International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2012/141

Position and Grade: Translator (P-3)
Organizational Unit: French Translation Section
Division of Conference and Document Services
Department of Management
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 22 January 2013
Application Deadline: 18 February 2013
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Organizational Setting

The Division of Conference and Document Services is one of the six Divisions in the Department of Management. One of the main functions assigned to the IAEA by its Statute is to foster the exchange of scientific and technical information and the dissemination of knowledge in the nuclear field among Member States.

To enable the effective exchange and dissemination of information relevant to the IAEA's work and mandate between the Secretariat and Member States, the Division of Conference and Document Services coordinates and supports the implementation of these activities for its users and clients, both internal and external, by organizing meetings and conferences, issuing documents in the six official IAEA languages, i.e. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish, and preparing and distributing publications.

The French Translation Section is one of six translation sections in the Division providing translations of a broad range of documents and publications into the official languages. It is responsible for translating documents into French. High quality translations are required and often short deadlines have to be met.

Main purpose

As a member of a team led by the Section Head, the incumbent translates a range of administrative, legal, economic, scientific and technical texts, particularly in the field of nuclear physics and engineering. The incumbent applies his/her analytical, linguistic and drafting skills to translating texts covering all aspects of the IAEA's activities.


The Translator provides accurate, timely and stylistically appropriate translations of texts written mainly in English. The incumbent's translations are normally checked by a reviser before being finalized for distribution to Member States and/or members of the Secretariat.


The Translator establishes contacts with terminology and reference staff to elucidate difficulties arising from texts submitted for translation and sometimes with other specialist staff elsewhere in the IAEA to discuss the most suitable translation of a term.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Translate, mainly from English into French, a broad range of administrative, legal, scientific and technical texts and to ensure that translations are equivalent in meaning and style to the original texts.
  • Research points of terminology, language and subject matter to assist in the development of the central terminology database and reference archive.
  • Perform any other duties normally carried out by the members of a translation section in an international organization.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge and experience in using Microsoft Office software and IT translation tools.
  • Clear and concise style; broad general knowledge; demonstrated aptitude for technical and general translation work.
  • Some knowledge of scientific and technical subjects, particularly in the nuclear field, and the ability (not necessarily with a formal scientific background) to grasp scientific problems and handle difficult technical material.
  • Familiarity with the IAEA and its operations would be regarded as an asset.
  • Ability to work under time pressure, using the latest technology and methods, while maintaining high levels of output and quality.
  • Skill and initiative in researching points of terminology, language and subject matter.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • University degree in languages or in a technical or scientific field.
  • Minimum of five years of relevant working experience in translating scientific and technical texts into French.
  • Experience in an international organization would be a strong asset.
  • French as mother tongue or principal language of education, with a profound knowledge of its grammar, style and usage.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English essential. Knowledge of at least one other official IAEA language (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish) would be an advantage.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $56 091 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $31 748*, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks' annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance.

How to apply to the IAEA

Complete an Online Application

* Subject to change without notice

Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are encouraged

Applicants should be aware that IAEA staff members are international civil servants and may not accept instructions from any other authority. The IAEA is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. As part of the United Nations common system, the IAEA subscribes to the following core ethical standards (or values): Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for diversity. Staff members may be assigned to any location. The IAEA retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade or with a different contract type, or to make an appointment with a modified job description or for shorter duration than indicated above. Testing may be part of the recruitment process.

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