Editor: UN Women’s publications related to Women, Peace and Security (WPS)

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Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :27-Jan-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :10d 2h 33m
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :18 months

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.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace, and security. UN Women is mandated by the UN Security Council to lead on UN system-wide coordination on Women, Peace, and Security, and to this end, UN Women has been working with governments, UN partners, and civil society in the Arab region to support the advancement of the WPS agenda across the four WPS pillars of participation, prevention, protection, and relief and recovery.
In the Arab States region, the UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States, with the support of donors, contributes to the advancement of the Women, Peace, and Security agenda through the production of timely and evidence-based knowledge products on a range of WPS issues, that inform both UN Women, partner, donor and other stakeholder policy and programming on WPS across the region.
Against this background, UN Women is seeking to hire an editor to support the finalization of upcoming knowledge products and to prepare them for publication, as well as to assist in the editing and proofreading of any other relevant documents and communication products produced in the WPS unit.

Objective of the Assignment:
Reporting to the Regional Advisor on Women, Peace, and Security, the editor is responsible for editing knowledge products (research papers, analytical reports, etc.) in preparation for their publication and dissemination to a wide range of stakeholders, including the Member States, civil society and other UN agencies. The editor will also provide other editorial services to the unit such as reviewing and proofreading programme and communication documents and products. The editor will be expected to work within the established UN Women editorial guidelines.

Duties and Responsibilities

1-Revising and editing knowledge products (in Microsoft Word) to ensure;

  • Clarity and continuity of the text and focus of the paper;
  • Clarity of structure and core themes of the paper;
  • Internal consistency, both analytical and stylistic.

2-Consistency of terminology;

  • Consistency between text and tables and figures and integration of text and boxes;
  • Consistency of cross-referencing in the paper;
  • Accuracy of content and removal of all errors related to style and punctuation, spelling, and grammar.

3-Ensuring adherence to the UN Women Editorial Manual and using the correct gender terminology as per the UN Women Gender Term lexicon;

4-Ensuring that the statistical and data used and referenced in the text are consistent with the data in the respective tables, figures, charts, infographics, and maps (if any), as well as with annex tables (where applicable);

5-Checking and organizing all bibliographic references and reorganizing footnotes into endnotes; ensuring referencing follows the same style and format, in line with UN Women’s Editorial Manual;

6-Proofreading the final publication after the design/layout process, ensuring the final document text is free of typos and stylistic problems/errors.



Finalizing, editing, and proof-reading of knowledge products on issues related to women, peace, and security in the Arab States (exact deliverables will be determined based on programmatic needs)

Throughout contract duration

Reviewing layout version of knowledge products to ensure they are free of errors

Throughout contract duration

Reviewing stand-alone briefing notes and/or related products developed for each knowledge product

Throughout contract duration

Reviewing, proof-reading, and editing any other relevant programme and communication documents

Throughout contract duration


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent drafting and editing skills in English across a range of reporting formats and requirements;
  • Excellent analytical and research skills;
  • Extensive experience in political analysis;
  • Excellent knowledge of and skills for using computer tools (Microsoft Office);
  • Good understanding of and commitment to gender equality and women's empowerment;
  • Ability to work under pressure on multiple projects while maintaining agreed timelines and high-quality of delivery;
  • Excellent organizational and self-management skills and attention to detail;
  • Knowledge of the Arab States is an asset.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in English, Journalism, Political Science, or relevant field is required;
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • More than 5 years of professional experience as an editor of policy papers, research studies, strategy documents, and/or other types of corporate communication is required;
  • Excellent drafting and editing skills across a range of reporting formats and requirements is required;
  • Proven, extensive experience in editing and copywriting for a range of audiences;
  • Knowledge and experience working on WPS related documents is an asset;
  • Experience in applying UN Women’s Editorial Guide and Gender Term lexicon is an asset;
  • Knowledge of the Arab region is an asset;
  • Experience working with the UN and international organizations is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required.

Evaluation Criteria:

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology: Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for the financial evaluation.

Criteria Weight Technical: 70% (70 points)

  • A University Degree in English, Journalism, Political Science, or relevant field (20 points);
  • At least five years of proven experience in editing and copywriting of public policy, political analysis, gender analysis and/or other types of corporate communication (30 points);
  • Quality of written sample (must be a sample where the applicant was directly responsible for writing and/or editing), preferably on a gender-related topic (20 points).

Financial: Lowest Financial Proposal: 30% (30 points)

The points for the Financial Proposal will be allocated as per the following formula:

  • The contract will be awarded to the technically qualified consultant who obtains the highest combined score (financial and technical);
  • The points for the Financial Proposal will be allocated as per the following formula: (Lowest Bid Offered*)/ (Bid of the Consultant) x 30;
  • 'Lowest Bid Offered' refers to the lowest price offered by Offerors scoring at least 49 points in the technical evaluation.


Interested Individual Consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

The above-mentioned documents should be merged in a standalone file including all of them since the online application submission does only permit uploading one file per application. Incomplete submission can be a ground for disqualification.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality, and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW, and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits employ, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity, and organizational need.

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)

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