Cultural Mediator and Interpreter

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Cultural Mediator and Interpreter

With Médecins Sans Frontières you support the provision of quality services facilitating the communication between our beneficiaries and MSF, along the migration routes in Europe

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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing medical care and survival kits to refugees and asylum seekers travelling through Europe. We need cultural mediators and interpreters in our projects in the Balkans, Mediterranean and Greece.


Main Purpose of the job is to:

  • Contribute to the building of MSF visibility and acceptance by creating a link with the communities
  • Provide MSF project, and teams, with an understanding of the local, socio-cultural determinants through the knowledge of the beneficiaries’ cultures and a reading capability of the context in which he/she should operate
  • Support all required medical and non-medical activities within the project, by decoding the demand expressed by the beneficiaries and meeting MSF staff’s expectations of quality interpretation and communication
  • Provide basic information (medical, transportation, procedures, etc.) to the beneficiaries and address them to other actors for specific information (legal, social, etc.)
  • Take an active part in all necessary collateral activities linked to the beneficiaries’ health and social assistance, including information and advocacy


  • Bachelor or Master of Social Sciences, Social Communication, Social Work, Teacher or other relevant education and / or work experience.
  • Experience or education as a cultural interpreter is desirable
  • Depending on needs, we need you to master one or more of the following languages at a high level/mother tongue: Arabic, West African dialects, Pashto, Dari, Urdu, Bengali, Farsi, Kurdish dialects, Somali, West Africa dialects (Mandinga, Foula / Poular, Wolof), Tigrinya, and Amharic
  • English written and oral
  • Experience from working with an NGO is desirable

Essential Criteria for all Potential Field Workers

  • At least two years of relevant professional experience
  • Availability for a minimum 2 to 6 months
  • Experience in low income/ developing countries and remote/ rural areas
  • Demonstrated ability to live and work as a team
  • Willingness to work in potentially unstable environments
  • Understanding of and commitment to the Médecins Sans Frontières Charter
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Ability to manage stress

Desirable Criteria 

  • Flexible dates of availability  
  • Ability to depart with short notice
  • Interest and/or experience in international humanitarian issues, international relations, anthropology
  • Previous field experience in a similar role with a non-government organisation



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