Position Title: INTERPRETER
Duty Station: Lilongwe, Malawi
Classification: Ungraded

Type of Appointment: Special Short-Term
Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible
Eligibility: Open to Malawian Nationals only
Closing Date: February 29, 2024

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment.

Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged


Under the general supervision of the National Migration Health Physician, MHAC Lilongwe and the administrative supervision of the Migration Health Nurse, the incumbent will provide basic verbal translation services at the IOM Migration Health Division premises in Lilongwe Malawi.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1. Translate correctly and accurately from English into one (or more, as an advantage), and vice versa, of the following languages of importance (Swahili/French/Kinya-rwanda/Kirundi Amharic/Tigringa/Oromo etc.) during information sessions, pre/post-test counselling, medical history obtaining, laboratory tests and procedures, and physical examination, as conducted by IOM medical staff, with the following considerations:

  • Translator must translate to and from: the Physician to the applicant and applicant to the Physician, capturing the accurate meaning of information provided and needed to be passed on.
  • While the translator is not required to know scientific terminology, s/he must be capable of clearly expressing the statements and messages of medical nature, including but not limited to: sexual intercourse, behaviour and parts; sexually transmitted diseases; use/abuse of substances, mental disorders, cardiovascular diseases signs and symptoms, neurological diseases signs and symptoms, etc.
  • Translator must hold with utmost respect/confidentiality any information shared during physical examination. Failure to do so represents a major breach of the code of conduct and standards IOM adheres to.

2. Able to assist with directing patient flow or minor messenger’s tasks, if and when requested by the direct supervisor or one of the Doctors, the Data Processing assistants, Files Manager, Chief Nurse, Laboratory Technicians or Receptionists in the IOM clinics.

3. Perform any other related duties as assigned by the direct supervisor.

Required Qualifications and Experience


  • Malawi School Certificate of Education or more
  • Fluency in English, Swahili AND at least one of the following languages: French, Kinya-rwanda, Kirundi, Somali, Amharic, Tigrinya; Dinka, Nuer, Arabic Experience
  • Previous relevant experience in translation is an asset.


Required: Fluency in English and Swahili is required.
Desirable: French, Kinya-rwanda, Kirundi, Amharic

Required Competencies


  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – Behavioural Indicators level 1

  • Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner;is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via email to lilongwevacancy@iom.int

Closing date for receiving applications is 29th February 2024

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Posting period: From 16.02.2024 to 29.02.2024