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French Interpreter


  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Athens
  • Grade: Junior level - Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Translations and Languages
  • Closing Date:
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries, the IRC aims to restore safety, dignity, and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. In response to the arrival of refugees in Greece in 2015, the IRC has been offering SMS, WASH, and Protection Services. Among others, through its child protection programs, the IRC has been offering individual support through case management to vulnerable children and their families, non-formal educational activities for children through Safe Healing and Learning Spaces, and emergency accommodation and protection to unaccompanied children. Since 2019, IRC Hellas implements an alternative care project for unaccompanied children and will now pilot this project for Greek-born children and adults. 
SCOPE OF WORK: IRC Greece supports vulnerable refugee and host communities in Athens to access income generation through employment and self-employment services, directly and in collaboration with partners. The IRC is recruiting an interpreter/cultural mediator to provide interpretation services for career and entrepreneurship counseling sessions held with French speakers who are clients of the Livelihoods program of the IRC. The Interpreter will also be responsible for interpretation in business, soft skills, and job readiness training group training in collaboration with partners and the translation of relevant material.
Assist with interpretation and when applicable, cultural mediation in communication with IRC staff, national staff, beneficiaries, and/or any other relevant parties;
Assist in the collection of information and data and case identification;
Provide interpretation during intake assessments, and career and entrepreneurship counseling sessions;
Provide interpretation for group training in job readiness, business, and soft skills;
Translate communication from English/Greek to French including relevant curriculum or outreach material;
Support IRC in ensuring activities are accepted by the community members;
Support Livelihoods activities wherever they take place;
Complete the monthly report and any other reporting and monitoring tool, as required;
Conduct other duties as the needs arise.
Bachelor’s degree in Translations, social sciences, or equivalent combination of education and work in interpretation;
Experience in translation/ interpretation services, especially in group settings;
Strong communication skills (written and spoken) in French and ability to translate into English and/or Greek and vice versa;
Understanding and sensitivity to the needs of people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures;
Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure;
Responsiveness to queries and referrals as and when needed and able to manage a varying workload;
Cultural awareness and ability to build relationships quickly with a wide variety of people;
Flexibility, openness to others, humanitarian motivation;
Training in interpretation or intercultural mediation is an asset;
Experience working with refugees and vulnerable groups of people is an asset.
Working hours: 11:00-15:00
Travel and other requirements: Occasionally to other areas of IRC programs within Athens
Professional Standards
All IRC staff are required to adhere to THE IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct and the IRC country employment policies.
Disclaimer Clause: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.
Professional Standards: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.



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