Translations Specialist

The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the Translations Specialist at any existing Save the Children International office location.


Save the Children is the world’s first, and largest, independent children’s rights organisation. Our founder, Eglantyne Jebb, wrote the first draft for the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1923, and we’ve worked to uphold it ever since. Generations later, her pioneering work is being influenced by children themselves. Today, we are still going strong, working in over 100 countries worldwide to build a world where every child can thrive, grow up healthy, educated and safe, and look forward to a future full of promise. 

Our ambition for 2030 is to create a world in which all children: 

  • Survive: No child dies from preventable causes before their fifth birthday
  • Learn: All children learn from a quality basic education
  • Are Protected: Violence against children is no longer tolerated.

To deliver on these 2030 breakthroughs for children, Save the Children operates in three-year strategy cycles, and has developed an ambitious strategy for 2022-24, focused on transforming and amplifying impact for and with children.

In the last 12 months, the climate crisis has worsened, the conflict in Ukraine has displaced millions of people and children, and the ripple effects and aftermath of the pandemic have resulted in a cost of living crisis and worsening global hunger crisis at an unprecedented scale. Globally, 426 million children live in conflict zones in constant fear, their childhoods stolen. We are witnessing the worst child rights crisis in decades. The needs are greater than ever before and so is the urgency for us to scale our impact. 

The Translations Specialist will be based in a new Global Translations Unit, which forms part of our wider Global Corporate Communications Team. This new unit is responsible for providing solutions to Save the Children’s linguistic needs, advising on best practice, and raising awareness of language as a key component of inclusivity and the localisation agenda.

The Translations Specialist will support the delivery of best practice translations services to SCI and the wider movement, managing translation requests and advising on communications that require translations to produce high quality, value for money global materials.


Essential :

  • Professional translation experience and working knowledge of at least two of the following languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, French
  • Experience of working independently within a global organisation, collaborating with diverse stakeholders
  • Able to prioritise work effectively, dealing with multiple simultaneous projects; comfortable working with remote teams across different time zones
  • Understanding of the translations workflow, from sourcing suppliers to payment of invoices
  • A high level of attention to detail, with exceptional organisational and planning skills
  • Experience of working with finance systems, particularly procurement and payment systems
  • Great ability to work as part of a team within a networked structure, and to maintain good working relationships with colleagues across functional and geographical boundaries
  • Significant ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to adapt work plans flexibly depending on external opportunities
  • Demonstrated commitment to Save the Children’s mission and values


  • Experience of working with memoQ or similar translation management solutions
  • Experience of working with interpreters for remote events

We can offer circa £42,000 per annum (If based in UK) with an option of flexible working hours. If the role is based outside of the UK, National T&C (including pay) will apply.

This role can be based in any existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office location on approval, provided the successful candidate has proof of eligibility to work from the preferred location.

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The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

Job description:

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Date advertised: 9 Sep 2022

Closing date: 26 Sep 2022 - 23:59 GMT

Location: Worldwide, Worldwide

Department: Communications and Media

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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