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Internship - Translation Projects Administrator [CLOSED]

[This position closed on November 14th, 2018] GNDR is seeking a talented and commited individual to support GNDR’s inclusion mandate by providing high quality translations in Spanish to our Latin American membership, whilst learning to translate in a professional environment and translation projects management, as well as about international development, civil society and disaster risk reduction. This is a 3-6 months paid position.

GNDR Purpose

GNDR was established in 2007 as a voluntary network of civil society organisations, associations and individuals who are committed to working together, and engaging with partners and other stakeholders, to increase community resilience and reduce disaster risk around the world. The network is vibrant and fast growing, presently consisting of 850 member organisations in over 140 countries across virtually every geographical region of the world.

The network is supported by a small but effective secretariat team comprising of UK and regionally-based staff. The GNDR Secretariat serves as a “support entity” to the membership operating through a global hub in London and regional hubs in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Secretariat is legally constituted as a UK charity with the main responsibilities of facilitating the development, coordination and implementation of strategy, work plans and budgets, including supporting the mobilisation of adequate resources.

As GNDR works grows in scale and impact, we are looking for a person with a natural ability to think, plan, prioritise and organise in a clear and structured way, flexibility and problem solving skills, capable of working in a flexible and dynamic environment, comfortable in cross-cultural communications, and strong presentation, communication and facilitation skills, with a willingness to learn and open to new ways of working. There is a unique opportunity to make a valued contribution to an innovative and rapidly growing civil society network. The selected candidate must be able to demonstrate a proven track record in the development and coordination of civil society networks and implementing capacity strengthening programmes.

GNDR's Strategic Objectives

GNDR's “Stronger Together” strategy 2016-2020 has three mutually reinforcing objectives:

  1. Increase the impact of civil society in influencing policies and practices at local, national, and international levels
  2. Enhance the collaboration capabilities of civil society and cooperation with other stakeholders
  3. Strengthen the creation, analysis and sharing of knowledge, information and practices

Purpose of the Secretariat

The GNDR Secretariat serves as a “support entity” to the membership operating through a global hub in London and regional hubs in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The GNDR Secretariat is legally constituted as a UK charity with the main responsibilities of facilitating the development, coordination and implementation of strategy, work plans and budgets, including supporting the mobilisation of adequate resources.

Main purpose of the role:

Support GNDR’s inclusion mandate by helping the Secretariat to provide high quality translations in Spanish to our Latin American membership. This opportunity will allow the Intern to learn by getting hands-on practical experience with translation and the project management of translations while also learning about international development, civil society and disaster risk reduction. The Intern will be responsible for translation (60% of time), project management (15%) and enjoy some time for learning (25%).

Position in Organisation:

  • Responsible to the Communications Coordinator
  • Works in close collaboration with the Communications Officer, Programme team and Admin team

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • 1. Translation Projects administration [6 hours/week]:

• Receiving and saving files to be translated

• Preparing files for uploading to translation software

• Preparing Agreement for Services

• Creating a translation project and uploading files

• Obtaining translated documents by either

i. Translating them (see 2. below), or

ii. Assigning translations to volunteers or freelancers

• Reviewing and assessing translation quality

• Downloading translated versions and forwarding as required

• Liaising with staff, volunteers and freelancers’ queries, as necessary

• Maintaining translation memory and terminology databases

• Ad-hoc interpreting, as required.

  • 2. Regular translation work English <> Spanish [23 hours/week]
  • 3. Learning
    • • One-to-One coaching/mentorship [2 hours/week]
    • • Self-study [4 hours/weekly]

Syllabus & learning experience

The learning component would be based on a) real-life translation projects and b) some time each week dedicated to hone both translation skills and project management skills. The specific learning syllabus will depend on an initial assessment of the recruit’s experience and skills, in order to tailor it to the recruit’s needs, but it may include:

  • Project management skills (deadlines. monitoring)
  • Approaching and liaising with volunteers/freelancers
  • Lines of communication in project management
  • Quality Assessment of translation
  • Translation for inclusion within international development contexts
  • Specific translation skills (tone, type, linguistic issues, translation challenges)
  • DRR and the 2015 frameworks within an international development context.

Person specification

A complete person specification including attributes and skills considered essential and/or desirable, with regard to qualifications, experience, skills, abilities and personal qualities, pdfcan be downloaded here, including terms of employment.

To apply

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume (CV), both in English, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject “Intern Translation Projects Administrator”. Phone / Skype interviews will be arranged for short-listed candidates. These will take place in English. Only candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

DEADLINE TO APPLY:
Send a covering letter and resume (CV) by Wednesday 14th November 12 noon (UK time)

Downloads

Please download the following for a list of specific duties and responsibilities, a detailed person specification of essential and desirable attributes/skills, as well as terms of employment:

 

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