Volunteering – United Nations global study on legal aid

logo_unv_tag_enI have just been made aware of a volunteering opportunity for translators, published by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV), UNODC Justice Section.

“The Global Study on Legal Aid aims to gather information on national practices on the access to Legal Aid worldwide. The Study will be conducted by sending out surveys to Member States and individual experts. The task will involve translating the survey introduction and questions from English into various languages.”

Languages currently required (as of this morning): English into Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, French and Spanish.

“The UNODC is conducting jointly with UNDP, the Global Study on Legal Aid to provide an overview of current national legal aid practices in order to strengthen the knowledge and evidence base on legal aid. This Study will gather information on the ‘state of legal aid’ worldwide to inform priorities and programmes on legal aid reform. The work of UNODC and UNDP in promoting legal aid is an important step in achieving the humanitarian aim of the UN to facilitate the right to access to justice.”

For further information and to apply, go to onlinevolunteering.org and select “Translation” under “TASKS” on the bottom left of the home page. The opportunity post by UNODC Justice Section, dated 5 March 2015, should be visible on the first pages of the search. But hurry!



3 thoughts on “Volunteering – United Nations global study on legal aid

  1. So a huge organisation like the UN is not ready to pay for translators and relies on unpaid volonteer work. They should be ashamed of themselves.

    • This is an interesting point Beatrice. The UN does not rely on unpaid volunteers for all of its work, so you are right to raise the issue of why the legal aid project requires volunteers. It is perhaps more transparent where NGOs call for volunteers through the UNV site.
      Of course there is a wider issue of whether volunteering is acceptable in any context, as you say.
      Perhaps other readers would like to join the discussion?

  2. Actually, the UN does normally pay their translators. I have already worked for UNV through an agency, so I know that UNV does pay for their translations as well, so it’s a bit odd.

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