Team Leader in Geneva (Switzerland)

Where: Geneva (Switzerland)

Extent of Work: Full Time

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Within the Department of Governing Bodies, the Office of Language Services (LNG) provides high-quality, timely and cost-effective translation, interpretation, editing, official records, word-processing and online services for the governing bodies, as well as language services for the Director-General’s Office and WHO technical programmes, so as to make WHO health policy and technical information accessible to its target readerships in the official languages of the Organization.


1. To lead a comprehensive Arabic translation service for the WHO governing bodies and the Director-General’s office, and for requests coming from the technical units and general management.


2. To manage and supervise the staff of the Arabic translation and word-processing teams, and the external translation suppliers, providing guidance and building capacity for a sustainable workforce.


3. To translate into Arabic, self-revise and post-edit a wide variety of texts dealing with medicine, public health and other areas of relevance to WHO, such as legal and financial texts. Such translations may be considered final and not subject to further review.


4. To support and develop the use of translation tools, keeping up to date with the latest developments, mentoring staff in their use and collaborating with other language teams in headquarters and regional offices as relevant.


5. To perform other related duties and act for GBS/LNG Coordinator as required.



Key achievements expected:

Successful coordination and supervision of all requests for Arabic translation, or assistance for meetings within and beyond headquarters.

Effective and efficient team developed and maintained with the longer and shorter term staff involved in Arabic translation.

Consultations and negotiations held with originator departments as to any practical aspects related to the provision of translation, such as timing and resources.

An active roster of short-term and external translators, via an established appraisal process.

Electronic databases and tools maintained with relevant and accurate information in Arabic.



Essential: An advanced university degree in translation and/or languages, or an advanced university degree related to international health or management administration, combined with a university degree in modern languages.


Essential: At least ten years of experience, of which five at the international level, in translation, revision and editing of the target language.
Desirable: Experience working with WHO or other UN agencies.


– Mastery of the art of translation.

– Team leadership skills, with ability to manage, train and guide staff.

– Administrative and managerial skills.

– Tact.

– Knowledge of editorial and terminology work.

– Ability to use standard office and translation related tools and to adapt to and support the use of technological advances in translation.

– Familiarity with health and health-related subjects.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Moving forward in a changing environment
Knowing and managing yourself
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Arabic.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.


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