Project Linguistic Assistants (Grade B3)

  • Added Date: Monday, 11 February 2019
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 13 February 2019

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Office of the Directorate General of Programmes
Office in Ankara

Closing date: 13 February 2019
Location : Ankara

Job mission

Under the authority of the Head of Office and the supervision of the respective Heads of Division, the incumbent carries out multiple assignments to meet the overall and specific objectives for the implementation of a European Union/Council of Europe Joint Programme in the Council of Europe fields of activities, in co-operation with the donors, partners and other stakeholders, and in compliance with the organisation’s regulations and donor requirements.

The incumbent is expected to establish good working relations with representatives of the government, public authorities and the judiciary. She/he may be required to travel within Turkey and internationally and needs a valid passport with no restrictions for travelling abroad.

Employment is conditioned by the signing of the Agreements with the European Union and is limited to the duration of the projects.

Key activities

The incumbent performs the following key duties, in close co-operation with the Project team, in accordance with the Organisation’s procedures, guidelines and priorities, with a concern for quality, efficiency, accuracy and confidentiality:

  • provides the necessary linguistic support, namely the translation of working documents and presentations, thus ensuring smooth communication between the project partners;
  • co-ordinates the Project’s visibility and communication activities, including regular updates of the website and dissemination of visibility materials;
  • supports proof-reading and editing of documents prior to publication;
  • accompanies consultants and project team members, and provides linguistic support during small-scale project meetings and working level meetings with the end beneficiary and other relevant national stakeholders;
  • provides logistical and administrative assistance to the project team as required;
  • contributes to the efficient functioning of the office, in collaboration with the Head of Office, the Deputy Head of Office and the direct Project management in headquarters;
  • carries out other tasks as may be required connected to the project implementation;
  • promotes Council of Europe values internally and externally.

Please note that you may be required to perform other duties not listed in the vacancy notice.

Eligibility Requirements

This local recruitment procedure is open to applicants already present in Turkey.

Only candidates who we consider best match the eligibility criteria below will be considered for shortlisting.


  • Completed full course of general secondary education, followed by a post-secondary qualification corresponding to a minimum of two years’ studies in translation, linguistics or any other relevant field.


  • At least three years’ relevant professional experience in translation and/or interpretation.

Language requirements:

  • Excellent knowledge of Turkish (mother tongue level);
  • Very good knowledge of one of the official languages of the Council of Europe (English);
  • Knowledge of the other (French) would be an advantage.


  • Nationality of host country or one of the 47 Council of Europe member states.


  • Under 65 years of age at the closing date of the vacancy notice.

Employee Core Values

Council of Europe staff members adhere to the values Professionalism, Integrity and Respect.



  • Professional and technical expertise:
  • experience in translation and/or interpretation related to the organisation of working meetings, seminars, conferences, other events;
  • excellent drafting skills both in English and Turkish;
  • ICT skills: sound computer skills of standard tools in office applications (word processing, spreadsheet, databases, presentation software; outlook, internet publications);
    • Planning and work organisation
    • Analysis and problem solving
    • Teamwork and co-operation
    • Communication
    • Results orientation
    • Concern for quality
    • Adaptability


  • Professional and technical expertise:
  • professional experience in the field of projects/programmes implementation, assistance and co-operation activities;
  • professional experience working in the field of judiciary;
  • experience of working in an international environment;
  • Initiative
  • Learning and development
  • Resilience

For more information, please refer to the Competency Framework of the Council of Europe.

Additional information


Applications must be made in English or French using the Council of Europe on-line application system. By connecting to our website you can create and submit your on-line application. Applications must be submitted at the latest 13 February 2019 (midnight Paris Time).

Any false statements knowingly made by applicants in their application for employment or at the time of their engagement will result in the termination of their employment by the Council of Europe.

Applications will be examined with regard to the requirements of this vacancy and applicants will be informed in due course of the outcome of your application. This may take some time after the closing date. Preselected candidates may be invited to take written tests before an interview. Written tests may be eliminatory.

In accordance with the Staff Regulations of the Council of Europe, the compulsory retirement age is 65. We cannot therefore accept applications from persons over this age.

The conditions of recruitment and employment which apply are contained in Rule No. 1234 of 15 December 2005 laying down the conditions of recruitment and employment of locally recruited temporary staff members working in Council of Europe Duty Stations located outside of France apply (Link to Rule 1234).

The Council of Europe welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, disability, marital or parental status, racial, ethnic or social origin, colour, religion, belief or sexual orientation.

During the different stages of the recruitment procedure, specific measures may be taken to ensure equal opportunities for candidates with disabilities.

The Organisation

The Council of Europe is the continent’s leading organisation in the protection of human rights, democracy and rule of law. It was founded in 1949 in order to promote greater unity between its members and now includes 47 member states, all having signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights.

By Statute, the Council of Europe has two constituent organs: the Committee of Ministers, composed of the member states’ Ministers for Foreign Affairs, and the Parliamentary Assembly, comprising delegations from the national parliaments. The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe represents the entities of local and regional self-government within the member states. The Commissioner for Human Rights is an independent and impartial institution within the Council of Europe mandated to promote the awareness of and respect for human rights in member states.

The European Court of Human Rights is the judicial body which oversees the implementation of the Convention in the member states. Individuals can bring complaints of human rights violations to the Strasbourg Court once all possibilities of appeal have been exhausted in the member state concerned.

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