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Team Assistant (French Translation) at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB)

African Development Bank Group (AfDB) – Established in 1964, the African Development Bank is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 80 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries).

The Bank’s development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:


Job Title:
Team Assistant (French Translation)

Reference: ADB/17/284
Location: Côte d’Ivoire

Grade: GS7

Position N°: 50001488

The Complex

  • The Vice-Presidency, Human Resources and Corporate Services (CHVP) Complex ensures the delivery of efficient, people-centered, client-oriented, corporate services to ensure overall institutional effectiveness in all aspects of the Bank’s corporate services.
  • The Complex leads efforts to ensure the competitiveness of the Bank as the employer of choice and is responsible for providing leadership in the formulation and implementation of Bank’s strategies on people, IT, general services and institutional procurements, language services, business continuity, and health and safety strategies.

The Hiring Department/Division

  • The primary role of the Language Services Department is to ensure, as required by the Bank’s Agreement, the accessibility in the two working languages of the Bank (English and French, and on occasion Arabic and Portuguese) of all issues and documents submitted to the Senior Management and governing bodies of the Bank, for efficient decision-making aimed at the achievement of the Bank’s mission.
  • Within the Language Services Department, the mandate of the Translation Division is to provide high-level translation services by ensuring quality translation of all Bank documents, as well as editing key documents such as the Bank Group’s Annual Report.

The Position

  • Under the general supervision of the Division Manager, Translation Division, the Team Assistant (French translation) shall provide administrative and technical support to the team, and contribute to the translation process to ensure the smooth functioning of the Division and its effectiveness in meeting its mandate.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Team Assistant (French translation) will:

  • Provide administrative and general support services to the French Translation team;
  • Maintain all files and archives pertaining to the team;
  • Follow up the implementation of the team’s work program;
  • Help coordinate and organize internal and external events of the Division;
  • Assist the team in maintaining close contacts with Departments, Regional and Country Offices;
  • Provide information to requesters and external translators on Bank rules, policies and procedures relating to translation;
  • Guide clients, and respond to their requests as needed;
  • Assess amended versions of documents to determine the work load involved and report to Management;
  • Proofread documents as required by Management;
  • Translate short messages, as well as annexes, graphs and tables included in documents as required by Management; 
  • Maintain contacts with external translators and provide them with feedback on their services and performances, as instructed by the team leader; 
  • Help organize, monitor and follow up translation projects.

Selection Criteria
Including Desirable Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Hold at least a Bachelor’ Degree in Translation or a closely related discipline.
  • At least three (5) years of practical experience, three (3) of which should have been spent working in or with an international organization (preferably in multilateral development banks).
  • Good knowledge of specialized translation software or ability to learn about such software quickly and apply new technologies.
  • Having private sector experience will be an added advantage.
  • Capacity to overcome work pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Client focused and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to communicate efficiently (written and oral) in English and French.
  • Excellent writing skills and a sound mastery of various language standards.
  • Ability to use all the Microsoft standard software used in the Bank and Practical knowledge of Computer assisted translation (CAT) tools.

Application Closing Date
18th October, 2017.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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