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Translation Consultant (Igbo and Pidgin) at Breakthrough ACTION

Breakthrough ACTION ignites collective action and encourages people to adopt healthier behaviors-from using modern contraceptive methods and sleeping under bed nets to being tested for HIV-by forging, testing, and scaling up new and hybrid approaches to social and behavior change (SBC).

Firmly grounded in proven practices, Breakthrough ACTION works in partnership with governments, civil society, and communities around the world to implement creative and sustainable SBC programming, nurture SBC champions, mainstream new techniques and technologies, and advocate strategic and sustained investment in SBC.Introduction:

Breakthrough ACTION is the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) flagship social and behavior change (SBC) project led by Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP). Breakthrough ACTION–Nigeria’s project goal is to increase the practice of priority health behaviors in malaria, maternal, newborn, and child health, including nutrition (MNCH+N), family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH), and tuberculosis (TB) at the national and sub-national levels in collaboration with the relevant USAID implementing partners (IPs). Breakthrough ACTION–Nigeria works with federal and state Ministry of Health programs, departments, and agencies to improve their SBC capacity and coordination.

Background and context:

Later this year, Breakthrough ACTION-Nigeria will conduct classroom training for its Community Volunteers (CV) to deliver social and behaviour change messages in their assigned communities in Ebonyi and FCT. Following the classroom training, the CVs will receive ongoing mentoring and coaching through supportive supervision visits by LGA supervisors. In order to complement supervision visits and to reinforce the classroom training, their training curriculum has been adapted to a Mobile Training Curriculum that will be delivered to CVs through their mobile phones using an Interactive Voice Response approach. Essential course material has been broken into 16 modules, which includes course content and pre- and post tests to measure how well CVs retained their learnings from the classroom training, and additional learning achieved after participating in the Mobile Training Course.

Specific tasks:

A Translation Consultant will independently undertake the translation of an (approximately 6,000 words at N12 per word) English document into Pidgin English or central Igbo, as assigned.

Approach to work:

The consultant will receive the mobile curriculum document in English in a Microsoft Excel file with a column for the translation. The document is divided into 16 modules, and the consultant will work independently to submit each module as and when completed for review and feedback.


The final translation should be in the translated text column in the Microsoft Excel file provided by BA-Nigeria.

Qualifications and Specialized Knowledge (Lead/Technical Consultant):
3-5 years of experience translating English into central Igbo or Pidgin.
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Ability to use Microsoft Excel
Access to a laptop to accomplish the scope of work
Availability during the consultancy period

Period of consultancy: Consultancy is expected to be awarded by August 19, 2020, and the completed transcripts should be submitted by August 28, 2020.

Reporting: The Translation Consultant will report to Breakthrough ACTION-Nigeria’s SBC and Innovations Advisor

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