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Simultaneous Interpreter/Translator (Arabic)

Location: McLean, VA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

Simultaneous Interpreter/Translator (Arabic)


CLGT Solutions, LLC is a Minority Owned and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business focused upon providing professional solutions in the areas of training and talent acquisition.  This position is for a proposal; this is not a current opportunity. 

CLGT Solutions is seeking Simultaneous Interpreters/Translators. The Simultaneous Interpreter/Translator will support the efforts of the US Government’s Embassy, Consulates, and Regional Embassy Offices (REO) in Iraq. 

Languages Required: Arabic

Position Location: Baghdad, Iraq

Security Clearance: Must have and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.

Principal Duties & Required Skills

  • Must faithfully express the speaker’s intent while working in the simultaneous mode (using equipment, voiceover or whisper techniques) but is not required to work in formal settings.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret in the consecutive mode conveying a minimum of one sentence at a time, after hearing it in full, without using notes. Will be required to consecutively interpret a foreign language into the English language, and English into the foreign languages.
  • With notes, the simultaneous interpreter generally conveys from several sentences to a full paragraph at a time.
  • Listen and comprehend the required foreign languages with native or near-native ability; and follow accurately the basic elements of conversations and telephone calls.
  • Read and comprehend the required foreign language(s) with native or near-native ability, and to read and understand various text-types.
  • Translate materials between English and Arabic, with limited research, and formatted in the manner prescribed by the government.
  • Translate materials free of major errors with respect to content (omissions or mistranslations, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Provide translations that are uniform with respect to the use of terminology to avoid confusion, ambiguity or obscurity.
  • Provide translations that demonstrate correct and idiomatic usage of the required language(s) including register.

Education & Experience Requirements

  • Must have an excellent command of English that is the equivalent of 4/4 on the ILR scale.
  • Ability to understand basic elements of speech in a standard dialect. Standard dialect refers to the listening skill that is the ability to understand the essentials of all speech in a standard dialect including technical discussion within a special field.
  • Ability to comprehend slang and colloquial expressions in the required foreign language(s) and translate them into their English equivalent.
  • Effective understanding of face-to-face speech with sufficiently broad vocabulary that paraphrasing or explanations are unnecessary.
  • Ability to work well under pressure to meet specific deadlines.
  • Basic typing/word processing skills of at least 30 wpm. The Government may waive the basic typing skill proficiency level under extenuating circumstances.
  • Ability to understand requirements necessary to perform specific tasks being processed and produced.
  • Must have one of two backgrounds:
    • An Undergraduate Degree where the Major Study was either (1) Arabic from an English-speaking college or university, (2) English from a college or university in Iraq, or (2) translating or interpreting where English and Arabic were prerequisites. Or,
    • Two or more years’ experience in translating, interpreting, or other work requiring the use of English and Arabic; or a combination of work that required English and Arabic) and training at the Defense Language Institute, Foreign Service Institute, or comparable training institute.


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