Translation Retainer – National Consultant


Location : Home-based, EGYPT

Application Deadline : 24-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)

Additional Category : Gender Equality

Type of Contract : Individual Contract

Post Level : National Consultant

Languages Required : Arabic, English

Duration of Initial Contract : up to 120 working days

Expected Duration of Assignment :within 12 months


UN Women is grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations. It 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. The Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS) covers 17 countries in the Arab States region and provides direct support to UN Women Country Offices in Egypt, Iraq/Yemen, the State of Palestine, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia/Libya. In addition, UN Women provides programmatic, normative, and coordination support elsewhere in the region as a regionally-based entity.

ROAS supports Country Offices to assist national governments to fulfill their gender equality commitments under the applicable national and international laws and in furtherance of national and regional implementation of Agenda 203 and the Sustainable Development Goals. A significant element of ROAS’ Strategic Note is focused on an enhanced strategic approach to communications, with the aim of increasing the visibility of ROAS and public awareness of bot success stories and the specific gaps and challenges to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in the region. ROAS’s communications activities will also aim to strengthen and expand partnerships with diverse stakeholders in the region and internationally.

The translator will be engaged under a retainer contract for one year in length and is expected to provide high-quality Arabic to English and English to Arabic written translation services for UN Women on a per assignment basis. Individual assignments will vary in form, ranging from a half-day to a week or more.

UN Women Regional Office of the Arab States will identify in advance translation assignments, ascertain whether the hired consultant is available during the time period of the assignment, and clearly inform the hired consultant of the nature, timeframe, and expected outputs for each assignment. Flexibility is expected as the nature of the communications work often evolves to respond to contextual needs and demands, including deadlines set at short- notice. After completion of the assignment, the consultant will be required to submit an invoice detailing time spent on task and/or the number of pages/words translated (to be agreed with UN Women).


Under the supervision of the Coordination Specialist and the overall guidance of the Communications Associate, the consultant will provide written translation (Arabic-English, English-Arabic) for a range of documents, including briefs, reports, speeches, presentations, meeting notes, etc.

Deliverables: High-quality reports and social media materials of diverse objectives and formats, compliant with UN Women language guidelines within the indicated timeline.


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.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

 Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent translation expertise on gender-sensitive, inclusive, and neutral languages;
  • Demonstrable experience in communicating on gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Ability and willingness to work as part of a team to meet tight deadlines and produce high-quality work.



  • Master’s degree in translation or languages, or a related field;
  • A bachelor’s degree plus two additional years of work experience may be accepted in lieu of a master’s degree.


  • Minimum 4 years of experience in Arabic-English translation;
  • Familiarity with gender-sensitive language in Arabic and English;
  • Work experience with UN Women or the UN system would be an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in oral and written English and Arabic is required.

Evaluation Criteria:

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology: Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for the financial evaluation.

Technical Evaluation (70%) split such as:

  • Education: 30% (30 points)
  • Professional Experience & background: 40% (40 points) should detail work experience, specifically experience which is relevant to the consultancy requirements indicated above;

Financial Evaluation (30%):

  • The cover note should include the financial proposal, including Arabic to English: Price per page of 250 words English to Arabic: Price per page of 250 words;
  • The points for the Financial Proposal will be allocated as per the following formula:
  • (Lowest Bid Offered*)/ (Bid of the Consultant) x 30;
  • 'Lowest Bid Offered' refers to the lowest price offered by Offerors scoring at least 49 points in the technical evaluation.

The contract will be awarded to the technically qualified consultant who obtains the highest combined score (financial and technical);


Interested Individual Consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  • A cover letter with a brief presentation of your consultancy explaining your suitability for the work and link to the portfolio of work;
  • UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from;
  • Personal CV; and Financial proposal; Proposed inclusive daily rate.

The above-mentioned documents should be merged in a standalone file including all of them since the online application submission does only permit uploading of one file per application. Incomplete submission can be a ground for disqualification.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality, and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW, and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

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