The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 170 countries and territories, working with governments and people on their own solutions to global and national development challenges to help empower lives and build resilient nations.
UNDP’s governing body is the Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS. The Executive Board is responsible for providing inter-governmental support to and supervision of the activities of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS in accordance with the overall policy guidance of the General Assembly and Economic and Social Council, and the responsibilities set out in the United Nations Charter. It must also be responsive to the needs of programme countries. The Board is under the authority of the Economic and Social Council.
The Executive Board secretariat, located in the Executive Office of UNDP, facilitates the work of the Board by reviewing and editing all documentation for submission to the Board. It makes logistical arrangements for the three Board sessions each year and provides information and other support services to Board members. The Executive Board of UNDP and UNFPA was created by General Assembly resolution 48/162 of 20 December 1993 and superseded the Governing Council on 1 January 1994. In the case of UNDP, the overall responsibility of the Executive Board also applies to the associated funds and programmes of UNDP, namely, UNCDF and UNV. On 31 January 2011, the Executive Board, recalling General Assembly resolution 65/176 of 20 December 2010, decided that the name of the Executive Board of UNDP and UNFPA be changed to the Executive Board of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS.
To assist in meeting the reporting, editorial and production standards, the Executive Board secretariat is setting up a roster of writers/editors with experience in writing and editing of official United Nations reports. The secretariat will enter into a non-exclusive long-term agreement (LTA) with the selected Consultant(s) and shall provide specific deliverables and time frames for each task, as and when required.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Consultant shall report to the Secretary of the Executive Board. Depending on the nature of the task assigned, the scope of work can include the following:
Edit policy documents pertaining to UNDP and its associated funds and programmes (UNCDF, UNV) and UNOPS, and UNDP draft regional and country programme documents for the three yearly sessions of the Executive Board, within stipulated deadlines.
Edit the decisions considered by the Board during its three yearly sessions taking place at the United Nations HQ in New York City (this task requires physical presence in NY for the duration of the Board sessions).
Serve as rapporteur of the session of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board, keeping record of the plenary meeting discussions on UNDP and UNOPS agendas, as well as side events held on the sidelines of the Board session (requires physical presence at the United Nations HQ in New York), and produce the full report of the session, within stipulated deadlines and in consultation with the relevant UNDP units.
III. Main tasks
The consultant may be asked to perform the following tasks:
• To edit policy documents within stipulated deadlines, to United Nations editorial standards, for submission to the Executive Board on behalf of UNDP, UNCDF, UNV and UNOPS, working with author departments to ensure that policies and messages are conveyed accurately.
• To edit UNDP draft regional and country programme documents within stipulated deadlines, to United Nations editorial standards, working with authors in the Regional Bureaux to ensure that the information they contain is conveyed accurately.
• To work closely with the Documents Coordinator who facilitates communication between the consultant and author department.
• To deliver two copies of the document (one with tracked changes and a clean copy) to the author departments and to the Documents Coordinator.
• To serve as rapporteur of the two regular and the annual sessions of the Executive Board (requires physical presence).
• To support Member States in decision-making by editing decisions being considered by the Executive Board (requires physical presence).
• To write conference room papers or any other documents pertaining to the work of the Executive Board, as required.
- ? Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
- ? Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
- ? Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
Knowledge Management and Learning
- ? Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example
- ? Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills
Development and Operational Effectiveness
- ? Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting
- ? Ability to lead formulation and monitoring of management projects
- ? Solid knowledge in financial resources and human resources management, contract, asset and procurement, information and communication technology, general administration
- ? Ability to lead business processes re-engineering, implementation of new systems (business side), and affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change
Management and Leadership
- ? Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback
- ? Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
- ? Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills
- ? Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
- ? Leads teams effectively and shows mentoring as well as conflict resolution skills
- ? Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills
Required Skills and Experience
• Native English speaker with exceptional linguistic ability.
• Post-University (Master’s) degree in English or in a language-related field.
• Minimum of 10 years of professional experience mainly in editing; prior experience with the United Nations or another international organization; knowledge of broad development issues an asset.
• Experience with writing official reports for the United Nations organizations would be an asset.