Staff Interpreter - International Rescue Committee, Kuala Lumpur

Closing date:  27 Dec 2011

The IRC has a rich history of assisting refugees to apply for U.S. resettlement, from its founding in 1933 to help vulnerable individuals escape Nazi-occupied Europe, to pioneering the Joint Voluntary Agency which assisted Indochinese refugees for 22 years, to operations in Croatia, Sierra Leone and Sudan. Over the years, IRC has processed some half million refugees worldwide for U.S. resettlement.

Based in Bangkok with four field offices in Thailand and Malaysia, the IRC Resettlement Support Center (IRC-RSC) assists persons throughout East Asia seeking permanent resettlement in the United States. Operating in fifteen countries, the RSC prepares refugee applications for the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, provides information to resettlement agencies about arriving refugees and offers cultural orientation training to those refugees bound for the U.S.
SCOPE: The Staff Interpreter will provide operational support to all departments in providing language support services for applicants to the US refugee resettlement program. The Staff Interpreter will act as an interpreter of oral statements given in Burmese/Chin languages into the English Language and vice versa for RSC Prescreen interviews, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) interviews, and for Cultural Orientation training. Additional responsibilities may include assisting in the training and mentoring of other interpreters and written translation work. This position reports to the Casework Manager, with monitoring and technical assistance from the Interpreter Services Manager.

RESPONSIBILITIES: • Act as an interpreter during RSC assignments for prescreen, US immigration interviews, and post-processing appointments at the RSC processing center at the UNHCR compound in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. • Translate documents from Burmese/Chin languages to English language and vice versa; • Train and mentor new interpreters as needed; • Perform other relevant duties as directed by supervisor.

Requirements: • Bachelor's Degree preferred, but not required. • Experience working as an interpreter strongly preferred. • Perfect command of one or more Chin language and/or Burmese, and excellent knowledge of English. • The ability to speak multiple Chin languages is highly desirable. • Good organizational, coordination, and reporting skills. • Able to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously. • Thorough knowledge of computer software (e.g., Word, Excel, Email, Internet). • Maturity, positive attitude and experience working under pressure.
SPECIFIC SECURITY SITUATION/HOUSING: Unaccompanied; housing will be provided.