Applications are welcome from internal and external candidates. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process. For the purpose of this vacancy, internal candidates are considered first-tier candidates.


The IOM Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (RO for MENA) based in Cairo, Egypt, provides programme support and technical expertise to IOM Country Offices in the region. Across the Middle East and North Africa, IOM employs approximately 1,500 staff and has offices in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, Yemen, with presence in KSA and UAE.


Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  • Provide interpretation for virtual workshops, meetings, consultations, as well as other events as necessary.
  • Provide interpretation via online multi-conferencing platforms according to the event requirements.
  • Provide interpretation in the following languages: English, Arabic and French.
  • Review and study the events’ materials prior to the planned meetings. This includes concept notes, meeting agendas, reports, and other references provided to become familiar with Migration terminology.

Tangible and Measurable Outputs of the Work Assignment:

  • Provide interpretation during the official launch of the IOM MENA Regional Strategy 2020 – 2024.
  • Provide interpretation during IOM’s side events for the Arab Forum on Sustainable development to take place in March 2021.
  • Provide interpretation during upcoming IOM joint events as well as future meetings with donors and partners.



  • University degree (Bachelor’s or Master’s) in translation with good knowledge of sociological and political terminologies.

Accredited Universities are those listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database.


  • Experience in written interpretation in all three languages: Arabic, English and French, for clients such as UN agencies, research institutes, human rights organizations, international organizations, translation services or others;
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office;
  • Knowledge of InDesign software is preferable;

Prior work experience with IOM and/or United Nations agencies would be an advantage


  • Fluency in English, French and Arabic (oral and written) is required.

Applicants are invited to apply if they are fluent in any of the aforementioned languages.

IOM’s official languages are English, French and Spanish.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.

Required Competencies

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link. Competencies will be assessed during the selection process.

Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: Respects and promotes individual and cultural differences. Encourages diversity and inclusion.
  • Integrity and transparency: Maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism: Demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
  • Courage: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
  • Empathy: Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected and fairly treated.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators (Level 1)

  • Teamwork: Develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Delivering results: Produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner. Is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge: Continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Accountability: Takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own actions and delegated work.
  • Communication: Encourages and contributes to clear and open communication. Explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators (Level 1) (applicable only if position is with direct reports)

  • Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the Organization’s vision. Assists others to realize and develop their leadership and professional potential.
  • Empowering others: Creates an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Building Trust: Promotes shared values and creates an atmosphere of trust and honesty.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: Works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
  • Humility: Leads with humility and shows openness to acknowledging own shortcomings.


  1. Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.
  2. This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates will remain eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.
  3. This post is subject to local recruitment. Only those holding a valid residence and work permit for the country where this position is based will be eligible for consideration.
  4. Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, verification of residency, visa, and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable. Vaccination against COVID-19 will be required for IOM personnel who are hired or otherwise engaged by IOM. As part of the mandatory medical entry on duty clearance, candidates will be requested to provide evidence of full vaccination.
  5. IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.
  6. IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM online recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application.

How to apply

Freelance Interpreter – IOM Careers Careers (