General International / Multinational

ECOWAS Vacancy for English Interpreter

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional grouping with 15 Member States in West Africa (three landlocked and one island) with a population of about 300 million with an annual economic growth rate of around 6%. The ECOWAS Commission is one of the
eight Regional Economic Communities supporting the African Union to coordinate the implementation of continental and regional integration and development programmes in the West African region.

Job Title: English Interpreter (court Of Justice) 

Location: Abuja
Experience: 4year(s)

Reference: ECW-CCJ/INT-F P/004/2015
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Department: Specialised Institution
Directorate: Administration and Finances
Supervisor: Languages Services Coordinator
Duration: Permanent
Grade: P5

Duties and Responsibilities

    Services all meetings as assigned by supervisor and Management;
    Provide interpretation for the Judges and staff members as required;
    Provide interpretation from French into English during court sessions, meetings and deliberations;
Provides interpretation in relevant language combination,
(simultaneous, consecutive, whispering, liaison) of speeches or
    Routinely assigned to sensitive meetings;
    May be required to function as language team leader when assigned to a given meeting;
    Assists, as appropriate, in the screening, training and examining of prospective interpreters;
    Participates in establishment of terminology database, glossaries, etc.
    May perform other related duties as required.


    Technical Expertise and Professionalism
    Ability to demonstrate a high level of concentration;
    Split-second accuracy;
    Ability to work under continuous stress and deliver clear interpretation on an exceedingly broad range of subjects;
    Understands how to prepare meetings and work with meeting documents;
    Understands how to ‘weigh’ interpretation teams;
    Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter;
    Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, confidentiality and achieving results;
    Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns;
    Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
    Remains calm in stressful situations and ability to travel at short notice.


    Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
    Demonstrates booth manners and upholds team coherence;
    Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise;
    Is willing to learn from others;
    Places team agenda before personal agenda.
    Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
    Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
    Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession;
    Actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally;
    Contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates;
    Shows willingness to learn from others.
    Seeks feedback to learn and improve.


Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Conference
Interpretation or A university degree plus a diploma or certificate in
conference interpreting from a recognised school;

Work Experience

    At least four (4) years of professional interpreting experience;
    Experience with international organizations would be an advantage.
    Knowledge of law would be an advantage;
    Ability to interpret from French into Portuguese would be an advantage.


    Candidates must not be over fifty (50) years of age at the point of recruitment and must be citizens of ECOWAS


    Fluency in oral and written expression in any one of the ECOWAS working languages: English, French and Portuguese.
    Knowledge of a second official language would be an advantage.

USD 52,273 – USD 59,100

Application Closing Date
4th December, 2015

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