Job opportunity – United Nations 2021 competitive examinations for German translators

These positions are located at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Responsibilities include: Translating, subject to revision, documents covering a broad range of subjects dealt with by the United Nations, i.e., in the political, social, legal, economic, financial, administrative, scientific and technical fields.

The deadline is 29 August 2021, so hurry, hurry!

Applicants must hold at least a first-level degree or an equivalent qualification in translation, interpretation, modern languages or another relevant subject, such as law, economics or international relations, from a university or institution of equivalent status at which German is the principal language of instruction or hold at least a first-level university degree from a recognized school of translation.

Completion of an advanced degree (Master’s or post-graduate diploma) or PhD in translation, interpretation, modern languages or another relevant subject is preferred.

Work Experience

No experience is required; two or more years of practical experience in translation or a related field is preferred.


Applicants must have a perfect command of German, which should be their main language (the main language should be understood to be the language in which candidates are best able to work and of which they have a perfect command), and an excellent knowledge of English.

They must also have an excellent knowledge of French or Spanish. Knowledge of one or more of the other official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, Russian) in addition to French and/or Spanish is preferred. Applicants’ claim to knowledge of official languages must be supported by relevant documentation attached to their application. Further evidence of degrees/diplomas, knowledge of languages and/or relevant experience may be required prior to convocation to sit the examination.

To find out full details, click here.


Disclaimer: The above is provided as a heads-up only. Please refer to the United Nations website above for all information.

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