Mission Essential is seeking Arabic Simultaneous Interpreters who must faithfully express the speaker’s intent while working in the simultaneous mode (using equipment, voiceover or whisper techniques) but is not required to work in formal settings. The interpreter’s work setting may afford the possibility of occasionally interrupting the speaker to seek clarification or even to change the pace of the discussion. The subjects and the language(s) that must be interpreted are usually of a pragmatic nature. Under this contract, simultaneous interpreters must also demonstrate the ability to interpret in the consecutive mode conveying a minimum of one sentence at a time, after hearing it in full, without using notes. With notes, the simultaneous interpreter generally conveys from several sentences to a full paragraph at a time.
In addition, each Arabic Simultaneous Interpreter shall have the capability to:
• Contractors must have a command of the required language(s) in both written and spoken form.
• Linguists must be able to speak and read at the S4/R4 level. Contractors must be able to understand and speak in the required language(s) and able to understand and communicate in a variety of required language(s) dialects.
• Language command must be comparable to that of an educated, fluent speaker of the languages.
• Must have a Top Secret clearance
• Must be able to speak, read, write, and listen in Arabic at a 4/4 level
• Must be a US citizen
Additionally, Simultaneous Interpreters shall hold one of two backgrounds.
1. Undergraduate Degree: Major Study – the appropriate foreign language(s) from an English-speaking college or university, English from a college or university in the other country, or translating or interpreting where English and the foreign language(s) were prerequisites.
2. Specialized Experience: Two or more years’ experience in translating, interpreting, or other work requiring the use of English and the other language(s); or a combination of work (that required English and the other required languages) and training at the Defense Language Institute, Foreign Service Institute, or comparable training institute.