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English – German Translator

Reference number: 2022
Job Status: In-progress
Job Category: Consultancy
Duty Station: Home-based, but preferably in Europe,
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The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) envisions a more equitable world where forestry and landscapes enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR is a non-profit, scientific institution that conducts research on the most pressing challenges of forest and landscape management around the world. Using a global, multidisciplinary approach, we aim to improve human well-being, protect the environment, and increase equity. To do so, we conduct innovative research, develop partners’ capacity, and actively engage in dialogue with all stakeholders to inform policies and practices that affect forests and people. CIFOR is a CGIAR Research Center, and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, with offices in Nairobi, Kenya; Yaoundé, Cameroon; Lima, Peru; and Bonn, Germany.

CIFOR is looking for

English – German Translator


CIFOR produces hundreds of products each year, from research publications, promotional materials, blogs and websites to corporate reports. These products are translated into multiple main languages (Indonesian, Spanish, French, German and Portuguese).In order to maintain high levels of quality science, disseminate it around the world and ensure its accessibility in different countries, CIFOR is recruiting a translator to work with the Information and Communications Group and review its German language products before release. The translator will help to ensure CIFOR’s editorial standards are applied correctly across all products.

Duties and responsibilities

The translator will provide high-quality translations of corporate or research products, including blogs, reports, papers, briefs, newsletters, multimedia packages, research publications, promotional materials, website content and social media outputs to meet CIFOR standards and deadlines.

The candidate will also be responsible for checking products in the German language for correct grammar, spelling, style and typography. The translator will work closely with scientists and communications staff to ensure factual and correct messaging and information in CIFOR’s products.

Education, knowledge and experience

  • Master’s degree in an environmental, agriculture, forestry or related fields
  • A minimum of three to five years’ experience working as a translator for international development organizations or similar
  • Native speaker of German with excellent verbal and written skills in both German and English
  • A mastery of technical terminology in the fields of forestry and the environment
  • Experience and ability to provide interpretation in a research setting
  • Excellent spelling and grammar, and proofreading and editing skills
  • Fundamental knowledge and experience working with Microsoft Office and Internet tools

Personal Attributes and Competencies

  • An ability to use initiative in a variety of interesting contexts
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to work independently to meet deadlines and adhere to quality standards
  • Have enthusiasm for acquiring knowledge
  • Have high levels of sociocultural competence and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Be self-driven, self-directed, self-motivated and independent, particularly if working as a freelancer
  • Be creative and passionate about changing the world
  • Have a proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment and take the initiative

Terms and conditions

  • This is a part-time consultancy position.
  • CIFOR offers competitive remuneration, commensurate with skills and experience.
  • Working location: Home-based, but preferably in Europe.


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    CIFOR is an equal opportunity employer. Staff diversity contributes to excellence.

Application process

The application deadline is 15 Aug-2020
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.

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