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Senior Translator (2 posts)

  • IMS
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: July 7, 2024
  • IMS
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: July 7, 2024


Two translation posts in the Linguistic Services Section of the Sustainment and Logistics Office of the International Military Staff (IMS) that provides translation services, in a civil-military environment, in an independent capacity. Post 1 will become vacant on 1 March 2025 while Post 2 is already vacant.


  • Translate documents for the Military Committee, the IMS, divisions, agencies, and working groups, etc., to a standard that is deemed to require little or no revision and as follows:

  • Post 1:

  1. Primarily, translate documents from English into French;

  2. Secondarily, translate documents mainly originating from the French Military Representation into English.

  • Post 2:

  1. Primarily, translate documents mainly originating from the French Military Representation into English;

  2. Secondarily, translate documents from English into French.

  • Assist in checking translations of other IMS translators before they are distributed;

  • Assist with training new translators;

  • Conduct relevant terminology and linguistic research.


  • May be required to perform a similar range of duties elsewhere within the organization, at the same grade, without there being any change to the contract;

  • May be required to work irregular hours and overtime;

  • May be required to perform duties in the NATO HQ Crisis Management Organization;

  • May be required to travel for work both within and outside of NATO’s boundaries.



  • Three years’ experience as a translator, working in military, political, and technical fields;

  • Ability to use specialized translation tools (shared International Staff (IS)/IMS computer-assisted translation tools (e.g. SDL Studio, LogiTerm) and terminology databases (e.g. Multiterm, etc.));

  • Proficient user of the Microsoft Office applications.


  • University degree level education, specializing in translation, or equivalent professional qualification (e.g. Military Academy).

Language Requirements

  • For Post 1, candidates must have a mother tongue level of French and a proficient level of English. For Post 2, candidates must have a mother tongue level of English and a proficient level of French. Candidates will be required to demonstrate their abilities in the written test and interview.


  • Translation diploma;

  • Five years’ experience as a full-time translator;

  • Previous professional service on a NATO or joint national staff, or in another international organization;

  • Experience in post-editing of machine translation output;

  • Knowledge of other languages.


Personal Attributes

  • Uses judgment in interpreting the meaning of texts to be translated or revised and in selecting appropriate phraseology and terminology;

  • Able to work on own initiative, prioritize and take decisions in an environment characterized by very tight deadlines and changing priorities;

  • Tactful and able to work in an international, multicultural environment and deal with civilian and military personnel at all levels.

Candidates must demonstrate the following competencies

  • Achievement: Works to meet standards;

  • Analytical Thinking: Sees multiple relationships;

  • Clarity and Accuracy: Checks own work;

  • Conceptual Thinking: Applies learned concepts;

  • Customer Service Orientation: Takes personal responsibility for correcting problems;

  • Empathy: Is open to others’ perspectives;

  • Impact and Influence: Takes multiple actions to persuade;

  • Initiative: Is decisive in a time-sensitive situation;

  • Teamwork: Solicits inputs and encourages others.


  • May be required to stand in for the Linguistic Services Section Head.


  • IMS divisions, originators of documents; work associates.


  • Direct impact on the IMS and divisional work as translations are often urgently needed for meetings at all levels.


  • Security Clearance – NATO SECRET (if not currently held, the incumbent must be eligible for this level of clearance);

  • Work Environment – Normal office environment.


Please note that we can only accept applications from nationals of NATO member countries. Applications must be submitted by 7 July 2024 (23:59 Brussels time) using one of the following links, as applicable:

  • For NATO civilian staff members only: please apply via the internal recruitment portal (for more information, please contact your local Civilian HR Manager);

  • For all other applications:

Applications are automatically acknowledged within one working day after submission. In the absence of an acknowledgement, please make sure the submission process is completed, or, resubmit the application.

Please note that at the time of the interviews, candidates will be asked to provide evidence of their education and professional experience as relevant for this vacancy.

The successful applicants will be offered a three-year definite duration contract which may be renewed. Serving NATO international civilian personnel will be offered a contract in accordance with the NATO Civilian Personnel Regulations.

Appointment will be subject to the deliverance of a NATO SECRET security clearance by the national authorities and approval of the medical file by the NATO Medical Adviser.

A written test will be held as part of the selection procedure.

An on-line pre-selective assessment may be held as part of the selection procedure.


NATO as an employer values diverse backgrounds and perspectives and is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and talented workforce. NATO welcomes applications of nationals from all Member States and strongly encourages women to apply.

Building Integrity is a key element of NATO’s core tasks. As an employer, NATO values commitment to the principles of integrity, transparency and accountability in accordance with international norms and practices established for the defence and related security sector.

Selected candidates are expected to be role models of integrity, and to promote good governance through ongoing efforts in their work.

Due to the broad interest in NATO and the large number of potential candidates, telephone or e-mail enquiries cannot be dealt with.

The nature of this position may require the staff member at times to be called upon to travel for work and/or to work outside normal office hours.

Applicants who prove to be competent for the post but who are not successful in this competition may be offered an appointment in another post of a similar nature, which might become vacant in the near future, albeit at the same or lower grade, provided they meet the necessary requirements.

Please note that the IMS at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium is a non-smoking environment.
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