Child Protection - Reports writing and editing (consultancy Contract)

Closing date
Feb. 27, 2017, 8:55 p.m.
Job details

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Assignment

The purpose of this consultancy is to carry out substantive editing, fact-checking and, in some cases, writing support, for reports, studies, guidance notes, results frameworks, proposals and other documents under development in the UNICEF Ethiopia Child Protection Section to high publication standards in accordance with UNICEF's Style Guidebook.

To achieve this purpose, UNICEF is soliciting the services of a consultant with experience in child protection programming and results-based management as well as in editing, fact-checking and writing. The services are required for 60 days spread over a six month period.

Assignment Tasks and Expected Deliverables

Under the supervision of the Chief, Child Protection (P5), the consultant will be responsible for editing, fact-checking and some writing for the above mentioned types of documents and reports and apply following strategies:

  • 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 if responding to the objectives in the proposal and report requirements;
  • Shorten overly long sentences. Insert breaks where required to shorten paragraphs that are too long;
  • Redraft incorrect or unclear passages where necessary and insert any omitted text;
  • Provide accuracy and consistency in capitalization, spelling, abbreviations/acronyms, notes, bibliography, titles, graphs, and tables (including their notes and sources), as per the UNICEF Style Guidebook;
  • Ensure that the organization of the work promotes forward momentum and that the language is crisp and engaging;
  • Ensure that arguments are presented in a balanced manner; that citations are included for statement/passages where required;
  • Ensure that the language used is impactful; that repetitious text and jargon are eliminated; and that potential sensitivities (e.g. political, gender, culture) are flagged and ways of resolving the issue(s) proposed;
  • Develop and ensure consistency in overall layout.
  • Work closely with the responsible child protection specialists and officers on revisions and changes.
  • Qualifications of Successful Candidate


  • An advanced University Degree in development and/or social sciences or related technical field is required.
  • Years of relevant experience

  • At least five (5) years of progressively advanced work experience in international development, some of which should be in a developing country context and include child protection
  • Demonstrated experience in producing documents, proposals and reports for a resource partner, including UN agency.
  • Experience working in the UN system agency or UN organisation is an asset.
  • Experience implementing child protection programmes will be considered an asset.
  • Language requirements
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.
  • Competencies of Successful Candidate

    Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Core Competencies
  • Communication (II)
  • Working with people (II)
  • Drive for results (II)
  • Functional Competencies
  • Formulating strategies/concepts (II)
  • Analyzing (III)
  • Relating and networking (II)
  • Deciding and initiating action (II)
  • Applying Technical Expertise (III)
  • To view our competency framework, please click here.

    Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

    How to apply

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link

    Job Source: UN Children's Fund

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