Delegation of the European Union to Japan

The European Union Delegation to Japan is looking for: Translator / Interpreter

28/06/2018 - 00:00
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The European Union Delegation to Japan is looking for: Translator / Interpreter

We are
The European Union (EU) is an economic and political partnership between 28 European countries. It plays an important role in international affairs through diplomacy, trade, development aid and working with global organisations. Abroad, the EU is represented through more than 140 diplomatic representations, known also as EU Delegations, which have a similar function to those of an embassy.

The EU Delegation to Japan represents the EU in Japan. It enjoys the full status of a diplomatic mission and is represented by the Head of Delegation.


We offer
We offer a post of Translator / Interpreter which will become vacant as of September 1st. Under this post, the recruited person will be attributed functions depending on the needs of the Delegation. Upon recruitment, the successful candidate will occupy a specific job function as Translator / Interpreter – this job function may be changed in accordance with the needs of the Delegation.

Under this job function the successful candidate will work as interpreter / translator. In particular the tasks will include:

  • To interpret from English to Japanese and vice-versa simultaneously and consecutively depending on the circumstances
  • To interpret for the Ambassador on several occasions such as courtesy calls, demarches, speeches/lectures, interviews, contacts with local governments and organisations, dinners/luncheons, etc.
  • To interpret for other Delegation officials: technical meetings with Japanese ministries, economic and industrial organisations and other private sectors, press interviews, etc.
  • To interpret for missions from HQ at various level (President, Commissioners, Director Generals, etc.)
  • Translation from English to Japanese and vice versa of documents of various nature (legal texts, technical documents, etc.)


Working environment
The Delegation has a unique multicultural working environment employing around 60 members of staff of which 1/3 diplomatic European Union nationals and the remaining are locally recruited staff (mainly Japanese nationals).


Working hours and holidays:
37.5 hours per week from Monday to Friday. 20 days of annual leave and Japanese public holidays.


Place of employment:
EU Delegation to Japan


Group and starting basic salary:
Group I, basic gross monthly salary starts from JPY 687.777 (15 instalments). Full benefit of Japanese social insurance is granted and other benefits and allowances are offered.


Selection Criteria
Required: Relevant university degree; Completed training as interpreter
Appreciated: Knowledge of the EU achieved in formal studies

Professional experience:
Required: Minimum 3 years in working as interpreter and translator
Appreciated: /

Required: Proficiency of Japanese and English (understanding, speaking and writing level C2 of the CEFR)
Appreciated: Knowledge of other European Union language(s)

Character references:
Flexibility, availability to travel on mission, capacity to work under pressure


How to apply
To apply please send a detailed curriculum vitae using the Europass CV template with a recent photo and a cover letter in English by mail to:

Head of Administration
European Union Delegation to Japan
Europa House
4-6-28 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku
Tokyo 106-0047; Japan

Deadline for receiving applications: 24 July 2018.

No supporting documents are required at this stage.


The selection
1) The eligibility of candidates will be carried out. Candidates whose qualifications do not comply with minimum requirements of the job specifications will be excluded.

2) Candidates will then be shortlisted on the basis of their CV.

3) Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the selection.

4) The selected candidate will be invited to provide the original documentation (diplomas, certificates, etc.)   and will be requested to undergo a medical examination.

The Delegation will not supply additional information or discuss the selection procedure by telephone: please address any queries concerning this procedure to

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