Language Specialist

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Language Specialist


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a neutral, independent, and impartial international humanitarian organization, which assists and protects victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. The ICRC is currently looking for staff to support its operations in the Republic of Iraq.


By joining the ICRC, you will:

* Have an opportunity to practise your profession in stimulating, complex and sometimes challenging environments, where your work can make a difference.

* Work with colleagues from various professional disciplines and in dynamic and collaborative workstreams, in support of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence.

* Represent one of the most renowned international humanitarian organizations in the world, promote humanitarian values and add to your sense of fulfilment in responding to people and communities affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence.

* Benefit from a competitive employment package, including different possibilities for career and personal development. (An onboarding course and continuous training will be provided.)

* Receive a competitive compensation package, including a monthly salary and benefits (13th month salary, International Retirement Savings Plan, family medical coverage, life insurance, a mobility allowance as per policy, social security scheme and final gratuity).



Job Title: Language Specialist

Reporting To: Language Specialists Team Leader

Duty Station: Baghdad, Iraq

Duration of Contract: Fixed term contract with a possibility for renewal to an open-ended contract

Position grade (ICRC system): B2

Date of Issue: 31-01-2023

Deadline for applications: 14-02-2023




The Language Specialist helps the ICRC communicate clearly and consistently by providing translation services from English into Arabic and vice versa and/or editing services in their mother tongue.


Main duties and responsibilities

* Translates from English into Arabic and vice versa and/or edits in their mother tongue a wide range of ICRC texts, such as legal, financial, and technical, within agreed deadlines.

* Ensuring high quality and appropriate terminology and that produced text is revised by the line manager.

* Ensures that documents entrusted to him/her are translated in accordance with ICRC standards.

* Assists in delegation-related interpretation activities (seminars, workshops and meetings with interlocutors).

* May advise colleagues from other units of the organization on linguistic issues.

* Gets involved in ad hoc or ongoing projects (e.g., terminology).

* Uses and suggests updates to terminology tools in both Arabic and English.

* Proactively collaborates with external translators when volumes require extra resources.

* Advises on sensitivities regarding the use of national languages in the delegations.

* Edits documents in Arabic and English.

* Internally, interacts across the organization with all internal “clients” who request language services and provides them with the required support.


Education and Professional Experience required


* University degree in translation or professional language skills from a recognized academic institution or equivalent.

* 3 to 5 years of experience in translation and/or editing (preferably in an international organization setting).

* Fluency In English and Arabic is a must.

* Excellent writing skills in the mother tongue (i.e., Arabic language).

* Communication and listening skills.

* Computer proficiency is mandatory.


Please note that:

* Applications will only be accepted for Iraqi nationals.

* The successful candidate will undergo a three month-probation period.


Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

NB: Should you not have received a response from the ICRC within one month of submission of your application, please consider your application unsuccessful.


No Fee:

The ICRC does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interview, meeting or processing.

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