UN Women Liaison Office to the African Union (AU) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) engages with the AU and its various organs, the United Nations System particularly ECA, regional CSOs, and International NGOs, as well as the diplomatic community and in particular, delegations to the African Union. Through the Office, UN Women provides technical support to member states, the AUC, and the ECA in the adoption, implementation, and monitoring of commitments on gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) at the regional level, and in accordance with its mandate.

Among others, the African Women Leaders Network serves as a continental platform to galvanize women’s leadership of Africa towards lasting peace and sustainable development in all sectors and at all levels, building on, and working with, existing women networks with the support of the African Union and the United Nations. The Network builds on African women’s leadership to increase women’s participation in decision-making through peer learning and mentoring, enhanced solidarity, advocacy, and capacity- building among other strategies.

Women leaders across sectors and generations came together in New York in June 2017, to launch the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) with the support of the African Union Commission and the United Nations, and the Federal Republic of Germany. In April 2018, the AWLN convened its second “Women Leaders Forum for Africa’s Transformation”, which sought to take stock of the achievements made by AWLN and women across Africa in the lead-up to 2020. Six AWLN pillars were adopted: (1) Governance; (2) Peace and Security; (3) Finance and Women’s Entrepreneurship; (4) Youth Leadership.

(5) Agriculture and (6) Social Mobilization. The inter-generational partnership is recognized as strategic to help move the movement forward.

To strengthen the coordination and promote information exchange of AWLN, and to progress the network on the global level, a virtual meeting with the National Chapters Chairs has been held on a monthly basis coordinated by UN Women and the Office of the Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security. Therefore, UN Women proposes to engage the services of two qualified consultants to provide the interpretation of the meetings from English to French languages and the vice versa on need basi

Duties and Responsibilities

With guidance and overall supervision of the Special Representative to AU and UNECA, and under close supervision from the Liaison Specialist, the Consultants are expected to undertake the following tasks:

- Provide interpretation services from ENGLISH to FRENCH, and FRENCH to ENGLISH during AWLN National Chapters Meetings.


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


  • The selected consultants is required to hold a bachelor’s degree in Interpretation or a Related Field.

Experience and skills:

  • Demonstrated Relevant Prior Work Experience as an Interpreter (Minimum 5 Years):
  • The consultants must have a proven track record in providing high-quality interpretation services.


  • Excellent Command of Written and Spoken English and French Languages:
  • Fluency in both English and French is essential.
  • The consultants should be able to convey complex ideas accurately, maintain linguistic precision, and adapt seamlessly between the two languages.
  • The consultants must be able to uphold grammatical correctness while interpreting, ensuring clarity and effective communication.
  • Ability to Construct Complete Sentences:
  • The consultants must be able to craft coherent sentences that convey the intended meaning in relation to the context and target audience.
  • Experience Working in an Intercultural Environment:
  • The consultant must be able to navigate cultural nuances and foster understanding depending on the context and target audience.


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UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)