Interpreter I (Kinyarwanda)

International Rescue Committee – Dallas, TX

Background/IRC Summary: Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. The IRC is on the ground in more than 40 countries, providing emergency relief, relocating refugees and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster. Through 29 regional offices in cities across the United States, the IRC helps refugees resettle and become self-sufficient. Our programs are designed to ensure refugees thrive in America-whether ensuring children are enrolled in school, adults become self-reliant through employment or starting businesses, or families receive acute medical care they need to recover from trauma or illness. The IRC helps those in need to rebuild their lives and regain control of their future in their new home community.

Job Overview/Summary: Under the direction of the HR/Administrative Supervisor, the Interpreter will provide interpretation and/or translation services for refugees attending meetings at the IRC Dallas office and appointments in the community. In-house services include interpreting for assessments, cultural orientations, program enrollments, financial literacy courses, job readiness trainings, school enrollments, health appointments, mental health counselling, and other activities. This position is Occasional meaning on an on-call basis with variable hours. Interpreters must have reliable transportation and be punctual.



Major Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing interpretation in Kinyarwanda.
  • Providing IRC staff with interpretation support as they work with clients both in one-on-one and group settings.
  • Attending job interviews, orientations, and other appointments with clients and interpreting important information into the clients native language.
  • Tracking and logging of hours worked.
  • Strict adherence to IRC Code of Conduct for Interpreters.
  • Translation of written documents or assessments.

  • Key Working Relationships:

    Position Reports to: HR/Administrative Supervisor
    Other Internal and/or external contacts:Internal: IRC Employees, interns, volunteersExternal: Current client employers, Community Partners


    Job Requirements:

  • Education: Associates or Undergraduate degree preferred. Education in linguistics or related and/or evidence of training in interpretation a plus.
  • Work Experience: Prior experience providing interpretation services strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated Skills and Competencies: Demonstrated success achieving goals and communicating cross-culturally. Must be a team player, detail oriented, patient, professional, and reliable. Available to work assignments during regular business hours. Evening and weekend availability a strong plus.
  • Language Skills: Fluency in both written and spoken English and at least one of the following languages: Arabic, Burmese, Dari, Farsi, Pashto, Nepali, Rohingya, or Swahili.
  • Certificates or Licenses: Valid drivers license, reliable vehicle with current insurance, and the ability to travel regularly throughout the service delivery area.

  • Working Environment:

  • A combination of standard office environment and field time in and around the service delivery area to perform the above outlined responsibilities.
  • May require occasional weekend and/or evening work.

  • The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.


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