Sri Lanka

Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Colombo-2020-050-RA 2
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Colombo
Position Title:
Tamil Translator/Interpreter (Female/Male) - Open to All Interested Applicants
Open Period:
12/04/2020 - 12/18/2020 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 0210 7
LKR ₨127,373
Work Schedule:
Full-time - 40 Hours Per Week
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Colombo, CE
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
• All Interested Applicants / All Sources

For applicants who are Ordinarily Resident (OR) in Sri Lanka: The proposed grade is FSN 7 Step 01: Rs.127,373 p.m. (Gross Salary)

For applicants who are USEFMs, the proposed grade is FP - 7: US $ 45,337/-p.a. However, the final grade/step will be determined by Washington D.C.  
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
• Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period
Marketing Statement:

We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.


The U.S. Mission in Colombo is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of the Tamil Translator/Interpreter at the Public Affairs Office.

The work schedule for this position is: Full Time - 40 hours per week

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin work within a reasonable period of time upon receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
25% or less

The incumbent will also provide interpretation service during public events and will be expected to interpret for visiting VIPs, such as cabinet level dignitaries and other non-Foreign Affairs Agencies when needed. As needed, the incumbent is required to provide interpretation during field visits of the senior officers including VIPs from Washington. The incumbent listens, fully understands the speaker and paraphrases the intended meanings of the speaker.


Basic Function of the Position: 

Translate and interpret between English and Tamil languages. Provide professional-level translations of technical and non-technical official documents, official speeches, and press releases. Provide simultaneous interpretation during meetings, events, and VIP visits.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

For further information: Please refer the complete Position Description available in the Mission web site

Qualifications and Evaluations



At least two years of experience is required in both written translation and simultaneous oral interpretation. Candidate must attach copies of relevant service/work experience certificates.


Level V (Professional) speaking/reading/writing English required (This will be tested)
Level V (Professional) speaking/reading/writing Tamil required


Must be a subject matter expert in all language-related issues. A thorough knowledge of legal and diplomatic language in English and Tamil are required. Must be familiar with correspondence formats, specialized terminology used in the conduct of Foreign Affairs, political, economic, cultural, military and commercial affairs of Sri Lanka, in order to provide accurate translations.


The ability to provide translation/interpretation that conveys both nuanced meaning and tone of sensitive materials is required. Simultaneous interpretation skills strongly preferred.  Ability to employ proper idiomatic phrasing, syntactical structure, and use of words accurately reflecting the wording and meaning of the original materials is required. The ability to use translation/interpretation management tools is required. The ability to use basic computer applications is required.  The ability to type accurately and quickly in Tamil is required.


Education Requirements:

Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences OR Linguistics / Translation Studies required. (Candidate must attach relevant educational certificates)

Also, must be a certified Professional Translator. (Candidate must attach relevant Professional Translator certification)



LANGUAGE: Level V English Language Proficiency will be tested.



All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

Benefits and Other Info

Agency Benefits:

Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), locally-resident EFMs and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Colombo may receive a compensation package that may include health and other benefits as per the Local Compensation Plan.

For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.

The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.

Other Information:

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO): The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.

HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS:  Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below.  Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.


  1. AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*


  3. FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **

* IMPORTANT:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification.  A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service.  Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given. 

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link.

How to Apply

How to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Local Security Certification clearance.

For more information on how to apply visit the Mission web site: (

Required Documents:

To apply for this position applicants must electronically submit copies of the documents listed below along with the electronic application, to be considered for employment. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible and qualified.

• Proof of citizenship [NIC/Passport/Residency and/or Work Permit (If applicable)]

• University Degree (Relevant Degree Certificate)

• Transcript (Relevant Transcript of the Degree studies)

• Professional Diploma or License (Professional Translator certification)

• Other Document (Relevant Service/Work Experience Certificates)

• Other Document 2 (Relevant Service/Work Experience Certificates)

• Other Document 3 (Relevant Service/Work Experience Certificates)


Next Steps:

Applicants who are invited to take a language/skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

Due to the high volume of applications received, we will only contact applicants who are being considered.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Colombo, Sri Lanka.