Somali-English-Somali translation: Support for women journalists in Somali

UNV - United Nations Volunteers


Mission and objectives

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Somalia has been supporting the government’s efforts in effective implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP), which is aligned with the corporate Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In support of development plans outlined in the NDP, UNDP in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders including government, multilateral agencies, private sector and civil society has been developing and implementing projects in its main thematic areas of Economic Growth and Employment, Democratic Governance, Rule of Law and Security, Human Development and Economics. These projects contribute towards achieving the overall national goal of socioeconomic transformation for poverty reduction, economic revival and societal transfer in a socially just and gender equitable manner.


In 2021 UNDP’s Somali Women Media Project (SWoMP), created the country’s first all-women media team – Bilan Media – and continues to provide them with support to challenge adverse gender norms, open new opportunities for women in professional roles and bring new subjects to public debate. In addition, the project supports other women journalists in the Federal Member States as well as advocating more generally for women journalists’ workplace rights and against online harassment.
In support of these efforts, UNDP seeks to engage volunteer translators to support training efforts and promotion of Bilan’s reporting.

Task description

Under the overall authority of the SWoMP Project Manager, the Online Volunteers will provide:
– Somali to English to translate three news reports produced by Bilan journalists per week (video and text versions)
– Somali to English to translate 1 blog or article per month and monthly feedback survey to get ideas and feedback from Bilan journalists and partners. This will involve asking questions from a set questionnaire and translating the answers in a summary document.
– English to Somali to translate and help with the graphic design, social media production, English and other training provided to women journalists in Somalia.
– Translation of Somali reporting about women in the media in Somalia, as required

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