The first online freelance accreditation test for temporary English interpreters was held on 20 August 2020. Led by the United Nations Office at Geneva, freelance testing by the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management has now gone truly global, harnessing interpretation evaluation expertise from all four duty stations and enabling participation by applicants worldwide. Successful candidates will be placed on the reserve list of English interpreters for employment on temporary appointments with the United Nations.
In accordance with the established practice mandated by the General Assembly, the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management holds informational meetings with Member States each year to consult with them on the improvement of language services and to provide a channel for communication on terminology issues and on the quality of services rendered. The 2020 language-specific informational meetings was held in August in New York, according to the following schedule:
- Arabic: Tuesday, 25 August, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Session 1)
- Chinese: Tuesday, 25 August, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Session 2)
- English: Wednesday, 26 August, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Session 3)
- French: Wednesday, 26 August, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Session 4)
- Spanish: Thursday, 27 August, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Session 5)
- Russian: Thursday, 27 August, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Session 6)
This year, due to a combination of factors, the United Nations will not be able to organize the Saint Jerome Translation Contest. Depending on the circumstances, including availability of capacity to host and manage the Contest and feedback from various constituencies, the resumption of the Contest will be considered in 2022.
We are currently receiving applications for the United Nations freelance accreditation exam for French interpreters until Sunday, 21 March 2021. The exam is open to French interpreters with English/Spanish as passive languages.
Candidates are encouraged to consult the following eligibility criteria listed in this job opening and to apply before the deadline.