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The U.S. Mission in Ouagadougou is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Translator

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The U.S. Mission in Ouagadougou is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Translator


The U.S. Mission in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Translator in the Executive Office.
Opening Date : January 14, 2020
Closing Date : January 28, 2020
Open to : all interested candidates/ All Sources
Work Schedule : Full-time (40 hours/week)
SALARY : *Ordinarily Resident (OR) : CFA 13,369,191 p. a. (Starting Salary)
(Position Grade : FSN-08)



Serves as interpreter and translator to the Ambassador, Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM), their spouses for official business, and other members of the mission. Translates speeches, official documents, correspondence, etc. Interprets at meetings, events, functions, and during VIP and other visits, as required. Provides administrative, functional, project and research support requiring translation and/or French-English-local language knowledge. Incumbent serves as back-up to the Protocol Assistant.


1. EDUCATION : A Bachelor’s degree in Translation (English and French) is required.

2. EXPERIENCE : At least three (03) years of progressively responsible experience in English and French translation and interpretation in an international institution or any organization that executes international programs/policy (e.g. NGO or Embassy).

3. LANGUAGE : Level IV (Fluent) speaking/reading/writing English is required.
Level IV (Fluent) speaking/reading/writing French is required.
Level III (good working knowledge) speaking/reading of at least one local language is required. These may be tested.

4. SKILLS AND ABILITIES : Computer skills must include word processing, e-mail, Internet, database management and related production of documents and reports. Adaptability, organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple translation tasks accurately and expeditiously is essential. Must have excellent writing skills. These may be tested.

5. JOB KNOWLEDGE : Must have good knowledge of translation concepts used in rendering accurate and clear translations that capture the meaning and intent of an original document. Must have a good understanding of U.S. foreign policy objectives. Must be able to perform technical research related to diplomatic subjects (political, economic, military, etc.) for purposes of translation from English to French and French to English. Must have knowledge of government, diplomatic and international organizations, and civil society structure. Must have knowledge of host country protocol, local customs and practices.


A) Applicants must complete the following application process to be considered :
• Create an account on the Electronic Recruitment Application (ERA) Website at
• Choose Announcement Number Ouaga-2020-005 Translator and complete the online application.
• Upload any additional documentation that supports or addresses the requirements listed above (e.g. resume, cover letter, degrees certificates, wok permits & SF 50 if applicable) into the Electronic Recruitment Application system

B) Required documentation/attachments : Applicants must electronically submit the documents listed below to be considered for employment. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible and qualified.

• Clear and concise resume
• Residency and/or Work Permit (If applicable)
• Completion of bachelor’s degree in Translation is required not transcripts
• DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
• SF-50 (if applicable)
• Copy of Work Attestations/Certificates

What to Expect Next : Only applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via telephone calls and email.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION : Go to complete position description listing all of the duties and responsibilities may be obtained directly from the Electronic recruitment system (ERA) or by contacting the Human Resources Office at

Note :
- All applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
- All applications must be for an open/advertised position.
- Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY : The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs. The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.

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