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Please note that owing to the ICRC’s working procedures and principles, in particular the principle of neutrality, we cannot assign personnel to a country of which they are a national.

The ICRC is looking for interpreters in those following languages:

  • Amharic
  • Azeri – Turkish
  • Bengali
  • Burmese
  • Farsi
  • Hausa
  • Hindi / Urdu
  • Khmer
  • Kinyarwanda
  • Kirundi
  • Pashto
  • Somali
  • Swahili
  • Tamil / Sinhalese
  • Thai
  • Tigrinya

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
  • A good grasp of French is an asset
  • Very good command of the given language
  • Familiarity with word processing and spreadsheet software
  • Driving license (a license 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

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

The ICRC's mission is to alleviate human suffering, protect life and health, and uphold human dignity especially during armed conflicts and other emergencies.

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