Overview

We are actively looking for a highly creative and talented commentator with experience in writing for a global audience in Panjabi. The work is a long-term project centered around the Guru Granth Sahib. The successful candidate must demonstrate proven experience in creating content assets. The commentator must thoroughly understand the context of a given material which includes the project process and methodology. Ultimately, the commentator will provide ready-to-use drafted content that will support the Sikh Research Institute’s (SikhRI) strategic initiatives and help reach a broader audience.

Typical Duties

  • Read the given material and draft a commentary in contemporary Panjabi. Its details are:
    • Audience: Global
    • Language: Contemporary Panjabi
    • Consistency: Contextualizing the message of Guru Granth Sahib
    • Purpose: Inspiration, learning, and life transformation
  • Ensure the draft is a contemporary adaptation and application of each Sabad (salok/pauri) for a global audience, from the third-person plural perspective
  • Ensure the draft is based on the literal translation and interpretive transcreation of the Sabad (salok/pauri) in Panjabi.
  • Ensure that the commentaries do not get too esoteric.
  • Ensure word choices match the intended audience in terms of knowledge, age appropriateness, and suitability.
  • Ensure that sections lead logically from one to another and the commentary reads as a cohesive whole.
  • Ensure sentence construction has a variety.
  • Proofread the drafted texts for grammar, spelling and punctuation accuracy.
  • Follow up with internal team members to ensure the draft meets their needs.
  • Edit content with an eye toward maintaining its format (e.g. font, structure, and process adhered).
  • Network with field experts to stay current on new creative tools and practices

Hours of work

This is a part-time position contracted with SikhRI. The following list is representative of the duties and responsibilities, but not limited to and are subject to modification at the discretion of the supervisor.

Qualifications

  • Fluent in written & spoken Panjabi; fluency in written and spoken English is a plus.
  • Proven work experience as a content writer or a similar role for 5 years.
  • Along with proficiency in reading and interpreting the text of Guru Granth Sahib, analytical and evaluative skills.
  • Good knowledge of content editing tools & techniques.
  • Ability to work in a large team setting with multiple workflow functions.
  • Additional certification in creative writing is a plus.
  • Subject knowledge and oral/written communication skills to discuss and document research progress.
  • Ability to work independently, accurately and to problem solve technical. and methodological issues that arise during the delivery.
  • Technology proficiency in Microsoft (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google collaboration suite (Drive, Docs, Sheets, Meets).
  • A Master's degree or a Research Degree in Religious studies/Sikh studies or in Panjabi/comparative literature.

Location: Global

Compensation: Competitive salary based on the level of experience and industry standards for this role

Supervisor: Jaswant Singh, Content Lead