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Language Specialist

Summary Information for vacancy - reference RO0050


Secret Intelligence Service


This is a total package


Greater London, London

Closing Date

30 September 2011

Interviews start

Not specified




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Pay frequency


Appointment Terms


Working Arrangement

Full time

Travel required


No of vacancies


Field of work


Brief Description

 We are actively looking for linguists with excellent written and spoken fluency in Persian or Arabic. These are challenging roles which are critical to the success of SIS’s operational work. They are full-time and based in London.

Vacancy description

• Carry out high-level linguist work in a variety of situations, such as documentary translation and person-to-person interpreting
• Contribute specialist cultural knowledge of the relevant geographical areas
• Support the work of operational teams

Language Skills

• A high level of written and spoken fluency in Persian or Arabic. This will include the ability to read, write, speak and understand the language to an advanced level
• The ability to express yourself in clear, written English
• A detailed knowledge of the cultural and linguistic background of relevant geographic areas
• Willingness to use your language to a professional standard on a daily basis
• Excellent interpersonal and team-working skills
• Knowledge of other languages is also advantageous

Further information

CRB check required - Yes

Regulated by OCSC - Yes

Reserved for existing civil servants - No

Reserved for UK nationals - Yes

How to apply

Security Clearance: Appointment will be subject to Developed Vetting (DV) security clearance.

Nationality requirement: You must be a British national and at least one of your parents must be British, or have substantial ties to the UK. If you are a dual national you may be required to relinquish any non-British nationality as a condition of appointment.

Equal opportunities: SIS is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community who satisfy the nationality criteria above.

Closing date: 30 September 2011

Application: To apply, please visit

There will then be a series of competency and language-based assessments to ascertain your suitability for the role. You should not mention SIS in your application.

Discretion is an integral part of working for SIS. At this stage please limit those you tell about your application to your parents and/or partner, providing they are British nationals.

Further information about working in SIS is available on our website

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