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For every child, a voice
Purpose of the assignment
To provide writing and editing service for UNICEF Ethiopia.
How can you make a difference?
Key function, accountabilityand related duties/tasks
Under the supervision of the communication specialist, the consultant will be responsible for editing, fact-checking and writing remotely for the above-mentioned types of documents and reports and apply following strategies:Write up the reports after having the initial concept/draft from the respective programme officers sections Restructure and rewrite the areas of text as needed to promote clarity, continuity, and internal consistency and incorporate reviewers’ comments; Fact-check the statements for accuracy and completion of references as/when required; In the case of donor reports and proposals, check and ensure text is responding to the objectives in the proposal and report requirements; Redraft incorrect or unclear passages where necessary and insert any omitted text; Provide accuracy and consistency in capitalization, selling, abbreviations/acronyms, notes, bibliography, titles, graphs, and tables (including their notes and sources), as per the UNICEF style and guidebook; Ensure that citations are appropriately included for statement/passages where required; Ensure that the language used is impactful; that repetitious text and jargon are eliminated; and that potential sensitivities are flagged and ways of resolving the issue(s) proposed; Develop and ensure consistency in overall layout; Work closely with responsible officers on revisions and changes.
The responsible Officers in sections will be responsible for the following:Develop and maintain a schedule to provide timely and complete inputs to the consultant; Be available for review/inputs and closing gaps in data and related information Review the documents for factual errors and omissions and provide feedback
Expected DeliverablesProvide the necessary editing support for all the reports and HIS and feature story writing, and concept notes and proposal developments; Write stories between 700 and 1500 words. The stories should contain quotes from beneficiary and/or Government official, and/or NGO, and/or UNICEF official. Reference to and acknowledgement of the donor is required (as per donor agreement). Highlighting programmatic convergence in the story is strongly encouraged. The consultant needs to obtain all necessary ethical approvals form the beneficiaries to be interviewed and photographed by using a consent form. The stories with photos including captions should be provided to the communication specialist not later than two weeks upon return from the mission. The consultant will provide a minimum of five quality high resolution photos to accompany each feature story. The consultant needs to ensure that photos and captions are in line with the stories. Photos should contain photo credit and full captions (as per attached guideline) and should be possible for UNICEF to use free of copy right.
Key competencies, Technical Background and Experience Required
The successful consultant should offer the following range of skills and experience:Technical Competencies Excellent oral and written communication and report & proposal writing skills in English. Writing samples may be requested. Knowledge of UNICEF programmes in Ethiopia is highly desirable Good knowledge of the application of the equity lens and human rights perspectives to programming; Good ability to support translation of analytical findings and evidence into a cohesive narrative; Excellent communication (writing and oral), negotiation, and other human relation skills; Excellent ability to collect, treat and analyse data. Advanced computer literacy expected in Word, Excel and Power Point. the international development, some of which should be in a developing countries context Demonstrated experience in producing documents, proposals and reports for a resource partners, including UN agency. Experience working in the UN system agency or UN organization is an asset
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…An advanced university degree in development and/or social sciences or related technical field is required. *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree. A minimum of Five (5) of relevant professional experience inthe international development, some of which should be in a developing countries context Demonstrated experience in producing documents, proposals and reports for a resource partners, including UN agency. Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset. Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
The writer and editor will work under the direct supervision of Communication Specialist and in close collaboration with programme sections
Payment will be made up on delivery of final story or edited document.
General Conditions: Procedures and LogisticsUNICEF will pay the consultant DSA as per UNICEF regulations. UNICEF will provide guidelines with regard to human interest story writing, reporting, development of concept note and proposal development and photography, 1 week prior to the mission. UNICEF will provide consent form The consultant will be responsible for food and lodging. The consultant should provide his/her own materials i.e. laptop, phone, internet connection, camera
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
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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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.