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Hiring for Interpreters in English to Tigrigna, Amharic, Arabic, Somali & Vice Versa to Serve an Ongoing Project Activities in Gashora ETM

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Terms of reference:




Federation Handicap International (HI)


Leave no person with specific needs behind when determining humanitarian interventions in Rwanda

Short title: ‘Leave no one behind’ 


Gashora Emergency Transit Mechanism

Job title

Service provider


To interpret Arabic, Tigrigna, Amharic, Somali to English and vice versa to beneficiaries and HI team in Gashora ETM

Duration of contract

From March 1 to October 31, 2021 with possibility of extension

1.    Context 

Handicap International Federation (HI) Rwanda which operates under the name Humanity & Inclusion is an independent and impartial International Organization that was founded in 1982 and operates in Rwanda since 1994. It envisages a Rwanda society that is inclusive, supportive, and respectful of the rights of vulnerable people and especially persons with disabilities. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable people, it commits itself to meet their essential needs, improving their living condition, and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights. It does so by supporting the policies and initiatives of public authorities and civil society to advance the rights of vulnerable people, particularly persons with disabilities across Rwanda.

In partnership with UNHCR and the Ministry of Emergency Management, HI launched its operations in Refugee camps of Rwanda since 2015, responding to the specific needs of persons with disabilities, elderly people, and persons with mental health and psychosocial issues in urban areas, Congolese and Burundian Refugee camps of Rwanda. In September 2019, HI received funds from UNHCR to implement the project titled “Strengthening Inclusion and Access to services for Persons with specific Needs and persons with mental health and psychological support needs” in Gashora Emergency Transit Mechanism.  In January 2020 and 2021 HI received funds from UNHCR to implement another project titled” Leave no person with specific needs behind when determining humanitarian interventions in Rwanda “Short title: ‘Leave no one behind’. Currently, Gashora Emergency Transit Mechanism hosts 313 Refugees from Libya. These are mainly youths from Eritrea, Somalia, south Sudan, and Ethiopia who were evacuated from a horrendous situation in various detention centres across Libya.  

Among key activities of the project include: Case management, inclusive and healing activities, community sensitization on prevention and response to mental health issues, identification of persons of concern and referral pathways, strengthening cultural activities.

In Gashora Emergency transit Mechanism, the beneficiaries mostly speak Tigrigna, Amharic, Somali and Arabic while HI professionals speak English. It is in this context that HI wishes to hire individuals or companies to provide interpretation services for the above mentioned languages commonly spoken by the refugees found in Gashora Emergency Transit Mechanism. This is aimed at easing communication between beneficiaries and HI team for efficiency service delivery.

2.    Objective

Ensure qualitative interpretation from Arabic, Tigrigna, Somali, and Amharic to English and vice versa.

3.    Tasks to be completed

  • Interpret oral conversation and discussions from Arabic, Tigrigna, Somali, and Amharic into English and vice versa;
  • Respond to queries related to the area of responsibility;
  • Interpretation of speeches during events organized by HI;
  • Translate documents from English to Arabic Tigrinya, Somali and Amharic

4.    Requirements 

  • Completion of University with a Degree in Translation/Interpretation, Languages, Teaching Secretarial studies or other related field;
  • Two (2) years’ experience in a related field of work and experience in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Excellent knowledge of English, Arabic, Tigrigna, Somali and Amharic ;
  • Good knowledge of humanitarian setting;
  • Ability to work effectively within a team;
  • Demonstrate excellent time management and planning skills;
  • Ready to start immediately after signing the contract.

5.    Bids submission 

Interested candidates must provide (i) Motivation letter, (ii) a CV with 3 references to proving the performance and experience on similar duties (iii) a valid passport or Identity card, (iv) Taxes registration number, (v) Working permit (if applicable)

N.B :

HI pays attention to its various Internal policies and in particular to the Policy for the fight against fraud and corruption, Policy for the protection of beneficiaries against sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment, the Policy for the child protection, and the Gender Age and Disability Policy. As a committed organization, it is essential for it to be able to evaluate its candidates on these subjects of human protection!

- Applications from women and people with disabilities are strongly recommended.

These bids will be submitted by e-mail to the following address  no later than 26 February 2021 at 00:00.

Done at Kigali, on 10th February 2021

Mélanie GEISER

Country Manager