United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

African Language Instructor for The China-africa Peace Initiative (Capi)

United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Job Description

 

We are looking for UN volunteers (UNVs) who can help with guiding some Chinese nationals through making short videos in more than 30 indigenous African languages. Each UNV will be paired with up to 3 or more Chinese participants, and they will need to use WeChat voice notes to communicate with the participants until they are able to teach them how to speak the local African language for a three-minute video. This is part of PASDO’s China-Africa Peace Initiative (CAPI) aimed at managing the tension between Africa and China resulting from the handing of the second wave of coronavirus in China. The UNV can be from any country but should be fluent in both English and Chinese, and in one of the African languages of interest (kindly visit https://www.pasdo.org/capi-alv/ to see the languages and find more information on how to apply). The UNV should also be someone who has the patience and ability to teach, and should have been using the WeChat app for a minimum of one month.Teaching and trainingTranslation and interpretationThe handling of the second wave of the coronavirus infections in China saw Chinese authorities, especially in the Guangdong province, launch a crackdown that unfairly targeted black Africans in a move that has been widely condemned as racist. Video footage of such ill treatments quickly spread in Africa via Social Media, sparking outrage and deepening the hatred for China among many Africans who, hitherto, already felt that China was responsible for their sufferings – by bringing about the virus that led to current wide scale lock-down and consequent hunger and economic hardships. This development has put at risk the lives of the 1-10 million Chinese citizens thought to live in Africa, including their properties, livelihoods and interests, and the relative peace that have existed between them and their hosts. A number of ordinary Chinese citizens are signing up to PASDO’s China-Africa Peace Initiative (CAPI), where they will make endearing videos to denounce hatred for black Africans and help calm the tension in order to avert reprisal attacks. They need volunteers that can guide them through making the short videos in local African languages for enhanced results.Volunteers: 25 needed11-20 hours per week / 4 weeksThe UNV must be fluent in both English and Chinese and one of the African languages of interest (kindly visit https://www.pasdo.org/capi-alv/ for list of languages and how to apply). The UNV should also be someone who has the patience and ability to teach, and should be a regular user of WeChat app (should have used it for at least one month).AfricaEnglish, Chinese
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