Job: Writing/Editing Services Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding – Home-based

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Application Deadline : 02-Aug-15


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UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. With offices in more than 177 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is uniquely positioned to advocate for transformative change, connect countries to the knowledge and resources they require to promote sustainable human development and to coordinate the efforts of the United Nations at the country level.

The Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) of UNDP has the responsibility of developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. UNDP, through the Governance and Peacebuilding (G&P) Cluster of BPPS, ensures inclusive and effective democratic governance by bringing together its ability to advocate, advise, foster impartial spaces for dialogue, achieve consensus and build institutions.

The Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding team is one of the four teams within the G&P Cluster. The work of the team focuses on three main substantive thematic areas: Capacities for conflict prevention and management; Facilitation, dialogue and consensus building; and Conflict analysis and assessment.

As part of these efforts, the team is leading the development of various knowledge products in order to capture, learn from and build on UNDP’s knowledge and practical experience in conflict prevention and peacebuilding. UNDP is in a particularly privileged position due to identify lessons and opportunities in this area of work, based on its strong capacities for conflict assessment and process support, the effective network of Peace and Development Advisers deployed in partnership with DPA, and the mutually reinforcing collaboration within the UN system provide, as well as the longstanding experience in capacity-building and mediation support on the ground.

Duties and Responsibilities
The LTA will assist the team in finalizing knowledge products, supporting the editing of the documents, and providing technical expertise in reviewing the substantive content of the papers, to ensure completeness, accuracy, and appropriate language.

The scope of work will vary depending on the assignment but would include one or various of the below deliverables:

  • Draft and/or edit manuscripts to ensure clarity, consistency and readability of the text for the intended audience;
  • Under the guidance of the UNDP task manager and authors/specialists, assemble all chapters/sections; suggesting re-writing as necessary, adding/editing boxes of interest, tables and charts bringing the manuscript to full completion including all necessary components (table of contents, foreword, preface, introduction, bibliography, tables, annexes, boxes, etc.), depending on the product and the tasks set in the Terms of Reference;
  • Review the accuracy of substantive content and information in the documents, including references to case studies;
  • Produce draft succinct articles for UNDP public website and other media channels, including blogs, based on key knowledge products, publications and other products under the responsibility of UNDP researchers and senior policy advisors;
  • Follow the UNDP stylesheet which will be provided;
  • Point out factual inconsistencies, inconsistencies in arguments, political nuances, faulty logic, and awkward or unclear passages and suggest solutions;
  • Ensure all references are in order, requesting source information for tables and figures when such information is missing;
  • Ensure timely incorporation of feedback received from internal and external peer reviewers into draft manuscripts;
  • As appropriate, work closely with the consultant graphic designer or photographer to develop ideas for infographics, charts and images that creatively convey key messages/data in the manuscript;
  • Proof-read final texts as laid out by designer to ensure text and associated graphics are error free.
Functional Competencies:

  • Substantive and technical expertise in one or more of the following issues:
  • Conflict prevention and resolution;
  • Governance and peacebuilding;
  • Conflict analysis/assessment tools and doing conflict analysis from a development perspective;
  • Outstanding knowledge of facilitation/training, process and co-ordination skills;
  • Good understanding of UNDP programming modalities, particularly in crisis and post-conflict settings is an asset.