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Development Writers/ Editors, Long Term Agreement
|Application Deadline :||02-Sep-13 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||1- 2 years, with potential extension for one year based on a satisfactory performance|
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.
As a trusted and neutral multilateral partner serving 177 countries and territories around the world, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is uniquely positioned to advocate for transformative change, connect countries to the knowledge and resources they require to promote sustainable human development and to coordinate the efforts of the United Nations at the country level.
The mission of the Bureau for Development Policy (BDP) is to strengthen national governments’ institutional capacity, so that developing countries are increasingly able to tackle the challenges within and across their borders themselves. As an active policy bureau, BDP produces world-class knowledge and advocacy products and reference publications and substantively influences current development debates advocating for transformational change in collaboration with partners and institutions around the globe.
UNDP has established a quality assurance process for producing knowledge and advocacy products and, to assist in meeting editorial and production standards in line with this process, BDP is setting up an LTA for development writers/editors with experience in the substantive areas of our work including: poverty reduction and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the definition of the next development agenda from 2015 onwards; democratic governance; environment, energy and sustainable development; gender equality and women’s empowerment; HIV/AIDS, health and development; and knowledge management, innovation and capacity development.
BDP shall enter into anon-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. Prospective individuals are requested to take note of the following:
Duties and Responsibilities
The writer/editor consultant (s) shall report to the BDP task/project manager and/or the author(s) of the concerned knowledge materials. Task/project managers will likely differ from task to task. The main areas of work are as described below:
Editing of knowledge and advocacy products:
Creative writing targeting external audiences and the media:
Required Skills and Experience
Interested individuals must submit the following as proposals in order to demonstrate their qualifications:
Payments shall be made to the Individual Consultant based on the prescribed rates and upon successful achievement of the tasks and approval of work by task managers.
Volume of work:
An estimated volume of work for the individual consultant (s) for one year is expected to be around US$ 55,000, however, UNDP does not guarantee it will place orders for this quantity and is not bound by the LTA to purchase any minimum amount of services.
No travel is envisaged.
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
Step I : Screening
Applications will be screened and only candidates meeting the following minimum criteria will progress to the pool for shortlisting:
UNDP will conduct a desk review to produce a shortlist of candidates by evaluating:
Candidates will be assessed and scored against the following evaluation criteria.
Evaluation of Candidates (max 100 points):
Up to 25 candidates who score the highest in the desk review and also meet the minimum threshold (70 points) will be invited to take part in a written test to assess their writing and editing skills.
Step III: Written test
The written test will be submitted to the shortlisted candidates via e-mail and they will be given a deadline to respond to the required questions.
The written tests will be evaluated as per the following criteria:
Evaluation of Written Tests (max 100 points)
The threshold to pass the written test is 70 points.
Step IV: Financial Proposals
The candidates invited to sit on a written test will be also requested to provide their financial proposals, which shall contain a daily rate (or an hourly rate) where applicable.
Step V : Final evaluation
The final evaluation will combine the scores of desk review, written test and financial proposal with the following weights assigned to each:
Up to 15 candidates obtaining highest score in the final evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into a Long Term Agreement with UNDP.
It is expected that the evaluation steps will be undertaken following the below tentative timeline. Candidates must be aware that the timeline can be changed according to the number of applicants and level/quality of responses and written tests.
Screening and shortlisting by desk review – September 2013;
Written test – September 2013;
Final evaluation – October –November 2013;
Contract award - November – December 2013.