Middle East and North Africa Division
(Location: TBD)
Application Deadline: September 15, 2014

Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a Deputy Translation Coordinator to assist the Translation Coordinator in managing translation requests for HRW and maintain the HRW website in Arabic. This position will report to the Advocacy and Communications Director in the Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”) Division. The position will preferably be based in the MENA region.


    Translation Responsibilities:

1-Alongside the Translation Coordinator, help manage translation requests by HRW, assigning them to external translators, ensuring smooth flow and respect of deadlines.  In particular: a) responding to translation requests, b) vetting of translations on his/her shift, and c) processing translators invoices for payments;

2-Responsible for updating HRW’s Arabic language glossary and translation memory system, providing translators with updated lexicons of legal (IHRL/IHL) terminology to ensure homogeneity of terms;

3-Upon request (and when researcher is not Arabic-speaker) research legal quotes, names of people and places/entities to include in Arabic-language reports;

4-Be available for external translators and researchers in charge of the original text at all stages until finalization;

5-Ensure grammar, style, consistency of terms, names, places, making sure original Arabic quotes are inserted when available, keep formatting close to standard to avoid glitches on computers of associates and HRW Press who may be less able to deal with Arabic formatting;

6-Keeps contact with translators and send them documents for translation; Send feedback to translators and get feedback from them (especially on choosing report titles, and when they express discontent with some terms the proofreader keeps using); Keep track of when translators are available and when they are not; Process invoices and get approvals from managers;

7-Provides translators with original quotes in Arabic if time permits (e.g., from UN documents, national laws, press citations);

8-Know what to assign to each translator on the basis of speed and style (which translator more capable of legal or news type for example);

9-Keep track of how many words/day the Arabic translation process can produce at any given time, in order to meet/work around expectations from researchers/HRW Press;

10-Translates urgent short documents (like invites, report blurbs, short letters), and do longer translations on few occasions in emergency situations. Preferable to translate in house any publications that have a special character, like petitions, calls for action, etc.;

11-Consults researchers and available literature on certain unsettled terminology in Arabic (e.g.: LGBT, Gender issues), and keep track of UN translations of treaties on new issues (e.g.: Cluster munitions, disability rights);

Web Management Responsibilities:

1-Update and maintain the HRW website in Arabic and feature new articles on the Arabic homepage; and

2-Monitor Arabic website traffic using Google Analytics.


Education:  A university education or equivalent in journalism, social sciences, international relations or relevant studies is highly desirable.

Experience:  Minimum one year of directly-related experience in translation and work for an online journalism site or blog.  Previous experience in legal/human rights field preferred.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

1-Established translation skills and excellent command of Arabic language.

2-Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required.

3-Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate promptly especially within HRW to update colleagues on deadlines, expectations for translation.

4-Experience working on a Content Management System (CMS), Drupal preferred.

5-Basic understanding of HTML and/or Photoshop a plus.

6-Ability to multi-task effectively, including having good planning and organizing skills and ability to work under pressure are required.

Salary:  HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation.

Contact:  Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, salary requirements, and contact information for three references to menajobs@hrw.org. Please use “Deputy Translation Coordinator Ref MENA-14-1040-A” as the subject of your email. 

Only complete applications will be reviewed and only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of influential governments and international institutions.