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Interpreter I (Swahili, Kinyarwanda)

Des Moines

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Des Moines
  • Grade: Junior level - Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Translations and Languages
  • Closing Date:

Job Overview: The Interpreter provides in-person and/or remote interpretation to facilitate, with accuracy, impartiality, and confidentiality, the language needs of Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals and their service providers. Activities include providing professional interpretation services, use of software to track assignments, and occasional trainings and assessments.

Major Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide accurate, impartial, and confidential interpretation to LEP individuals and service providers in a variety of settings, including clinics, hospitals, schools, community-based organizations, and government agencies. Services may be rendered in-person, via telephone, videoconference, or other virtual means.
  • Track assignments and work hours within designated software.
  • Participate in trainings and assessments.
  • May support special projects and initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:

Education and Certifications:

  • High school diploma strongly preferred.
  • Interpretation certification preferred.

Work Experience:

  • Relevant professional interpretation experience preferred.
  • Experience working with refugee and/or immigrant populations strongly preferred.

Demonstrated Skills & Competencies:

  • Cultural sensitivity; ability to build trust with clients, colleagues, and partners.
  • Proficient in English, both spoken and written.
  • Spoken proficiency in Swahili and Kinyarwanda required.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy in work product.
  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office).
  • Reliable transportation to appointment locations.

Working Environment:

  • A combination of standard office environment, remote work, and ‘field’ time within the service delivery area to perform the above outlined responsibilities.
  • May require occasional weekend and/or evening work.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires candidates who are selected for interview to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for this position.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity.  We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal. 

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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