Mar 07, 2018

Internships Jobs at SNV

  • SNV Ethiopia
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Full time Entry Level/Fresh Graduate Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Description


Internship: Translator on Gender Related Research (Amharic to English)

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization. Founded in the Netherlands 50 years ago, we have built a long-term, local presence in 39 of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors works with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.

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SNV Ethiopia is implementing a three-year project (2016-2019) called ‘Gender and Youth Empowerment in horticulture Markets’ which is funded by Comic Relief. This project is about strengthening women and youth active in the horticulture value chains in order to raise their production, productivity and income through better access to assets, business development services, financial services, reliable input supply, markets and more. Improved access will only be effective if control over benefits accruing from the horticulture activities is also addressed in the value chain. Therefore attention will be given to the economic and social roles allocated to men and women based on tradition and culture and the mutual relationship between men and women. The project is undertaken from a value chain development approach, with special focus on the synergy between all the stakeholders in the chain and improving access to sustainable markets for smallholder farmers. 

The regions of implementation are Oromia (5 woredas: Zuway Dugda, Adama, Adami Tullu, Dugda, Bora) and SNNPR (3 woredas: Mareko, Sodo, Meskan) in which intends to reach over 15,000 households through two unions and their cooperative members.

Gender and youth deserve special attention in this project with a focus on how women and youth can increase their participation in and benefits from horticulture value chains through a business oriented approach. On gender the project implemented the PALS approach: Participatory Action Learning for Sustainability, see also blog page: …

In order to assess this approach and the impact it had on gender, the relationships between husbands and wives, the changes in the community in the intervention areas, but also to broaden it to the wider perspective of gender in Ethiopia, SNV Ethiopia is conducting a research in collaboration with the Vlerick Business School. A first immersion visit was done by professor Smaranda Boris in January/February 2018. She had many interviews with different people inside and outside the project (researchers, management staff from SNV, gender consultants, field staff, women farmers who were trained in PALS and their peer) and also stayed in the community to observe the daily lives of women and girls. In the next phase, more interviews and field observations will be held, data will be collected and analysed based on which a white paper will be published.

In order to guarantee the quality of the research, SNV Ethiopia is looking for an intern who will transcript the past and future interviews (which programme?), will translate during interviews and field visits and is prepared to stay in the community for a couple of days for translation purposes. During May, students from Vlerick will come to collect more data and analyse them, during their stay (about 4 weeks), translation will be required. The translation is from Amharic to English and from English to Amharic. Because we are researching the life of women, we are looking for a female applicant.

Job Requirements

The job requires a high level of accurateness as translation needs to be as precise as possible and reflect exactly what is being said. It also requires sensitivity towards people’s feelings, possible resistance, and openness during interviews and observations. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic to contribute to research, who is passionate about changing poor people’s lives for the better and is interested and open to learn more about working for NGO’s, working in gender, working with local communities. 


New or current Master graduates with a background in anthropology, social sciences, gender.


  • No specific work experience required

Skills / Attitudes 

  • Excellent English speaking and writing skills
  • Perfect in Amharic, knowledge of Oromiffa is a plus
  • Computer literate and knowledge of the use of Microsoft office; able and willing to learn and use new programs (for transcription)
  • Willingness to stay a certain period in the community (live with the farmers)
  • Patience, accuracy and sensitivity to others feelings and perceptions is a must
  • Good planning skills with the necessary flexibility 


How to Apply

Candidates should apply by sending:

  1. i) A one page  cover letter including summary of experience and educational qualification; (Mandatory).
  2. ii) An updated Curriculum Vitae with names and contact details of at least two professional referees.


If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by sending your CV and letter of motivation to before March 16, 2018. 

  • Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted. 


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