HEAD (WIPO/13/P5/FT0103)

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Vacancy Announcement No: WIPO/13/P5/FT0103
Title: HEAD
Grade: P5
Appointment/Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration:  two years *
Publication Date: 12 November 2013
Application Deadline: 7 January 2014 Vacancy Filled
Organizational Unit: Chinese Translation Section
Language Division, Conference and Language Department, Administration and Management Sector
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Post Number: L588
The Deadline for applications has been extended to January 7, 2014.
Organizational Context:

The post is located in the Chinese Translation Section of the Language Division of the Conference and Language Department. The Language Division is responsible for delivering comprehensive and high-quality language services in relation to: the translation of treaties and other international instruments administered by WIPO, national legislative texts, documents for the Assemblies of Member States, publications, reports of meetings and conferences and working documents for committees of experts and other bodies, and the WIPO website; and the provision of interpretation services for the meetings of the WIPO Assemblies, committees and meetings organized by the various sectors. The Head of the Chinese Translation Section is responsible for the day-to-day management of the work of the Section and its staff and shapes and implements the objectives for the Section, ensuring high quality and timely delivery of texts translated into and from Chinese. The incumbent works under the supervision of the Director of the Language Division.
Main duties:

The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:

(a) Lead, plan and control translation, revision, editing, terminological, reference and word processing work, determining priorities and allocating staff resources for the timely, quality and cost-effective delivery of outputs in accordance with results-based management principles.

(b) Manage and evaluate the work performed by staff of the section (including temporary staff) and by contractual translators. Guide and counsel staff and develop training plans to promote the best utilization of their skills and experience.

(c) Revise and approve complex and urgent texts; translate particularly complex, difficult or sensitive texts from English into Chinese and vice versa.

(d) Make informed linguistic determinations concerning the Chinese language and take authoritative decisions regarding terminology, style and usage.

(e) Organize and supervise Chinese terminology work, including glossaries, technical vocabularies and related data collections; direct terminological research within the Section.

(f) Promote and supervise the use and development of terminology databases and computer-assisted-translation and terminology (CATT) tools and, in collaboration with other language Section Heads, participate in their enhanced design and development.

(g) Establish and maintain contacts with translation institutions and individual translators with a view to expanding the network of translators; organize the testing of prospective translators and make decisions on their selection.

(h) Represent the Section in working groups and internal and external meetings; liaise with other language sections and relevant work units to achieve improved efficiencies, knowledge management and information sharing.

(i) Perform other related duties as required.

WIPO Core Competencies

1. Communicating effectively.
2. Respecting individual and cultural differences.
3. Showing team spirit.
4. Managing yourself.
5. Producing results.
6. Embracing change.
7. Respecting ethics and values.

WIPO Managerial Competencies

1. Creating a stimulating work environment.
2. Planning and managing resources.
3. Promoting change, innovation and learning.
4. Building and promoting partnerships.


Advanced university degree in modern languages, linguistics, translation or related discipline. A first-level university degree plus two years of relevant experience in addition to the experience mentioned below may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


At least 12 years of relevant professional experience in translation, editing, revision and using CATT tools, mainly acquired in international organizations. Experience in supervising staff.


Experience with and understanding of Results-Based Management.


Excellent managerial skills and proven ability to provide leadership and to motivate and train staff.

Advanced translation and revision skills.

Thorough knowledge of concepts and terminology in various areas of specialization.

Excellent analytical and decision-making skills.

Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Confident user of Microsoft Office applications (e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and the Internet.


Knowledge of the subject matter dealt with by WIPO.


Mother tongue level of Chinese and excellent knowledge of English.


Knowledge of other official UN languages.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
80,734 USD
86,904 USD (with primary dependants)
Post adjustment: 104.0 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.
Additional Information:

Salaries and allowances are paid in Swiss francs at the official rate of exchange of the United Nations.

* Initial period of two years, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance. No fixed-term appointment or any extension hereof shall carry with it any expectancy of, nor imply any right to, (further) extensions or conversion to a permanent appointment.

This vacancy announcement is available in English only.

Additional testing/interviewing may be used as a form of screening.

**Please refer to WIPO's Staff Regulation and Rules for detailed information concerning salaries, benefits and allowances.

Applications from qualified women candidates are encouraged.

**The Organization reserves the right to make an appointment at a grade lower than that advertised.

**Initial appointment is subject to a satisfactory medical examination.

**Not applicable for interns and to Individual Contractual Service subscribers.

For further instructions regarding the online application process, please visit the WIPO internet page at: http://www.wipo.int/erecruitment/en/
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