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Editor/ writer

Washington D.C. (United States of America)

Chemonics seeks an editor/writer for the ongoing USAID Promote: Women in Government project in Afghanistan. The purpose of the project is to increase and advance the number of women in the Afghan civil service, thereby promoting a more inclusive government that is responsive to the needs of the entire Afghan population. The project is in its first year of implementation and has established an internship program in Kabul for educated young women to enter the Afghan civil service. The editor/writer will promote the project's successes in strengthening women's participation in the Afghan civil service by providing comprehensive editorial support for project reports and deliverables. The editor/writer will be responsible for overseeing the style, content, grammar, and organization of project materials, and will ensure that reports are presented in an informative, easy-to-read manner for a broad range of stakeholders.

The consultant is required to work remotely from the United States and use their personal laptop. The assignment is expected to begin around December 1, 2015, and last until approximately December 1, 2016. The assignment will require the consultant to be available on an as-needed basis for a total of 50 days for the specified period of performance, amounting to a total of 450 hours. ​We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Review project contract and Year 1 work plan to become familiar with project objectives, activities, and outputs; gain familiarity with other USAID projects in Afghanistan
  • Meet with project staff to identify long-term communications and knowledge-sharing outcomes
  • Develop a clear and easy-to-read project style manual
  • Clarify roles and responsibilities with the project communications team to define style and formatting standards for project materials; establish peer review and quality control procedures
  • Edit technical reports and other deliverables written by field-office communications staff and meet submission deadlines
  • Edit weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual progress reports, based on input from operations and technical team members
  • Review project success stories and other written materials based on input from technical team members
  • Regularly communicate with communications staff to provide status updates, verify information, and give constructive feedback


  • Master's degree in a relevant technical area, preferably communications, journalism, or English
  • Minimum ten years of relevant communications and editing experience, preferably in international development
  • Experience writing and editing publications submitted to USAID and/or other international donor organizations
  • Thorough knowledge of USAID's branding and marking standards
  • An ability to turn around work products under tight deadlines with minimal supervision
  • Experience in Afghanistan or other transitional economies as well as regional experience is highly desirable
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Strong editing and writing skills in American English that conform to identified style, grammar, and punctuation standards

Application Instructions:

Send electronic submissions to by November 23, 2015. Please include "editor/ writer" in the subject line. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

In addition, please download and complete Chemonics’ equal employment opportunity self-identification formand submit it separately to EEOselfidentify@chemonics.comwith only "editor/ writer - USAID Promote: Women in Government" in the subject line. If you prefer not to disclose your sex, race, or ethnicity, you may check “I do not wish to complete the information requested.” Thank you for completing the form and supporting our equal employment opportunity reporting requirements.

​​​​Chemonics is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.​​

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: Chemonics
  • Location: Washington D.C. (United States of America)
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Translations and Languages
  • Closing Date: 2015-11-23

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