The mission of Translators without Borders is to provide people access to vital knowledge in their language through translation and interpreting, building language translation capacity at a local level, providing translation and simplification services that are culturally appropriate, accessible and open source, and raising awareness globally of language barriers.
Contract length: Open-ended
Hours: 20-40 hours per week (depending on availability)
Location: Bangladesh (ideally Dhaka or Cox’s Bazar) – The role is home-based with frequent travel to Cox’s Bazar
Application deadline: 2 March 2019
Due to the urgency of the vacancy, screening and interviews will commence immediately and the candidate can be selected at any stage before the closing date.
About Translators without Borders
Translators without Borders (TWB) envisions a world where knowledge knows no language barriers. The US-based non-profit provides people access to vital knowledge in their language by connecting non-profit organizations with a community of language professionals, building local language translation capacity, and raising awareness of language barriers. Originally founded in 1993 in France (as Traducteurs sans Frontières), TWB translates millions of words of life-saving and life-changing information every year.
In 2013, TWB created the first-ever crisis relief translation service, Words of Relief (WoR), an initiative that intends to improve communications between crisis-affected communities and humanitarian responders before, during, and after a crisis, by eliminating linguistic barriers that can impede vital relief efforts. Words of Relief has since been used to respond to humanitarian crises every year.
As a provider of linguistic support and research in the context of the Rohingya crisis response in Bangladesh, TWB has a team deployed in Cox’s Bazar to liaise with other humanitarian organizations on the ground, and has a proven track record of supporting its partners in the response with communicating with communities, as well as delivering high-quality translations within short time frames, using its pool of vetted and experienced local translators.
Bangla is a key language for TWB and is the primary language of communication in Cox’s Bazar. In 2018, TWB translated almost 1 million words into Bangla and this trend is set to continue. We are looking for a Bangla Language Support role to assist our existing Bangla Language Lead in overseeing overall translation quality and also to build partnerships with humanitarian organizations on the ground in Cox’s Bazar together with our Crisis Response Team.
The Bangla Language Support will be enthusiastic about the importance of increasing access to knowledge through language. We are looking for a flexible and energetic team player who agrees with TWB’s Core Values and can work virtually to collaborate with team members and volunteer translators based throughout the world as well as providing a local presence to attend meetings in and around Dhaka and Cox’s Bazar when necessary.
Reporting to the Bangla Language Lead
Language and Quality
- Performing translation and/or revision tasks as necessary
- Assessing and evaluating the quality of our Bangla translations
- Collaborating on voice data projects, including providing and coordinating voice recordings
- Providing support for our Bangla terminology databases
- Monitoring and evaluating machine translation output
- Collaborating closely with the other Language Leads and the Translation Team
Community and Recruitment
- Actively building and engaging our community of Bangla volunteers as well as other local languages
- Representing TWB at partner meetings in Cox’s Bazar
- Building partner relationships and managing expectations with regard to translation services.
Please note that these roles and responsibilities are approximate and may change over time.
- A graduate of languages and/or translation and/or communication
- At least 2 years of translation experience
- Good understanding of language technology and familiarity with Translation Memory (CAT) tools, Terminology Tools and QA Tools (knowledge of MateCat is considered a plus)
- Awareness and interest in Machine Translation (post-editing experience and/or qualification is considered a plus)
- Knowledge and experience of Quality Assurance procedures for translation
- Native or near-native knowledge of Bangla
- Complete fluency in both written and spoken English (other languages considered a plus)
- Good communication and negotiation skills
- Experience working with humanitarian organizations is considered a plus
Translators without Borders employees and volunteers are made of people who believe passionately about the value of this work and take personal responsibility for achieving the mission. Translators without Borders’ mission and organizational spirit embody the core values established in its strategic framework:
Excellence: As the leading voice for communicating humanitarian information in the right language, Translators without Borders is a leader in the translation industry and in the non-profit sector.
Integrity: Translators without Borders believes that every person, whether it’s the people who we serve, our volunteers or our staff, has value, deserves respect and has inherent dignity.
Empowerment: Translators without Borders believes in using language to empower people around the world to control their own development and destiny.
Innovation: Translators without Borders recognizes and celebrates the power of innovation to address humanitarian and crisis issues around the world.
Sustainability: Translators without Borders recognizes that meeting our mission necessitates establishment and maintenance of a solid financial and organizational infrastructure.
Tolerance: Our staff and volunteers are highly knowledgeable and skilled; value each other, our partner and our recipients; create a supportive work environment; and, conduct themselves professionally at all times.
Translators without Borders is an equal-opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion, and encourages qualified candidates of all genders and from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.