BBC Media Action
Bachelor's Degree   Afghanistan, Kabul Part Time 3141
Date Posted:Jun 22, 2017
Closing Date:Jul 5, 2017
Work Type:Part Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Media
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:3 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Fixed-term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:96,90,66

About BBC Media Action:


BBC Media Action BBC Media Action uses media and communications to reduce poverty and promote human rights in developing countries. To achieve this, we partner with civil society, local media and governments to: strengthen the media sector through building professional capacity, and produce creative media outputs which inform and engage audiences around key development issues. Background: BBC Media Action has been working in Afghanistan for over 20 years, delivering media and communications projects on governance and health themes. We are in the start-up phase of a three-year project funded by Global Affairs Canada, ‘Her Voice, Her Rights’. The project will, through media, support women and girls to claim their rights and take part in public discourse. It involves capacity-strengthening of provincial radio stations and civil society organisations and will be delivered in partnership with a national media and a women’s empowerment organisation.

Job Summary:

Overall Purpose of the Job
Reporting to the Editor, the job of the Pashto Translator is to provide translation and interpreting services for a production team at BBC Media Action, primarily from Pashto to English. This will include providing simultaneous translation for team members in Kabul whose first language is English, facilitating discussions between the production team and actors, audience members and experts featured on Ghamai. A significant component of this role involves providing written translations in both English and Pashto on documents such as scripts, project and audience reports.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Main duties and Responsibilities

Transcribe and translate recordings of the radio programme, Ghamai, as required from Pashto to English.

Translate scripts, reports, programme logs, impact studies and case studies or other documents related to all programmes, mostly from Pashto to English, or from English to Pashto.

Transcribe and translate research documents, including any recording of focus group discussions, audience feedback forms Ghamai project activities.

Translate other documents from Pashto to English or English to Pashto for the office as required.

Simultaneous/consecutive translation of any meetings/proceedings when required.

Assist arranging meetings when necessary for BBC Media Action staff and/or visiting consultants and accompany them to meetings for translation/interpretation.

Perform other duties as requested by line manager.

Job Requirement:

Essential skills and experience

At least high school-level graduate in any discipline, or equivalent level of experience

Very good idiomatic English

Fluent in Pashto (native speaker) with an appreciation of regional dialects and idioms

Ability to translate from Pashto to English and vice versa with accuracy and speed

Ability to translate from Pashto to Dari and vice versa with accuracy and speed

Good typing speed in both Pashto and English

Must be ready to travel when needed
Desirable skills and experience

Understanding of the radio audience in Eastern and Southern Afghanistan and how to reach different sections of this audience.

Understanding of childhood immunization and/or polio, or experience working on health projects.

Knowledge and experience of international development.
The following competencies (behaviours and characteristics) have been identified as key to success in the job. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies.

Planning and organisation - able to think ahead in order to establish and efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources.

Influencing and persuading - able to present sound and well-reasoned arguments to convince others. Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change.

Communication - able to get one’s message understood clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information.

Managing relationships and team working - able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people. Works co-operatively with others to be part of a team, as opposed to working separately or competitively.

Creative Thinking – Is able to transform creative ideas/impulses into practical reality. Can look at existing situations and problems in novel ways and come up with creative solutions.

Resilience - manages personal effectiveness by managing emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations. Demonstrates an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.

Flexibility - adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups. Able to understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives on an issue, to adapt an approach as the requirements of a situation change, and to change or easily accept changes in one’s own organisation or job requirements.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul
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