Interpreter/Cultural Liaison

Job by The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT)


Social Sciences and Community, Languages


Bahir Dar, Amhara 

Employment Type:



Job Description

External Vacancy Announcement

The Center for Victims of Torture works toward a future in which torture ceases to exist and its victims have hope for a new life. We are an international nonprofit dedicated to heal survivors of torture and war trauma. We provide direct care for those who have been tortured, train partners around the world who can prevent and treat torture and war trauma, research and advocate for human rights and end the practice of torture. We are headquartered in Minnesota, USA with offices in Africa and the Middle East.  

This is a full-time position based in Bahir Dar with travel to Sekota and surrounding areas, Amhara, Ethiopia. Travel to additional CVT field centers as necessary. The position holders will report to the Psychotherapist/Trainer and clinically, and to the Admin/HR Officer administratively. 

General Description of Role

The Interpreter/Cultural Liaison, based in Bahir Dar with travel to Sekota and surrounding areas, and will report to the Psychotherapist/Trainer programmatically and the Administration/Human Resources Officer in Addis administratively. The Interpreter/Cultural Liaison will provide translation and interpretation support for program and administrative activities in Bahir Dar/Sekota. 

Main Responsibilities

  • In order to facilitate the communication between expatriate staff of CVT and others, provide interpretation for group, individual, and family counseling activities including assessments, interviews and hiring of staff, supervision of staff, internal and external meetings, logistical coordination, and daily and regular communication among staff, partners, and service providers.
  • Provide written translation of materials including, but not limited to, training materials, meeting handouts and minutes, organizational and program forms, internal and external communications, organizational policies, reports, etc.
  • Coordinate with other Interpreter/Cultural Liaisons and maintain organized filing system for all translated materials for ready use by all staff.  
  • Provide oral and written explanations of cultural norms, expectations, and other nuances that may not be immediately apparent to expatriate staff, as necessary and appropriate so as to facilitate appropriate communication between expatriate staff and host/refugee communities.
  • Solicit additional explanation from the expatriate staff, as necessary and appropriate, in order to ensure the recipients, clear and well understand their communications.
  • Participate and learn through training provided by Psychotherapist/Trainer, exercise sensible and accurate interpretation services in a clinical setting, maintain confidentiality of all information and materials handled, and practice sound self-care to avoid/manage vicarious traumatization.
  • Learn about the impacts of torture and trauma on communication and to implement this knowledge when engaging with clients and members of the community. 

Duty Station: Bahir Dar with frequent travel to Sekota and surrounding areas, Amhara, Ethiopia

Department: Program

Duration: 4 months with possible extension

Start date: As soon as possible  

Supervisor: Psychotherapist/Trainer 

Terms of Employment: the contract is effective from September 2022 through December 31, 2022 with possibility of extension. 

Number of Individuals Recruited:  One (1) 

Location: Bahir Dar with travel to Sekota and surrounding areas, Amhara, Ethiopia. Travel to additional CVT field centers as necessary.

Job Requirements


  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree in English or related fields and/or relevant professional experiences.
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of English, and Amharic, and excellent written and oral interpretation skills in these languages.
  • Excellent communication skills, including empathetic listening skills.
  • Ability to remain objective, and communicate professionally with clients, community members, and organizations’ partners.
  • Excellent team player.
  • Excellent organizational, administrative, and problem-solving skills.
  • Self-starter, flexible, and adaptable.

General conditions

  • Maintain neutrality regarding any sensitive issues such as religion, ethnicity, disability, minority or
  • political affiliation 
  • Strong commitment to serve beneficiaries of CVT’s project regardless their religion, gender, minority affiliation or ethnic/political background
  • Is strictly committed to respect CVT’s confidentiality policy and refrain from using any information that s/he will know about a client outside of CVT
  • Will not approach (potential) beneficiaries for their involvement in non CVT activities without prior approval of CVT supervisor.
  • Keep absolute confidentiality on all information managed. Obligated to report any information to the supervisor when the security of CVT staff and/or of CVT beneficiary might become an issue.
  • This job profile can be adapted and changed according to the evolution of CVT activities. 

How to Apply

Please write an English letter of application stating clearly, what motivates you to apply for the above position and how your qualifications and experience are relevant to the post. Include a copy of your CV, application letter, and the names and contact information of three references. Do not bring original documents, as these will not be returned to you. Submitting false information will result in your application being disqualified. 

Please submit applications with the subject title “Interpreter/Cultural Liaison Position Application [Your Name]”: 

Addis, Gambella and Tigray: please apply in CVT Addis, Gambella, Shire or Mai-Tsebri Offices

EthioJobs: Please e-mail applications to CVTETHR@CVT.ORG. E-mails with attachments should not exceed a total of 1MB.  

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a written exam and/or interview. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.  

Closing date for applications: September 14, 2022 before 5:00pm

Exam date: written and interview exams will be administered the weeks of September 21 respectively. 

Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Sep 14, 2022


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *