Delegation of the European Union to Japan

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

12/12/2018 - 08:40
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We are

The European Union (EU) is an economic and political partnership of 28 European countries. It plays an important role in international affairs through diplomacy, trade, development aid and working with various countries and 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 (Ambassador).


We offer

We offer a post of Translator / Interpreter.


The successful candidate will work as a translator / interpreter whose tasks include:


  • To interpret from English to Japanese and vice-versa consecutively and occasionally simultaneously
  • To interpret for the Ambassador on 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 sector interlocutors, press interviews, etc.
  • To interpret for missions from HQ at various levels (President, Commissioners, Director Generals, etc.)
  • Moreover, when not engaged in interpreting, the incumbent will be requested to translate documents of various nature from English to Japanese and vice versa


Working environment

The Delegation has a unique multicultural working environment employing around 60 members of staff of which one-third are diplomatic EU nationals and the remaining are locally recruited staff (i.e. local staff, mainly Japanese nationals). The successful candidate will be a member of local staff.


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 (Minato-ku, Tokyo)


Group and Remuneration:

The post offered belongs to Group I (highest group for local staff). The Group’s minimum basic gross monthly salary starts from JPY 687.777. The actual basic starting salary for the successful candidate will be increased and determined according to the years of relevant professional experience. A bonus equivalent to 3 months’ salary will be also paid in 3 instalments. Full benefit of Japanese social insurance is granted and other benefits, such as an additional pension scheme, are offered.


Selection Criteria


Required: Relevant university degree; Completed training as interpreter

Appreciated: Knowledge of the EU achieved through 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 (within the country) and work outside normal working hours, 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: 21 January 2019


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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