Sawsan Aldawodi

Freelance Arabic Translator & Legal Translator

Location:Bayonne, New Jersey, United States
2 Skills
PHONE/FAX (732) 416-6321, CELL (732) 208-0093,
Skype: sawsandawodi
Bilingual (Arabic/English), teacher, administrator, engineer and manager in public and educational sectors in Iraq and Egypt. Professional experience includes: Chemical Engineering, Education, Training, Management and Development, Translating/Interpreting with special interest in Media, Human Rights, Anti-corruption, Civic Education, Crises, Relief and Peace Keeping Missions in Post Conflict Countries and Advocacy, Refugee Resettlement and Protection for Women. Self-motivated leader, quick learner, with exceptional organizational and managerial skills and the ability to communicate well with all levels, from staff to top business, military and government officials. Authorized to work in the U.S. (Green Card holder).
Freelance Translator/Interpreter Mar 2010 - Present
On call and short term Arabic interpreting and document translating assignments for domestic and International organizations in cases of Resettlement, Anti-terrorism, Humanitarian and business, with several international law firms in New York and Canada.
The IRC (International Rescue Committee), Case Manager, US-NJ March 2010- October2010
Temporary assignment carrying out activities in accordance with contractual requirement set by the Department of State and Department of Health and Human Services, as well as internal policies and procedures as defined by IRC headquarters. Worked with diverse groups of newly arriving refugees in a multi cultural, fast-paced environment. Worked under pressure and within prescribed timelines, able to identify challenges, and provide recommendations and solutions. Tracked cases and updated data base on daily basis. Accompanied refugees to medical, social services and other appointments and provided comprehensive interpretation services as necessary.
Iraqi Information Office, Case Director & Office Mgr. (Volunteer), Cairo, Egypt, Feb 2008–Dec 2008 (Part of The American University In Cairo’s, Center of Migration & Refugee Studies )
Advocated Iraqi refugee re-settlement cases with UN High Commissioner for Refugees and International Organization for Migration.

America’s Development Foundation, Consultant, Cairo, Egypt Dec. 2006– Apr. 2007
Ensured quality and timely translation of training materials. Developed educational materials related to women’s rights, national reconciliation, federalism, and civic education. Delivered training materials to the Iraqi Civil Society Program after reviewing and editing materials prepared by Egyptian translators. Provided technical support to the senior editor responsible for the final quality review.

America’s Development Foundation, Resource Center Director and Acting Regional Director, (ADF- USAID), Baghdad, Iraq Aug. 2005 – Sept. 2006
Provided overall strategic planning and technical expertise on democracy project implementation and project cycle management in unstable and post conflict areas in Iraq. Analyzed and resolved complex problems and found creative solutions for many demanding situations. Negotiated with government authorities, met with representatives of national and international agencies, conducted monitoring and evaluation exercises, fulfilled comprehensive reporting requirements. Ensured transparency of the grants program in the Baghdad Region. Monitored and reported on program quality to representatives of national and international agencies.

Nahrain University. Engineering College, Director-Scientific Affairs, Baghdad, Iraq Feb. 2005 – Aug. 2005
Supervised scientific scholarship programs for the Engineering College. Documented issues for the Research Assessments Committee and assisted in proceedings.

Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Acting General Director - Employment & Vocational Training Center, Baghdad, Iraq Aug. 2003 -Feb. 2005
Under the supervision of the CPA’s (Coalition Provisional Authority) senior advisor, analyzed and resolved complex problems while managing multiple day-to-day responsibilities. Provided overall strategic planning and established 18 regional employment centers on schedule and within budget despite deteriorating security environment and variety of challenges. Managed financial and administrative assets and resources and overseeing re-construction projects.

Al-Amen Institute., Director of Planning And Procedures Department
Baghdad, Iraq Feb. 2002 –Aug. 2003
Supervised and monitored project implementation of governmental institutions and foundations. Scheduled scientific curriculum and courses for technical staff affiliated with private industry. Developed annual educational plans, staff training materials, student curricula and budgets.

Al-Mo’atasim Mechanical & Chemical Training Center, Director-Chemical Department Baghdad, Iraq Dec. 1993 –Feb. 2002
Directed twenty teachers and staff in the day to day affairs of this 400+ high school dedicated to the sciences. Developed curriculum and evaluated teacher effectiveness.

Industry High School, Baghdad, Ministry of Education - Iraq Assistant Director of Student Affairs + Teacher Feb. -1985 – Dec. 1993
Responsible for resolving academic and social issues between students and their families and/or the faculty at this 600 student vocational high school. Looked for ways to improve communication and the learning environment. Taught Science, Physics, Math, ESL, Engineering Concepts and Physical Labs.
• University of Baghdad, B.S. - Chemical Engineering, 1984.
• American University – Cairo (Egypt) Seminar on “Refugees and Migrants, and a Rights Based Approach to Development”, 2008
• Rutgers University, Course on “Community Interpreting”, 2011
• Extensive management training in administrative leadership, negotiation, contracts and budgeting.
• Engineering training in computer-based industrial processing, workplace safety and ISO standards.

• Fluent in Arabic and English: Speak, Read, Write.
• American Translators Association (member)
• Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Excellent references are available upon request.