Copy Editor to provide editing and proof-reading services for a regional assessment on Gender-Responsive Budgeting (Russian language)

  • Added Date: Thursday, 07 September 2023
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 18 September 2023
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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.


The Spotlight Initiative is a global initiative of the United Nations which has received generous support from the European Union. Its aim is to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. The Initiative represents an unprecedented global effort to invest in gender equality and womenโ€™s empowerment as a precondition and driver for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Spotlight Initiative (SI) Regional Programme for Central Asia (CA) and Afghanistan is fostering legal reforms, strengthening capacities of the respective institutions and womenโ€™s movements, promoting gender-equitable attitudes, and enhancing systems for collecting data on violence against women and girls. The Spotlight Regional Programme partners with a broad range of actors, including civil society, donors, practitioners, academia, and media, to facilitate the elimination of harmful practices and advocate further gender transformation in the region. Find out more on

In the context of Pillar 2 (strengthening institutions and womenโ€™s movements), the SI Regional Programme has produced a regional analysis and assessment of progress in the implementation of gender-responsive budgeting in Central Asian countries to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence over the last 10 years (hereafter: GRB assessment). Developing a comprehensive understanding of the extent to which gender-responsive budgeting has been integrated into national policies, programmes, and initiatives aimed at preventing and responding to SGBV is key to the identification of gaps and challenges that have impeded the fulfilment of gender equality commitments. By producing such regional assessment on gender-responsive budgeting, the Spotlight Initiative Regional Programme aims to analyze the level of commitment and effectiveness in translating gender equality aspirations into budgetary allocations and resource distribution of the Central Asian states.

The SI Regional Programme is therefore seeking to recruit a Copy Editor who will be responsible for the final editing and proofreading of the GRB assessment, which consists of 190 pages.

Duties and Responsibilities


The objective of the assignment is to proof-read, edit, and ensure the stylistic correctness of the GRB assessment. The Copy Editor will ensure the consistency and linguistic coherence of the publication. Overall, the Consultant will be responsible for ensuring the product readability, ensuring that it meets high editorial standards. Please note that the product is in Russian language; therefore, the Consultant must be a native Russian speaker.


Content review for enhanced writing style and consistency: a. Conduct a thorough review of the GRB assessment to ensure correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and language usage and its adherence to the UN editorial style manual.b. Ensure consistent formatting, style, and tone.c. Harmonize language usage and terminology to create a cohesive reading experience. Clarity and readability: a. Identify and rectify sentences that are unclear, or confusing, improving overall readability. References: a. Ensure proper citation and referencing in accordance with the UN citation style and guidelines.b. Check for consistency and accuracy in citations, ensuring that all sources are properly credited. Final product quality assurance: a. Perform final quality checks after edits, ensuring that all changes have been implemented accurately and that all modifications are consistent and error-free.


The selected Consultant will work under the direct supervision and overall guidance of the UN Women Programme Specialist, Head of Office Ad Interim. The Consultant will work with their own laptop and personal equipment. The lumpsum payment will be made upon successful completion of the final deliverable, as certified by UN Women Kazakhstan. Throughout the assignment, the Consultant and the project team may convene regular communications and check-ins, either via e-mail or virtual meetings, to ensure a smooth implementation of the work.



Delivery date

Copy edited version of the regional analysis and assessment of progress in the implementation of gender-responsive budgeting in Central Asia (190 pages): improved grammar, spelling, punctuation, and language usage, with consistently formatted and styled content, enhanced clarity and readability.

By 30th November 2023


The payment will be made in one 100% tranche, upon satisfactory completion and approval of the deliverable as certified by UN Women Kazakhstan. The Consultantโ€™s performance will be evaluated against such criteria as: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, accuracy, and quality of the product delivered.



Corporate Competencies:

Core Values:

Respect for DiversityIntegrityProfessionalism

Core Competencies:

Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender IssuesAccountabilityCreative Problem SolvingEffective CommunicationInclusive CollaborationStakeholder EngagementLeading by Example

Please visit this link for more information on UN Womenโ€™s Core Values and Competencies:

Required Skills and Experience


The selection process of consultant will be by following criteria:


Relevant degree preferably in Literature, Journalism or other related field.


At least 7 years of professional work experience in editing, copyediting, and proofreading.At least 5 years of proven record in editing technical knowledge products for an external audience, including reports, legal reviews, and technical papers.At least 3 years of prior experience of similar assignments with UN agencies and/or other international, national and government organizations.Familiarity with gender equality, gender-responsive budgeting, and womenโ€™s issues is desired.


Excellent reading and writing skills in Russian are mandatory.Good knowledge of English is an asset.



Max points

๐Ÿ“š ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—š๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ฎ ๐—๐—ผ๐—ฏ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ก ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ! ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿค ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ก๐—˜๐—ช ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—š๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ก ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—จ๐—ก๐—›๐—–๐—ฅ, ๐—ช๐—™๐—ฃ, ๐—จ๐—ก๐—œ๐—–๐—˜๐—™, ๐—จ๐—ก๐——๐—ฆ๐—ฆ, ๐—จ๐—ก๐—™๐—ฃ๐—”, ๐—œ๐—ข๐—  ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€! ๐ŸŒ

โš ๏ธ ๐‚๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐‹๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ฐ: ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐“๐ž๐œ๐ก๐ง๐ข๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐š ๐ฃ๐จ๐› ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐”๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐๐Ž๐–!


Relevant degree preferably in Literature, Journalism or other related field.


Professional work experience

At least 7 years of professional work experience in editing, copyediting, and proofreading.


At least 5 years of proven record in editing technical knowledge products for an external audience, including reports, legal reviews, and technical papers.


At least 3 years of prior experience of similar assignments with UN agencies and/or other international, national and government organizations.


Familiarity with gender equality, gender-responsive budgeting and womenโ€™s issues is desired.



Excellent reading and writing skills in Russian.


Maximum total technical scoring (70%):


Only candidates, who will score at least 490 (70%) out of the maximum 700 points during the technical evaluation process, will be qualified for financial proposal *.

* Each candidate will be invited to submit consolidated financial proposal in USD (a โ€˜consolidated financial proposalโ€™, which includes applicantโ€™s all the expenses required to perform the assignment).

The financial proposals of technically qualified candidates will be requested and will be weighted in terms of selection points as per the following formula:

B = T + Clow / C x 300, where

T is a universal technical score awarded to the evaluation of the proposal (only those proposals that pass 70% of the technical evaluation);

C is the financial proposal of the candidate; and

Clow is the lowest financial proposal among all evaluated candidates. 300 is the maximum financial point that can be obtained.

The successful candidate will have accumulated the highest aggregated point (technical and financial scoring). Payment will be made only if the expected results will be achieved, agreed package of documents and reports provided without delay and approval by UN Women.


All documents should be sent including:

CV and UN Women Personal History form (P-11), which can be downloaded from A sample portfolio consisting of all latest editing and writing samples ideally on subjects related to gender, womenโ€™s empowerment and/or international development, highlighting the candidate's prior experience with UN agencies and/or other international organizations, if any.Financial proposal in KZT, which shall include all the costs that Consultant will have to cover to fulfil their task under these Terms of Reference. The Consultant should also include his/her daily rate and lump sum in the submitted financial proposal.

Only candidates who have passed the preliminary selection will be informed. There might be an online interview conducted by UN Women.

Please note that the system will only allow one attachment, hence all supporting documents, e.g., P11 form, CV, technical and financial proposals must be scanned as one attachment.

Applications without a completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further evaluation.

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