Language Associate (Swahili - SW)

Ideally Asia or EU/Africa Timezones | Languages | Contract | Fully remote

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Language Associates bring Avaaz to millions of new people each week by helping a team of Avaaz campaigners to spot, draft and send local campaigns, as well as localising and rewriting Avaaz emails from English into key languages. The role requires very strong written communication skills that allow you to capture the heart of Avaaz communication and make it powerful in a new language. We like to think of Language Associates as writers, not mere translators -- your job is to make the Avaaz spirit come alive in the language of your community.

This is an exciting position at the heart of one of the most innovative and promising public organizations in the world today. It offers a unique opportunity to support large-scale social change efforts. This job will suit someone with a flexible schedule who is able to work on tight deadlines. It will require roughly 10-20 hours per week, and reports to an Avaaz Campaigner. The Swahili Language Associate will also work closely with the Member Engagement and Community Petitions teams. 

Responsibilities

In the short term:

  • Translating the Avaaz Community Petitions site to Swahili.
  • Spotting campaign opportunities, especially in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, etc. and on issues including biodiversity, environment, democracy and human rights. 
  • Working with a campaigner to develop, draft and send campaigns in Swahili. 
  • Reviewing and supporting community petitions started on the Avaaz Community Petitions site in the language you are responsible for.

In the long term:

  • Translating and ensuring the Avaaz website reads excellently in Swahili, that there are no grammatical errors or typos, etc.
  • Taking English Avaaz campaigns and turning them into sharp and compelling campaigns in Swahili -- translating and setting up all relevant materials for the Avaaz website and emails. This is estimated between 1000-2000 words a week.
  • Working with a team of campaigners and translators in your language to coordinate work for each campaign and project.
  • Working with campaigners to strategize for climate, biodiversity, democracy and other priority campaigns in your country. 
  • Finding supporting sources for campaigns in your language.
  • Managing correspondence with Avaaz members in Swahili in a friendly, clear, and efficient way – providing excellent member service to our members, and ensuring that member subscription, donation, and campaign queries are tracked and resolved on a weekly basis.
  • Supporting other Avaaz campaigns and member engagement tasks when appropriate. 

Qualifications

  • Professionalism, efficiency and results-oriented delivery on short timelines.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Passion and commitment to global justice, citizen empowerment and social change.
  • Strong teamwork skills, comfortable in a highly collaborative team culture and a hierarchical team structure.
  • Creativity for campaign tactics and strategies.
  • Knowledge of your country’s social and political environment. 
  • Tech savviness, i.e. experience with Google workspace (Gmail, Google docs, etc.) strongly desired.

Fluency in spoken and written English is required, along with native-level Swahili.

Location

Avaaz is a virtual organization, with most of our work done over email, Google docs, telephone, and Skype. Our staff are based in cities all over the world. For this position, the candidate would ideally be based in the African / European time zones.

AVAAZ’S COMMITMENT TO EQUITY AND INCLUSION

As a global organization with millions of members around the world, it’s important to us that our team reflects the diversity needed to lead a movement of people from across the planet, rising to meet some of the most complex challenges humanity has ever faced. We believe we can only succeed by building a diverse team full of fresh perspectives and original ideas, and we are committed to creating a working environment in which everyone has an equal opportunity to fulfill their potential.

Our team includes native and non-native English speakers, the self-taught and university educated, people with all sorts of professional backgrounds. If doing the job you just read about would make you excited to come to work every day, if you’re talented, hard-working and committed to making a difference - we want you to apply.

Avaaz does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, ancestry, citizenship, colour, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, national origin, political affiliation, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

If you have suggestions for us on how to put these values into practice in our hiring process, we’d value your input. Please write to us at recruitment@avaaz.org with the subject line ‘Hiring Feedback’.

We’ll provide reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants with disabilities or special needs to participate in the application process, so please let us know if you have such a request when you apply.