National Consultancy: Translator for Early Childhood Development (ECD) Parenting Manuals, Lusaka, Zambia, 50 working days (Home Based)

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ZM Home-based; Lusaka (Zambia)

Application deadline 3 days ago: Wednesday 10 Apr 2024 at 21:55 UTC

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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, quality education……

The UNICEF Programme of Cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) is designed to address and mitigate the threat of poverty the country's children face, while responding to the needs with interventions addressing the multiple causative factors.

To find out more about UNICEF's work in Zambia, please visit

How can you make a difference?

The purpose of this assignment is to translate two Early Childhood Development (ECD) Manuals (Nurturing Care for ECD- Family Counselling Cards- 77 pages and Group Counselling Guide for ECD-27 pages) from English into five local languages (Chichewa, Luvale, Kaonde, Lunda and Ichibemba) Detailed TORs: TORs Translator for Early Childhood Development (ECD) Parenting Manuals.pdf

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

  • Bachelor's Degree in the following: Academic or professional certification in Local language instruction, Journalism, English, Communications, or another related field
  • At least 2 years’ experience in local language translations, editing and proofreading.
  • Prior experience in – reviewing and editing content for grammar, punctuation, and style - - verifying that English language translations maintain same meaning as original local language text/spoken word. - suggesting edits where necessary to ensure English language accuracy and appropriateness.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Deep knowledge of English and Ichibemba, Chichewa, Luvale, Kaonde and Lunda
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines.

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.


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

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.

Please remember to express your financial proposals (and/or professional consultancy fees) in Zambian Kwacha.

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