Freelance Field Interpreters (Pashto)

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  • Posted:
    3 months ago
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    Language and Writing Services
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Deadline for Applications: Open
Organizational Unit: Language Services Section, Registry or
Language Services Unit, Office of the Prosecutor
Duty Station: Various Duty Stations
Minimum Net Annual Salary: Payment is based on daily rate (comparable to G-7 level), calculated

according to duty station

Contract Duration: Freelance service contracts of variable length

A roster of freelance field interpreters, consisting of speakers of the relevant situation language, namely Pashto, will be established as a result of this selection process.

Once accredited, freelance field interpreters may be offered service contracts to provide consecutive interpretation services either remotely, at Headquarters or in the field according to the operational needs of the different sections and units of the Court.

Scope of Services:

Freelance Field Interpreters will provide interpretation services for either the Language Services Section of the Registry or the Language Services Unit of the Office of the Prosecutor, according to the demands of their respective clients.

The Freelance Field Interpreters will be expected to:

  1. provide complete and accurate interpretation during missions to the field or in support of operations at Headquarters;
  2. use appropriate techniques and strategies to support consecutive interpretation;
  3. prepare glossaries of situation language terminology appropriate to the assigned tasks;
  4. perform other language tasks as required, for example sight translation tasks;
  5. work in accordance with the ethics and norms of the interpreting profession;

Required Qualifications:

Language Proficiency

Mother tongue-speaker level proficiency in the situation language mentioned in the announcement, namely Pashto, is a pre-requisite. Proficiency in English is also required. Proficiency in other languages spoken in Afghanistan (e.g. Dari) would be considered an asset.

The Freelance Field Interpreters should ideally, though not necessarily:

  1. hold a university degree in modern foreign languages, linguistics, translation or interpretation
  2. hold a professional qualification in translation and interpretation
  3. have previous experience as an interpreter, particularly in community / public service settings

Successful candidates must:

  1. possess the ability to work as part of a team
  2. demonstrate flexibility
  3. possess basic computer and information technology skills; and
  4. be available to travel at short notice, on occasions;

Short-listed candidates will be invited to take the ICC accreditation test consisting of an interview and an interpretation test.

Accreditation is subject to obtaining the necessary security clearance. Successful candidates will then be placed in a pool of Accredited Field Interpreters who may be deployed as needed. Accredited Field Interpreters are deployed depending on their suitability for a particular assignment, based on their personal and linguistic profile, as well as the objectives of said mission. If suitable for deployment, Field Interpreters will then be contracted on a freelance basis for the duration of the mission.

Nature of Work:

Mindful of the nature of the ICC’s mandate and operations, freelance field interpreters must understand that the content of what is to be interpreted may on occasion risk being of an upsetting or disturbing nature.

NB: The Court reserves the right to prioritise field interpretation candidates on the basis of the operational needs and security constraints of the situation under examination.

General Information

– The selected candidate will be subject to a Security Clearance process in accordance with ICC policy. The security clearance process will include but will not be limited to, verification of the information provided in the personal history form and a criminal record check. All candidates should be in a position to submit an electronic copy of their passport and all diplomas listed on their profile when requested;

– Applicants may check the status of vacancies on ICC E-Recruitment web-site;