The mission of Translators without Borders is to provide people access to vital knowledge in their language through translation, training of translators, building translation capacity in underserved languages, and raising awareness globally of language barriers.
Location: Cox’s Bazar – Bangladesh
Reporting to: Bangladesh Program Director
Application deadline: 28 January 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-registered non-profit provides people access to vital knowledge in their language by connecting non-profit organizations with a professional community of translators, 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 a year.
Following a series of attacks on police and military posts in northern Rakhine on 25 August by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) and subsequent security operations by the Myanmar Military, an estimated 688,000 Rohingya women, men and children have fled into Bangladesh. Most have sought refuge in or around the border town of Cox’s Bazar. This is the largest mass refugee movement in the region in decades. An unknown additional number remain stranded, internally displaced or on the move in different parts of the three northern townships of Rakhine. This follows a similar pattern of events in 2016, when armed attacks on police personnel led to a major security crackdown which resulted in an estimated 87,000 people fleeing to Bangladesh.
To best respond to the affected population’s information and communications needs, the Communicating with Communities (CwC) working group will implement a common services model (CSM) with a working group coordinator funded by IOM. The CSM will be coordinated by the CwC technical working group, and will facilitate the provision of effective and timely messaging, the collection and analysis of feedback, and advocacy for sectoral and partner action based on this feedback.
TWB will be providing language support as part of the CSM and will, in parallel, support individual agencies with language expertise and services.
Funding has been secured for a joint programme with BBC Media Action and Internews to support affected people and the humanitarian community.
The CWC Coordinator is responsible for implementing TWB’s creative, reactive, innovative and constantly relevant CwC project in Cox’s Bazar. The Coordinator will oversee the timely and effective identification, planning and delivery of activities. The CwC Coordinator will also contribute to proposal writing and fundraising, financial and people management, and innovative and scalable research and learning.
Design, implementation and monitoring of program activities
- Develop mutually beneficial partnerships/projects with humanitarian agencies to provide them with language services and advice and liaise with all concerned (including internally) to ensure timely high-quality delivery
- Contribute to developing, revising and adapting proposals as required for the CwC projects
- Act as the key local contact point for the Common Service partner agencies
- Coordinate the daily management, ensure delivery and monitoring of all activities agreed with partners and donors. This will include liaising with specialized global team (translation team, editor, tech team, etc…) for the activities under the coordinator’s direct responsibility, producing CWCs outputs (written, audiovisual, etc)
Fundraising, financial and human resources management
- Actively support the Program Director to write project proposals, identify funding opportunities and network with partners and donors with a view to submitting funding proposals
- Proactively seek opportunities to expand the depth and breadth of the project in response to need, and relay information to the Program Director to that end
- Monitor and manage delegated budget lines in compliance with TWB and donor requirements.
- Recruit and manage team members
- Maintain open and professional relationships with the internal TWB team, TWB volunteers, partner agencies and donors
- Contribute to a positive, innovative and supportive work environment
Humanitarian liaison and coordination
- Liaise with organizations on CwC efforts, to ensure that language is factored in with TWB’s support
- Actively participate in CwC working group meetings and initiatives, including leading on the establishment and management of a sub-group on language
- Proactively contribute to TWB’s advocacy and communication efforts as needed in close collaboration with the Program Director
- Provide TWB’s contribution to the weekly CwC sector updates and other required reports
- Document project activities
- Ensure TWB complies with donor reporting requirements, including writing narrative reports and working with the finance team to prepare financial reports
The CwC Project Coordinator should be a creative self-starter with a strong sense of initiative, experienced in CwC humanitarian programming and enthusiastic about the importance of increasing access to knowledge through language. The right candidate is an energetic team player who agrees with TWB´s basic beliefs and values and who can work virtually with team members based throughout the world.
- Relevant university degree
- 3+ years of project design and management experience, with at least 1 year in the humanitarian sector
- Demonstrated experience of CwC work at field level
- International humanitarian experience
- Demonstrated listening and advising skills
- Excellent writing and presentation skills in English
- Representation and coordination experience a plus
- Media production experience a plus
- Knowledge of Burmese, Rohingya or Bangla a plus
- Training or research skills and experience a plus
- Interpreting or translation experience 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 is 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.