UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

UN Women’s China Office in Beijing supports and carries out work on (i) enhancing women's economic empowerment; (ii) ending violence against women; and (iii) innovative work to address gender issues in China. In addition to the above, UN Women also actively participates and contributes to various UN inter-agency processes and collaborates with UN organizations around specific programme areas.

Experience proves that a significant amount of translation and interpretation services are needed to facilitate UN Women's programmes, projects, and office work, especially with concept notes and proposals, strategic policy and research documents, written communications with partners and the general public, meetings, workshops, and events. Therefore, it is crucial to have two professional Chinese-English interpreters to provide UN Women China Office with simultaneous and/or consecutive interpretation for events, and written translation of documents. The two interpreters would work as teams of one pair in providing simultaneous interpretation at events but could work separately for other types of assignments (consecutive interpretation and written translation).

Duties and Responsibilities

Translator and interpreter will be in direct contact with UN Women Partnership Specialist. She/he will work under the supervision of the UN Women Partnership Specialist and will be ultimately responsible to UN Women Head of Office in China.

The translators and interpreters will be engaged under a retainer contract and are expected to provide high quality Chinese to English and English to Chinese translation and interpretation services to UN Women China Office on a per assignment basis. The contract will be for one year in length, but individual assignments will vary from a half day to a week or more. Assignments can include translation of documents, simultaneous or consecutive interpretation at events, or any combination of these duties. Travel may be required for some assignments. UN Women China Office will identify in advance translation/interpretation assignments, ascertain whether the hired interpreters are available during the time period of the assignment, and clearly inform the hired interpreters of the nature, timeframe, and expected outputs for each assignment. After completion of the assignment, the interpreters will be required to submit an invoice detailing time spent on task and/or number of characters/words translated.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Required Skills and Experience

Experience and required qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in English, interpretation/translation or other related field
  • At least 5 years of experience in translation and simultaneous interpretation
  • Familiarity with the issues of gender equality and women's empowerment in China, especially with English and Chinese gender terminology
  • Familiarity with the UN system and its terminology in English and Chinese
  • Availability of translated publications or products as examples of work
  • Ability to meet deadlines on time
  • Punctuality in attending events


Selection and evaluation criteria

The evaluation will be based on the combination of the weighted technical and financial scores (70 per cent technical and 30 per cent financial) on the criteria stated as above. The evaluation methods include desk review and/or interview.

Technical component:

  • Letter of interest clearly stating relevant experience and qualifications against required qualifications as stated above.
  • Curriculum Vitae.

Financial proposal:

The financial proposal shall specify the following quotations:

  • Written translation:
    • Chinese to English: Price for per 1000 Chinese characters;
    • English to Chinese: Price for per 1000 Chinese characters.
  • Consecutive interpretation: Full-day rate and half-day rate.
  • Simultaneous interpretation: Full-day rate and half-day rate.


How to apply:

Interested applicants please submit electronic application with a subject of  “Application for UN Women Translator and Interpreter” to  and,  no later than June 9th 2020, COB.

Submission package includes:


*Remark (to be stipulated in the contract): The individual contractor can only be engaged through issuance of ATLAS Purchase Order, based on agreed contract, every time UN Women wishes to render the service.