VSO Sign Language Interpreter Job in Nandi, Kenya

Interpreter – Kenya Sign Language
Nandi, Kenya
Fixed Term, 4 Months
Full Time, 35 hours per week

About VSO: VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. 


Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.

Role Overview: To provide accurate interpretation support during work placement activities, training workshops, medical appointments, phone calls, community meetings and any other activities required for ICS youth volunteers for a 16-week international development project.

N.B. VSO ICS placements are divided into three phases: pre-placement, on placement and post-placement. This contract is predominantly for the ‘on-placement’ phase.

Skills, qualifications and experience required

Essential criteria
Knowledge / qualifications:
  • Fully qualified KSL interpreter
  • Professional registration with the Kenya Sign Language Association
  • Recognized as a KSL interpreter by the Kenya National Association of the Deaf
  • Clear understanding of the importance of confidentiality.
  • Experience of working with young people with diverse sign language fluency;
  • Experience of interpreting for groups in informal learning environments.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work on own initiative;
  • Excellent communication, active listening and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure, with varied client groups and as part of a busy team;
  • Good personal time management skills;
  • Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with young people;
  • Willingness to work unsociable hours including weekends (routine) and evenings (in the event of an emergency);
  • Ability to plan logically, managing a varied workload and flexible working environment.
Desirable Criteria:
Knowledge / Qualifications:
  • A belief in the values and mission of VSO;
  • A passion for the role of young people in international development;
  • Proficiency in additional sign languages
  • A basic understanding of development issues, e.g. gender equality, climate change.
  • Working (/volunteering) in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Living/volunteering in an international development context.
  • Emotional resilience in working with young people with challenging behaviours.
How to apply
If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description HERE to read more details about the position and the skills and experience we’re looking for. To submit your application, click HERE and complete all relevant fields on the online application form.

Application closing date: 18 May 2016

Interview / Assessment date(s): 24th-25th May 2016

Start date: 6th June 2016

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