Senior French Translations Officer

The Role

Whether we are saving lives in times of crises or working with people to create a more equal world without poverty, the impact we are able to make relies to a great extent on the way we engage our staff, donors, other organizations, governments, media and the wider public. Our ability to communicate in the language of our audiences contributes to our effectiveness. Translations is at the heart of this.

Oxfam International is looking for a Senior French Translations Officer to provide high quality translations of communications and technical materials from English into French. Depending on the project, the Translations Officer may translate materials themselves, project manage outsourced translations and/or provide proofreading services.

Oxfam is an international confederation working globally in different languages. Recognizing the importance of this, the Translations Team helps meet the translations needs of such a large international organization. From emergency appeals, media releases, annual reports, program management toolkits, strategic plans, HR materials, to internal communications – the Translations Team works across all of these. Oxfam’s global languages are English, French, Spanish and Arabic. As part of the team, the Senior French Translations Officer plans projects with clients, translates directly from English to French, coordinates translations in all global languages with external suppliers, organizes proofreading, works proactively on quality management and promotes awareness and best practices.

Please see the job description for further details.

Who we’re looking for

Our next Senior French Translations Officer will have a master’s degree or equivalent in translation or any other relevant language and be a native French speaker with a new native command of English. The ideal candidate will have significant experience in a translation role, with excellent knowledge and understanding of industry practice. The post holder will need to have great understanding of CAT and terminology management tools. Excellent project, time management skills and communication skills will also be required.

What we offer

This role will give you an opportunity to contribute to making the world a better, more dignified place for all of us.  At Oxfam, we believe that every aspect of our work can lead to a positive outcome. If you have the same opinion, together with the ability to meet the challenges involved, this role offers scope for immense personal fulfilment – as well as outstanding opportunities to develop your career. Oxfam is committed to providing a fair compensation package and a flexible working environment

The Oxfam International Secretariat is currently headquartered in Nairobi, with offices in Oxford, Washington DC, New York, Brussels, Geneva, and a liaison office with the Africa Union in Addis Ababa.

All our work is led by our core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness, Courage, Solidarity and Equality.

Our commitment to safeguarding

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

Note: All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. Please note that Oxfam International participates in the Inter-Agency Scheme for the Disclosure of Safeguarding-related Misconduct in Recruitment Processes within the Humanitarian and Development Sector. Under this scheme, if you have been employed by another member of the scheme, we will request information from that organization on any misconduct history in accordance with the terms of the scheme.

Oxfam International is an equal opportunities employer, committed to diversity and inclusion within the workplace


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About Oxfam

In Kenya, Oxfam works with others to alleviate poverty and inequality. We work with the most vulnerable communities in the dry and remote northern regions, and in the impoverished slums of the capital, Nairobi. In Kenya, the highest poverty levels are in the northern pastoralist districts - in some areas 95% of people fall below the poverty line. Like many developing countries, Kenya is undergoing rapid urbanisation. It’s estimated that by 2050 half the Kenyan population will be living in urban areas. This high presents a myriad of challenges. 34% of the 17 million poor Kenyans are urban poor and most of them live in informal urban settlements. Oxfam in Kenya Since starting work in Kenya in 1963, Oxfam has: provided long-term development aid and emergency relief, for example supporting refugees; promoted peace and managed conflicts between communities; campaigned for better governance and equitable access to services. We aim to help citizens stand up for their rights, and we work with others from government, civil society, communities, international development actors and the private sector. Working with dry-land communities In Turkana and Wajir we develop market-based alternative and complementary livelihoods, supporting fishermen and traders. Working with poor urban communities In the capital, Nairobi, we work with partners to run water kiosks, "bio-centers” that turn human waste into usable energy and improve sanitation, and recycling plants for unemployed youth. Our social protection programs provide cash to help poor families cope with rising costs of food and water and kickstart small businesses. Peace-building and conflict management We focus on enhancing communities’ capacity to resolve conflicts and co-exist peacefully. We also influence national policy through the National Steering Committee on Peace-Building and Conflict Management, under the Office of the President. Climate change We’re working closely with others, supporting local civil society to hold the Government accountable for its response to climate change. We’re also generating relevant climate change data to inform advocacy positions locally and internationally. Governance All of Oxfam’s work in Kenya is rooted in promoting better governance - at local, regional and national levels - by strengthening poor people’s ability to defend and demand their rights. We work to ensure that our partners and the communities we work with have their voices and concerns heard, and that the Government fulfils its responsibilities to poor Kenyans.