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Translator – English to Pashto and Vice-versa


About Samuel Hall

Samuel Hall is an independent think tank providing research and strategic services, expert analysis, tailored counsel and access to local knowledge for a diverse array of actors operating in the world’s most challenging environments.
We specialise in socio-economic surveys, private and public sector studies, and impact assessments for a range of humanitarian and development actors. With a rigorous approach and the inclusion of academic experts, field practitioners, and a vast network of national researchers, we access complex settings and gather accurate data. We bring innovative insights and practical solutions to addressing the most pressing social, economic, and political issues of our time.
Samuel Hall has offices in Afghanistan, Kenya and Somalia, and a presence in France, Germany, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. For more information, please visit

Job Summary

Samuel Hall is seeking an experienced and professional Translator to join its team for a full-time position based in our Kabul office. The responsibilities of the Translator are:
Objective 1 – Translation
• Translate all research tools such as questionnaires, focus group discussion guidelines, interview guidelines, training documents, presentations, authorization letters, field interviews, field notes, executive summaries, reports and briefings
• Translate all office documentation such as standard operating procedures, communication documents, contact lists, etc.
• Provide the above services to all staff members from:
o English to Pashto
o Pashto to English
Objective 2 – Interpretation
• Interpret interviews and other conversations led by international staff when needed
• Interpret and liaise between international research staff and field teams when needed
• Provide the above services to all staff members from:
o English to Pashto
o Pashto to English
Objective 3 – Problem Solving and Management
• Review past translations from other team members and provide feedback in order to improve the quality of the work when needed
• Identify gaps and propose solutions regarding tool design, data collection and other translation issues
• Supervise the outsourced work of external translators hired on a short-term basis
• Devise potential tests and training materials for national applicants
• Be proactive and propose innovative ideas for the improvement of research cycle and office procedures related to translation tasks

Job Details

Date Posted: 12 Nov 2017 Reference: 003
Closing Date: 25 Nov 2017 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Translation Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Long-term Years of Experience: 2 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: No
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities



Applicants will need to possess and be able to demonstrate the following qualifications and transferable skills:
• Complete written and oral fluency in English and Dari; Pashto is an asset
• At least two years of demonstrated experience in the field of translation
• Meticulous attention to detail
• Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
• Ability to adapt and work well within a team
• Ability to cope well under pressure, work occasionally irregular hours and meet very tight deadlines
• Effective communication skills and prompt turnaround for all official correspondences
• Three strong and verifiable references


Minimum Qualifications Three years of higher education at a recognised institute of higher education

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul
AF AF 12


Bachelors Degree,

Submission Guideline

All applicants should send their cover letter and CV in separate PDF files, each labelled: “CL/CV – Full name of Applicant” with the e-mail subject line clearly expressed, using the following format: “Name – Position of Interest”.
Samuel Hall is an equal opportunities employer. Applications who do not follow the required format will not be considered. Only selected applicants will be notified.

women are encouraged to apply

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