Job - Translator

06-12-2012 07:55

The Embassy of the United States of America 

The U.S. Embassy in Dili is seeking an individual for the position of Translator in its Management Office located at Rua Praia dos Coqueiros Dili, Timor-Leste. 

POSITION: Translator (Full Performance) 


The job holder serves as the primary translator and interpreter, providing full capacity of translation service for the Mission, working in Tetum, Portuguese and English, with some understanding of Indonesian; translate material as requested by mission staff, including Department of Justice, Department of Defense, Department of State, and USAID. He/She will also assist other agencies in translating critical documents such as political reporting; provide interpretation for high level meetings such as Ministry Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance and other government officials. The individual is expected to arrange meetings and maintain contact databases. This position is an ICASS funded and will report directly to Management Officer. 


Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, International Relations, Social Science or related field2) A minimum of 3 years translation experience in an international institution or any organization that executes international program/policy (e.g. NGO, Embassy)3) Level 4 in English, Tetum and Portuguese. Level 2 in Bahasa Indonesian4) Knowledge of host country resources for obtaining new information related to political economic conditions. Comprehension of U.S. foreign policy objectives. Translate concepts used in rendering accurate, clear translations that capture the meaning and intent of the original documents. Knowledge of Department of State official protocol procedures. Understanding of section operational procedures. Must be computer literate in MS Office and Internet5) Ability to interpret, he/she needs a higher level of understanding of press and related information gathering to assist with the analysis of ongoing political development. Maintain and manage contacts at the medium-and working-level relevant to individuals in the government and private sector. Ability to research and obtain material from varied resources to compile and write reports that are concise and accurate. Interpretive abilities that will guarantee translated documents capture the meaning and intent of an original document. Adaptability, organizational skills and the ability to manage and balance multiple tasks related to both translation and administrative work in accurate and expedient manner. Must have excellent writing skills. Must have tact and diplomacy. 

WHO MAY APPLY: Local nationals or anyone with the required permits and documentation to legally seek employment in Timor-Leste. 

HOW TO APPLY: Complete DS-174 (Universal Application for Employment). Application forms and detailed Position Description are available at the U.S. Embassy Rua Praia dos Coqueiros Dili, Timor-Leste. Applicants may also attach a resume or CV that contains the same information as required in form DS-174. 

An attractive salary and fringe benefits package will be commensurate with candidate’s qualifications and experience. 


Human Resources Office, Attention: Recruitment American Embassy, Rua Praia dos Coqueiros Dili, Timor-Leste. 
E-mail: or Fax: +670-3324684 


CLOSING DATE FOR THE POSITION: Open until the position is filled


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