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English Editor, Translator

Job #: req17317
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Interpretation/Translation/Conferences services
Grade: GF
Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Kingston,Jamaica
Required Language(s): English/French/Spanish
Preferred Language(s):
Closing Date: 5/30/2022 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC



Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. Visit

The Corporate Services Department within Global Corporate Solutions (GCS) provides services to the World Bank Group in the areas of Translation and Interpretation; Graphic Design and Publications; Printing; Interactive Media; Travel and Visa services; Food and Conference Services; Mail and Shipping; Staff Services; and the Art Program.  The Department also provides administrative support and oversight to the World Bank Family Network, the World Bank Group Staff Association, and the 1818 Society, and is responsible for setting the policy framework and service standards, and for delivering services through a combination of staff and vendors at HQ and in Country Offices. GCSCS has about 130 staff and about 1000 contractors.  

The purpose of the Translation and Interpretation Unit (GCSTI) is to facilitate the World Bank Group’s communications with its member governments, with a wide range of institutions, civil society associations, nongovernmental organizations, and other entities, by providing translation and conference interpretation services. The successful candidate will contribute to the English Translation Program, one of six in-house translation programs (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish) and will report directly to the Team Leader, under the general oversight of GCSTI Senior Program Manager.

In addition to translation services, the English Translation Team provides editing services. Editing for the English Translation Team can range from basic line editing to complete restructuring of the document. Editors work with clients to improve the readability and overall coherence of the text, adhering to stringent industry standards and World Bank-specific publishing conventions. The successful candidate will manage the editing business line within the English Translation Program and will report directly to the Team Leader, under the general oversight of GCSTI’s Senior Program Manager.


Duties and Accountabilities

  • Independently manage the English Team’s editing program, testing and hiring new freelance editors as necessary and providing them with training and feedback.
  • Monitor the revenue generated by the English Team’s editing program, with a view to ensuring the continuing profitability of the program.
  • Assist project coordinators by crafting language suitable to respond to clients when the latter have editing questions, and provide project coordinators with guidance on the placement of editing jobs with the appropriate vendors.
  • Edit English documents submitted by clients on a wide range of topics, ensuring their consistency, readability, adherence to WBG editorial guidelines, and on-schedule delivery.
  • Produce self-revised translations, primarily from French and Spanish to English, of a wide range of World Bank documents, ensuring their accuracy, completeness, consistency, stylistic acceptability, and on-schedule delivery.
  • Prepare translations, often of a sensitive or confidential nature, and frequently on short notice.
  • Research each source document thoroughly, using computer-assisted translation (CAT) tools and other electronic or print resources to ensure that the appropriate specialized terminology is employed.
  • Coordinate all aspects of the translation into English of French and Spanish documents that have to be divided among several translators, ensuring consistency of style and terminology in the final product.
  • Communicate with other translators working on the same document or subject, ensuring consistency of style and terminology in the final products.
  • Check the content and the format of documents translated following computer-assisted processing if applicable.
  • Support terminology development work.
  • Pay particular attention to keeping computer and information technology skills up to date, and to remaining abreast of general developments in the translation and editing fields.

Selection Criteria

  • English as primary language (i.e., native-level ability) or mother tongue.
  • Minimum: Master’s degree in English, communications or journalism, with at least five years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Preferred: Master’s or post-graduate degree in translation and a degree or post-graduate degree in English, communications or journalism, with at least five years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Specialized knowledge in fields such as economics, finance, law or social sciences would be desirable.
  • Excellent comprehension of French and Spanish as source languages.
  • Excellent comprehension of Portuguese as a source language highly desirable.
  • Proficiency in the use of relevant standard software packages, e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.
  • Proficiency in the use of web-based terminology and reference tools.
  • Proficiency in the use of CAT Tools, especially SDL Trados and Groupshare, as well as use and maintenance of translation memories.
  • Ability to work under very tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and build effective working relations with clients and colleagues.

World Bank Group Core Competencies

The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

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