BACKGROUND

LAW is an independent, non-profit organisation comprised of human rights lawyers working in fragile and conflict affected areas in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. We have a particular focus on gender equality and sexual and gender-based violence, natural resource exploitation, rule of law and accountability, and transformative justice, working to bring justice to those who need it most. LAW’s ground-breaking work has received international and local media coverage, and recognition.

LAW is seeking an English-Turkish interpreter to assist with the implementation of programme work. The interpreter will work closely with LAW’s team as needed in order to execute programmatic outputs. The successful candidate will combine professionalism, integrity and flexibility to support LAW’s team. The candidate will have past experience interpreting for NGOs and/or international organizations, and will report to a LAW Programme Manager.

CONSULTANCY DESCRIPTION

Reports to:  Programme Manager

Duration:  12 months:  15 July 2022 – 30 June 2023

Hours: Flexible to be agreed upon assignment 30 days’ work over contractual period

Location: Turkey

DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT/KEY DELIVERABLES:

The Consultant will perform activities as outlined below with accuracy and attention to detail:

  • Interpreting meetings with beneficiaries, beneficiary groups, and other organizations and individuals;
  • Translating written documentation as requested;
  • Preparing for each assignment by reading any provided background documentation made available;
  • Attending briefing sessions to establish approach, identify potential difficulties including language barriers, and reflecting on meetings;
  • Adjusting approach based upon the advice of programme team to ensure that LAW’s engagement is sensitive, proper, and empowering; and,
  • Undertaking training requested by LAW and, where appropriate, contributing to training events organized by LAW.

EXPERIENCE, SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

  • Bachelor Degree or equivalent in modern languages, interpreting, human rights, international relations, or other relevant subject;
  • Experience of interpreting witness interviews in an NGO, international organization, or as part of United Nations fact-finding missions, etc;
  • Experience dealing with vulnerable individuals in a sensitive manner;
  • Fluency in both oral English and Turkish;
  • Excellent written skills in English and Turkish;
  • Flexibility and ability to manage own schedule with minimal supervision and tight deadlines;
  • Team player, with a genuine desire to contribute meaningfully to LAW’s work;
  • Ability to develop strong interpersonal relationships with people from different backgrounds and to build trust efficiently; and
  • Knowledge of Middle East context and culture.

HOW TO APPLY

If you have strong interpreter and communication skills to support the programme, we would like to hear from you.

Please send an email with a CV and covering letter outlining how your skills and experience match the role (neither exceeding 2 pages of A4) in English to Kearney@legalactionworldwide.org. The subject of the application should read ‘Interpreter – Turkish/English

Deadline for applications: This position is on rolling basis – LAW will be scheduling interviews as the applications come in; therefore, please apply in the first instance.

Start date: Immediate start

Only shortlisted candidates who meet the person specification criteria will be invited for interviews.

At LAW we are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues reflecting the people and communities that we represent and support. Our team includes many nationalities with diverse professional backgrounds, skills and knowledge. This enables us to deliver and understand the cultural and political contexts on the ground and to tailor our support effectively and appropriately. Women with relevant experience are particularly encouraged to apply.

To learn more about LAW please visit our website: https://www.legalactionworldwide.org

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