Editor Speech Writer/ Trainer in writing

Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :31-Dec-13 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year with the possibility of extension based on 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.


UNDP in Belarus is looking for a qualified Editor/ Speech Writer/ Trainer in writing (preferably native speaker).

Several qualified candidates will be selected and engaged under the Individual Contracts (Long Term Agreements) which shall be included in UNDP Belarus Roster of Editors/ Speech Writers/ Trainers in writing.

The contractors will perform their duties remotely upon request.  

This is part-time non-staff engagement and does not envisage full time employment.

Proposals for tender ref.num 976/2013 should be submitted on-line or to e-mail tenders.by@undp.by no later than 31 December 2013 (Minsk time) or by fax +375 17 326 03 40  or to the following address: UNDP Office, Kirau Street 17, 6th floor, 220050 Minsk, Belarus (ref. num. 976/2013 of the tender should be indicated on the envelope).

Applications will be reviewed on rolling basis.
Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to the e-mail tatiana.tolstsik@undp.org will respond in writing or by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Proof reading/ Editing of documents in English;
  • Suggesting correct terminology and titles of the reports, presentations, brochures etc.;
  • Draft press releases, statements and other materials for mass media consumption;
  • Draft talking points for the media engagements of the UNDP Resident Representative.
Draft speeches for the UNDP Resident Representative:
  • Develop core messages and outline talking points for speechwriting assignments,
  • Flesh these out into full speeches once approved;
  • Research, collate and validate information to be used for all speeches;  
  • If needed, prepare slide presentations (PowerPoint) to support key speeches;
  • Prepare talking points for media interviews, special content for physical and online publications;
  • Conduct training in English writing for the UNDP Office and projects personnel when needed.


Functional Competencies:

  • Good oral and written communication skills;
  • Knowledge and practical experience with UNDP and/or other international organizations is an asset;
  • Understanding of United Nations key priorities, focus and thematic areas is preferred;
  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural skills and ability to convey messages clearly, succinctly and accurately;
  • Ability to think clearly and precisely articulate;
  • Excellent computer skills.
Corporate competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:
  • University degree in Journalism, Communications, International Relations, Visual Arts and Design, IT, Social Sciences or similar;
  • Advanced University degree is an advantage.         
Years of experience:
  • At least 2 years of experience related to editing/ proofreading;
  • Experience in writing stories and using social media;
  • Experience in communicating and cooperating with governmental, non-governmental, donors and private agencies is an asset.

Language requirements:

  • Excellent knowledge of English language (native speaker), written and spoken.
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
  • Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability;
  • Financial proposal – please fill in Annex II (Finance Proposal);
  • Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 2 references (or contact information of at least 2 people who could provide a reference upon request). All documents required (Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability, CV or P11 and Financial Proposal) shall be presented altogether in just one (1) envelope, if submitted by courier, or in one email transmission, or as an attachment to an on-line application, without password encryption;
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the Cumulative analysis:

When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria:
Total score=Technical Score + Financial Score

Technical Criteria weight; [70%], maximum 700 points.
Financial Criteria weight; [30%], maximum 300 points.

All the offers of individual consultants who scored 490 (70% from 700) and more points during the desk review/interview are acceptable for financial evaluation. The lowest technically qualified proposal receives 300 points and all the other technically qualified proposals receive points in inverse proportion according to the formula:

P=Y*(L/Z), where
  • P=points for the financial proposal being evaluated;
  • Y=maximum number of points for the financial proposal;
  • L= price of the lowest price proposal;
  • Z=price of the proposal being evaluated.

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