French Mother Tongue Translator – Grade L1/L2

Strasbourg, France
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French Mother Tongue Translator – Grade L1/L2

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French mother tongue Translator

Registry of the European Court of Human Rights

Reference: e34/2022

Location: Strasbourg

Deadline: 04 October 2022

Are you looking for new challenges? Do you enjoy translating legal documents? Do you know how to improve the form of a text without altering its content? Can you handle complex legal texts and make sure they are clear and understandable? If so, this vacancy could be a good opportunity for you.

Who we are

With over 2000 staff representing all its 46 member States, the Council of Europe is a multicultural organisation. We all strive towards protecting human rights, democracy and the rule of law and our three core values – professionalism, integrity and respect – guide the way we work.

The European Court of Human Rights oversees the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights in the member States. See the Court’s website for information about its activities.

Your role

As a French mother tongue Translator, you will:

  • translate, from English into French, documents of a primarily legal nature drafted by Judges of the Court and members of its Registry;
  • ensure the linguistic quality of legal texts written in French by non-native speakers;
  • provide linguistic and terminological advice;
  • keep all assignment-related information strictly confidential.

What we are looking for

As a minimum, you must:

  • hold a higher education degree or qualification equivalent to a master’s degree (2nd cycle of the Bologna process framework of qualifications for the European Higher Education Area), preferably in law or translation;
  • have at least two years’ professional experience in a relevant field (preferably translation of legal documents);
  • have French as a mother tongue and an excellent knowledge of English;
  • be a citizen of one of the 46 member States of the Council of Europe;
  • be under 65 years of age at the closing date of this vacancy notice.

Demonstrate to us that you have the following competencies:

  • Drafting skills
  • Concern for quality
  • Planning and work organisation
  • Teamwork and co-operation
  • Learning and development
  • Communication

These would be an asset:

  • Results orientation
  • Adaptability
  • Initiative

What we offer

If successful, you may be offered employment based on a renewable fixed-term contract at grade L1/2, depending on your previous professional experience. In Strasbourg, you will receive a basic monthly gross salary of €5 279 (grade L1) or €6 481 (grade L2) which is exempt from national income tax. In our external offices different salary scales are used according to the cost of living conditions. This salary may be supplemented by other allowances depending on your personal situation and you will be affiliated to a Council of Europe pension scheme. You will also benefit from private medical insurance, 32 working days leave per year and other benefits (including flexible working hours, training and development, possibility of teleworking, etc.).

This competition is carried out in accordance with Article 15.b of the Regulations on Appointments (Appendix II to the Staff Regulations), which foresees renewable employment on fixed-term contracts. Details on conditions of employment (probationary period, salaries, allowances, pension scheme, social insurance, etc.) can be consulted on our recruitment website. Any changes to these conditions during the recruitment process are updated on this site and will apply at the time of the job offer.

If your profile matches our needs and you are not recruited straight away, you may be placed on a reserve list, valid for a maximum of four years.

Deadline for applications is 04 October 2022 (midnight French time).

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