Communications Associate (Translation & Interpretation)

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This is a LICA-6 contract. This kind of contract is known as Local Individual Contractor Agreements. It is normally only for nationals. It's an external contract. It usually requires 6 years of experience, depending on education. More about LICA-6 contracts.

Background Information - Job-specific

Austria Multi-Country Office (AUMCO)

The Austria Multi-Country Office (AUMCO) is part of the UNOPS Europe and Central Asia Region (ECR). Specifically, AUMCO aims to enable achievement of Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement through global programmes and tailored interventions in the Balkans, South Caucasus, and Central Asia, focused on:

  • Infrastructure
  • Procurement
  • Project Management (full service, back on track)
  • HR and Transactional Services
  • Grants Management
  • Technical and Advisory Services
  • Project Information

Project Information

The UNOPS Uzbekistan Project Office currently has two ongoing projects both of which are major contributions to SDG3 (Good Health and Wellbeing).

The first project, “Support to Development of Oncology Services in Uzbekistan” is funded through a major loan from the Islamic Development Bank. UNOPS will support the Government of Uzbekistan in strengthening the preparedness of its national healthcare system, and preventing and treating oncological cases in an effective and timely manner. By identifying, procuring, delivering and operationalizing urgently needed medical, laboratory, radiological and ICT equipment, the project will significantly contribute to improved access and quality healthcare services for local communities in 14 regional locations including Tashkent and throughout the country.

The second project is the “Uzbekistan COVID-19 Emergency Response Project” with the Republic of Uzbekistan's Sanitary and Epidemiological Welfare and Public Health Service (SES). Funded through two major loans from the Asian Development Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. In this project UNOPS will support the Government of Uzbekistan to upgrade up to 54 existing laboratory and treatment facilities across the country, procure diagnostic equipment and supplies, and establish an ICT system for monitoring the epidemiological situation to strengthen preparedness and resilience to the COVID-19 pandemic and other epidemics.

*** Only nationals of Uzbekistan or persons in Uzbekistan with residence and work permit are eligible for this position***

Functional Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Project Management Specialist, the Translator & Interpreter provides services of multi-directional (English – Russian – Uzbek) translation, interpretation and associated services to the project team members, ensuring high quality and accuracy of delivered messages and documents. The Communications Associate (Translation & Interpretation) pursues a client, quality and results-oriented approach in delivery of the services.

The Translator & Interpreter works in close collaboration with Portfolio Manager and Project team, as well as with other teams within the UNOPS Uzbekistan office to exchange information and ensure consistent service delivery.

The functional responsibilities include:

  1. Translation and interpretation services;
  2. Effective translation, recording, and retention of information relevant to the project delivery;
  3. Support for the Project team in qualitative and precise communication with the national stakeholders and partners;
  4. Coordinate and arrange meetings with other parties.
  5. Knowledge building and knowledge sharing.

1. Translation and interpretation services

  • Full and precise delivery of multi-directional (English – Russian – Uzbek) verbal and written communications between the project and external and internal project partners on subject matters (health, infrastructure, ICT and associated areas);
  • Accompanying the project team members to the meetings and keeping records of the meetings if and when required.

2. Support to communications documentation and administration

  • Proofreading and editing of the reports, minutes, official and unofficial communications, other documents and texts for the project team;
  • Note taking at the meetings, their consolidation and drafting minutes of the meetings, discussions, interviews etc.;
  • Maintaining the organized files of the documentation as instructed by the Portfolio Manager.

3. Support to stakeholder communication

  • Support the project team in drafting qualitative and precise communication for liaising with the national stakeholders and partners;
  • Drafting project briefs and project updates;
  • Research and retrieval of background and analytical data from internal and external sources as assigned by the Portfolio Manager.

4. Coordinate and arrange meetings with key stakeholders

  • Organization and coordination of meetings and discussions;
  • Drafting/preparing background materials and talking points for the meetings.

5. Knowledge building and knowledge sharing

  • Provides sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice by synthesizing lessons learnt and disseminating best practices in translation/interpretation.
  • Collects feedback, ideas, and internal knowledge about processes and best practices and utilizes productively.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

a. Education

  • Secondary school (High School or equivalent) with a minimum of six (6) years of relevant experience is required
  • A first level (Bachelor or equivalent) or advanced (Masters or equivalent) university degree in Communications, Linguistics or related field is desirable but not required, and may be considered as a substitute for some years of work experience.
  • Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) in the above mentioned subjects or related field, is desired and may substitute for additional years of experience.

b. Work experience

  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in translation, interpretation, or related experience.
  • Proficiency in computers and office software packages (for example: MS Office, Google Workspace) is required.
  • Experience working in medicine or related medical field, is desirable.
  • Prior experience with the UN system or an international NGO is an asset.

c. Languages

  • Fluency in English, Uzbek and Russian is required.


Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles. Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role). Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries. Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements. Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving. Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement (LICA) Contract level: Local Support Level 6, LICA-6, ICS-6 Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds, satisfactory performance, and project duration.

******* Only nationals of Uzbekistan or persons in Uzbekistan with residence and work permit are eligible for this position*******

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Additional Information

  • Please note that UNOPS does not accept unsolicited resumes.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
  • UNOPS embraces diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity. Our workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. UNOPS seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce.
  • Qualified women and candidates from groups which are underrepresented in the UNOPS workforce are encouraged to apply. These include in particular candidates from racialized and/or indigenous groups, members of minority gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.
  • We would like to ensure all candidates perform at their best during the assessment process. If you are shortlisted and require additional assistance to complete any assessment, including reasonable accommodation, please inform our human resources team when you receive an invitation.

Terms and Conditions

  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post.
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (they take around 4 hours to complete) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS. For more information on a retainer contract here.
  • All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter and UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.
  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential personnel. Recruitment in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.
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