The U.S. Mission Belgrade, Serbia is seeking an eligible and qualified applicant for a Translator/Protocol Assistant position.
The incumbent serves as the primary Translator and Interpreter for the Ambassador and Deputy Chief of Mission. They may occasionally be tasked to assist other Embassy offices. They perform the Protocol Assistant duties in that person’s absence. The incumbent translates from English to Serbian speeches, talking points, editorials, and statements made by the Ambassador and Deputy Chief of Mission at high-level host government meetings. Occasionally the incumbent must travel with the Ambassador to official, in-country events. Occasionally they translate for visiting senior U.S. Government officials. The incumbent translates from Serbian to English, and vice-versa political or economic material to include newspaper articles, press statements, laws, government regulations, scientific studies, and legal or financial documents, often containing technical jargon or sensitive material received from the host government. The incumbent assists the Protocol Assistant with preparation of representational functions for the Ambassador, Deputy Chief of Mission and occasionally other Embassy officers. Preparation may include drafting invitations and guest lists, sending invitations, tracking RSVPs, creating place cards and seating charts, greeting and assisting guests at official events, responding to invitations addressed to the Ambassador and Deputy Chief of Mission, as well as assisting to update and manage the Embassy’s contact database. The incumbent drafts outgoing correspondence for the Ambassador in Serbian. They review, confer with relevant colleagues about policy or protocol, and reply appropriately to incoming Serbian correspondence. They assist the Executive Office with facilitating high-level appointments with Serbian officials. The incumbent maintains a stock of gratuities to be used by the Ambassador and Deputy Chief of Mission, selects and prepares appropriate gifts to be given to Executive Office contacts, and in the absence of the Protocol Assistant, assumes that person’s functions. The incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as assigned.
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