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21-149: Consultant - Arabic Interpreter
Country:Washington, DC
Department:Domestic and International Affairs
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:
International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.


In order to address gaps and improve the effectiveness of emergency response on the part of national NGOs (NNGOs), International Medical Corps is developing training materials that will strengthen the capacity of NNGOs across the Middle East to respond to humanitarian crises and coordinate within the international humanitarian coordination system. The NNGO staff participants will undergo an extensive period of training activities, including both individual study, in-person workshops, work plan development, and on-site support from subject-matter experts. Ultimately, the benefits of this concentrated training program are intended to be spread across all participating organizations. The goal is to employ focused capacity strengthening and organizational development activities to enable the participating NNGOs to be able to better coordinate within the humanitarian system and respond more effectively in emergency situations.


Specific to the NNGOs in Iraq and Yemen where ability to work in English is limited, the translator/interpreter will work with the Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and trainers during their engagement with the NNGOs.


Working directly with the Subject Matter Experts and trainers, the translator/interpreter will:

  1. Provide interpreting services between the project staff/SMEs and the NNGO personnel in real time, as needed, as well as documents as designated by the SME.
  2. Provide interpreting services on phone calls and in trainings.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation.

Compliance & Ethics:  Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.  Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. 

Bachelor’s degree
Translation/interpretation certificate desirable

2+ years’ experience in translating and interpreting

Experience in simultaneous interpreting in seminars and one-on-one

Experience translating guidance and technical documents for office use

Knowledge of language in the local context

Ability to interpret for project staff who may be non-native speakers 

Able to multi-task effectively