ICC seeks interpreters in Kenya

June 2, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 2 – The International Criminal Court has now advertised for Freelance Field Interpreters to help in the post election violence investigations.

The advert on the Court’s website is asking for persons with knowledge of Kikuyu, Luhya, Luo, Kalenjin and Swahili to apply. Successful candidates will be expected to provide consecutive interpretation on mission to the public and carry out basic translation duties whilst on mission.

“They will observe established terminology and in-house usage, and identify new terminology,” the advert indicates.

The five languages are dominant in Central, Rift Valley, Nyanza and Nairobi, where the post-election violence was more prevalent.

The court wants those who possess a degree in interpretation, translation, linguistics or law or in any other relevant subject matter and have relevant experience in interpretation on a formal basis, preferably in an international organisation.

“Field Interpreters work for the Court Interpretation and Translation Section of the Registry and/or the Language Services Unit of the Office of the Prosecutor,” says the advert.

The advert however remains widely vague as it has no specific duty station, no deadline for application and no length of the contract. The translators are required to be available, at times, on short notice.

“Successful candidates will be placed on a roster, although they should bear in mind that their deployment will depend on their suitability for a particular mission based on their personal profile and the objectives of the said mission,” adds the advert.

If suitable for deployment, Field Interpreters will then be contracted on a freelance basis for the mission.

The Office of the Prosecutor is currently carrying out investigations on the violence. Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo has indicated he will be filing at least two cases by the end of the year.

During his visit to the country last month he said he would spend the next six months carrying out in-depth investigations. Mr Ocampo refused to divulge details of the investigations.


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