Translator (EN/FR) – Traducteur/trice (EN/FR)





Canada (remote)


Manager, Strategic Communications


Professional 1 ($50,000 to $56,400)


1 year, with possibility of renewal

(Full time employment agreement or full time consultant agreement)


May 11th, 2022


WUSC is a Canadian non-profit organization working to create a better world for all young people. We bring together a diverse network of students, volunteers, schools, governments, and businesses who share this vision. Together, we develop solutions in education, economic opportunities, and empowerment to overcome inequality and exclusion for youth around the world, particularly young women and young refugees. WUSC currently works in 25 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, with an annual budget of approximately CAD $40 million. We have over 90 staff in our Ottawa office, and over 200 people overseas implementing 16 development projects in collaboration with donors such as Global Affairs Canada, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the MasterCard Foundation, and the African Development Bank.


Under the supervision of the Strategic Communications Manager, the translator will work with diverse teams across the organization to translate, review, proofread and adapt written and spoken communications from English to French. Translation, review, proofreading, and adaptation of French materials into English occasionally required.

Translated material includes: website copy, blog posts, emails, social media posts, reports, policies, project and proposal documents and other organizational documents. The content of translated material ranges in complexity and tone, depending on the intended audience, from accessible marketing language to technical development speak.

  • Translate a variety of written material, from English to French and French to English, maintaining the content, context and style of the original material to the greatest extent possible. Prioritize the clarity of the message and call to action, and inclusive and empowering writing principles, over literal word-by-word translation.
  • Provide unilateral or comparative review of documents written and translated by colleagues or external translation consultants.
  • Perform quality control checks (proofreading) to avoid errors in final products to ensure all French language material meets communication and brand standards.
  • Act as an advisor on translation and French language communications by responding to inquiries and requests from colleagues and external consultants.
Policies and Procedures
  • Ensure the ongoing prioritization of translation requests, negotiating deadlines with other departments as required and coordinating additional support from external translators when necessary.
  • Conduct terminological research for translations and the preparation of lexicons.
  • Advise on French language style guides, particularly to ensure writing is inclusive and does not perpetuate harmful stereotypes.
  • Research and recommend new digital solutions to assist in the translation of materials across the organization, such as translation project management tools and terminology databases.
  • Assist in the coordination of external translators as required, including assessing quality, and managing invoices and payments.
Other Duties
  • Occasionally write short, original content in French primarily for internal communications and social media.
  • Other duties as required.
  • University degree in translation or a related field, such as global development with a proven track record in providing high quality translation.
  • Certified translator is a strong asset.
  • Three to five years of experience in translation (English to French, with demonstrated capacity for French to English translation). Subject matter expertise/familiarity with WUSC programming areas preferred.
  • Experience working for a non-profit is preferred.
  • Exceptional translation, proofreading, and writing skills in French and English.
  • Advanced computer skills in Google Workspace.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize under tight deadlines.
  • Share in WUSC’s commitment and approach to advance gender equality and social inclusion for all young people.
  • Ability to contribute to WUSC’s organizational culture that respects differences, including sex, age, ability, refugee or migration status, race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and other identity factors.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Very organized with a keen eye for detail.
  • Ability to work with and protect confidential information.
  • Must be motivated, creative, hardworking, optimistic, and a team player.
  • Must be available for occasional weekend and evening work. Time in lieu will be provided.

Languages: English and French required. Translation experience in Arabic and Spanish, an asset.


Our work is important, cutting-edge, and fast-paced. We encourage curiosity, innovation, and flexibility. And we provide a phenomenal learning experience. Join us.

WUSC offers a dynamic international work environment with a diverse intercultural workforce. We offer employees exciting opportunities to apply their skills and gain experience all while making a difference in the lives of youth around the world. Employees at WUSC work hard to create lasting change in education, economic opportunities and empowerment.

The WUSC office is in centrally located Hintonburg in Ottawa. Currently WUSC team members are working remotely. WUSC offers flexible working arrangements, competitive benefits, four weeks of annual leave (for full-time employees), safe and healthy working conditions, and fair compensation.


WUSC’s activities seek to balance inequities and create sustainable development around the globe; the work ethic of our staff, volunteers, representatives and partners shall correspond to the values and mission of the organization. WUSC promotes responsibility, respect, honesty, and professional excellence and we will not tolerate harassment, coercion, sexual exploitation or abuse of any form. Successful applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced criminal record check where appropriate.

WUSC is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

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