The demand for gender statistics has been increasingly recognized as being an essential element to the process of achieving the Sustainable development the world envisioned to reach by 2030. Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can only be a reality where adequate emphasis is given to Gender Equality considerations. In such regards, the role gender statistics plays in supporting evidence-based decision making in promoting and protecting the rights of women and girls is undeniable. Gender statistics is about identifying, producing, disseminating and analyzing statistics to understand how gender issues affect individuals and society. Thus, data is critical and essential to determine and track progress and guide implementations in the direction we want. However, the situation of gender statistics in Ethiopia is relatively in its infant stage where the data available on gender fails to meet the data need to deliver on the broader GEWE agenda of the SDGs. This challenge in relation to gender statistics is only part of the bigger challenge the National Statistical System (NSS) faces in producing statistics to fill data gaps in national, regional and global SDGs indicator frameworks.
Thus, as part of the global initiative to “Making Every Woman and Girl Count: Supporting the monitoring and implementation of the SDGs through better production and use of gender statistics” (MEWGC), UN Women Ethiopia Country Office is closely working with CSA to mainstream gender in the NSS. In June 2019, CSA and UN Women had signed a Letter of Agreement (LoA) on “Supporting the monitoring and implementation of the SDGs through better production and use of gender statistics” with the overall goal of “making gender statistics available, accessible, and analysed to inform policy making, advocacy and accountability for delivering on gender equality and women’s empowerment commitments” in line with the global flagship Programme on MEWGC. One of the key outputs of the LoA under the outcome of supporting the policy environment that mainstreams gender in the NSS, is to conduct an assessment on the extent of mainstreaming gender in the NSS and the regular surveys and assessments to ensure institutionalization of gender statistics. An assessment report on the mainstreaming of gender in the national statistical system of Ethiopia has been conducted and finalized.
In this context, UN Women is seeking to hire an International Consultant to copy edit the final report to ensure that the report is up-to-standard. Therefore, this TOR is prepared to guide the recruitment of a consultant to undertake the task of proof reading and editing of the report to ensure the quality of the undertaken work.
Duties and Responsibilities
The principal tasks under the consultancy will be the following:
- Conduct high-quality (content and language) editing of the Assessment Report of Mainstreaming Gender in the National Statistical System;
- Correcting typographical errors, punctuation, spelling, grammar and vocabulary;
- Corrections to ensure stylistic consistency, consistency in the use of terminologies, clarity of expression by re-writing where necessary;
- Corrections to ensure consistency in referencing and indication of sources in line with the Guidance, including paraphrasing and rewriting parts when necessary;
- Check facts and ensure error-free texts and raise any related queries with the contact person;
- Ensure that figures, photos, charts, graphs, boxes and tables are correctly identified and cross-referenced in the texts, where applicable, and that data from them are also accurately reflected in the document;
- Create a list of acronyms and ensure correlation between the list and their occurrence throughout the texts; and
- Ensure that footnotes are consistently numbered, appropriately positioned and formatted.
Compliance with UN Core Values
- Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
- Commitment to UN Women’s mission, vision, values and strategic goals.
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
- Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
- Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced degree or equivalent in Editing & Journalism, Report/Research Writing, English Language or another relevant social field.
- Comprehensive and documented knowledge of Editing and Proof Reading.
- 3-5 years of work experience research and editorial skills.
- Extensive and demonstrated experience in content editing and writing as well as the publication of Knowledge Products of similar nature.
- Previous experience working with the United Nations system or other inter-governmental organizations will be considered an advantage.
- Excellent knowledge of written and Oral Communication in English.
- Full command of Microsoft applications, particularly Word, and other relevant software.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.