About the Aga Khan Development Network
The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a network of private, non-denominational development agencies that share a mission to improve the living conditions and opportunities for marginalised communities across 30 countries in Africa and Asia. Through innovative, community-driven solutions that span social, economic, and cultural dimensions, AKDN agencies aim to holistically improve quality of life.
AKDN’s education goal is to ensure all girls. boys, women, and men, are equipped with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to help them interact effectively with the world and be contributing members of a pluralistic society. AKDN assumes a holistic and systems approach to education programming ensuring all interventions are globally informed, locally rooted, are embedded in government and community interests and structures, and work to promote social inclusion, equity, and pluralism. AKDN invests in all sectors of the formal education systems, from pre-primary to tertiary, as well as in other formal and informal life-long learning opportunities, including teacher professional development. AKDN education agencies operating in East Africa are the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) and its affiliate, the Madrasa Early Childhood Programme (MECP), Aga Khan University (AKU), Aga Khan Academies (AKA), and Aga Khan Education Services (AKES).
About the Aga Khan Foundation
AKF seeks sustainable solutions to long-term problems of poverty, hunger, illiteracy, and ill-health, with special emphasis on the needs of rural communities in mountainous, coastal, and other resource-poor areas. In East Africa, AKF responds to local and regional priorities by developing and implementing effective programming, measuring, and documenting results and sharing lessons with governments, donors, and development actors to influence policy and practice. AKF operates a multi-sectoral portfolio that includes programming in Education, Economic Inclusion, Civil Society, Health and Early Childhood Development. Gender Equality is a cross cutting theme in the portfolio. AKF will be the primary interlocutor for this assignment but engaging all AKDN education agencies in the process will be critical.
About Foundations for Learning
Foundations for Learning (F4L) is a five-year (2020-2025) project co-funded by Global Affairs Canada and AKF and implemented by AKDN education agencies, that will improve the educational systems at the pre-primary and primary level, in addition to strengthening women’s empowerment, and gender equality in three countries: Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. F4L will strengthen the delivery of quality, gender-responsive, and inclusive pre-primary and primary education, and other social development services and reduce gender and social barriers to the utilisation and uptake of education and other sustainable development services. Together, F4L’s interventions will address the gender, social, cultural, and economic barriers that women and girls face in accessing education, making life decisions, and improving their equitable learning outcomes as key steps to exercise their basic human rights.
Aga Khan Foundation East Africa is seeking the services of a professional language interpretation.
agency to provide real-time interpretation services for an upcoming international conference.
The conference will gather approximately 100 participants from diverse linguistic backgrounds.
who require simultaneous interpretation from English into the following languages: Russian, Dari
(Persian), Portuguese, and French.
• Tentative Event Name: Global Learning Event, AGECS
• Date: February 12-16, 2024
• Duration: 3.5 day, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday Morning (4 hours)
• Location: Mombasa, Kenya
• Number of Participants: Approximately 100
Description of Requirements
The selected language interpretation agency must provide:
a) Minimum of 2 interpreters/language will be required for each
b) Real-time simultaneous interpretation services from English into Russian, Dari
(Persian), Portuguese, and French.
c) A team of experienced interpreters for each language.
d) Interpretation equipment, including headsets, microphones, and necessary
technical support to ensure seamless communication to all participants.
Qualifications and Experience:
The language interpretation agency must demonstrate the following:
a) Proven experience in providing interpretation services for international
b) Expertise in interpreting between English and the specified languages.
c) Trained and certified interpreters for each language.
d) High-quality interpretation equipment and technical support.
e) Ability to interpret speeches, presentations, and discussions accurately and in
a culturally sensitive manner, conveying the intended message of the speaker.
f) Ability to translate written conference materials, such as agendas,
presentations, and documents, as needed.
g) Willingness to collaborate with the event organizers and speakers to address
any specific terminology or requirements.
h) Maintenance of confidentiality and professionalism throughout the duration of
i) Experience in providing similar services related to gender and development
Interested agencies are requested to submit their Proposal by 14th of December 2023. Quotes
should be sent to [email protected]
The proposal should include the following elements:
a) Details about the agency, including its history, experience, and relevant
b) A list of interpreters who will be part of the project, including their qualifications
c) Information about the interpretation equipment the agency will provide.
e) Detailed Financial Proposal.
g) Any additional information that may be relevant to the selection process.