Job : UNDP Needs Editorial Consultant – New York, USA


Application Deadline : 15-Feb-13
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : International Consultant
Languages Required :
English French Spanish
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 01-Apr-2013
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As a trusted multilateral partner serving 166 countries around the world, UNDP is the global development network of the United Nations with its headquarters in New York. The Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) was created to develop UNDP’s institutional capacity to enhance strategic partnerships and to strengthen the resource mobilization function. Both are critical in securing aid effectiveness and delivering more responsive services. The Bureau also leads and manages the organization’s relationship with its governing body, the Executive Board, composed of Member States and with different legislative organs of the United Nations, including the General Assembly and its various Committees, as well as ECOSOC.

To assist in meeting the editorial and production standards in line with the new process, BERA is setting up a Roster of Editors with experience in editing Executive Board documents, policy documents, and any other documentation emanating from three separate teams under the newly created Multilateral Affairs and United Nations Coherence Cluster (MAUCC). These teams are: Executive Board secretariat team (EBS), Civil Society Organizations team (CSO) and the UN and Intergovernmental Affairs team (UNIA). A brief description of each team is below:
BERA 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
Editing of UNDP and its associated funds and programmes (UNCDF, UNV) and UNOPS policy documents and UNDP draft regional and country programme documents.
The consultant edits 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.
The consultant edits 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.
The consultant delivers a copy showing tracked changes and a clean copy of the document.
The consultant works closely with the Documents Coordinator who facilitates communication between the consultant and author department, assists in answering queries on UNDP-specific terminology usage, ensures quality control of the final document.
Editing reports related to the annual meetings of the advisory committee, good practice experiences in UNDP- civil society engagement across thematic areas or specific regions and guidance for Country Offices.
The consultant edits knowledge products, reports and general information material for external outreach within stipulated deadlines.
The consultant edits the advisory committee meeting report and consolidates key recommendations in close collaboration with the civil society team.
Editing BERA input to meetings and/or reports of the HLCM, HLCP, UNDG, and/or other UN system mechanisms where BERA is engaged to advance UNDP strategic priorities; BERA official external communication to Member States, UN General Assembly, ECOSOC, and other UN entities where BERA has an ongoing outreach engagement, on issues of concern to UNDP, such as the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review, the post-2015 development agenda, MDGs, etc.; official correspondence from the UNDP Administrator to partners, donors, other UN entities, etc.; Background, discussion, and summary documents for meetings of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation and its steering committee.
The consultant works in close cooperation with UNIA team to draft key language for reports of various UN system entities to which BERA provides institutional feedback on behalf of UNDP. The consultant ensures that the finalized inputs are clearly written and accurately reflect UNDP strategic interests.
The consultant consolidates UNIA briefing notes and/or speeches prepared for use by the Administrator, Assistant Administrator, and other UNDP management at various high-level meetings, as needed.
The consultant finalizes, in a timely manner, any BERA official products for external outreach, either for consumption by Member States or other UN system entities, by ensuring that the language and messages are conveyed accurately and are consistent with UNDP strategic priorities. The consultant liaises with the Communication offices on these products as needed.
Key deliverables:

A clean copy of the edited report submitted within one week that the job is assigned;

The tracked report indicating all changes made in the original report;

Good knowledge and understanding of the UNDP mission, strategic vision, integrity and goal setting and the international development agenda;
Strong communication skills especially in commnicating technical aspects of the job assigned to ordinary people without losing the message and orientation of the reports;
Excellent written and oral communication skills and competency in basic editing and proofreading skills. Strong skills in editing of development reports;
Uses information and internet technology applications effectively as a tool and resource.
Organizational awareness: demonstrates corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Required Skills and Experience

Post-University (Master’s) degree in English, French or Spanish 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.
Proven track record of excellence in editing development reports and related documents.

Excellent command in written and spoken French and Spanish is essential;

Other Information:
The editorial consultant must have an on-going LTA with UNDP/UN on editing of documents;

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
Proposal explaining why you are the most suitable person for the editorial assignments, drawing on your knowledge and previous experiences. Please send an example or link of an edited job.
P11 or Personal CV and at least 3 references; (P11 Link)
Financial proposal – specifying the daily fee. Fees will be quoted and paid in US dollars only.

Click here for important information for US Permanent Residents (‘Green Card’ holders).
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.
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