Closing date: Sunday, 9 April 2023

Hardship Level (not applicable for home-based): B

Family Type (not applicable for home-based): Family

Staff Member / Affiliate Type: UNOPS LICA3

Target Start Date: 2023-05-08

Job Posting End Date: April 9, 2023

Terms of Reference

Desired candidate profile

The Interpreter/Protection Clerk, as an integral part of the Protection/Field Team, will assume a wide range of responsibilities. The staff will provide interpretation/translation for staff members as needed, in particular related to registration activities. The incumbent can also be requested to issue appointments and assist with reception of refugees during registration activities. Furthermore, the incumbent will assist in liaison with refugee and refugee leaders, so strong interpersonal and communication skills are desirable.

Ability to effectively communicate from Karen, Karenni and/or Burmese to English and vice versa is required. This includes listening, speaking, reading, and writing in an accurate and efficient manner. As extensive travel is expected, it’s essential that the incumbent demonstrates flexibility and a strong team spirit.

Operational context

Thailand hosts along the Thai-Myanmar border some 90,000 displaced persons (refugees) from Myanmar over the last three decades. UNHCR Offices are engaged in a range of activities to support the Royal Thai Government (RTG) in ensuring their international protection and seeking solutions to the protracted refugee situation. UNHCR Thailand is planning a verification exercise in all 9 refugee camps along the border, jointly with the RTG. Therefore, extensive travel to the different refugee camps located along the border will be expected.

Required languages Required:

  •  Thai and English
  •  Karen, Karenni and/or Burmese language

Location: Mae Sot

Standard Job Description: Interpreter Assistant

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Interpreter Assistant normally report to a higher level local or international staff. The incumbent supports the operation with translation and interpretation related activities.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.


  •  Interprets and/or translates from newspapers, written reports, magazines etc.;
  •  Interprets oral conversations, discussions and interviews especially when attending meetings with high ranking officials, diplomats and others;
  •  Travels with international staff on their missions to the field for interpretation and other assistance, as needed;
  •  Arranges meetings, both internal and external, some involving high-ranking officials and takes minutes/notes;
  •  Meets official personnel at the airport and facilitates immigration and customs formalities;
  •  Responds to queries relating to the area of responsibility;
  •  Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Years of Experience / Degree Level

For G4 – 1 year relevant experience with High School Diploma; or Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Field(s) of Education

Not applicable.

(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses

Business Administration Secretarial

(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience


Frequent contacts involving the exchange of a wide range of information, some of which may be complex.


Not specified.

Functional Skills

IT-Computer Literacy

(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements

For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.

For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Required Languages: ,

Additional Qualifications: Skills



Business Administration – Other, Secretarial – OtherWork Experience

Other information: This position doesn’t require a functional clearance