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23-07-2014 Job Opportunity Ref. fd-interpreter

Location: Field
For reasons related to the institution's working procedure, in particular its principle of neutrality, ICRC personnel cannot be nationals or originate from the country where visits take place. The ICRC is  looking for interpreters in those following languages:
Azeri - Turkish
Hindi / Urdu
Tamil / Sinhalese

Your task

  • oral interpretation: from the given language  to English, and English to the given language  during confidential interviews with people deprived of liberty, ICRC institutional dissemination, ICRC dialogue with authorities, activities to establish the family  links, including Red Cross Messages delivery,  family tracing and visits to families of detainees
  • written translation: translation of the given language   (newspaper articles, correspondence, etc.) into written English
  • analysis and reporting: analysis of conditions of detention, security and other matters relating to the ICRC's mandate


Selection requirements

  • ideal age: 25 to 50
  • prepared to accept unaccompanied field postings during the first 24 months of collaboration
  • university education, degree in interpretation or translation an advantage
  • 2 years of professional experience as interpreter or translator an advantage
  • excellent command of English
  • very good command of the given language
  • familiarity with word processing and spreadsheet software
  • driving licence (a licence for automatic-transmission vehicles only is not sufficient)


Your profile

  • strongly motivated by humanitarian work
  • open-minded and adaptable, able to work in a team
  • neat appearance, good speaker, well-developed writing and summarizing skills
  • able to work under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment


What we offer

  • a three-week orientation course in Switzerland prior to posting abroad
  • an opportunity to help the victims of conflict
  • engrossing, rewarding work in unusual situations
  • ample support in integrating into the new working environment

Apply now