Protecting civilians in armed conflict

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About Geneva Call

Appel de Genève / Geneva Call is a neutral and impartial humanitarian non-governmental organization that engages with armed non-State actors (ANSAs) to promote their respect for international humanitarian norms in armed conflicts and other situations of armed violence, in particular regarding the protection of civilians.

Founded in 1998, Geneva Call is registered as a Foundation under Swiss law. It carries out 44 projects in 19 countries in 2016, with an annual budget of approximately CHF 5.8 million.


Date of Publication

28 Apr 2017




Geneva Call wishes to contract with a specialized company to translate its documents and communication materials in different languages. The resulting contract is expected to remain valid for a period of two years.

II – Requirements

The provider must be able to translate Geneva Call’s documents, publications, training materials, articles or reports into a large number and variety of languages.

The source and target languages include common languages such as Spanish, English, French and Arabic but also specific languages such as: Burmese, Karen, Karenni, Swahili, Pashtun, Dari, Malay, Sorani and other languages upon request.

The documents to be translated could be provided in different formats such as webpages, word, excel or powerpoint, pdf documents, pictures, scanned documents, printed documents and indesign files.  Delivery of the translation may be required in any of these formats.

Usual translations include:

  • Reports (more than 20,000 words)
  • Documents (5,000 words)
  • Brochures (500 words)
  • Training materials (100 words)

II – Selection criteria

  • Quality of your pool of translators / professionalism
  • Ability to work with non-profits and to adapt the translations to this field
  • Price per word including VAT
  • Delivery time
  • Ability to work in different format

III – Format and timeline

Please provide us with your best offer responding to all our selection criteria. Your offer should be in word or pdf format and no longer than 2 pages. We would like to see references of your work, talk to some of your clients and see the CV of your main translators. Your offer should be sent by email to by 3rd March 2017.