Vacancy notice for the RTA Language Assistant



EU funded Twinning Project “Twinning air quality and environment” (Twinning Ref. MD 22 NDICI EN 23 (MD/38)) is seeking to recruit

Language Assistant to the Resident Twinning Adviser (RTA)

Background information:

The above-mentioned project will be implemented in close cooperation between the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Moldova (MoE) (as the central beneficiary), the Environment Agency, the Environment Protection Inspectorate (as the other main beneficiaries), the Finnish Meteorological Institute (Lead Member State partner), the Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE), the Environmental Projects Management Agency under the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania (EPMA), the Environmental Protection Department under the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania (EPD), the Environmental Protection Agency of Lithuania (EPA) and the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) (Junior Member State partners).

The general goal of the Twinning project is the sustainable development and protection of the environment for present and future generations by strengthen the capacity of the Republic of Moldova to fulfill environment-related commitments, in line with the EU-Republic of Moldova Association Agreement, the EU Integration process and international agreements in accordance with international standards and best practices. The specific objective of this Twinning project is to increase the pace of approximation and implementation of the acquis communautaire in the fields of air quality and air pollution reduction, environmental information, circular economy/waste management and sustainable management of chemicals.

The project starts on the 1st of July 2024 and the duration is 30 months.

Within the project many activities will be carried out such as seminars, workshops, study visits and internships, drafting legislation, strategies and implementation plans etc. Therefore, a project coordinator from Finland will be stationed in Chisinau. The Resident Twinning Adviser (RTA) is looking for a qualified RTA language assistant.

Under the guidance of the Resident Twinning Adviser (RTA) and in cooperation with her counterparts in MoE, the RTA language assistant is expected to carry out the following duties:

Office of the RTA / task division:

The Resident Twinning Adviser (RTA), an officer of the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) - will carry out the daily coordination of the project, together with her Moldovan counterparts in cooperation with the Project Leader from Finland and his Moldovan counterpart.

The RTA will be assisted by two local assistants, one RTA assistant and one RTA language assistant. The RTA will focus on the overall coordination and content of the activities, and the evaluation of the progress of the project, while the project assistant and language assistant will take care of the project administration, logistics, translation, and interpretation. The RTA assistant will focus on the project administration, logistics, drafting minutes, etc. while the RTA language assistant will focus on translation and interpretation. However, both assistants need to be able to replace and assist each other when necessary.

Job description:

Under the guidance of the Resident Twinning Adviser (RTA) and in cooperation with her counterparts in MoE, the RTA Language Assistant is expected to carry out the following duties:

  • To support the RTA, Project Leader (PL) and short-term experts (STE) with language-related tasks in the execution of their responsibilities and tasks to deliver the project objectives, including the preparation of the documents needed in support of their missions;
  • To translate project documentation, including legislation documents, papers, presentations, training materials and promotional materials;
  • To conduct consecutive and/ or simultaneous interpretation in meetings, workshops, study visits and other project activities to support the RTA, PL, and STE-s.
  • Perform all other duties assigned by the RTA, e.g., cooperate and work with RTA Assistant in daily management of the project related activities.

Profile of the candidate:

The successful candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • A relevant University Degree in English Philology and/or experience with the translation and interpretation not less than 5 years;
  • Fluent in oral and written Romanian, English and Russian;
  • Some knowledge about the subject;
  • Strong intercultural and social competences;
  • Very good computer skills (MS Office package, Internet);
  • Good listening skills;
  • Able to work as an individual contributor and within a team environment;
  • Very good communication skills, enabling to communicate and collaborate effectively with all levels of employees and outside contacts;
  • A high degree of independence, strong own initiative and flexibility, discretion, and professionalism;
  • Previous experience in the administration of at least one EU funded projects, especially as RTA Language Assistant in a former Twinning project, or in another equivalent international project.

The following skills will be considered an asset for RTA Language Assistant:

  • Experience of working in an international environment;
  • Knowledge of languages of the EU Partners;
  • Additional training, specialization, post-graduate studies will be considered as an advantage.

The RTA Language Assistant will be employed full-time and stationed in Chisinau.

The RTA Assistant cannot have or recently (past six months) have had any contractual relation with the beneficiary administrations that are the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Moldova, the Environment Agency and the Environment Protection Inspectorate, or any other beneficiary country public sector administrations.

Duration and remuneration of the contract:

  • duration: till 31st of December 2026 (start date: July 2024)
  • full-time (40 hours per week)
  • (gross) salary: 1500- 2000 € per month (depending on qualification)
  • contract type: fixed term service contract.

The RTA Language Assistant will be based at Ministry of the Environment of the Republic of Moldova 162, blvd. Stefan cel Mare si Sfant, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. He/she will report to the Resident Twinning Adviser.

The interested candidates are requested to submit their CV (in Europass format) and a letter of application in English by 30th June 2024 via e-mail to the following address: maija.ylinen@fmi.fi. Shortlisted candidates only will be invited to attend an interview. The date and place of the interview will be additionally indicated to the shortlisted candidates.

The following documents should be annexed in scanned versions to the application:

-       Certificate on educational qualification;

-       Certificate of language knowledge (if it is available);

-       References from previous employer(s) if it is available.