The Refugee Council works in the UK with asylum seekers and refugees. Our operational teams based in various locations in England provide advice and assistance across a wide range of issues, including helping asylum seekers through the complexities of the asylum system, addressing issues of destitution and assisting refugees and asylum seekers to access key services including housing, welfare benefits, health, education and employment.
Context and purpose of the job
Interpreters will work mainly with the Refugee Advice Project, which is within the Integration team based in Stratford, London. Our Refugee Advice Project staff and volunteers support refugees to settle into the UK by supporting with access to housing, welfare benefit and health services.
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.
Issues that clients within the advice services face include 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 French 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 will work with to communicate with clients where needed.
Our Services Support officer will consult this list and telephone individuals to invite the interpreter to take part in an interview over the telephone (or to book an appointment for a face-to-face session once office-based work resumes) whenever there is need for some to interpret from the language the interpreter speaks.
Inclusion on the list is not a guarantee that you will get work, your involvement will 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.
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