Sessional Interpreters - Refugee Council

Sessional Interpreters

Context and purpose of the job

Interpreters will work mainly with our Integration advice services. Our advice services   support newly recognised refugees to access housing, welfare benefit and health services. The project relies on the work of 30 volunteers who run appointments with clients, while being supported by four professional advisers who manage the caseload.

Interpreters support our project by interpreting for our clients during their appointments with our advisers and volunteers, making sure that there is good communication and that we are able to best support the needs of our clients, while making sure they are aware of the work that is being done for them.

We are looking for interpreters for the following languages:

  • Lingala
  • Russian
  • Turkish

The Refugee Council employs Interpreters on a sessional basis, meaning that if appointed, you will be added to our constantly updated list of interpreters that advisors. Our Services Support officer will consult this list and telephone individuals to invite the interpreter to take part in an interview over the telephone (or to book an appointment for a face-to-face session once office-based work resumes) whenever there is need for some to interpret from the language the interpreter speaks. Inclusion on the list is not a guarantee that you will get work, your involvement will based on the need of the project. Pay rates are included in the JD attached.


Topics that clients within the advice services face include issues relating to housing, benefits and health. It is therefore vital that Interpreters have both a high level of the spoken language in order to be able to communicate complex issues clearly, and a strong understanding of confidentiality. Interpreters will complete a timesheet at the end of each month in order for payment to be processed. Travel time for face-to-face interpreting sessions will be reimbursed.


Person specification

  • Native proficiency of the language required
  • Previous experience of interpreting
  • Previous experience of interpreting in an advice setting (desirable)
  • Previous experience of working with refugees, migrants or vulnerable individuals (desirable)

 Any offer will be subject to:

  • Evidence of the right to work in the UK
  • Satisfactory references
  • Completion of DBS check


Equal Opportunities Statement

As part of its recruitment policy, the Refugee Council intends to ensure that no prospective or actual employee is discriminated against on the basis of race, sex, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation, employment status, class, disability, age, religious belief or political persuasion, or is disadvantaged by any condition or requirement which is not demonstrably justifiable.


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  • Location:
    Stratford, London (remote working whilst restrictions are in place)
  • Salary:
    1st hr is £25.00 then after 1st hr, each 30 min is £9.00
  • Contract type:
    Hours when required
  • Contact name:
    Anna Raffetti
  • Email:
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