Pashto and/or Dari sessional Interpreter – Lewisham, London - Refugee Council

Pashto and/or Dari sessional Interpreter – Lewisham, London

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Context and purpose of the job

Interpreters will work mainly with our Resettlement team in Lewisham. Our Resettlement team supports newly resettled Afghan families to settle into the UK by supporting with access to housing, welfare benefit and health services. The project will require interpreters to support resettlement advisors in helping these families settle into the UK by facilitating for them in appointments at our Lewisham office and across Lewisham. Ideally, Pashto and Dari interpreters applying for this role will have some experience of working with refugees or vulnerable people.

Interpreters support our project by interpreting for our clients during their appointments with our advisers and volunteers, making sure that there is good communication and that we are able to best support the needs of our clients, while making sure they are aware of the work that is being done for them. Clients within the advice services deal with issues relating to housing, benefits and health. It is therefore vital that interpreters have both a high level of the spoken language in order to be able to communicate complex issues clearly, and a strong understanding of confidentiality.

We are looking for Pashto and Dari interpreters for this project.

The Refugee Council employs Interpreters on a sessional basis, meaning that if appointed, you will be added to our constantly updated list of interpreters that advisors. Our Services Support officer will consult this list and telephone individuals to invite the interpreter to take part in an appointment over the telephone or to book an appointment for a face-to-face session, whenever there is a need for someone to interpret from the language the interpreter speaks. Inclusion on the list is not a guarantee that you will get work, your involvement will be based on the need of the project. Interpreters will complete a timesheet at the end of each month in order for payment to be processed. Travel time for face-to-face interpreting sessions will be reimbursed.

Pay rates:

Face to Face Interpreting Work

  • 1st hr: £20.00
  • After 1st hr each 15 min: £4.50
  • Travel Time each 15 min: £2.50

Telephone Interpreting Work:   

  • 1st 10 min or part: £5.00
  • After 1st 10min: £0.25 per minute

Person specification

  1. Native proficiency of Pashto and/or Dari
  2. Able to travel to Lewisham regularly
  3. Previous experience of interpreting
  4. Previous experience of interpreting in an advice setting (desirable)
  5. Previous experience of working with refugees, migrants or vulnerable individuals (desirable)
  6. A commitment to the work and the Mission and Values of the Refugee Council.

Any offer will be subject to:

  • Evidence of the right to work in the UK
  • Satisfactory references
  • Completion of DBS check

Equal Opportunities Statement

As part of its recruitment policy, the Refugee Council intends to ensure that no prospective or actual employee is discriminated against on the basis of race, sex, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation, employment status, class, disability, age, religious belief or political persuasion, or is disadvantaged by any condition or requirement which is not demonstrably justifiable.

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To apply please complete the Application Form

For more information, contact Mateja Visenjak and Email:

  • Location:
    Lewisham, London
  • Salary:
    (Face to Face) 1st hr is £20.00 then after 1st hr, each 15 min is £4.50, (Telephone) 1st 10min £5, after 1st 10min £0.25 each minute
  • Contract type:
    Sessional work
  • Contact name:
    Mateja Visenjak
  • Email: