Interpreter (Syrian Resettlement Programme)

Orkney Islands Council
£17,683 - £19,307 per year
03 Aug 2017
21 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time


Housing Strategy & Support

Interpreter, Syrian Resettlement Programme

Annualised hours contract of 1180 hours per year (0.65 FTE)
Temporary up to 28 February 2018 initially
£19,731-£21,355 pro-rata (Including Distant Islands Allowance)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a suitably qualified and dedicated individual to join our Housing team. The postholder will be required to act as an interpreter for those being relocated through the Syrian Resettlement Programme. This will involve communication, both written and verbal, in English and Arabic.

The post-holder will be required to enable communication between professionals and clients, by accurately transmitting meaning from one language to another, in this case Arabic and English, in a way that is easily understood by the listener. The post will require the post-holder to undertake a range of interpretation assignments including interpreting during medical appointments.

The post will particularly require the post-holder to work jointly with those delivering housing support services and other agencies to ensure the best outcome for those being resettled under the Syrian Resettlement Programme.

To be successful, you will have the ability to provide a high level of customer care and be a good, confident communicator (in both English and Arabic) who is able to cope with a wide variety of situations. In addition the post requires a flexible attitude and the ability to work under pressure. Also there is a requirement to have knowledge of the Syrian culture and customs and an understanding of the situation facing Syrian refugees including the issues faced in respect of their resettlement.

The postholder is likely to be required to work more hours in the beginning with the number of hours required being reduced as the clients' English skills increase.

You should have a Good standard of general education including literacy and numeracy with a requirement to achieve a PDA in Housing Law, Information and Advice (SCQF Level 7) from Shelter Scotland at the first available intake following appointment.

You must be able to travel efficiently and effectively between various work locations within Orkney to meet the operational requirements of the Service.

You will be required to attend training courses within and outwith Orkney.

For an informal discussion about this post please contact Bob Ruddick, Social Worker (Housing Support) on extension 2184.

Closing Date: Sunday 20 August 2017

Please note that interview expenses are not payable for this post.

See also:
Job Description and Person Specification.pdf
Our Recruitment Process.pdf