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Writer - Regional Synthesis Reports on Volunteering
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home Based|
|Application Deadline :||09-Dec-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||3 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||3 Months|
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UN Volunteers, throughout the world. UNV embraces volunteerism as universal and inclusive, and recognizes volunteerism in its diversity, as well as the values that sustain it: free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity. UNV is headquartered in Bonn, Germany with an office in New York and has five regional offices in Amman, Bangkok, Dakar, Nairobi and Panama.
Duties and Responsibilities
Main objectives, responsibilities and description of the proposed analytical work
The total length of each report is expected to be between 20 and 30 pages, including the cover page, acknowledgement, table of content and references with approximately 10-15 pages of analytical narrative. The reports will be written in English by the consultant and will also be published in five other UN official languages, namely Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.
Key deliverable 1. Finalization of the work plan and the sequencing of report production: The consultant will work closely with the Plan of Action Secretariat and the UNV Regional Offices to specify each chapter’s main and supporting messages and to finalize on the structure, coherence and length of each chapter, ensuring that the messages are clear and prominent and that the storyline is logical and engaging. The consultant and the Plan of Action Secretariat will agree on a plan for structural and substantive edits and identify gaps and refinements for all the content, including text, figures, tables and boxes.
Key deliverable 2. Submission of initial drafts with staggered deadlines for each of the five reports: Based on the plan agreed, produce five regional synthesis reports on volunteering with a view to ensuring: clarity and continuity of the argument and focus of the reports; a logical and engaging storyline; clarity of structure; internal consistency, both intellectual and stylistic; balance; length; general readability and accessibility to a broad readership worldwide, bearing in mind that the target audience is both UN and non-UN partners. The focus is to highlight regional trends clearly and substantively based on the contextualization, while ensuring overall consistency across five reports.
Key deliverable 3. Finalization of the reports prior to each regional consultation planned: Reflect the feedback and inputs gathered from UNV accordingly and conduct final edits in order to make a final submission.
Proven track record in writing and editing skills
Required Skills and Experience
Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s and above) in social or political science, communications or a related field.
Language requirement: Excellent command of English, particularly written; other UN languages an asset.
How to apply:
Applicants have to provide a technical and financial proposal.
The technical proposal shall describe the methodology and the approach how to fulfill the required deliverables as well as outline the major components of its implementation.
Criteria for Selection of the Best offer:
The selection of the best offer will be based on the combined scoring method – where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted – 70% and combined with the price offer which will be weighted 30%.
Key selection criteria are;
At least 10 years’ relevant experience in drafting reports, including synthesis reports, in international peace and development; knowledge of the topic of volunteerism a strong asset (35%)
Qualified candidates must apply online via the UNDP Jobshop. Interested candidates are advised to carefully review this ToR and ensure that they meet the requirements and qualifications described above.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
Please make sure you provide all requested materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
All documents should be scanned and attached into one PDF format document.
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Qualified women and members of social minorities are encouraged to apply. Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are only able to inform the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
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.