek out best practices to make organizational decisions of relevance to diversity management, ensuring that project and program activities identify vulnerable areas and contain systemic checks.
- Knowledge of ECOWAS institutions and how the different organs relate to each other, particularly as it relates to own work sector/programs;
- Knowledge of approaches to policy and program development of an international organization as well as project management;
- Knowledge of the rules, processes, and procedures of an international organization, of pertinence to tasks related to own position;
- Knowledge of member states development trends, indicators, challenges, and opportunities as it relates to project/programme assigned to own position.
- Creativity and flexibility to deviate from traditional methods in developing new procedures, processes, and tools, using technology to simplify methods and approaches whenever possible;
- Ability to reevaluate current procedures and suggest improvements to ensure an effective, streamlined process;
- Ability to gather and summarize information to predict stakeholder views on a new policy/programs; and excellent analytical skills to assess external policies and trends when reviewing policy/programme options, pros, cons, and recommendations;
- Ability to synthesize complex information gathered from a variety of external and internal sources and disseminate it to others in a logical manner;
- Ability to apply the appropriate methodology to discover or identify policy issues and resource concerns.
- Ability to evaluate, incorporate, and communicate the latest developments in the specialty area using institution/agency guidelines and criteria;
- Develop interpersonal, negotiation, networking and presentation skills with proven abilities to influence, explain complex information and demonstrate empathy and open-mindedness;
- Ability to demonstrate operational proficiency in the use of computer in communicating using technology tools;
- Ability to convey information clearly and concisely in a succinct and organized manner through both written and verbal expressions;
- Exhibit active listening skills to encourage stronger communication amongst team members, to show care and make them feel valued and to drive employee engagement in all institutions and agencies;
- Proficiency in information communication technologies (ICT);
- Fluency in oral and written expressions in two of the ECOWAS official languages of the Community (English, French & Portuguese). Knowledge of a third language will be an added advantage.
- Knowledge of internal planning cycles and ability to contribute to the development and to implement Community-wide or institution policy by determining target audience, building coalitions with the appropriate population, and monitor progress;
- Ability to consider external circumstances, factors and trends when organizing project activities to ensure the best outcome;
- Ability to review process outcome, correspondence, reports, and policy documents to develop achievable plans;
- Ability to conduct meetings with staff, stakeholders, colleagues and others to ascertain organizational program and/or project needs, making adjustments to plans and activities accordingly;
- Ability to adjust project plans based on input from staff and stakeholders and/or ability to design and implement guidelines, tools and templates to accommodate new or revised programs and services.
Annual Salary: UA 56,591.37 / USD 89,289.87
Application Closing Date
26th September, 2019.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should download the Application Form below, fill it out correctly; attach a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a Motivation to: TraductENPTP4@ecowas.int using the "Job title" as the subject of the email.
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