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Position titleInterpreter / Liaison Officer
Place of performanceBaghdad (with frequent travel to Anbar), Iraq
Apply by13/10/2019
Start date01/11/2019
Durationup to 5 months (@30days/month)
QualificationCompletion of Secondary School education in communications/social sciences/international development or other relevant degree..
Sector experienceMinimum of 2 years of demonstrable relevant Translation experience and/or minimum of 2 years of demonstrable relevant Mine Action experience.
Geographical experienceMinimum of 2 year of experience in Middle East (essential).
LanguageFluency in Arabic and English are essential.
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Job description

CTG OverviewCTG stands for Committed To Good. With an ethical approach at the heart of all that we do, it is a description that makes us proud. Respect for the fundamental human rights of our staff, and those our staff encounter, is a cornerstone of our values. We strive for gender equality, inclusion and diversity, providing fair and equal opportunities for all. We take a zero tolerance approach to corruption and stay true to local labour laws and all local statutory requirements.
In operation since 2006, today we are honoured to serve clients in 15 fragile and conflict-affected states assisting with disaster relief, peace building, humanitarian aid and development programmes through our specialised recruitment, HR management and operational services.
Overview of position
Our client Background Information

Our client is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.
Our client areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.
  • Working with us
Our client offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.
  • Diversity
With over 4,000 our client personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of our client partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.
  • Work life harmonization
Our client values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Background Information – PSC
Our client Peace and Security Centre (PSC) is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations Mine Action Service. Governments of mine-affected countries and other mine action partners. The Centre is responsible to administer, provide support and oversight of the day-to-day management of the Project Field offices, both according to the client requirements and in line with our client rules and regulations.  It is headed by the Centre Director who has the overall authority and accountability for the performance of the PSC on behalf of its clients.

Background Information – UNMAS
The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) was established in 1997, by the General Assembly, and as per the UN Policy on Mine Action and Effective Coordination (A/53/496, 1998) is the established coordinator of mine action within the United Nations system. UNMAS supports the UN's vision of "a world free of the threat of landmines and unexploded ordnance, where individuals and communities live in a safe environment conducive to development, and where mine survivors are fully integrated into their societies." UNMAS also operates under UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security to ensure gender is mainstreamed throughout mine action activities.

Background Information – UNMAS Iraq
The UNMAS Iraq programme was formally established in June 2015, at the request of the UN Under - Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Iraq, to lead the UN efforts to mitigate explosive threats in the country, as well as to support the enhancement of national and regional mine action capacities.  UNMAS is supporting multiple layers of operations under the UNMAS Iraq Strategic Plan which focuses on three main components: 1. Explosive Hazard Management; 2. Technical Support to NMAA, and 3. Risk Education.

Role objectives
In support of the implementation of the UNMAS EHM Projects through interpretation during communication and liaison with the Iraqi national authorities in the ANBAR Region, UNMAS will require an experienced interpreter/liaison officer as well as English speaking operational staff to ensure quality assurance can be conducted on the office and if necessary the implementing partners. Effective liaison can be maintained with a variety of other stakeholders and critical documentation can be made available in both English and Arabic:
  • To work with the EHM staff to provide verbal English/Arabic interpretation while conducting external quality assurance on implementing partners.
  • To support EHM staff through English/Arab translation to engage with local national stakeholders including, but not limited to, implementing partners, local and national government figures, DMA, NOC, JCMC, and Iraqi security forces.
  • Liaise and arrange meetings with local national stakeholders (as above) as directed by the Operations/QA Officer.
  • To accompany EHM project missions and meetings throughout Iraq, to provide interpretation, translation and representative duties.
  • Provide written translation services in English/Arabic to translate documents including, but not limited to, formal correspondence, IMSMA reports, national mine action standards, technical notes and SOPs, training materials, risk education and community liaison materials and professional certification.
  • Provide any other translation or interpretation duties as required by the EHM.
  • To accompany EHM project missions and meetings throughout Iraq, to provide interpretation, translation and representative duties.
  • Highlight opportunities and concerns to EHM Project Ops/QA Officer.
Project reporting
Key competenciesStrategic Perspective - Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.

Integrity and Inclusion - 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.

Leading Self and Others - 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.

Partnering - 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).

Result Orientation - 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.

Agility - 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 behaviour. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Solution Focused - 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

Effective Communication - 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.
Team management
Team Management is not required for this role
Further information
  • UNMAS is committed to diversity and inclusion. Applications from women and/or survivors of explosive hazards are strongly encouraged.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Work experience in liberated areas of Iraq is required.