National Consultant-Translator for the “Political Leadership and Candidate Training Workbook for Women Candidates”, Addis Ababa

UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Addis Ababa
Posted 7 months ago

Job Features

Job CategoryBusiness(Management/Development/Consultancy/Plan), Project Management(NGO/International Org)
Job LevelSenior Level(5+9)
DeadlineJanuary 10 2020


Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women will work for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations System efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Women’s leadership and political participation is one of UN Women’s primary areas of work as mandated in its inception, recognizing the integral role of women in strong and stable democratic processes. UN Women works to implement its Strategic Plan 2018-2021, Outcome 2, which focuses: Women lead, participate in and benefit equally from governance systems. Specifically, UN Women focuses on increasing the number of women of all ages who are fully participating, leading and engaging in political institutions and processes; it also focuses on increasing the political participation and leadership of young women, indigenous women and women with disabilities. These efforts are designed to guide countries towards reaching Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target

  • 5: ‘ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.’

UN Women HQ has developed a Manual for Political Leadership and Candidate Training. It is a tool for delivering a comprehensive training curriculum designed to support UN Women’s programmes on women’s political empowerment and leadership, specificall by helping expand the pool of qualified women willing to run a campaign, win and serve in elective office. The Manual is intended for use by UN Women Country Offices and the lead trainer(s)/implementing partners they select to deliver the training curriculum as part of broader women’s political participation programming implemented by UN Women. The curriculum is adaptable to women political aspirants and leaders in a variety of contexts. It is designed for women beginning their careers, and more experienced women politicians looking to sharpen their skills.

In Ethiopia, UN Women Ethiopia Country Office (ECO) works with key stakeholders including with National Electoral Board of Ethiopia, gender machineries and local NGOs towards enhancing the leadership capacities of aspiring and women that are already in leadership positions in politics. In order to facilitate its work at national level and enhance accessibility and adaptability of the training materials developed by UN Women HQ, UN Women is seeking to recruit a consultant that would translate the ‘Political Leadership and Candidate Training Workbook for Women Candidates’ from English to Amharic.

Duties and Responsibilities

The translator will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Translate the ‘Political Leadership and Candidate Training: Workbook for Women Candidates’ from English version into Amharic;
  • Share draft translation with UN Women and incorporate suggested changes to the translation;
  • Edit, copy edit, and proof read the translated document;
  • Ensure accuracy of the terms and terminology used in the documents;
  • Ensure that the translation is written with style, correct grammar and spelling, and complete the work within the agreed timeline and submit the final translation in soft copy.


Corporate competencies:

  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN Women
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability

Required Skills and Experience


  • First degree or preferably master’s degree in Ethiopian Languages and Literature, Foreign Languages and Literature, Linguistic, law, governance or gender studies.

Experience and Skills

  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience as a translator, writer/editor in Amharic and English language;
  • Proven experience in translating documents from English into Amharic or vice versa is required;
  • Experience with organizing, interpreting and presenting information in meaningful written form for varied audiences;
  • Excellent English and Amharic language writing and editing skill required;
  • Good understanding of terminologies used in the areas of gender, governance and politics is desirable.


  • English and Amharic speaking and writing skills

NOTE: This application is open for only individual applicants.

After applying online, interested applicants must submit at least two samples of their previous translated documents from English to Amharic to Desset Abebe @

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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