Freelance Translators

As part of a continuous effort to increase and improve its pool of freelance translators, the Communications and Knowledge Management Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) welcomes the résumés of highly qualified translators to collaborate on the translation of a variety of English publications into diverse languages, principally Arabic, Chinese, French, and Spanish, but also German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian (among others).

Because IFPRI disseminates its translated work to key audiences worldwide with a view to increasing its impact on food policies and the fight against poverty and hunger, it is crucial that our publications meet very high quality and accuracy standards. These publications range from letters and briefs to reports and entire books, covering topics within the international development field with a special focus on agriculture, economics, nutrition, and public health, and with varying degrees of technical content.

Required qualifications

  • Previous experience translating in our fields of expertise
  • Excellent writing skills in the target language
  • Full proficiency in English
  • Usage of translation memory tools to build an IFPRI terminology database

Our collaborators should also be able to accommodate rush and short-notice requests, and meet the deadlines agreed upon.

If interested, please send your cover letter and résumé, together with your translation samples if available, to Corinne Garber ( Please note that if your qualifications meet our requirements, we will keep your information on file and will only respond to your application if/when you are selected for a particular translation project.


Our vision
A world free of hunger and malnutrition.

What we do
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) provides research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. Our research focuses on six strategic areas, ensuring sustainable food production, promoting healthy food systems, improving markets and trade, transforming agriculture, building resilience, and strengthening institutions and governance.