Job Vacancies United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Position: Editorial Consultant
Location: United States of America ( The ), New York
Closing Date: Thursday, 30 August 2012
Background Information – UNOPS
“UNOPS plays a critical role in providing management services for our life-saving, peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. I have seen many examples of how these activities help suffering people in troubled parts of the world.”
Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General
UNOPS mission is to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need.
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, UNOPS vision is to always satisfy partners with management services that meet world-class standards of quality, speed and cost effectiveness.
By assisting UN organizations, international financial institutions, governments and other development partners, UNOPS makes significant, tangible contributions to results on the ground.
UNOPS employs more than 6000 personnel and on behalf of its partners creates thousands more work opportunities in local communities. With its headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, a network of five regional offices and a further 20 operations and project centres, UNOPS oversees activities in more than 80 countries.
UNOPS is committed to achieving a truly diverse workforce.
Background Information – NAO
North America Regional Office
The UNOPS North America Regional Office provides services that help implement projects for a range of partners, and support operations run by the UNOPS Mine Action Cluster, Small Grants Cluster and Development Group Cluster. In addition, the office serves as a liaison between UNOPS headquarters and its Executive Board, which supports and supervises UNOPS activities globally.
Background Information – Development Group Cluster
Development Group Cluster
The UNOPS Development Group Cluster is based in the North America Office and supports a diverse and complex portfolio including partners such as the United Nations Development Programme (the Bureau for Development Policy, the Human Development Report Office, and the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation), the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Capital Development Fund, the United Nations Secretariat and a broadening community of primarily New York-based UN partners in the delivery of project management, implementation and administration services.
Background Information – Job-specific
The Special Unit for South-South Cooperation is mandated to promote, coordinate and support South-South and triangular cooperation on a global and United Nations system-wide basis. It receives policy directives and guidance from the General Assembly High-level Committee (HLC) on South-South Cooperation, serving as its Secretariat. In this capacity, among other things, it prepares substantive reports, including the report of the Secretary-General on the state of South-South cooperation. The Special Unit also undertakes a range of other activities relating to policy dialogue, development and advocacy as well as to the promotion of South-South knowledge – and experience-sharing by development partners and the piloting of mechanisms and partnerships for scaling up South-South exchanges. Initiatives in these areas, including the three-in-one architecture (Global South-South Development Academy, the Global South-South Development Expo and the South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange) to support the development community, often call for editorial support to produce high-level reports and other types of documentation and publications.
The consultant will support the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation in undertaking the tasks described below:
Edit all manuscripts of reports and case studies, including graphs, statistical tables and images, in accordance with United Nations editorial requirements, checking for correct grammar, spelling and word usage; minimizing the use of acronyms; and ensuring consistency in style and format as well as the clarity and logic of arguments;
Support and oversee with the production of publications to ensure quality control, including reviewing the designer’s work and coordinating communication between the Special Unit and the designer (where appropriate), proofreading the typeset and blue-line versions and reviewing the sample proofs before final publication.
Draft report of the Secretary-General on the state of South-South cooperation
Note by the Secretary-General containing a proposal for the reform of the High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation and its Secretariat
Draft fifth cooperation framework for South-South cooperation (2012-2014)
Issues Nos. 3 to 6 of Southern Innovator
Volume 20 of Sharing Innovative Experiences
Creative Economy Report
Documentation relating to the Global South-South Development Expo 2012, including the overview and full-length report
Official memorandums and letters from the Office of the Directorate
Demonstrate excellent and effective written skills;
Ability to manage multiple tasks, set deadlines and plan work independently;
Set clear priorities and be able to meet key deadlines under pressure;
Experience with policy writing for UN agencies is an asset.
Knowledge of South-South and triangular cooperation is highly desirable
Advanced degree specializing in Language, International Policy or closely related field required
At least 11-14 years of editing experience in English;
Fluent in English, working knowledge in another UN official language required
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: IICA Specialist
Contract level: IICA – 3
1 year (Retainer based)
For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below the advertised level of the post
The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
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UNOPS North America Regional Office The Chrysler Building 405 Lexington Avenue, 5th Floor New York Tel: +1 212 457-4000
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