Translator Voluntary Assistant

World Food Programme, Brazil

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th May, 2019

Job Description

Are you passionate about translation? Are you interested in international organizations and humanitarian work? Do you think that volunteer services are an important aspect of the personal and professional life?

If yes, this opportunity is for you.

At WFP Centre of Excellence, we are looking for talented students or recent graduates to support us as a Translator Voluntary Assistant in Brasilia, Brazil. You will be involved in the translation of social protection and school feeding technical documents from Portuguese to Spanish and from Spanish to Portuguese and will give support to all translation related tasks to the programme unit´s work. The opportunity will be for part-time voluntary work at the Brasília office, with possibility of flexible hours to be agreed between the volunteer and the programme unit.

About us:

The WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger is a global forum for policy dialogue and South-South learning in school feeding, nutrition and food security programmes. The Centre of Excellence is a result of a partnership between WFP and the Brazilian government and was created in 2011 to support governments in Africa, Asia and Latin American in developing sustainable solutions against hunger. We provide policy and programme advice, technical assistance, learning opportunities and brings southern nations together to help them develop their own solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 2 – Zero Hunger.

WFP is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Our mission is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every single day, we work worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

Responsibilities and tasks:

As a Translator Voluntary Assistant, you will be working with the Programme Unit team, under the supervision of the the Programme Officer. You will be expected to get knowledge and experience working with the activities related to translation, and will be responsible for:

Translating technical documents from Portuguese to Spanish and from Spanish to Portuguese;
Keeping an updated status of all your tasks and report on translation processes progress;
Assisting in the compilation of the organization’s glossary of terms;
Performing other related duties as required.

Standard minimum qualifications:

  • Education: You must be enrolled in the final semesters of a graduate or post-graduate programme from a recognized university in the area of Languages, Translation. Fresh graduates are also encouraged to apply.
  • Skills: Ability to work with a deadline, good communication skills, good time management.
  • Languages: Fluency in spoken and written Portuguese and Spanish.

Desired experience: Previous working experience with translation of technical documents will be an asset, but not mandatory.

Definition and principles: WFP volunteers are individuals who donate their services to the Programme. They have no relationship to the United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV), nor to the WFP Intern Programme. The objective of this opportunity is the exchange of experiences between the volunteer and the Centre during a short time work that will contribute to the design of an online knowledge platform on school feeding and food security.

There is no compensation for such volunteer services, however the Programme provides:

  • Insurance under the MCS scheme for service-incurred accident/illness/death;
  • Coverage under the WFP war risks/malicious acts policy;
  • Certificate of completion of work, including workload and performed activites.

The Centre of Excellence will also include the name and contact of volunteer in the final documents translated and provide a certificate based on the support provided.


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