Translator / Editor for Gikuyu Study Bible at Bible Society of Kenya

On Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

The Bible Society of Kenya is a non-sectarian, non-denominational organization that serves all Christian Churches, Christian Church Organizations and Christian individuals by providing them with the Word of God. Our mandate is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ by Translating, Producing, Distributing and encouraging the use of Holy Scriptures.

To effectively serve our mandate and to ensure the consistent delivery of quality programs, we are looking for mature, dynamic and self-motivated individuals to fill the following position:

Translator / Editor for Gikuyu Study Bible

Reporting to the Publishing and Translation Manager the successful candidates will be responsible for translating study notes from a model text to the receptor/target language – Gikuyu by ensuring accuracy, naturalness and clarity.

The principal duties of the position include and will:

  • Translating and adapting the notes of the model text into Gikuyu mother tongue, accurately and in a clear and intelligible language accessible to the target audience.
  • Use of translation software (paratext) for all translation work.
  • Ensure all comments made by the Translation Consultant/editorial team and reviewers are incorporated into the translated/adapted notes.
  • Use specialist Bible dictionaries, commentaries, Translators handbooks and other relevant references to find adequate help in preparing high quality notes.
  • Proof-reading and editing final translated/adapted texts and submitting the same for typesetting.

Minimum requirements

  • A Bachelor’s Degree Biblical Studies, Theology, Translation Studies or Linguistics. A master’s degree is an added advantage.
  • Experience as a translator is an added advantage.
  • Competence and mastery of mother tongue/receptor language as well as good knowledge in writing and editing the receptors’ language using official orthography.
  • Good knowledge of Gikuyu customs, culture and way-of-life.
  • Committed Christian in good standing with their Church.


Skills and Competencies

  • Proficiency in computer applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel will be required.
  • Ability to work in teams
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to network and build and maintain strong relationships
  • Excellent proofreading and editing skills
  • Innovation, initiative and creativity
  • Strong analytical and reporting skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently, long hours, under pressure and meet deadlines

Please note that this is not a full-time job but work will be paid as per agreed targets.

If your background, experience, competence match the qualifications, please send your application, a detailed C.V, testimonials, and give full contact details of 3 referees including day time telephone number to:


The General Secretary
Bible Society of Kenya
P.O. Box 72983 00200
Nairobi, KENYA

E-mail: [email protected]

To be reached not later than 22nd April 2014. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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