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Call for expression of interest: Podcast translation English - German


Deadline: Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Location: Singapore, Manila or Bangkok



The blog series titled ‘‘Disrupted: How COVID-19 is affecting societies across Asia’’ has successfully started to investigate how the pandemic is shaping lives across the world’s largest and most populous continent. Analyzing the social, economic, political, geostrategic, cultural and societal implications of this unprecedented crisis, it publishes contributions from all over Asia. The contributions are gathered through the 14 FES country offices across Asia, FES partners and invitations to guest writers. So far, the blog covered diverse issues such as Afghanistan’s peace process, Nepal’s tourism sector, the health care system in the Philippines, Singapore’s prevention efforts and Bangladesh’s garment workers.

In order to extend the reach of the blog series, it started with the production of a podcast in English: Disrupted Asia: Between crisis, rise and resilience. The podcast starts with a 7 episodes mini-series related to the Corona Brief as a pilot season for FES Asia Podcasts with insights on a diverse set of topics and countries. A subsequent series is likely.

We are looking for a service provider that professionally translates this podcast from English to German.


Main responsibilities

The selected service provider translates the German version of the podcast series completely with transcription of the original podcast, translation, language control and record voice over for the interview partners. The service provider should have a proven track record with a focus on dealing with translation into native German and professional recording.



The task will take place in the period August to November 2020 (exact timeline tbc).

  1. The service provider receives as input an audio file for each podcast consisting of a 2-3 minutes introduction text (that is already transcribed) and a 15 to 22 minutes interview in English that needs to be transcribed (simple transcription);
  2. translates the entire episode (including both the introduction text and the interview) to German;
  3. provides native German voice over for the interview partners. The introduction text and the questions of the interview will be recorded by FES Asia;
  4. provides language quality control;
  5. At least two review and feedback loops are required in collaboration with FES Singapore;
  6. The job requires experience with remote work.

FES Singapore Office:

  • Will develop the content, overall topics and recruits interview partners in collaboration with the country offices in Asia.
  • Defines the timeline and deadlines for the project and the workflow/editorial process for each episode together with the service provider.

All final episodes should meet the following criteria:

  • 15-25 min in length
  • Native level German language
  • Studio quality (except telephone interview, sound bites, etc.).


Interested agencies are invited to send an itemized offer for the podcast translation project, including a breakdown of the costs for one episode. Along with the offer, please attach links or a portfolio with examples of past similar work, a voice sample and a timeline.

Please share offers with Kai Dittmann: by Wednesday, 12 August 2020.


You can download the ToR here. 


Thank you for your interest in an internship with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Asia. For internships in the Singapore-based FES Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia see for more information below. For internship opportunities in any of our 13 other offices in Asia, get information on our About page and contact the respective country offices.

More information

An internship at the Singapore-based FES Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia offers the possibility to experience and support the work of a political foundation at the regional level in Asia.

Who can apply

You may apply for an internship if you are an advanced student (minimum final year of B.A. studies) of Political Science, Social Sciences, Economics or related studies and display strong interest in international cooperation. FES scholarship recipients and applicants with a keen interest and preliminary experiences in the field of labour and trade issues, trade unions, feminism and social protection are particularly welcomed to apply. English proficiency is a must for our work. German and/or other Asian languages are beneficial.

Duration of internship and what to expect

During an FES Singapore internship, you will experience the working environment of a German political foundation and its cooperation activities in the field of social justice. Interns are required to support the FES team in its daily work, including organizing and implementing workshops and conferences, doing desk research, writing reports and assisting in office administration. The maximum internship duration is 3 months.

Upon request, FES can provide you with more detailed information on living and working in Singapore. Please be informed that standards of living in Singapore are very high which translates into high living expenses while living here. Due to internal regulations, FES can only offer a minor contribution to your internship-related expenses. In total FES will support you with 450 €uro/month. Additional expenses like flight ticket, visa fees, health insurance, etc., are not covered by FES.

How to apply

Applications (to be written in English) should be submitted at least 3 months in advance of your preferred starting date of the internship. You are requested to include the following documents in your application:

  • Motivation letter (1-1.5 page): What motivated you to apply for an internship with FES? Why did you choose the FES Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia based in Singapore? What do you expect from the internship? How can you contribute to our work? Please state your preferred time window for the internship. You may indicate two time windows in case your availability is flexible;
  • Curriculum Vitae (please also state your date of birth);
  • Recent overview of grades and study credits issued by your university;
  • Other relevant documents, e.g., reference letters from previous internships.

Once you are shortlisted you will be invited for a brief skype interview. Upon a successful application, you will need to apply for a visa and work permit under the Singapore Work Holiday Programme which permits you to enter Singapore for the purpose of your internship only. Singapore has specific and strict regulations for internship applicants based on age and university affiliation.

For details on visa matters please refer to the website of the Ministry of Manpower of Singapore.

Please send your application by email to FES Senior Office Administrator Kejalekshimi Sivalingam at info[at]

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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