UN Women

National Consultant (Interpreter, Rohingya Language)

UN Women

Job Description

  UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the Empowerment of Women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, Human Rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Since October 2017, after being granted access by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Bangladesh, UN Women Bangladesh (BCO) has been engaged in the refugee crisis response for the new influx of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, BCO has developed a humanitarian response programme in partnership with the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs to meet the specific needs of the most vulnerable and marginalised Rohingya Refugee Women and Girls in Cox’s Bazar. The objective of the programme is to ensure protection, as well as equitable and safe access to and benefit from urgent life-saving humanitarian assistance and information to the most vulnerable, and marginalized Rohingya women while assisting them to live with dignity. The programme also promotes women’s participation and leadership in community management and peace and social cohesion building activities. UN Women further works in Bangladeshi host communities in Cox’s Bazar to promote women’s socio-economic empowerment as a means for social cohesion, recovery and resilience building. UN Women co-chairs the Gender in Humanitarian Action (GIHA) Working Group for the Rohingya Refugee Response with UNHCR to promote gender-responsive humanitarian action across the humanitarian Coordination system and humanitarian agencies in Cox’s Bazar. On 25 August 2017, the military offensive in Rakhine state, Myanmar, targeting the Rohingya escalated and the violence unleashed upon them forced them to flee across the border to Bangladesh. To date over 700,000 Rohingya have crossed over into Cox’s Bazar in desperate conditions, an estimated 80% of whom are women and children. The refugees reported massive atrocities of extrajudicial executions, killings, rape and other forms of sexual violence, and destruction of property. The speed and scale of the influx of refugees has resulted in a critical humanitarian Emergency. In order to help efforts led by the Government of Bangladesh to respond to the unprecedented level of influx, UN Women is promoting Gender Equality and women’s participation and empowerment in the cross-sectoral humanitarian response to bring targeted assistance to Rohingya women and girls, focusing on the most vulnerable and marginalized, in particular female headed households, and adolescent girls. Over half (52 per cent) of the Rohingya refugees are women and girls, including 16 per cent who are femaleheaded households, who are disproportionately impacted. This crisis has a particular gendered nature due to restrictive gender norms and practices leading to gender discrimination and barriers to basic services and information, and high prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence.

Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant will work under direct supervision of Operations Analyst UN Women Cox’s Bazar Sub Office, UN Women Bangladesh to ensure following tasks and deliverables will be submitted:
  • Simultaneous/ Consecutive Interpretation from English into Bangla
  • Simultaneous/ Consecutive Interpretation from Bangla into English
Note: The consultant is required to inform UN Women on the progress of his/her work on regularbasis.

DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT AND DUTY STATIONThe time required for the consultancy is estimated at 40 working days within the period Indicated. The consultant will be engaged under a retainer contract, which facilitates direct engagement of the consultant depending on need and availability within the contract period for a pre-agreed fee.

SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTSPayment in full upon final submission and satisfactory outputs/products in accordance with specified requirements. Any mission travels will be covered by UN Women.

INPUTS:UNWOMEN will provide office space for the consultant and also arrange seminar, workshop, meetings, consultations and interviews and ensure access to key officials as mentioned in the proposed methodology.

Travel and DSA:If the SSA is based in Cox’sbazar, no DSA or living cost is payable. If the SSA is based outside Cox”sbazar and has to travel for taking part in any event/assignment, UN Women will reimburse air ticket cost (Lowest and economic fare). The SSA needs to submit ticket stub for claiming such ticket cost. UN Women will compare price with rate provided by the UN Travel agent/s and reimburselowest fare. In addition to that UN Women will pay Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) to the SSA as per United Nations daily subsistence allowance rate in such location(s) and UN Women Travel policy.

No DSA will be paid at the duty station. If unforeseen travel outside the duty station is required by the Terms of Reference, upon prior agreement/approval, such travel shall be UNWOMEN expenses and the individual contractor/SSA shall receive a per-diem not toexceed United Nations daily subsistence allowance rate in such other location(s).


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN Women
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
Functional Competencies:

  • Ability to pragmatically apply in-depth knowledge and experience of issues and practices in the fields of gender equality in Bangladesh;
  • Strong communications skills, and experience in presenting evidence and ideas for policy and programme;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.

Required Skills and Experience

Educational Qualification 

At least a bachelor’s degree in any related field.


At least 3 years’ professional experience in English-Bangla -English translation preferably forUN agencies, and/or other development organizations.

  • Fluency in both Bangla language and English
  • Knowing Rohingya Language s preferred .
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments

Consultant must send a financial proposal based on Lump Sum Amount. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include allcosts components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, only  and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the SSA in completing the assignment.The contract price will be fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration. Payments will be done uponcompletion of the deliverables/outputs and as per below percentages Evaluation Method and Criteria:Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology.

Cumulative Analysis- The award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant up on Cumulative Analysis/evaluation and determined as:1. Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and2. Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to thesolicitation;Only candidates obtaining a minimum 70 mark in technical evaluation will be considered eligible for financial evaluation.Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 49 points out of 70) Criteria-01; Educational Qualification and diversification - Max Point 10Criteria-02; professional experience in English-Bangla -English translation. - Max Point 30Criteria-03; Experience on Development organizations or UN agencies. - Max Point 20

Criteria-04; Fluency in English and Bangla (written and spoken)- Max Point 10

The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 70. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria: Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points (49) will be considered as technically-qualified candidate.

Interested candidates will submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications.

To be included as part of the proposal:

  • A brief expression of interest: a brief narrative presenting your suitability for this assignment ·
  • UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from: http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment
  • Sample work
  • Financial proposal: The financial proposal shall specify a daily rate and total fees for 40 daysassignment; No DSA or travel cost will be quoted. Examples of earlier related previouswork
  • Sample of at least two relevant evaluation reports (mandatory)
Only applications including all items mentioned above will be considered.

NOTE: Documents required before contract signing: UN Personal History Form;Full medical examination and Statement of Fitness to work and travel for consultants with travel involved. (This is not a requirement for RLA contracts);Security Certificate BSAFE: EN: https://agora.unicef.org/course/info.php?id=17891Individual subscribers over 65 years of age are required to undergo a full medical examination including x-rays at their own cost and obtaining medical clearance from the UN Medical Director prior to taking up their assignment;Release letter in case the selected consultant is government official.Only applications will all items mentioned above will be considered Note: The individual consultant who does not meet the above eligibility criteria shall not be considered for further evaluation. Necessary documentation must be submitted to substantiate the above eligibility criteria
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