Deadline for applications: December 7, 2020
Engagement duration: 6 months
Are you the Language Associate we need?
Translators without Borders needs volunteer Language Associates to help us provide humanitarian information to people in crisis situations. We need people who are fluent in English and who are native speakers of one of the following languages:
The TWB Language Associate role is varied and interesting.
As a TWB Language Associate, you’ll be the main contact point for the volunteer translators who work in your chosen language. You’ll generally make it easy for them to provide language services to our nonprofit partners. Our partners don’t always have the resources to communicate directly with people affected by humanitarian crises. Our Language Associates help us to fill those critical language gaps and increase our partners’ impact and effectiveness.
If you join our team, you will take on a variety of tasks. For example, you’ll:
- translate documents from English into your native language
- build and manage our community of volunteer translators
- review and revise translated documents, including machine-translation output
- contribute terminology to our translation databases.
You’ll do all of that while you work from home at times that suit you. The role typically takes around 6 hours per week.
You’ll receive training and hands-on experience
TWB Language Associate is an unpaid role. However, we’ll register you on our Community Recognition Program, which lets you earn points and exchange them for in-kind rewards. The role offers you a chance to develop new skills and contacts in the language services industry and humanitarian sector.
We’ll provide training in relevant areas including:
- computer-assisted translation tools
- recruitment and mentoring
- community management
- data management, and
- project management
You don’t need formal translator qualifications or experience
You just need:
- native knowledge of one of the languages listed above
- a high standard of written and spoken English
- the ability to interact with and motivate volunteer translators
- internet access
You’ll find more information about Translators without Borders on our website, including examples of the work we do and the partners we support. If you think you’d make a great TWB Language Associate, or you have some questions about the role, contact us at [email protected]
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 raise awareness globally of language barriers.
Translators without Borders employees and volunteers believe passionately in 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.