Lawyer-Linguist with Romanian as main language

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General Information

Type of contract Fixed-term contract, which may be extended subject to individual performance and organisational needs

Who can apply? EU nationals

Salary F/G (bracket 1 - step 1) full time monthly net salary: €5,191 plus benefits, for further information see what we offer.

Working time Full time

Place of work Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date 19.08.2022

Your team

You will be part of the Legislation Division in the Directorate General Legal Services. Our Division has approximately 45 staff members and is responsible for preparing the ECB’s legal acts in the official EU languages, for drafting legal documents and ensuring their legal, linguistic and terminological consistency, and for publishing and disseminating the ECB’s legal framework and other legal publications. 

In your role as Lawyer-Linguist with Romanian as your main language, you will be primarily responsible for translating ECB legal acts and other legal texts from English into Romanian and for revising translations of such texts provided by external suppliers. The legal acts and texts relate to both central banking and banking supervision. You will work closely with other lawyer-linguists and legal counsels in the Directorate General Legal Services, as well as staff in a variety of other ECB business areas.

The ECB is an inclusive employer and we strive to reflect the diversity of the population we serve. We encourage you to apply irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or other characteristics.

Your role

As a Lawyer-Linguist with Romanian as your main language you will:
  • translate draft ECB legal acts and other legal texts from English into Romanian;
  • revise Romanian translations of ECB legal acts and other legal texts;
  • translate legal texts from Romanian into English for internal working purposes, and revise Romanian to English translations of national laws, documents related to court proceedings and other legal texts;
  • contribute to drafting ECB legal acts;
  • liaise with counterparts within the ECB, the Banca Națională a României and other relevant EU and national institutions; 
  • engage in the Legislation Division’s projects related to the development of the ECB lawyer-linguist function, knowledge management, the use of technology, etc.

The position offers you excellent opportunities to contribute to the quality of ECB legal acts. You will be part of a multicultural team that strives for continuous innovation to make a positive impact on the lives of European citizens. 

Qualifications, experience and skills

  • a master’s degree or equivalent in law obtained at a university in Romania (see How you can join us for details on degree equivalences);
  • a mastery-level command (i.e. native-speaker standard) of Romanian;
  • a mastery-level (C2) command of English, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;
  • in addition to the above, at least two years of proven professional experience in translating legal, financial or economic texts from English into Romanian. 

  • proven professional experience in translating legal acts from English into Romanian or revising such translations, ideally working as a lawyer-linguist at an EU institution;
  • a good knowledge of EU, financial and supervisory law;
  • an intermediate (B1) command of at least one other official language of the EU, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 
You engage collaboratively with others. You pursue team goals and learn willingly from other people’s diverse perspectives. You signal any need for change by explaining it and proposing alternative solutions. You analyse complex information effectively and can evaluate different views to arrive at solutions. You know and anticipate stakeholder needs.

You are motivated to be part of our team and to develop and use your skills and competencies to achieve the aims of this position. You are aware of your strengths and areas for development and know what motivates you to perform at your highest level.

Working modalities

To enable the Division to maintain its business continuity capability, you will occasionally be expected to perform work during non-standard working hours.

We would be happy to discuss a part-time arrangement for this role.

Further information

The contract offered will be fixed-term, the appointment being for 12 months as of the exact starting date of the selected person. The envisaged start date is 1 December 2022. 

Temporary appointments may be extended or made permanent subject to organisational needs and budgetary constraints. This may result in a staff member with a non-convertible fixed-term contract being offered a convertible contract in accordance with the ECB Conditions of Employment.

For additional information on this specific vacancy, you can speak to the hiring manager, Martin Benisch, on +49 (0)69 1344 7445 between 14:00 and 15:00 on Thursday, 28 July 2022.

Application and selection process

The recruitment process for this position will be conducted remotely. It will include a written legal translation test, a presentation and an interview. 

If you are not selected for this position but are still considered suitable, you will be placed on a reserve list (see step 4 of How we hire), from which you might be considered for similar positions within the ECB.

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