United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Consultant (Editors Roster)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

The Communication Section, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office is seeking applications to a roster for individual consultants to provide support on English language editing of documents and reports. UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfilling their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. And we never give up. For every child, a better future UNICEF works to ensure the rights of all children in the East Asia and Pacific Region.  This means the rights of every child living in this country, irrespective of their nationality, gender, religion or ethnicity, to:
  • survival – to basic healthcare, peace and security;

  • development – to a good education, a loving home and adequate nutrition;

  • protection – from abuse, neglect, trafficking, Child Labour and other forms of exploitation; and

  • participation – to express opinions, be listened to and take part in making any decisions that affect them

How can you make a difference? The Communication Section, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office is seeking applications to a roster for individual consultants to provide support on English language editing of documents and reports. Work Assignment:
  • Edit, proof-read, restructure, and rewrite as required materials ranging from complex publications to substantive technical documents.

  • Produce reader-friendly, jargon-free products appropriate for varied audiences.

  • Ensure clarity, consistency and readability of the text for wide range of audiences.

  • Make necessary revisions according to UNICEF Stylebook (will be provided) and UNICEF publications guidelines.

  • Correct spelling errors and grammar mistakes.

  • Ensure a consistent style and format throughout the document.

  • Maintain the authors’ writing style to the extent practical.

  • Eliminate repetition, redundancies and inconsistencies.

  • Ensure appropriate positioning and numbering of boxes, figures and tables.

  • Use consistent font(s) – as relevant to headings and text and as per UNICEF stylebook and publication guidelines.

  • Ensure all footnotes, sources, references are complete and consistent.

  • Thorough review of annexes (people consulted, bibliography, etc.) to highlight incomplete areas along with consistency in presentation as per UNICEF publication guidelines.

  • Prepare a complete table of Contents and Acronym List per document.

  • Proof read designed layout files to ensure a complete print ready file.

  • Produce final version ready to be formatted and uploaded for multiple platforms including print, website and social media.

In all written products, the following considerations must be made:
  • Protecting the rights of the child must be given priority above all considerations when collecting and writing stories and other materials.

  • Ensuring clarity, readability, logic, appropriateness as well as engaging writing in all products.

  • Ensuring language accuracy.

  • Ensure adherence to UNICEF style book and guidelines and alignment with the regional and country programme objectives. (UNICEF style guide will be provided by the UNICEF East Asia & Pacific Office).

  • Ensuring factual accuracy including accurate representation of the issues and programmes.

  • Be available for feedback and inputs as per the requirements of the office.

  • Be available for several rounds of editing with regards to stories.

End Product: Highest quality, reader-friendly, edited contents in multiple formats as required. Official travel:  Travel may be required during the assignment. Estimated Duration of Contract:  11.5 months with possibility of extension.  The number of actual working days will be determined on a need basis. Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required:
  • Advanced University degree in English, communications, Journalism, social science, or related field.

  • Additional training in proofreading and editorial writing an asset.

  • A minimum of 8 years of proven experience editing and writing reports and other communication materials (including children-related issues) in English.

  • Previous experience editing and writing for UNICEF and familiarity with UNICEF’s style guidelines and UN editorial manual highly desirable.

  • Experience or knowledge of UNICEF’s work in East Asia & Pacific will be an asset.

  • Excellent writing skills and demonstrated record of high quality publications on children’s issues.

  • Good interpersonal skills and flexible attitude.

  • Organizational and Coordination skills.

  • Ability to work independently and to meet tight deadlines to deliver products on time.

  • English native speakers or high level English essential.

  • Well organized and structured, good attention for detail.

  • Professional work ethic, integrity, and initiative.

Interested candidates are requested to provide CV/P-11/profile, proposed professional fee per day in USD, some example of previous work, and contacts of 3 references by 24 September 2020. For every Child, you demonstrate… UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People, and Drive for Results. UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of  gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization. UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.  Remarks: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws. UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.    
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