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Sessional Language Interpreters

Are you a qualified Interpreter, Translator?

Do you have experience of working as an Interpreter or Translator?

At the moment we have gaps in a few languages:

Arabic, Bulgarian, Gujarati, Hungarian, Krio, Kurdish, Lingala, Luganda, Oromo,  Soninke, Somali, Tamil,  Tigrinian, Turkish  and Vietnamese.

Please still apply if your language is not listed as our demands constantly change.

The Royal Greenwich Interpreting Service (RGIS) provides face to face language interpreters, British sign language (BSL) interpreters and the translation of documents as required to enable residents to access local health services and services provided by the Council.

The RGIS is a confidential service that can help to ensure that non-English speaking clients and patients receive equal access to council services and local health services. RGIS aims to provide interpreting and translation in most languages taking into accounts the local population demographics. We are covering as many as 102 languages spoken in the borough.

The candidate

The successful candidate will have considerable amount of experience in public service interpreting and translation. A recognised qualification in Interpreting and Translation to a minimum level of Community Interpreting level 3.

Experience of working with health or social care professionals is desirable and other areas of expertise such as medical and legal interpreting are certainly an advantage.

This is an open advertisement and interviews will be held at regular times throughout the year.

When applying, please state the language(s) clearly on your application form that you are able to interpret/translate and provide evidence of your language skills and experience in interpreting services and your areas of proficiency….

For further information about the post: Please contact Balvinder Ghag or Klarita Canaj, Royal Greenwich Interpreting Service Joint Team Managers

klarita.canaj@royalgreenwich.gov.uk (Tel no: 020 8921 3927)

balvinder.ghag@royalgreenwich.gov.uk (Tel no: 020 8921 3926)

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Balvinder Ghag;    balvinder.ghag@royalgreenwich.gov.uk     02089213926  

If you require any assistance in viewing or accessing this opportunity, please contact recruitment@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or call 020-8921-8977

Safer recruitment: Royal Borough of Greenwich is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. Any roles which involve working with children, young people or vulnerable adults, or roles in which the duties will involve access to sensitive information relating to children, young people or vulnerable adults, the Royal Borough will take up references prior to interview. You should provide details of referees including your current and previous employers, covering the last 5 years. Candidates can request for us not to send a reference request to their current employer prior to interview by emailing us at recruitment@royalgreenwich.gov.uk. As part of our Safer Recruitment Policy, a full employment history is also required for this role. Please provide a full employment history, together with a satisfactory written explanation of any gaps in employment. Unless otherwise stated, a Basic DBS check will be undertaken as part of the pre-employment checks for successful candidates.

Diversity Statement: Royal Borough of Greenwich values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this. We therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community.

High Volume Applications: Royal Borough of Greenwich reserves the right to close any vacancy earlier than the advertised closing date should there be a high volume of applications received.

DBS: This role requires an Enhanced DBS. (This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act,1974)

Advert Close: All vacancies close at midnight unless otherwise stated

How Applications are Scored: Each application is scored according to how well the supporting statement addresses each point on the Person Specification for the role. Candidates will be short-listed for interview on the extent to which they meet the specific points within the Person Specification. The Person Specification is supplied with the job advert. When completing your application, please use the supporting statement section to tell us how you meet each of the points on the Person Specification. We need to have this information in order to consider your application. If you have a disability and are unable to meet some of the job requirements specifically because of your disability, please address this in your application. If you meet all the other criteria, you will be shortlisted and we will explore jointly with you if there are ways in which the job can be changed to enable you to meet the requirements.

Interview Arrangements: During this time, our priority for all of our recruitment activity is to make sure our applicants, hiring departments and new starters are informed, safe and supported. Careful and thorough consideration will be given to interview arrangements and for any essential in-person recruitment, we will ensure this is held in a suitable, secure setting with additional arrangements to ensure any current safety requirements are fully adhered to.