Consultancy: Translator and Editor – French Language Vacancy in Ethiopia

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Institute for Peace and Security Studies
Closing date: 17 Aug 2021


The Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa is an annual meeting that brings together African leaders and stakeholders to engage and explore African-led security solutions. The Institute for Peace and Security (IPSS) of Addis Ababa University (AAU) serves as the secretariat of the forum. The 10th edition of the Tana Forum will take place on 25-29 October 2021 in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. The Forum will explore the theme: “**Managing Security Threats**: Building Resilience for the Africa We Want.”

The Forum complements formal meetings of African heads of state and government by assembling them in an informal, collaborative environment. In the spirit of gatherings taking place under the Baobab tree, the Forum offers room and space for panel discussions, interaction with the floor and bilateral talks to share views and experiences in a time-efficient, result-oriented and open manner.

The Tana Forum promotes African-led solutions by holding discussions on the strategic and proactive management of African peace and security issues driven by the interest to contribute to stronger ownership of these issues.

From the seating arrangements to the dress code, the informal nature of the Forum enables participants to get to the heart of the issue at hand, a truly unique experience for high-level dialogue. Furthermore, the Forum is immersive in that it combines the worlds of academia and research with real-world, real-time experience. The result is an action-oriented and policy-relevant discussion. Read more


The editor will provide French translation and editing support to the IPSS communications team. The editor will translate and edit the Tana Forum website and mobile app, Tana’s publications, social media posts and web stories.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the guidance and supervision of the Communication and Profile Management Coordinator, the editor will:

· Translate the Tana website English content into the French language;

· Translate the Tana mobile app English content into the French language;

· Translate documents from English to French and vice versa;

· Ensure accuracy of terms and terminology (Peace and Security and AU Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want) used in documents and online posts;

· Prepare social media posts in French;

· Ensure translation is written with style, correct grammar and spelling;

· Consult with unit colleagues when required;

· Perform other communications tasks;

Competencies and skills

· Degree in Linguistics, Political science, Peace and security, Communications, International relations/ Journalism, or related areas;

· Excellent command of written French and English at a native or near-native level;

· At least three years of translation experience in the relevant area.

· Demonstrated good understanding of technical terms used in areas of peace and security and Au Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want;

· A keen eye for spotting errors, inconsistencies and typos in documents and graphic works;

· Proven skills in translation and interpretation from and into English and vice versa;

· Excellent communication skills in both French and English.

Contract duration

Four months with a possibility of Extension.

How to apply:

Interested candidates shall send their latest cover letter and CV/ resumé not more than 3 pages to IPSS through e-mail by the 17th of August 2021.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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