Government Vacancies Enquiry System
Civil Service Bureau
Official Languages Division
Part-time Simultaneous Interpreter
HK$4,912 per session for the first five hours and HK$982 per hour thereafter
(a) have a bachelor's degree from a university in Hong Kong, or equivalent [Note (1)];
(b) have attained Level 3 or above in Chinese Language and English Language in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination or Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE), or equivalent [Note (2)];
(c) be fully proficient in Chinese (Cantonese and preferably Putonghua) and English;
(d) have the ability to interpret simultaneously with precision and at a great speed from English into Cantonese and preferably Putonghua, and vice versa; and
(e) have a fair understanding of the organisation of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and be knowledgeable in current affairs.
(Remarks: Applicants will be required to pass the Simultaneous Interpretation Test (SIT) [details given in paragraph below]. Applicants may be granted exemption from sitting the SIT if they have relevant work experience locally as full-time simultaneous interpreters in Chinese (Cantonese and preferably Putonghua) and English within five years immediately before the closing date of application. [Please refer to How to Apply (d) for details].)
Simultaneous Interpretation Test (SIT):
The SIT consists of two phases and will be conducted in Hong Kong. Eligible applicants will be invited to sit for Phase 1 of SIT, which is tentatively scheduled for late October 2018. Phase 1 of SIT consists of simultaneous interpretation aided with text. Applicants who have passed Phase 1 will be invited to attend a briefing/practice session for Phase 2 of SIT, which is tentatively scheduled for early December 2018. Phase 2 of SIT, which consists of three parts, namely simultaneous interpretation of ad-lib discussions and speeches and speech giving, is tentatively scheduled for mid-December 2018. During Phase 2 of SIT, applicants must pass each part of the test before they could proceed to the next part. Only applicants who have passed the SIT or who have been granted exemption from the SIT will be further considered for selection interviews. Those who have failed in any phase of SIT will be notified in writing around eight weeks after the test. As it takes time to process all applications, an invitation to or exemption from the SIT does not imply that applicants' qualifications meet the entry requirements.
(1) Holders of academic qualifications other than those obtained from Hong Kong institutions/Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority may also apply but their qualifications will be subject to assessments on equivalence with the required entry qualifications. Please refer to How to Apply (c) for details on the submission of documentary proof of non-local academic qualifications.
(2) Grade C in Chinese Language and English Language (Syllabus B) in previous HKCEE are accepted administratively as comparable to Level 3 in the 2007 HKCEE and henceforth.
To provide simultaneous interpretation service at meetings of the Legislative Council, District Councils and other Government boards and committees and at press conferences, conferences, functions and visits.
Terms of Appointment:
Part-time Simultaneous Interpreters are not members of the Civil Service and will not be entitled to any of the fringe benefits enjoyed by civil servants. They will be called upon only when their services are required.
(a) Non-civil service vacancies are not posts on the civil service establishment. Candidates appointed are not on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service. Candidates appointed are not civil servants and will not be eligible for posting, promotion or transfer to any posts in the Civil Service.
(b) Candidates must be permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the time of appointment.
(c) As an Equal Opportunities Employer, the Government is committed to eliminating discrimination in employment. The vacancy advertised is open to all applicants meeting the basic entry requirement irrespective of their disability, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, family status, sexual orientation and race.
(d) The pay, terms of appointment and conditions of service to be offered are subject to the provisions prevailing at the time the offer of appointment is made.
(e) Where a large number of candidates meet the specified entry requirements, shortlisting criteria may be devised to select the better qualified candidates for further processing. In these circumstances, only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend the SIT and interview.
(f) It is Government policy to place people with a disability in appropriate jobs wherever possible. If a disabled candidate meets the entry requirements (including a pass in SIT), he/she will be invited to attend the selection interview without being subject to further shortlisting.
How to apply:
(a) Applications must be made on the form G.F. 340 (Rev. 3/2013) which is obtainable from any Home Affairs Enquiry Centre of District Offices, Home Affairs Department or any Job Centre of the Employment Services Division, Labour Department. The said form can also be downloaded from the Civil Service Bureau's website (http://www.csb.gov.hk).
(b) Completed forms must be submitted on or before the closing date for application by one of the means below:
(i) through the on-line facilities on the Civil Service Bureau's website (http://www.csb.gov.hk). To ensure timely submission, candidates are strongly advised to complete their on-line applications as early as possible in order to avoid any last-minute rush of applications which may overload the system; or
(ii) by post to the address indicated in Enquiry Address (the postmark date on the envelope will be regarded as the date of submission of application). Please specify on the envelope 'Application for the post of Part-time Simultaneous Interpreter'. To avoid unsuccessful delivery of mail items, please ensure that sufficient postage has been paid before posting. Applicants will bear any consequences arising from not paying sufficient postage. Late or incomplete applications or applications submitted by fax or by e-mail will NOT be accepted.
(c) To facilitate assessment of qualifications, holders of non-local academic qualifications should submit copies of their degree certificates and official transcripts of studies on or before the closing date for application. Those who apply on-line should submit copies of such documents by post, by fax or by e-mail [details given in Enquiry Address]. They should quote the on-line application number on every page of the copies of the documents. Do not send any originals of certificates/transcripts. Copies of local qualification documents are not required at this stage of application.
(d) Applicants may be granted exemption from sitting the SIT if they have the relevant work experience as detailed in the Remarks Section under Entry Requirements above supported by documentary proof. They must submit copies of the documents on or before the closing date for application. Those who apply on-line should submit copies of such documents by post, by fax or by e-mail [details given in Enquiry Address]. They should quote the on-line application number on every page of the copies of the documents.
(e) Applicants who are selected for the SIT will normally receive an invitation in six to eight weeks from the closing date for application. As the invitation will be sent by e-mail, please ensure that a correct e-mail address is provided and that the e-mail account can receive incoming e-mail properly. Applicants who are not invited for the SIT may assume that their applications are unsuccessful.
Staff Management Registry, Official Languages Division, Civil Service Bureau, Room 2331, 23/F, High Block, Queensway Government Offices, 66 Queensway, Hong Kong (Tel. no.: 2867 4793/2867 4833 ; Fax No.: 2524 2965 ; E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org)
2867 4793/2867 4833
Newspaper(s) Advertised and Date(s):
Ming Pao (3 August 2018) and South China Morning Post (4 and 11 August 2018)
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