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11 Sep 2019

Interpreter (Afar, Kunama, French) at International Organization for Migration

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Job Description

Vacancy No.:


Position Title:

Interpreter (Afar, Kunama, French)

Position Grade:


Duty Station:

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Type of Appointment:

Daily, on an “on-call” basis

Estimated Start Date:

As soon as possible

Closing Date:


Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting huma0ne and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Internal & External candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy.


The Interpreter facilitates the communication process between and among individuals that do not speak the same language and may represent different cultural backgrounds and in effect enables smooth workflow at the Migration Health Assessment Centre (MHAC) and the Transit Centre (TC) in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.

Under the overall supervision of the department head and the direct supervision of the unit manager the successful candidate will be responsible for carrying out the following duties and responsibilities in relation to the Migration Health Assessment Centre (MHAC) and the Transit Centre (TC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia:

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Provide proper, accurate, clear and faithful interpretation from English into one of the required languages (Somali/ Dinka/ Nuer/ Amharic/ Tigrinya/ Oromo/ Afar, etc.), and vice versa during information sessions, pre/posttest counseling, obtaining medical history, laboratory tests and procedures, specialist consultations and physical examination as conducted by IOM medical staff, with the following considerations:

Interpreter must translate to and from: the Physician/Nurse/Medical Assistant/Registration clerk to the applicant and applicant to the Physician/Nurse/Medical Assistant/Registration clerk, capturing the accurate meaning of information provided and needed to be passed on
Interpreter must be capable of clearly expressing the statements and messages of medical nature, including but not limited to: sexual intercourse, behavior and parts; sexually transmitted diseases; use / abuse of substances, mental disorders, cardiovascular diseases signs and symptoms, neurological diseases signs and symptoms, etc.
Interpreter must hold with utmost respect and confidentiality, any information shared during physical examination. Failure to do so represents major breach of the code of conduct and standards IOM adheres to

Intervene to prevent misunderstandings and perform the task of coordinating or managing turn-taking in order to make the communication process flow smoothly and minimize disruptions
Assist in directing patient flow or minor messenger’s tasks, if and when requested by the direct supervisor, Doctors, the Data Processing assistants, Medical admin, Chief Nurse, Nurses, Laboratory Technicians or Receptionists in the IOM clinics
Consult the Medical Terminology database and interact with colleagues
Perform any other related duties as assigned by the supervisors

Job Requirements

Educational Qualification

A university degree in the related field is required.
Certificate in interpretation is an advantage.


1-2 years of previous work experience in interpretation within the UN system.
Strong communication skills with the ability to effectively and persuasively present information in a variety of settings and formats
Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel and Power point is an advantage


Thorough knowledge of spoken and written English and one of the mentioned languages in the title is required.
Knowledge of other local languages spoken in Ethiopia an advantage.



Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms
Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders
Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others
Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience
Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services
Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;
Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve the performance of self and others
Planning and Organizing – plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility
Professionalism – displays mastery of subject matter
Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender-related needs, perspectives, and concerns, and, promotes equal gender participation.
Technological Awareness – displays an awareness of relevant technological solutions
Resource Mobilization – works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM (optional depending on position level)


Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment and verification of residency, visa and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable.

Only candidates residing in either the country of the duty station or from a location in a neighbouring country that is within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered. In all cases, a prerequisite for taking up the position is legal residency in the country of the duty station, or in the neighbouring country located within commuting distance, and work permit, as applicable.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their application/motivation letter enclosed with only detail CV written in English via our e-mail address [email protected], by September 25, 2019 at the latest, referring the position title and Vacancy number in the subject line of your email; as well as your preferred language of interpretation in the subject line. No photocopies of educational/training certificates is required at this stage; applicant who don't follow the required application procedure will automatically be disqualified from the competition.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

We strongly encourage qualified women to apply!

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