English-French Interpreter (Long-term Agreement - On-Call basis)

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : home base
Application Deadline :03-Apr-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English   French  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :up to 104 hours per year
Expected Duration of Assignment :up to 3 years


The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries (LDCs). With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, in support of households, localities and small enterprises that are underserved, where development needs are greatest and where resources are scarcest.

UNCDF’s Local Development Finance Practice (LDFP) is a centre of excellence and innovative fund for local government finance and local economic development finance in the world’s 47 LDCs. LDFP holds a one-hour webinar every other week, which provides a great opportunity for colleagues around the globe to get updates, brainstorm and be engaged in the discussion. As LDFP is expanding in West Africa, there is a huge need to focus on programmes in that region. In order for francophone colleagues to equally follow the discussion and actively participate in it, UNCDF is seeking an individual English-French interpreter to provide simultaneous interpretation for the webinar as well as other meetings if needed.

UNCDF would like to enter into a non-exclusive Framework Agreement, also known as Long-Term Agreement (LTA), with one or more individuals that will perform the services described below on a need-basis.  In UNCDF, an LTA is a framework agreement by and between UNCDF and a company or individual where the latter may, at any time within the duration of the LTA, be required to render the agreed services at the agreed and fixed unit prices for a minimum period of 12 months, with potential extension for up to two (2) additional years, depending on satisfactory performance of the company.

Under an LTA, UNCDF does not guarantee that any specific quantity of services shall be purchased during the term of this agreement.  The LTA does not form a financial obligation or commitment from UNCDF at the time the LTA contract is signed and that such an agreement is non-exclusive.  


Where a request for service arises, UNCDF can engage the individual on LTA through a “call-off” of the LTA.  Every call-off shall have specific tasks, scope of services and outputs to be delivered within a specific period of time.  For this particular work, the call-off shall be formalized through the issuance of a Purchase Order, attaching thereto the Terms of Reference, and any other document relevant to the call-off.  Financial commitments will only be established each time a Purchase Order for the specific services/TOR for Individual Contractor is committed.

The LTA shall have a cumulative ceiling amount that may accrue to the individual contractor during the life of the LTA, but said amount shall remain as an upper limit, and must not and cannot be interpreted nor understood as neither a financial commitment nor guarantee of business volume.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Deputy Director of the Local Development Finance, the individual will conduct up to 100 hours per year of simultaneous interpretation services on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

The individual will: 

  • Provide accurate and fast English-French/French-English simultaneous interpretation services to UNCDF LDFP bi-weekly webinar;
  • Provide interpretation during meetings, regular technical discussion, small-scale workshops, and relevant events as assigned by UNCDF;
  • Provide light translation services (up to 10 pages) as needed.


  • Demonstrates commitment to UNCDF’s mission, vision and values;
  • Promotes ethics and integrity;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Client focused and results oriented, responds positively to feedback;
  • Excellent communication skills, creates and promotes an environment for open communications;
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop herself or himself professionally;
  • Demonstrates a high degree of initiative and independence while in close coordination with the LDFP HQ in delivering required outputs within tight timeframes, exercising problem solving while demonstrating flexibility and ability to accomplish the job effectively;
  • Demonstrates excellent organizational and time management skills with strong interpersonal skills;
  • Contributes to a culture of knowledge sharing and learning across the organization;
  • Experience with the UN system a strong asset.

Required Skills and Experience


  • University degree.   
  • University degree or specialized training in target languages and asset


  • At least two years of interpretation experience in the area of economics, finance, investment or related development field;
  • Experience in webinar interpretation and/or simultaneous translation;
  • Interpretation experience with UN agencies is highly desired;
  • Knowledge of Development Finance is an asset.


Written and spoken fluency in English and in French.

Application procedures:

Interested individuals must submit the following as proposals in order to demonstrate their qualifications: (NOTE: the system does not allow multiple uploads of document. Applicants must make sure to upload all documents in one PDF file).

All applications must contain the following information:

  • Cover letter with a summary statement of competencies in relation to the TOR.
  • Earliest availability and proposed schedule for consultancy.
  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP.
  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.
  • Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive daily fee, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:

  • Technical Evaluation Weight - 70%
  • Financial Evaluation Weight - 30%

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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