Talent Database-Local Translators/Interpreters (Part-time) at International Development Enterprises

  • Part Time
  • Lusaka
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International Development Enterprises

Talent Database – Part-Time Local Translators/Interpreters

APPLICATION Translator – project basis (Part-Time)


REPORTS TO Lab Senior Director

LOCATION Various Sites

Who we are

About iDE Zambia

iDE supports Zambia’s small-scale farmers to end poverty through agriculture, increased market access and ultimately, farm household incomes.

About iDE Innovation Lab

The iDE Innovation Lab is the first innovation lab of its kind in Asia and Africa, with a mission to bring the best practices in innovation to serve the poor. The iDE Innovation Lab is a non-profit consulting practice within iDE, based in Asia and Africa.

What we are looking for

We are looking to expand our translator/interpreter database! We are seeking dedicated and highly skilled Translators that we can identify and recruit for future job openings to support our various fieldwork in different provinces of Zambia. The Translators will be responsible for facilitating communication between team members and local communities by providing accurate and detailed translations. The role involves translating conversations from various languages. We are seeking to identify and recruit talented individuals who are multilingual.

What you will be doing:

1. Translation

Provide word-by-word translations to maintain the accuracy and integrity of the content.

Language Translation: Accurately translate spoken conversations in various local languages such as, but not limited to, English, Bemba, Nyanja, Chewa, Ngoni, Tumbuka, Nsenga, Lamba, Lenje, Soli, Ila, Kaonde, Lunda, Luvale, Tonga, Lozi, Mambwe, Shona, or other common local languages spoken in Zambia.

Act as a word-by-word translator during meetings, interviews, and interactions with local community members, ensuring clear communication and understanding.

Collaborate with fieldwork teams to assist in data collection and interviews, and other project-related activities.

Take thorough and detail notes and observations

Participate in Analysis and Synthesis workshops to understand the data collected from the field

Demonstrate cultural sensitivity and awareness when translating to ensure effective communication and respect for local customs.

2. Innovation through Human-Centered Design.

Be part of the design team supporting in research, ideation, prototyping, and testing

Join the analysis and synthesis session after the fieldwork remotely

Involve in other stages of innovation approach as needed



Bachelor’s degree in Education, Arts, or any other relevant field

Skills and Experience:

Proficiency in English and various local languages

Strong oral and written communication skills in three (3) or more of the required languages listed above.

Previous experience as a translator or interpreter in a similar role is preferred.

Cultural sensitivity and understanding of local customs and traditions.

Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced and dynamic fieldwork environment.

Flexibility to work outside Lusaka for weeks at a time.

Strong attention to detail and commitment to providing accurate translations.

Job Experience:

Proof of evidence of having worked as a professional translator for other organizations

Provide references from other organizations who have worked as translators/interpreters

Experience of working in a team and in collaboration with the communities;

BONUS if you are experienced in:

Working in the social innovation and consultancy work

WASH, Agriculture, Health, or Livelihoods

Ideally, we would love to find someone that:

Is highly professional, responsible and accountable

Has strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholder

Has above-community literacy but can still blend in with communities, able to take notes, translate word by word, and be a part of our field team

Can embrace uncertainty and manage stress

Diversity Statement:

iDE takes pride in our talented and diverse workforce. Minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Hiring, promotion, and compensation of employees are conducted without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

Method of Application

Write to us at innovationlab@ideglobal.org with clear email subject “Zambia Team: Local Translators/Interpreter” and attaching the following:

CV (clearly indicating all languages that you are fluent in)

Cover Letter (candidates without a Cover Letter with not be considered)

Three references from past employers

Please submit your application by April 30th, 2024.