Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Kyiv
Position Title:
Interpreter/Translator in the Executive Office - All Interested Applicants
Open Period:
05/28/2021 - 06/13/2021 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 0210 8
USD $21,801
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Kyiv, UP
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section
+38 (044) 5215000


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All Interested Applicants / All Sources
For USEFM - FP is 6.  Actual FP salary 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 work schedule for this position is:

  • Full Time (40 hours per week)

to begin working within a reasonable period of time of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:


Position is located in the protocol office and serves as a designated interpreter/translator for the front office. Employee is supervised by the senior Protocol Specialist. An employee serves as the primary trilingual interpreter (English/Ukrainian/Russian) for the Ambassador and other U.S. Embassy staff when directed by the supervisor. Incumbent will provide interpreting services in various settings: conferences, seminars, lectures, VIP Office Calls, social functions, press conferences, receptions, media programs, etc. It is critical that the employee uses words accurately to reflect the exact meaning of the original phrase. It is also expected that the employee will be proactive in determining when his/her service is needed and in what form (consecutive and simultaneous). Employee translates from English into Ukrainian and/or Russian and vice versa. Documents translated may include official correspondence, technical manuals, laws, government regulations, legal documents, financial reports, etc. 

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: Minimum of five years of work experience in Ukrainian and Russian-English and English - Ukrainian and Russian interpreting and translating is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Position holder needs to possess a broad knowledge of a wide range of specialized vocabulary (e.g., economic, political, protocol, legal, military, etc.) to participate in any conversation, meeting, or conference with fluency and precision.  A good understanding of Ukraine's major political and business issues as well as recent developments in Ukrainian-U.S. relations. The incumbent must be familiar with the Ukrainian political system and key political figures. Employee will need to understand the basic functions of the Embassy and its programs. Also, employee will need to develop and master strong knowledge of diplomatic terminology in Russian, Ukrainian and English.

Education Requirements:

Bachelor's Degree in Translation/Interpreting, English language, English linguistics, English philology is required.


LANGUAGE: Professional translator/interpreter in English*, Ukrainian and Russian are required.

*This may be tested

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Position holder must be able to interpret and/or translate with no supervision for extended number of hours. Employee must be familiar in using the professional simultaneous interpreting equipment. The incumbent must grasp ideas spoken and heard only once and express these ideas in Ukrainian, Russian or English instantly, accurately, and completely in the appropriate style and with the original intent of the speaker. Ability to translate Ukrainian or Russian Language documents into English with nearly the spelling, punctuation, and syntax accuracy of a well-educated native English speaker. Ability to make public speeches (good diction, clear articulation, etc.) as well as to cope with stress while interpreting is required. Excellent interpersonal skills, social sensitivity, sound judgment, and capability of working smoothly with others in a sensitive environment. Employee needs to have basic computer skills to use standard Microsoft Office and various Internet applications. Employee will be required to occasionally work evenings and weekend travel with the Ambassador, when needed.

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.


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), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Kyiv, Ukraine may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.

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:

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 Public Trust clearance. 

To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button. For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site.

Required Documents:

  • Current Resume (optional)

  • Passport copy

  • Degree (not transcript)

Next Steps:

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

For further information - the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Kyiv, Ukraine.