Job - Interpreter-Translator American Embassy, Paris


PC-0014 Interpreter-Translator, FSN-9, FP-5/1**

This is a non-sensitive position requiring a non-sensitive certification.


April 19, 2016


Until Filled


Full-time: 40 hours/week for Not Ordinarily Resident

Full-time: 35 hours/week for Ordinarily Resident


Not Ordinarily Resident: FP-5/1 (Final salary will be confirmed by Washington based on applicant’s qualifications and prior work experience).

Ordinarily Resident: € 45.865,00 gross p.a. (starting salary)

* This position is being advertised simultaneously with the Developmental Level, FSN-8, FP-6.

**Actual grade and salary will be based on the qualifications of the applicant

The U.S. Tri-Mission in France is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Interpreter-Translator.

NOTE: Due to the high volume of applications received, we will only contact applicants who are being considered. Thank you for your understanding.


The incumbent serves as interpreter, translator, note-taker, and researcher for the Ambassador. In addition, the incumbent serves as drafter, preparing text for remarks, articles, and talking points for the Ambassador and the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM). The incumbent also serves as translator of inbound and outbound written communication -- letters, notes, etc. -- from English into French and vice-versa. She/he provides interpretation and translation support in order to facilitate communication with senior French officials who interact with the US Mission to France. On an ongoing basis, the incumbent conducts the necessary research in relevant fields to keep

abreast of basic political, economic, social, military, scientific, cultural, and ecological developments in France and the United States.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: The complete position description listing all of the duties and responsibilities may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office (



  1. Applicants are required to submit their cover letter(s) and signed DS-174 form(s) in English and French if a position is advertised with an English and French Language Level of 3/3 or higher (standard resumes are no longer accepted).

  1. Applicants are required to submit the proof of the required education level.

3) Applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific information supporting each item. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.

1. Education:

At least a Bachelor's degree in any liberal arts, communication or business field, international relations, political science, economics, or law is required.

Additionally, professional translator or interpreter credentials are required.

2. Prior Work Experience:

At least three years of experience working in a position with interpreting, translating, and significant drafting, reporting, and note-taking responsibilities is required.

3. Language proficiency (These may be tested):

English (Writing-Reading-Speaking), Level-5 – Professional Translator / Interpreter is required.

French (Writing-Reading-Speaking), Level-5 – Professional Translator / Interpreter is required.

4. Knowledge (These may be tested):

A thorough knowledge of professional interpreting and translation is required.

An excellent knowledge of the fundamental techniques of consecutive interpretation is required.

A thorough knowledge of American and French society and culture and of the bilateral relationship between the two countries is required.

An excellent knowledge of French economic, social and educational structures, history, and culture is required.

A good knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite and Internet research is required.

A good knowledge is required of how to use basic research tools to acquire the appropriate technical understanding and terminology involved in each subject-matter field in which translation/interpretation is needed.

A basic knowledge of Department of State protocol and correspondence instructions and procedures is required.

5. Skills and abilities (These may be tested):

Ability to produce quality translations into English and French is required.

Ability to interpret consecutively at a consistently high level is required.

Good organization skills to accomplish work goals are required.

Ability to set priorities is required.

Ability to communicate with high-level government officials, including employing tact when requesting clarification, is required.

Excellent cross-cultural oral and written communication skills are required.

Excellent typing and accuracy skills are required.

Strong interpersonal skills are required.

Advanced research skills (demonstrated ability to use Word, Excel, Outlook and the Internet for sophisticated research) are required.

Ability to be tactful and discreet is required.

Ability to conduct research to expand vocabulary on specialized/technical matters before interpretation is required.

Excellent writing skills and strong oral communication skills are required.

HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS: When qualified, applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below. Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.


(1) AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*


(3) FS on LWOP**

* IMPORTANT: Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of the most recent Member Copy Four (4) of the DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and, if applicable, a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. If claiming conditional eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference, applicants must submit proof of conditional eligibility. If the written documentation confirming eligibility is not received in the HR office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, the U.S. Veterans’ preference will not be considered in the application process. Mission HR’s decision on eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference after reviewing all required documentation is final.

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP.


1. Management may consider any of the following when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.

2. Current OR employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply. Current OR employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report (EPR) are not eligible to apply.

3. Current NOR employees hired on a Family Member Appointment (FMA) or a Personal Service Agreement (PSA) are not eligible to apply within the first 90 calendar days of their employment, unless they have a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.

4. The candidate must be able to obtain and hold the following: non-sensitive security certification.


Interested applicants for this position must submit the following by the closing date of the Vacancy Announcement or the application package will not be considered.

  1. Applicants who claim EFM or MOH status must include in the cover letter accompanying their application that they are claiming EFM/MOH status, their present nationality, and name and employing section/agency of their sponsoring family member.
  2. Applicants are required to submit their cover letter(s) and signed DS-174 form(s) in English and French if a position is advertised with an English and French Language Level of 3/3 or higher (standard resumes are no longer accepted).
  1. Proof of the required education level.
  2. Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards, driver license) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.
  3. IMPORTANT: U.S. Veteran’s applicants must submit written documentation confirming eligibility (e.g., Member Copy 4 of Form DD-214, Letter from the Veteran’s Administration, or certification documenting eligibility under the VOW Act with an expected discharge no later than 120 days after the certification is submitted) by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.


Human Resources Office Jerome and Lucie

Mailing Address:

Please send your application only by email.