Interpreter/Translator - Lao PDR

Communications & Engagement Other Worldwide Locations

Program Overview

Through the EU supported Sustainable Use of Peatland and Haze Mitigation in ASEAN (SUPA) Project, WRI Indonesia aims to improve Non-State Actos (NSA) in the ASEAN member states in integrating actions towards sustainable peatland management and reducing fires and haze in the SEA region. In this project, WRI Indonesia seeks to improve management of peatland in priority jurisdictions to reduce GHG emission from peat degradation and fires while promoting equitable land use practices to enhance local livelihoods; the initiative will also be strengthened by promoting the sustainable management of peatlands in the ASEAN region through collective actions and to enhance cooperation to support and sustain local livelihoods, reduce the risk of fire and associated haze and contribute to global environmental management.


One of outcomes is devised to address the challenges in enhancing and mainstreaming knowledge on sustainable peatland management through reliable data utilization, promotion of actionable research, and best practices implementation at local level. This outcome will be achieved through reliable data collection in targeted South East Asia countries. The reliable data collection is obtained through desktop study, series of dialogue with resource persons, expert meeting, research, and field visit. There are two main activities as part of data collection and verification activities:


  1. The Conference of Parties (COP) with NSA-scientific communities will be held trough separate virtual meeting with 8 targeted countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Lao, Vietnam. These virtual COPs will be held in August – September 2020. This COP aims to gather think tank, research organizations, academic institutions, peat researchers, in order to influence them to fill research gaps, as demonstrated by the database, and to each agreement on the baseline of peatland management and protection. WRI Indonesia in Jakarta will host a virtual COP with resource persons from Lao in September 2020. The virtual COP will be held for maximum one (1) day or 8 hours.
  2. The field visit to verify the peatland-related data on the ground will be held in 2021 in targeted countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Lao, Vietnam. WRI Indonesia is planning to arrange 2 (two) field visit in Lao between January-August 2021. The field visit will be conducted for maximum ten (10) days or 80 hours.


WRI Indonesia considers communications as an integral part of the virtual COP and (/or) field visit activity mentioned above. Given the importance of well communication with resource persons from Lao during the virtual COP and (/or) field visit activity, a simultaneous or consecutive interpretation/translation service would be required to ensure a smooth communication process during the virtual COP and (/or) field visit.


Job Responsibilities

Individual vendor for simultaneous interpretation and document translation service for EU SUPA project’s events and/or activities



Consultant will provide simultaneous or consecutive interpretation service and document translation from English to Laotian or vice versa on an assigned virtual meeting/conferences, field visit, and other events and/or activities hosted by WRI Indonesia


Job Qualifications

  • Native speaker of Laotian.
  • Excellent English skill (reading, writing, listening, and speaking)
  • Excellent familiarity with Lao culture
  • Relevant experience in interpreting and document translation
  • Experience in translating a scientific paper / publication is a plus
  • Familiarity with using technology for translation
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office tools
  • Good communications skill
  • Ability to work efficiently and manage their working time effectively
  • Ability to maintain adequate speed and volume of output
  • Ability to travel


Period of Work

An individual consultancy contract up to April 2023.



Must submit  recent CV or resume and proposed professional fee as application’s mandatory supporting document


Final candidates might be required to take a writing test and/or to produce/submit two writing samples when needed.


Consultant rate: Consultant rate is commensurate with experience and skills.


Qualified applicants should apply online through WRI career portal in order to be formally considered. 


Application close: 1700 (Jakarta Time), 15 August 2022. We will close the advert earlier when the best candidates are identified at earlier dates. 



WRI Overview

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect. The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.


We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 800+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions. 


WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.


WRI Indonesia is national entity (Yayasan) associated with the World Resources Institute (WRI), a global environmental research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. WRI work with various stakeholders in the natural resources sector to support policy and management that are both profitable and sustainable. WRI work with leaders in more than 50 countries for more than 30 years, with offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States.


Launched in early 2014, WRI Indonesia builds on WRI’s 10-year history in the country and strengthens our impact on the ground. In the short-to-medium term, WRI Indonesia aims to expand its presence and portfolio to include projects in the climate, energy, as well as city and transportation programs.


The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.