Cultural Orientation Interpreter Training Intern

Reports to: Interpreter Training Specialist
Team: Cultural Orientation
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Status: Internship

RSC Africa

The Resettlement Support Center (RSC) Africa operates a US refugee resettlement program in sub-Saharan Africa through a Cooperative Agreement with the Department of State/Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.  RSC Africa is responsible for the preparation of refugee case files for adjudication by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers, as well as the out-processing and cultural orientation of all approved cases.  RSC Africa is administered by the Church World Service Immigration Refugee Program (CWS/IRP) and is based in Nairobi, Kenya.


Church World Service does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or veteran status in employment or the provision of services.

Due to the volume of applications that we receive, only those individuals shortlisted will be contacted.

To Apply:

Please click the below link to apply directly online to this position.

Please note RSC Africa does not accept resumes for positions that are not posted.  All applicants are required to submit their resume using the on-line applicant tracking system.

All applications should be received by April 08, 2015


RSC Africa seeks qualified individuals for the 2015 summer internship program.  All internships are a minimum of six and a maximum of twelve weeks in duration.  All interns must be prepared to start on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya.

RSC Africa does not provide airfare or travel assistance but does provide shared accommodation and a small living stipend for interns selected from outside of Kenya.  Interns selected from within Kenya receive a nominal daily transportation allowance.


HR will use the contact information supplied in ApplicantStack to contact you.  If your contact information changes it is your responsibility to keep HR informed of your contact information.

Application Materials

Your application materials should clearly reflect how you meet the requirements of the position and demonstrate that you have successfully performed the essential functions of the position.  Personal identifying information such as gender, age, nationality, tribe, and hobbies should NOT be included in your application materials.

Your experience should be in Month/Year format.  Please do NOT include an objective statement. 

Primary Purpose

The Interpreter Training Intern will primarily assist the Interpreter Training Specialist (ITS) with developing an advanced interpreter training curriculum and improving the current curriculum. The position works closely with other members of the Cultural Orientation (CO) Division including the Curriculum Development Specialist (CDS).


This position reports directly to the ITS.

Essential Duties

  1. Reviews/revises materials related to interpreter training in collaboration with the ITS and CDS.
  2. Assists in developing an advanced interpreter training curriculum with the ITS and CDS.
  3. Assists in facilitating interpreter training sessions in Nairobi, Kenya.
  4. Develops an interpreter assessment tool.
  5. Reviews and is familiar with the interpreter training curriculum, training techniques and populations to be trained.
  6. Participates in circuit ride briefings and debriefings.
  7. Makes recommendations regarding project improvement with the ITS.
  8. Performs other duties that may be assigned by the ITS or CO Regional Coordinator to enhance the efficiency and quality of interpreter training.



Bachelor’s Degree or working toward a degree in translation and interpretation, linguistics, cross-cultural teaching/education, or a related field.
Master’s degree or coursework related to translation and interpretation is preferred.


  • Working in a cross-cultural environment
  • Training/facilitation expereince
  • Working with or as an interpreter/translator in a professional setting

Knowledge / Skills:

  • Demonstrated computer skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written English skills


The Interpreter Training Intern must have the ability to:

  • work as a team member in a multi-cultural environment;
  • maintain the integrity of official records;
  • work in harsh conditions;
  • follow instructions from supervisor with a positive and receptive attitude;
  • conduct oneself in a professional and courteous manner to represent the best interests of RSC Africa and CWS/IRP;
  • maintain a high performance standard with attention to detail;
  • manage a large and diverse workload under pressure with competing priorities;
  • work well as a team in a multi-cultural environment while maintaining a high level of motivation;
  • actively participate in the implementation of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program in Africa;
  • carry out all of the duties of the position efficiently and effectively with minimal supervision; and
  • maintain strict confidentiality with RSC Africa administrative and operational information.

Working Conditions

Physical: This position requires bending, kneeling, sitting, standing, walking, pushing/pulling, handling objects (manual dexterity), reaching above shoulder level, using fine finger movements and lifting/carrying light loads.

Environmental: Incumbents in this position will be exposed to marked changes in temperature and/or humidity, dust and infectious diseases and harsh weather climates.

Special Requirements

Background check which includes references and an educational criminal check is required before the start of employment.  Certificate of Good Conduct is required before the start of employment. A valid passport and the ability to maintain a valid passport throughout the entire appointment is required, which includes having enough passport pages for travel. The candidate should be of good health, willing and able to travel extensively in often difficult conditions, and have a high degree of flexibility. Must have proof of Yellow Fever vaccination before traveling for RSC Africa. Employee will be entrusted with the receipt, custody and payment of money.




Ensure effective exchanges of information with others.  Examples of skills and behaviors include speaking to others respectfully; expressing ideas in a logical, organized way; sharing information appropriately; and clarity and conciseness in written communication.

Ensure constructive and supportive interactions with others. Examples of skills and behaviors include being positive and supportive when working with others; sharing information and resources freely; resolving conflict constructively; and proactively working to remove obstacles to success for others.

Job Knowledge
Utilize and apply job related knowledge to complete job tasks at a level that meets or exceeds expectations.  Examples of skills and behaviors include utilizing job knowledge to solve problems or develop new approaches; maintaining or enhancing skills through continuing education; and taking on projects that will develop or enhance skills.

Work effectively and contribute as a member of a team.  Examples of skills and behaviors include supporting other team members by sharing information; covering the work of others during absences, vacations etc.; and actively participating in developing ideas for ways to increase team effectiveness.

Problem Solving
Analyze information and develop solutions to challenges that arise during the course of performing a job.  Examples of skills and behaviors include researching and collecting facts; defining the issues and the parties affected; formulating options/solutions for addressing the problem; and engendering support for and implementing the solution.

Program Planning and Management
Organize work and/or plan projects and ensure timely completion and/or successful implementation.  Examples of skills and behaviors include identifying and analyzing program options; identifying the tasks and deliverables required for successful completion; managing one’s time; monitoring the resources involved and ensuring that they are directed most effectively; and working with all involved to ensure successful completion.

Guide and direct oneself or other individuals and groups toward a desired outcome. Examples of skills and behaviors include taking the appropriate level of initiative to resolve problems or remove obstacles, bringing individuals together around a common goal; evaluating information and making decisions; navigating conflict and obstacles; and ensuring that communication takes place between all parties involved.

Resource Building and Stewardship
Balance the acquisition or investment of organization resources with responsible use of those resources in line with the organization’s mission.  Examples of skills and behaviors include taking advantage of all opportunities to cultivate potential donors; evaluating situations to identify the best use of resources; and making responsible investments of resources that increase organization effectiveness.

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