Consultancy - PFP Emergency Translator

UN Children's Fund, Panama, Panama
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Job Summary

Job Description

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, dedication


The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is a leading humanitarian and development agency working globally for the rights of every child. Working for a world in which every child has a fair chance in life, UNICEF has the fundamental conviction that all children have an equal right to survive, thrive and fulfil their potential to the benefit of their societies and a more equitable role.

UNICEF works to relieve suffering during emergencies and wherever children are threatened. No child should be exposed to violence, abuse or exploitation. We involve everyone in creating protective environments for children. UNICEF is active in more than 190 countries and territories through country programmes and National Committees.

Emergencies have grown increasingly complex, more frequent and often with less time between them to allow affected people to rebuild their resilience, UNICEF remains dedicated to providing life-saving assistance to children affected by disasters, and to protecting their rights in all circumstances. In health and nutrition, water and sanitation, protection, education and HIV/AIDS, UNICEF's Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action (CCCs), the basis for all UNICEF's emergency operations, are more than a mission statement - they are a humanitarian imperative.

The first hours after an emergency are crucial. The earlier we start raising funds for the emergency, the more we will raise. Being up and running within one or two hours after an emergency strikes is both possible and something UNICEF strives to achieve. To maximize fundraising after emergencies that have occurred on English-speaking countries, the Latin American and the Caribbean Regional Office is looking for a certified English to Spanish translator.


The incumbent must be available to be contacted by an emergency focal point after a state of emergency has been declared and fundraising has been requested by UNICEF HQ. This may be out of office hours. The incumbent:

  • Receives an email from one of the emergency focal points, announcing the emergency and containing the document to be translated.
  • Remains available to be contacted at his/her mobile by the emergency focal point to ensure that he/she is aware of the event and has received the document to be translated. Translates the document (which will consist of a maximum of 4 pages) and will deliver the product in a 3-hour timeframe maximum.
  • Will be available in the proceeding days to continue to translation work that may be necessary depending on the size of the emergency.


  • Deliverables will depend on the number of emergency translation requests made throughout the duration of the contract and will comprise the translation of documents containing 2-5 pages (average).
  • Documents that need to be translated the days after the onset of an emergency.


  • At least 5 years' experience on translation services.
  • English-Spanish- Portuguese translation certification.
  • It would also be an advantage if the translator has experience working with humanitarian organizations.


From 15 May to 31 December 2019. Based on satisfactory performance evaluation and budget availability, the contract can be extended.

Reporting Responsibilities/supervision

The incumbent will work under the supervision of the LACRO PFP Emergency Focal Point, Panama and alongside with Fundraising Specialists at RSC/PFP, Market Development team at RSC and COs.


The incumbent will work remotely.


Applicants are requested to submit a proposal for the consultancy including a clear fee structure on a per product basis.

Please note only short-listed candidates will be contacted. UNICEF reserves the right to make additional assessment of the pre-selected candidates, if needed

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.