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Translation Consultant (Dari)

Organization Name: The International Development Law Organization (IDLO)
Location: Afghanistan
Apply email: Not Specified
Start Date: 25-November-2022
Closing Date: 23-December-2022

Overview & Responsibilities

The International Development Law Organization (IDLO) enables governments and empowers people to reform laws and strengthen institutions to promote peace, justice, sustainable development and economic opportunity. We contribute to creating stable and inclusive societies where every person can live free from fear and want, in dignity and under the rule of law.

The Reducing the Impact of Insecurity on Afghanistan’s Legal System (RIIALS) program is a multi-year, research and development project. Under the RIIALS program, IDLO aims to build on IDLO’s existing efforts to assist justice service providers such as civil society organizations, legal practitioners, and customary and informal justice actors to help them gain a better understanding of the risks they face when providing justice services and develop appropriate responses. The project will include providing partner institutions with assistance to improve their policies and procedures, and to pilot new interventions. To that end, IDLO will conduct assessments on the state of the justice sector and maintain a justice sector online observatory to monitor the state of the justice system.

Reporting to the Project Team Manager (PTM), and in close collaboration with the IDLO Translation team, the Contractors will translate documents and provide interpretation services. The RIIALS Translation Consultant (Dari) will translate documents between Dari to English and provide simultaneous interpretation between Dari and English. The RIIALS Translation Consultant (Pashto) will translate documents between Pashto to English and provide simultaneous interpretation between Pashto and English. These posts will be based in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Contractor will conduct the following activities:

• Translate interview data, decrees, and laws from Dari to English.
• Translate of reports and documents from English to Dari.
• Translate a detailed assessment report from English to Dari.
• Translate letters, and other project related documents between English and Dari.
• Incorporate feedback on translations to ensure high quality and accurate translation of documents related to the project.
• Provide simultaneous interpretation between Dari and English in meetings.

Job Requirements

Ideal Candidate Profile


• Bachelor’s degree in law; Dari, Pashto, English language, or literature; journalism; gender studies; or a related field. Advanced university degree (masters or equivalent) in related field would be preferred.
• Experience working in the Afghan legal sector would be an advantage.
• Demonstrated ability to translate highly technical documents.
• Demonstrated ability to provide quality interpretation services.
• Knowledge of Afghan legal concepts, terminology and language.


• Ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines, flexibility and an entrepreneurial spirit.
• Proven ability to see through tasks set and deliver results.
• Excellent editing and proofreading skills.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with extensive experience drafting and editing documents in English and Dari or Pashto, depending on the requirements of the position.
• Good knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.


• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people.
• Ability to develop solid relationships with key stakeholders and build productive partnerships.
• Proven ability to see through tasks set and deliver results.
• Ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines, flexibility, and an entrepreneurial spirit.
• Familiarity with decentralization and local governance processes, systems and structures.
• Keen sense of ethics, integrity, and commitment to IDLO’s mandate.

Terms & Conditions

IDLO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in all areas of its operations. We welcome applications of qualified and diverse candidates.

For this locally recruited position, IDLO shall offer the selected candidate a Local Single Engagement Agreement for 6 months.

IDLO is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance at all levels within its workforce. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for IDLO vacancies.

IDLO does not tolerate sexual exploitation or abuse, any kind of harassment, including harassment of a sexual nature, or discrimination. As such, IDLO will conduct careful reference and background checks of all selected candidates as part of its selection process.

The application deadline is 04th December 2022 (23.59 Hrs. Kabul time)


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the employee/consultant/intern assigned to this work. This may not be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The Director-General of IDLO reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities or even to cancel the consultancy opportunity to meet business and organizational needs as necessary. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality and in compliance with IDLO’s policy on personal data protection.

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