Writer-Editor for Knowledge Product

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 26 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Saturday, 07 March 2020

NOTE: Signed Offeror’s Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability - http://www.ba.undp.org/content/dam/bosnia_and_herzegovina/docs/Operations/Jobs/Offerors%20Letter%20to%20UNDP%20Confirming%20Interest%20and%20Availability.docx Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability.docx - to be sent to e-mail ba.shared.hr@undp.org with Subject: Job ID 90453.

The UNDP GoAL WaterS (Governance, Accountability and Learning for Water Sustainability) programme supports equitable, efficient and environmentally sustainable use and protection of freshwater and marine resources. It helps identifying priorities and opportunities and addressing gaps and constraints in water and ocean governance by developing policy reform plans and action at national and local levels.

GoAL-WaterS provides flexible support to national and local authorities and partners, supporting the 2030 Agenda with an emphasis on Sustainable Development Goals 6 to “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all” and 14 to “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.” GoAL-WaterS builds on UNDP’s close working relationships with country governments and partners.  The support is delivered through UNDP Country Offices and partners, with strategic management and technical support provided through the UNDP-SIWI Water Governance Facility (WGF) and UNDP’s Water and Ocean advisors.

UNDP within the GoAL Waters Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina is seeking to recruit a consultant to support finalization of Testing tariff-setting methodology Integrated Report.

Namely, there is already technical report on results of testing of new water tariffs set based on tariff Methodology (http://www.ba.undp.org/content/bosnia_and_herzegovina/en/home/library/environment_energy/tariff-setting-methodology-and-for-water-supply-and-sewerage-ser.html) within the piloting water utility companies (WUC) in Tešanj, Ljubuški, Teslic and Trebinje.

In close cooperation with UNDP’s Energy and Environment Project Manager and Communication Officer the consultant should transform the technical report into knowledge management product (report) with summarized lessons learnt, results and eventual recommendations for next steps and improvement of the above-mentioned Methodology.

Duties and Responsibilities

The selected writer/editor will:

  • Read and provide substantive revision and rewrite the Technical Report so it is transformed into knowledge product that it is correct and understandable to external audiences;
  • Edit the product to ensure clarity, consistency and readability of the content for the general public;
  • Point out factual inconsistencies, inconsistencies in arguments, political nuances, faulty logic, and awkward or unclear passages and suggest solutions;
  • Ensure that text is well written, logically structured and in the right style for the general public;
  • Ensure consistent and accurate use of terminology and correct grammar and spelling (Oxford English dictionary/UN editorial manual) and ensure that text is in line with the UNDP style;
  • Check facts and ensure error-free texts, and raise any related queries with the Project Manager;
  • Ensure that all references and sources are accurately and consistently stipulated;
  • Ensure that photos, figures, charts, graphs, boxes and tables are correctly identified and cross-referenced in the text, and that data from them are also accurately reflected in the document;
  • Ensure that the formatting is consistent;
  • Rectify any typographical and/or mechanical errors in the text;
  • Ensure correlation between the list of acronyms and their occurrence throughout the text;
  • Ensure that footnotes are consistently numbered, appropriately positioned and formatted.
  • Work with the author, Project Manager and EE Communications Officer to rewrite content in keeping with the UNDP's style and editorial policy



Deliverables / Outputs

# of Days per Task

Due Date


Presentation of detailed work plan and the methodology for implementation of the above-mentioned tasks


March 23


Draft version of the revised document


April 01


Final version


April 03



Core values:

  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Plans, prioritizes and delivers tasks on time;
  • Experience in cross-channel content creation;
  • Familiarity with copywriting basics and principles;
  • Creative personality adept at vocalizing and explaining abstract ideas;
  • Exceptional proofreading and fact-checking skills, for your own and others’ work;
  • Detail-oriented way of working;
  • Ability and desire to work in a team as well as independently:
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Highly developed sense for punctuality and task production in a timely manner;
  • Innovative and creative approach to tasks;
  • Initiative oriented.

People Skills:

  • Recognizes and responds appropriately to the ideas, interests, and concerns of others;


  • Plans and procedures quality results to meet established goals.

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications/Education:

  • University degree in English, Social Science, Economics, Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Media Relations, Journalism, Development or related field.


  • At least 5 years' experience in writing/editing knowledge products.

Languages Requirements:

  • Fluency and excellent command of English – excellent grammar, spelling skills, punctuation and syntax.

Other Criteria:

  • Working experience in Bosnia and Herzegovina and good knowledge of BiH political scene and administrative structure and eventually situation in water supply service provision sector;
  • Experience in writing for media outlets, development-related organizations, research centers, think-tanks or multilateral institutions is an asset.
  • Previous professional experience with the United Nations or similar organizations in this or a related field would be considered an asset;
  • Copy-editing experience and excellent attention to detail;
  • Ability to write clearly and logically;
  • Strong copy editing/proofreading skills;
  • Knowledge of economic issues is a big plus;
  • Knowledge of UNDP terms, language and style is an advantage.

Longlisting/Shortlisting Criteria

Qualifications as stated in the ToR



Relevant Education

max 30 points
20 points allocated for BA/BSc degree
+ 5 points for MSc/MA
+ up to 5 points for PhD 

Relevant professional experience

max 30 points 

Knowledge of English

max 40 points - will be assessed based on Proposal submitted

Technical Evaluation Criteria





  • Rating based on Qualifications


  • Submitted Proposal with the referenc eto past experience in similar projects





Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:

Cumulative analysis

When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

  • * Technical Criteria weight-70%
  • * Financial Criteria weight- 30%

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  • Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references;
  • Proposal:
    • Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work; or sample of previous document/strategy/paper done by the consultant;
    •  Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work;
  • Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work; or sample of previous document/strategy/paper done by the consultant;
  •  Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work;

Please scan all above mentioned documents and upload as one attachment only online through this website.


  • For an assignment requiring travel, consultants of 65 years or more require full medical examination and statement of fitness to work to engage in the consultancy.
  • Due to large number of potential applicants, only competitively selected candidates will be contacted for remaining steps of the service procurement process.

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