Libya: Interpreter/Research

Organization: CTG Global
Country: Libya
Closing date: 18 Feb 2017


CTG support and manage humanitarian projects in fragile and conflict-affected countries around the world. With past performance in 15 countries – from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and Central and South America – we offer a holistic fabric of project management, implementation and support. Skilled in emergency response to crises such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, we have the ability to act quickly (crisis response teams can be on the ground in 24 hours) and to establish structured operations in high-risk environments. CTG recruit and manage qualified, skilled teams with extensive experience operating in challenging conditions.


Strengthening the rule of law and security sector as a key component of restoring the basic functionality of government in fragile and conflict-affected settings is a cornerstone of UNDP’s efforts to achieve sustainable human development, and eradicate poverty. The UNDP Strategic Plan (2014-2017) emphasizes this engagement by stressing that the rule of law, justice and security are key for sustainable development, peace building and state building, especially in settings affected by crisis, conflict, or political transition. Five years after the 17 February 2011 revolution, Libya continues to experience significant political instability, insecurity, and economic disruption.

The challenges faced by the Libyan state in restoring the rule of law range from security challenges of porous borders, insecurity, criminality and violence, proliferation of weapons and non-state security actors; human rights challenges such as targeted threats and attacks, including extrajudicial execution, abductions, torture, ill-treatment, of human rights defenders and civil society activists (particularly women) as well as members of the judiciary and law enforcement; justice sector challenges such as the lack of an independent and impartial judiciary, corruption and nepotism, limited capacities of justice institutions and lack of coherence of the overall legal framework. The situation of detainees, conflict-related detainees as well as migrants held in detention facilities, is particularly precarious with limited capacities in the corrections sector, including of personnel and supplies (medical, food, etc.), little or no oversight over the conditions of detention in many state-run as well as un-official detention centers, and the lack of access to justice for the detainees who are held without trial and with no clear recourse to a justice mechanism.

The overall situation is further affected by a culture of impunity and lack of accountability inherited from the Gaddafi era. Weak institutions which lacked the trust and confidence of the population have been further undermined because of the conflict since 2014 – fear of reprisals as well as damage to infrastructure, loss of staff and limited availability of budgetary resources have also compounded the ability of the justice sector to deliver services. In addition, transitional justice mechanisms to ensure accountability for past abuses and mechanisms to gather information on missing persons have yet to be operational. With limited ability of the state structures to deliver justice services, increasingly Libyans have turned to informal and traditional mechanisms to resolve disputes, which, while closer and more easily accessible to the population, sometimes run the risk of not being in line with international standards or national laws.

The Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord in its Vision and National Programme of the Government of National Accord (May 2016) articulates the importance of establishing the rule of law as the foundation for advancement of the Libyan state. The strategy recognizes the importance of redressing grievances and establishing justice and respect for human rights. Particularly it notes the need to establish an independent and effective judiciary by ensuring that it is well protected from outside influence and threats, addressing the challenges of pre-trial detainees by releasing them or referring them to the justice system, closing down un-official detention centers and using only official correctional facilities, supporting the national human rights institution, empowering women, and promoting transparency and accountability.

In order to support the GNA in achieving its vision in upholding the rule of law and human rights and ensuring access to justice, UNDP in collaboration with UNSMIL will need to establish a baseline understanding of the current functioning of the justice sector. It will be necessary to a) understand the overall rule of law context and justice sector actors and institutions involved, b) conduct an in-depth assessment of existing capacities and gaps of the justice sector as well as map out the current demand related to justice services. The recommendations coming out from this assessment will be a starting point for additional technical support to be provided on rule of law and human rights by UNDP Libya to support the GNA vision on establishing rule of law and respect for human rights.


Role objective:

The strong emphasis on data gathering and analysis in the assessments make it necessary for the Consultant to have access to high quality interpretation support to complete the assessments with adequate quality.

Hence, an interpreter will be recruited to assist the consultant complete the Security Sector Assessment. The responsibility of the interpreter will be to:

• Collect and translate primary data analysis with formulation of policy recommendations. Specifically, the researcher will provide day to day support to the CGF assessment project with regards to;

• Assist in sourcing documents and monitoring reports of programs and projects implemented by other international development partners / with local government agencies

• Provide the Rule of law expert with interpretation and translation service as and when required during the course of the assignment

• Liaison and the conducting of discussion meetings with government and security sector stakeholders

• Organizing and translate focus group discussions with enhanced information gathering to add analytical depth of the assessments

Expected output:

• Support the Rule of Law Consultant to conduct primary data gathering and translation with formulation of draft policy recommendations completed

• Support the Rule of Law Consultant in the coordination and translation/ interpretation of focus groups and discussion meetings with relevant security sector stakeholders

• Support the Rule of Law Consultant to provide any translation and interpretation services as required for the security sector expert to complete the assessment

Project reporting:

To the project manager “Immediate Assistance to the Libyan Political Dialogue and Government of National Accord (GNA)”

Team management:

This role does not have team management responsibility.



Master’s degree in English language, linguistics, or other related field and/or Bachelor’s degree in English language, linguistics, or other related field.

Work experience:

Minimum of 7 years of demonstrable relevant Translation experience and/or minimum of 5 years of demonstrable relevant Law experience.

Geographical experience:

Minimum of 7 years of experience in Africa with local experience in Tripoli is an advantage.


Fluency in Arabic and English are essential.

Key competencies:

Fluency in Arabic and English

Other relevant information:

Duration of the Work 10 working days from 1 February to 15 February 2017

Duty Station The Interpreter will be based, in Libya, for the duration of the assignment

A Master’s degree in the English language, linguistics, or other related field of relevance to the assignment and a minimum of 5 years work experience with translation and interpretation, preferably in post conflict settings; or

A Bachelor degree in the English language, linguistics, or other related field of relevance to the assignment and a minimum of 7 years work experience with translation and interpretation, preferably in post conflict settings; or

Experience providing translation and interpretation services related to governance, justice sector, human rights and the security sector in Libya rule of law sector

Experience in bi lateral and multilateral donor projects

How to apply:

Candidates interested in applying for this role need to register on CTG website as a candidate and apply for this role using the below link

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