International Consultant – English Editing

UN Women

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.

Job Information

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    Duty Station Nepal
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    Type of Appointment Contract
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Negotiable / Monthly
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    Job Level : Senior Level
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    Job Experience : 3+ years
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    Job Category UN | United Nations
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    Job Qualification : Master
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    Posted Date : Jul 11, 2022

Job Description

Location : Home based, NEPAL
Application Deadline : 17-Jul-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left : 7d 16h 56m
Additional Category : Gender Equality
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : International Consultant
Languages Required :
English
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 01-Aug-2022
Duration of Initial Contract : 12 months (with possibility of extension)
Expected Duration of Assignment : 12 months (with possibility of extension)

Background

Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women 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. Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, UN Women leads a coordination on the United Nations System efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world.

UN Women Nepal organises various activities to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in Nepal. Photography and videography are some of the means to capture the achievements and lessons learned of these events to communicate to wider audiences and for future references. In this context, UN Women Nepal Country Office seeks to create a roster of experienced professional photographers and videographers (maximum four) who shall be employed to deliver series of photos and record videos on UN Women organised or collaborated events, field trips, visits, campaigns, human-interest stories, interviews, photo essays etc.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision and guidance of Communications Officer and in close consultation with the relevant programme officers, the selected Consultants will be responsible for providing professional English editing services for communications and knowledge products and other documents as per the need of UN Women Nepal Country Office. The scope of work requires substantive experience and an in-depth understanding of gender equality and empowerment of women, results-based management (RBM), and excellent writing and analytical skills. The detailed scope of work and responsibilities of the assignment are as follows:

Key Duties and Responsibilities –

  • Substantive/language editing, to ensure internal coherence and robustness of the document.  In this connection, the Consultant will: (a) ensure that content ambiguities, vagueness, redundancy, deficiencies, and inconsistencies are resolved, (b) language errors are eliminated, (c) overall structure of the document is strengthened, and (d) the general readability and appeal of the manuscript/documents are enhanced.
  • The responsibilities include thorough proofreading in conformity with the UN Editorial guidelines and revising as well as rewriting as needed in compliance with established standards and formats.
  • Copyediting to ensure accuracy in language, structure, and rhetoric expressions.
  • As part of copyediting, ensure (a) precision in word choice; (b) conformity of style with UN standard; (c) correctness of sentence structure; (d) clarity and comprehensibility of messages; (e) correctness of terminologies; and (f) fine-tuning of articulations to achieve high-quality native English expression.
  • Provide technical expertise and advisory services on effective communication of results.
  • Compile words used to enhance the readability of the document, provide them with corresponding meaning/s and share them with the staff to expand their vocabulary in English writing/reporting..

CONTRACT SUPERVISION 

The consultant will be accountable for their deliverables to the Communication Officer.

FINAL PRODUCT AND DELIVERABLES
Deliverables and timelines

The consultant shall be responsible for the following deliverables:

Expected deliverables.

  • A professional, accurate, and deadline-compliant proofreading and editing service of English documents and reports by ensuring accuracy in language, structure, and rhetoric expressions in accordance with the above-mentioned scope of work and responsibilities.
  • Documents delivered (preferably) in Microsoft Word in three versions:  clean copies, copies with changes track marked, and third versions with comments of edited English text. The edited documents ensure content ambiguity is resolved, language errors are eliminated, the structure is improved, and the overall comprehension of the manuscript is enhanced.
  • The Consultant is also required to reflect in their comments and corrections the principles upon which such corrections were done. This is consistent with the continuous learning approach that underlines the capacity building efforts of the UN Women Nepal Country Office

SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS

Payment will be made on the basis of the quantity of the work actually delivered and upon certification of satisfactory performance by the supervisor.

Competencies

Core Values and Guiding Principles

  • Integrity: Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
  • Professionalism: Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work; and
  • Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity: Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Functional Competencies

  • Ethics and Values: Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.
  • Organizational Awareness: Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.
  • Development and Innovation: Take charge of self-development and take initiative.
  • Work in teams: Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multiethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Communicating and Information Sharing: Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.
  • Self-management and Emotional Intelligence: Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others.
  • Conflict Management: Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.
  • Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing: Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge; and

Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making: Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making

Required Qualification & Experience

Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Gender and Development Studies, Journalism, Communications, English, or any other related field of studies.
  • A minimum of three years of professional experience in English editing, proofreading, and report writing. Familiarity with the UN reporting system will be a strong advantage.
  • Proven expertise in the area of gender equality and the empowerment of women.
  • Previous experience in working with government, donors, civil society organizations (CSOs), or the UN is an asset.
  • The ability to handle documents and the information contained therein with the strictest confidentiality is a non-negotiable requirement.

MANDATORY FOR APPLICATION PACKAGE:

Interested applicant is requested to submit following document:

  1. Expression of interest explaining why you are interested to this position and what professional skills and experiences you have to support your interest is strong.
  2. Duly completed and signed UN Women P-11 form which can be downloaded: http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment
  3. Two references of past work that demonstrate applicant’s relevant skills for the assignments.
  4. A separate document of financial proposal/quotation of professional fees in below format:
SN Qty Rate for Editing Services in USD (all inclusive) Urgent Editing Services in USD

(all inclusive)

1 Per-page

Please note that the system will only allow one attachment, kindly combine all your documents into one single PDF document. Applications without the completed documents will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

Professional service fees:

Interested applicants are requested to submit their all-inclusive professional service fees the product in their financial proposals. Professional service fees shall include professional service charges, other production costs including use of equipment/facilities and communication charges.

NOTE: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

EVALUATION PROCESS

The candidates will be evaluated in two stages: according to minimum as well as technical qualification and financial evaluation.

Technical evaluation criteria (including minimum qualifications):

  • Education: Master’s degree in Gender and Development Studies, Journalism, Communications, English or any other related field of studies (Max 10 points);
  • Experience: Three years or more of professional experience in English editing, proofreading and report writing. Familiarity with RBM and the UN reporting language and system (Max 30 points);
  • Experience: Proven expertise in the area of gender equality and the empowerment of women (Max 20 points);
  • Experience: Previous experience in working with government, donors, civil society organizations (CSOs) or the UN is an asset (Max 10 points);

Maximum total technical score amounts to 70 points. Only candidates who have passed over the mandatory criteria and have accumulated at least 49 points under the technical evaluation will qualify to the next round of the financial evaluation.

The financial proposal of candidates who meet the technical assessment threshold will be evaluated. The financial assessment will count as 30% of the total points.  In this methodology, the maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion.

A formula is as follows:

p = y (µ/z)

Where:

p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated

y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal

µ = price of the lowest priced proposal

z = price of the proposal being evaluated

The candidates who scores highest cumulative score will be considered for the service.
UN Women applies fair and transparent selection process that would consider the competencies/skills of the applicants. Qualified women and persons belonging to gender minorities, persons with disability, persons from ethnic, indigenous, and marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

We will inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.

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