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Vacancy At Mercy Corps

Date Posted: 28/Oct/2013
Deadline: 31/Oct/2013
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Mercy Corps Nigeria - Local Translators (Hausa and Yoruba)


Project/Consultancy Title: Hausa and Yoruba Translators for the Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) program – Multiple vacancies

Project Location: Abuja, Nigeria

Timeframe (non-negotiable): 8-11 November, 2013; 1–31 December 2013

Background: Mercy Corps is the lead implementing partner for the Empowering Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) program to reduce financial and education barriers for marginalized Nigerian adolescent girls ages 15 to 19. ENGINE will increase girls’ access to (1) financial education and leadership/transferable skills; (2) peer-to-peer networks and mentors; and (3) direct assets (materials and savings). ENGINE will integrate adolescent girls into value chains as well as conduct other market-driven employment opportunities. ENGINE will also work with girls in formal and informal education to increase their learning opportunities and outcomes to prepare them for future economic activities. ENGINE will be implemented in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos, and Kano and Kaduna States. Mercy Corps serves as the managing partner to a large international company. This consultancy focuses on developing curriculum that sits alongside our existing academic and financial curriculum. The content should focus on leadership, transferable skills including entrepreneurship skills and topics such as gender-based violence.

Purpose / Project Description: Mercy Corps understands that for marginalised girls to achieve economic success they require skills and knowledge, including financial and business training, followed by a clear path to gain, keep hold of, and make productive use of economic assets which will have a multiplier effect for economic growth, poverty reduction and a girl’s improved position within her family. ENGINE activities support three primary objectives: • Ensure marginalised in-school girls improve their learning outcomes in a supportive environment by participating in weekly Safe Space activities over a nine-month period where they receive academic tutoring as well as employment readiness skills including financial education and leadership skills. • Increase girls’ economic assets and their influence on household decision making through access to education, increased learning, and direct linkages to economic activities. ENGINE will enrol out-of-school marginalised girls into six-month education cycles to increase their business, leadership and entrepreneurship skills. • Work with gatekeepers to enable girls’ access to and involvement in learning and economic opportunities. These interventions are critical to ensure girls can engage, enrol, and stay in education and actively participate in income-generating activities to increase her standing in the household. Gatekeepers can include husbands, mothers, fathers, mothers-in-law, male relatives as well as faith and traditional leaders.

Mercy Corps will utilize a Safe Space model under ENGINE for both in school and out of school girls.

For in-school girls, Safe Spaces will be linked to Ministry of Education (MoE) junior and senior secondary schools and Islamiyya school curricula. Spaces will reinforce academic learning related to the MoE, teach financial education, and build leadership and transferable skills. They will provide a safe, supportive and discrimination-free learning environment. Safe Spaces will meet on average twice per week for approximately 2 hour sessions. Topics will be weighted with academic tutoring comprising 50% of each session followed by financial education (25%), and leadership and transferable skills (25%). Academic tutoring will be focused on key subjects where girls have the most difficulty with a concentration on literacy and numeracy skills. The financial education curriculum will be introduced to the concepts of assets, capital formation and wealth creation, and self-employment and wage employment. The transferable skills curriculum will support girls’ abilities to positively navigate life’s social, political, economic, and personal transitions.

Out of school girls will participate in Safe Spaces with the venues selected by the girls and the community members. Out of school girls will complete a six-month course that includes at least twice weekly sessions of approximately 4 to 6 hours total per week. Topics will be weighted based on the capacity of the girls as well as literacy and numeracy levels with business and entrepreneurial skills and financial education comprising 75% of the time followed by leadership and transferable skills (25%).

Translators Objectives: The consultants will translate the following material into Hausa and/or Yoruba: - Baseline materials - Early Grade Reading Assessment and Early Grade Math Assessment - Financial curriculum - Life skills curriculum - Academic curriculum

Timeframe/Schedule: November 8-11, December 2-30

The Consultants will report to and work closely with: ENGINE programme team and external monitoring and evaluation partner

Essential Qualifications: • Strong written and oral communication skills in English • Strong written and oral communication skills in Hausa or Yoruba

Desired Qualifications: • Previous experience translating material for non-governmental organisations—under tight timeframes

How to apply:

Please submit a cover letter highlighting your relevant experience, as well as a CV, to [email protected]by Thursday, 31 October for consideration for the 8-11 November translation contract.

The deadline for the 2-30 December contract is Friday, 8 November. We require Hausa and Yoruba translators for both phases.

E-mail subject line should be either: “Hausa translator”, “Yoruba translator” or “Hausa/Yoruba translator”.

All applicants should include a work sample of English to Hausa or Yoruba (as the case may be), indicating the original document and translated document.

Shortlisted candidates may be required to take a translation test under timed conditions.


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