Consultancy, to Transcribe and Translate recordings from Tongan to English (Work from Home)

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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, health

In the Pacific we work in Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu: These 14 Pacific island countries are home to 2.3 million people, including 1.2 million children and youth, living on more than 660 islands and atolls stretching across 17.2 million square kilometers of the Pacific Ocean, an area comparable to the combined size of the United States of America and Canada. Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu are classified as Fragile States according to World Bank/OECD criteria.

All 14 Pacific Island countries and territories have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, but only a third are on track with reporting obligations. Explore the different areas of our work in the link provided here

Background of Assignment:

UNICEF works with relevant partners to improve access to health and water for children among other interventions in Tonga. As part of our work, UNICEF works with local partners to ensure lifesaving vaccines reach every child in Tonga. Sometimes these journeys are treacherous. The purpose of the consultancy is to transcribe and translate audio recordings of interviews with beneficiaries.

How can you make a difference?

UNICEF Pacific is looking to hire a professional contractor to transcribe and translate recordings from interviews carried out. Some of the language maybe technical and may have nuances specific to the Tongan context, the individual consultant must be able to translate them accurately.

Please refer to the ToR (Terms of Reference Transcriber and Translator.pdf) for further information on the deliverables and the timelines.


This is an Individual Consultant. To apply please submit a separate financial offer along with your application/CV. The financial proposal should be a lump sum amount for all the deliverables and should show a break down for the following:

•Daily fees– based on the deliverables in the Terms of Reference above

•Miscellaneous- to cover communications and internet costs

This consultancy is home based and does not require travel.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…


  • A university (Bachelors) degree in linguistics, journalism, vernacular studies or other relevant areas is required.
  • Fluency in Tongan language and English is required.
  • At least 1 year experience in translating and transcribing videos and audio recordings.

Demonstrable Skills:

  • Ability to transcribe audio accurately with time stamps;
  • The Translator provides accurate, timely and stylistically appropriate translations into English;
  • Ability to meet deadlines;
  • Attention to detail; and
  • Versatility, judgement and maturity.


  • Experience of working with children and young people; and
  • Knowledge of children’s issues.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).

To view our competency framework, please visit here


UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations, or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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