Publications Editor and Writer (Retainer) Job in Kenya – UN

The main
objective of the assignment is to offer editorial, technical writing/drafting
and proofing services for UN Women ESARO publications

of Work

Access to internet connection during
the period of the contract to send and receive electronic communications and

The standard software used at UN Women
is Microsoft Office;

Edited and/or written documents must
be returned to UN Women with tracked changes where possible;

The consultant is responsible for
acquiring the necessary software licenses, UN Women will not pay for software
licenses or connectivity fees.

Duties and Responsibilities

Edit, copy-edit and proof-reading of
draft regional knowledge products (using track changes) – Edit, the regional
knowledge products and generate final versions that will be ready for design
and publication. The editing process will include a revision of the current
text with tables and figures, references and citations to achieve an optimal
flow of information and presentation of the findings;

Substantively re-drafting and
synthetizing of sections of the drafted text, writing abridged versions,
executive summaries and other requested text to attain easy readability and
understanding, particularly, to non-expert audiences in consultation with UN
Women focal persons;

Prepare a list of proposed changes to
figures in Word;

Check that word usage is appropriate;

Eliminate abbreviations as far as
possible and ensure that essential abbreviations are spelt out at the first

Delete excessive italic, boldface and
quotation marks;

Ensure that numbers and units of
measurement are used appropriately and consistently;

Check the spelling and presentation of
Member States’ names;

Check other proper names (cities,
international conventions, conferences, nongovernmental organizations, named
individuals, etc.);

Edit chapter titles, subheadings and
table and figure legends for brevity, consistency and parallel construction,
and check numbering if appropriate;

Check formatting of chapters,
sections, subsections, paragraphs, lists (e.g. with bullet points) and table
and figure captions for consistency;

Ensure that UN Women style Guide has
been used for reference lists/bibliographies and that the information for each
reference is complete, in the correct sequence and formatted correctly;

Ensure that all cross-references to
chapters, sections, subsections, tables and figures are correct;

Monitor paragraph length and content.
Eliminate verbatim repetition of text, tables or figures and cut out redundant

Check for and eliminate or query
discriminatory language.


Draft tracked edited versions of the
respective knowledge products shared with the consultant for their editorial

Final copy-edited and proofread
versions of the above knowledge products sent to UN Women;

Technical writings/drafts of written
works whether abridged versions, key messages, fact sheets, executive
summaries, background papers, journal papers, policy briefs among other
products written from various UN Women shared reports/publications.

competencies : 

The ability to research and check
facts and to question the validity of statements in the text;

Sensitivity to the message that the
author is typing to convey and the ability to judge the level of intrusiveness
necessary in relation to institutional style guide;

Demonstrated experience on gender and

Demonstrated communication skills in

Excellent editing & writing;

Good understanding of gender and
development issues in Africa;

Displays cultural, gender, religion,
race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;

Highest standards of integrity,
discretion and loyalty;

Thoroughness and loyalty;

Adaptability and flexibility and the
ability to work under pressure and to short deadlines;

Good IT skills.

Required Skills and Experience

and Certification:

Masters degree in social science,
education, communications, english, development or any other relevant field;

A first-level university degree in
combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted
in lieu of the advanced university degree.


At least Seven years of work
experience in development of content, writing, editing, proof reading,
reporting and documentation of publications and knowledge products with
development institutions in line with institutional style manuals;

Previous work with international
institutions in the field of editorial services preferred;

Experience working for international


Fluency in written and spoken English
is required;

Knowledge of the other UN official
working language is an asset.

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