Job opportunity – Translator, World Trade Organization

The Secretariat of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is seeking to fill the post of Translator in the English Translation Section of the Language, and Documentation Services and Division. This is a fixed-term contract funded through the regular budget. The duration will be two years with the possibility of extension.

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

  1. Translate the full range of documents received by the Section into English from the two other official languages of the WTO, Spanish and French, subject to such revision as may be necessary..
  2. Translate without revision texts of a general or routine character in an independent manner.
  3. Begin revising translations by junior staff and freelancers. 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. Contribute to multilingual terminology records for submission to the terminology coordinator.
  6. Review and edit machine-translated or transcribed content, ensuring the accuracy and correctness of the translation and appropriate fitness for the intended purpose.
  7. Keep abreast of developments in the field of language technologies and apply them in order to improve quality and shorten translation turnaround times.

Work Experience

Minimum 5 years’ experience in the translation business, gained preferably within an international organization.

Freelance professionals are expected to demonstrate having at least 500 days’ experience and a translation output of at least 1,914  words per day.  

Experience and or/training in terminology and in post-editing of machine-translated text would be an asset.


English as a native language or equivalent level, and a thorough knowledge of French and Spanish are essential.

Application deadline 27 October 2022.

For further information see the WTO website.

Hat tip to Samatha Cayron for bringing this opportunity to my attention.


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

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