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Work abroad as cultural mediator


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A group of asylum seekers from Eritrea are stuck on the Serbian border.

En grupp asylsökande från Eritrea har fastnat vid den serbiska gränsen.

MSF employs cultural mediators and interpreters in our projects along the migration routes in Europe. Cultural mediators contribute to the building of MSF visibility and acceptance by creating a link with the communities.

UPDATE: at the moment we are not recruiting cultural mediators.


Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing medical care and survival kits to refugees and asylum seekers travelling through Europe. We have cultural mediators and interpreters in our projects in the Balkans and Greece. Languages required are at least one of the following: Arabic, Dari,  Farsi or Tigrinya.

Main Purpose of the job:

Contribute to the building of MSF visibility and acceptance by creating a link with the communities.

Provide MSF project with an understanding of the local, socio-cultural determinants through the knowledge of the beneficiaries’ cultures and a reading capability of the context in which he/she should operate.

Support all required medical and non-medical activities within the project, by decoding the demand expressed by the beneficiaries and meeting MSF staff’s expectations of quality interpretation and communication.

Provide basic information (medical, transportation, procedures, etc.) to the beneficiaries and address them to other actors for specific information (legal, social, etc.)

Take an active part in all necessary collateral activities linked to the beneficiaries’ health and social assistance, including information and advocacy.

Degree in social science, social communication, social work or education.
Training in interpretation or intercultural mediation is an asset.

Language Level
Fluency in at least one of the beneficiaries’ languages is mandatory:

Beneficiaries’ languages: Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Tigrinya.

Fluency in English is mandatory.

Previous experience in interpretation and/or cultural mediation.
Experience with other NGOs preferable.

General Requirements
Flexibility and adaptability to other cultures and an environment with basic living conditions
Openness to others
Ability to work under stress
Team player
Humanitarian motivation

Any questions regarding this position can be directed to field.recruitment.sweden@lakareutangranser.se