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Interpreter (Dari/Pashto)


  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Kaiserslautern
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Translations and Languages
  • Closing Date: Closed


Mission and objectives

IOM DEU organization mission TBD


This UN assignment is part of IOM’s Country Office in Germany, and based in our sub-office in Kaiserslautern, where IOM is engaged in a humanitarian project, carried out with different partners on the ground.

Task description

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Senior Project Associate (Interpretation and Translation) or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer Interpreter (Dari/Pashto) will: • Support accurate communication in a common language during interviews and other meetings conducted in-person, by telephone, and/or by video conference by providing verbatim (word for word) interpretation services; • Provide interpretation services in the preferred language of the beneficiaries without paraphrasing, summarizing, omitting or adding information; • Maintain strict confidentiality during interpretation sessions and follow designated program procedures regarding the destruction or maintenance of written notes within the required timeframe (e.g. immediately after each interpretation session); • Remain objective, unbiased, impartial and neutral when providing interpretation services. Treat all parties to the conversation with courtesy, dignity and respect, regardless of their age, ethnicity, religion, political opinion, sex characteristics, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability or any other factors; • Have an appropriate understanding of and sensitivity towards cultural practices and language differences that may exist between the parties to the conversation. Respect the use of proper pronouns that are preferred by the beneficiaries, when applicable; • Participate in relevant training sessions on such topics as interpreting for international organizations, respectful terminology and the protection of program beneficiaries, and contribute to terminology lists as requested; • Be available to be evaluated on the quality of your interpretation by a third party; • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities: • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; • Provide annual and end of assignment self-reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities; • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers; • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible. Results/expected outputs: • As an active IOM team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to IOM and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including: o Process reliable communication between beneficiaries and IOM Personal o Contribution to smooth processes in the assigned project; o Support trustful relationships between the beneficiaries and the organization; • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment. • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.

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