20 Jan 2009
Position Title: Translator – MENA Region
Reports to: Content and Community Manager
Location: Middle East
Number of Openings: 5
Opportunity Closes: 6 February 2009
Type of Employment: contract
Start Date: immediately
Term: to 30 June 2009
Work Schedule: part time – minimum 40 hours per month
Pay Rate: $300 for minimum hours outlined in contract
Payment Terms: via MoneyBookers.com or PayPal, within 10 business days of receipt of monthly detailed invoice, invoice to be received no later than 2 days after the end of the billing month
Job Requirements: See attached Translator_Job Description.pdf
Technical Requirements (to be supplied by the contractor):
· comfortable place to work that allows for good concentration
· personal computer with reliable access to the Internet
· standard word processing software
· Gmail account for communication, scheduling and file sharing
· Skype account for instant messaging
· MoneyBookers.com or PayPal account for receiving payments
Please Note: The interview process will include an English->Arabic or an Arabic->English translation test depending on experience.
To Respond: Please send email entitled “Translator – MENA” with cover letter and CV to gweyman [at] meedan.net.
Duties and Responsibilities
Manages translation of home page events, comments and articles using the Meedan.net Content Management System and the IBM Transbrowser
Does translations of other Meedan materials
Reviews and approves submitted retranslations
Monitors translation activity on the site
Monitors comments on the site, responding quickly to remove any which infringe Meedan terms
Provides feedback on the translation aspects of Meedan.net and the IBM Transbrowser
Other duties, as assigned:
Helps to build Meedan’s online volunteer translation community
Monitors and makes suggestions to improve Meedan’s Machine Translation
Maintains and builds our English-Arabic glossaries
Helps define Meedan’s editorial style guide in Arabic
Cooperate with US, UK and other MENA staff to accomplish the above activities.
Cooperate with US, UK and other MENA staff to develop and improve Meedan tools and system.
Promote Meedan offline and online through media and blogger outreach, live events, etc.
Required Skills and Experience
Previous translation experience within a work environment, preferably in a journalistic context
Able to translate both Arabic to English and English to Arabic
Able to write in Romanized Arabic and awareness of the main dialects of the region
Excellent oral and written skills in both languages
Native Arabic speaker
Understanding of new media
Basic computer skills (word processing)
Ability to deliver on a deadline
Able to represent and transmit the mission and values of Meedan to a broader audience.
Prior experience working for an international organization or independently as part of a distributed team
Prior experience working in new media
General IT skills
Excellent attention to detail
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
Understanding of new and traditional media
Strong social networker
Meadan is a nonprofit social technology company creating tools for informed online civic dialogue. We are multi-cultural, non-partisan, non-ideological, and supportive of diverse viewpoints. Our mission is to promote global understanding and tolerance by providing people with technologies to enable dialogue and the sharing of knowledge between English and Arabic speakers.
By allowing people to see, discuss, and share information from diverse viewpoints, we will promote better understanding between Arabic and English speakers around the world.
We are a 501©3 charitable organization based in San Francisco, California with operations in the US, UK and Egypt. For more information, please visit us at www.meedan.net.