Sign Language Interpreter

Recruiter / Employer: Mount Kenya University(MKU)
Contract: Permanent
Salary: Confidential
Status: Expired

Mount Kenya University(MKU) is a chartered and ISO 9001:2015 certified University committed to a broad-based, holistic and inclusive system of education, serving both private and Government sponsored students at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. The University is a member of the Inter-University Council of East Africa as well as the Association of Commonwealth Universities. It is largely known for its dynamic, comprehensive and thorough academic and vocational training system as well as linkages with internationally reputable institutions. The University operates from the main campus in Thika with campuses in Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Eldoret and Meru, as well as its Open Distance and Electronic Learning (ODEL) Centre’s located in major towns in Kenya, Burundi, Somaliland and Uganda.

In pursuit of being a Centre of Excellence in Teaching, Research and Community Service, MKU invites applications from suitably qualified, visionary, competent, dynamic and experienced professionals with the following qualifications:


  • Diploma in the following disciplines; Communications, Sociology, Deaf studies, linguistics, or equivalent from a recognized institution;
  • Certificate in Computer Application Skills;
  • Certification from a recognized interpreter certification body;
  • The role requires at least two (2) years of cumulative Sign Language Interpreting experience.


  • Providing a full range of interpreting/transliterating services for deaf/hard of hearing (HoH) students/employees
  • Utilize skill in a variety of signed languages (Contact Sign, and Conceptually Accurate Signed English, CASE) to facilitate communication
  • Interpret any conversation, meeting, and training session, and interview or other requested event, including providing oral interpreting to students /employees who do not use sign language
  • Responsible for interpreting in a variety of communication modes during agency-wide work related events such as lectures, conferences, and appraisals, and counseling sessions, etc. for specific training needs and benefits
  • Responsible for coordinating all incoming customer interpreting service requests through emails and phone calls
  • To schedule blocks of time for interpreting services following students’/staff requirements and availability
  • Responsible for communicating schedule conflicts and reschedules short notice priorities as they occur
  • Collaborate with external contractor for interpreter requirements as needed
  • Enlighten supervisors and staff on Deaf Culture and interpreter services
  • Identify process improvement opportunities to improve on services to students/staff
  • Serve as a representative for the contracting office or provide backup interpreting service for external contracts.
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