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The recruitment policy of the WTO is to seek to attract and retain staff members offering the highest standards of competence, efficiency and integrity.
As an Equal Opportunities Employer, the WTO gives full regard to merit and diversity.

Vacancy Notice No.: EXT/F/19-7
Title: Translator
Grade: 8
Contract Type: Fixed-term
Starting Salary: CHF 111,652 net per annum (approximate)
Issued On: 31 January 2019
(4 day(s) until closing date)
Currently accepting applications
Application Deadline (CET): 28 February 2019
Division:   Languages, Documentation & Information Management

Duration:  Two years with the possibility of extension  
In accordance with WTO Staff Regulations and Staff Rules and WTO Pension Plan Regulations.
The World Trade Organization offers an attractive compensation package including an annual net salary (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), dependency benefits, pension plan, health insurance scheme, separation grant and 30 days annual leave. Benefits for internationally recruited staff may include travel and removal expenses on appointment and separation, installation grant, education grant, rental subsidy and home leave.
Additional information on the compensation package is provided on the WTO website:

The Secretariat of the WTO is seeking to fill a position of Translator in the English Translation Section of the Languages, Documentation and Information Management Division.

General Functions

Reporting to the Chief of Section, the incumbent is expected to undertake the following functions:

1. Subject to such revision as may be necessary, translate the full range of documents received by the Section into English from the two other official languages of the WTO, Spanish and French.

2. Translate without revision texts of a general or routine character not involving complex, technical or sensitive matters.

3. Begin revising simple translations by junior staff. The incumbent may be called upon to integrate and revise such texts translated or prepared by peers or non-language staff.

4. Conduct research in the fields of economics and law in order to understand all aspects of particular substantive issues and make adequate use of appropriate technical concepts and terminology.

5. Prepare multilingual terminology records, subject to revision.

6. Keep abreast of developments in the field of translation support tools and apply them in order to improve quality and shorten translation deadlines.


Advanced university degree or equivalent professional qualification in translation, languages, economics or law is required. Alternatively a basic university degree in the aforementioned disciplines combined with a professional qualification in translation or languages may be considered.
Knowledge and skills:

Good background knowledge of international trade, economics and legal affairs.
Ability to translate quickly, accurately and in an appropriate style texts dealing with a wide variety of subjects.

Ability to work with computer-assisted translation tools.

The following interpersonal capabilities are required: persuade others to a point of view using facts; face and cope with conflict situations with colleagues; work as a member of a team, relating to others, while working independently to achieve his/her objectives; relate to and build relationships with colleagues; communicate information in a clear way and understand information.
Work Experience:

A minimum of 500 days' translation experience gained within an international organization or, alternatively, at least 1,000 days' or five to six years' translation experience purely within a national context.

A perfect command of English and a thorough knowledge of French and Spanish are essential.
Additional Information:

The position may be offered at a lower grade if the selected candidate does not fully meet all the required qualifications.

Only applications from nationals of WTO Members will be accepted.

The WTO may use various communication technologies such as video or teleconference for the assessment and evaluation of candidates. The recruitment process may also involve the use of various forms of testing, assessment centres, interviews and reference checks.

Candidates not selected whose performance in the selection process nevertheless shows them to be suitable for a similar position may be kept on a roster for up to 12 months, and may subsequently be called upon as and when the need arises for additional resources.



Please note that all candidates must complete an online application form.
To apply, please visit the WTO's E-Recruitment website at: erecruitment.wto.org. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the
closing date - Central European Time (CET) - stated in the vacancy announcement.
Currently accepting applications

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