Editing of MMC research (technical & copy-editing)
The MMC is a global network consisting of six regional hubs (Asia, East Africa, Europe, Middle East, North Africa & West Africa) and a central unit in Geneva. The MMC is a leading source for independent and high-quality data, research, analysis and expertise on mixed migration. The MMC aims to increase understanding of mixed migration, to positively impact global and regional migration policies, to inform evidence-based protection responses for people on the move and to stimulate forward thinking in public and policy debates on mixed migration. The MMC’s overarching focus is on human rights and protection for all people on the move. The three overall objectives of the MMC are:
- To contribute to a better, more nuanced and balanced understanding of mixed migration (knowledge)
- To contribute to evidence-based and better informed migration policies and debates (policy)
- To contribute to effective evidence-based protection responses for people on the move (practice)
The MMC is part of, and governed by DRC. MMC regional hubs are hosted within DRC regional offices, but part of the global MMC network. While its institutional link to DRC ensures MMC’s work is grounded in operational reality, it acts as an independent source of data, research, analysis and policy development on mixed migration for policy makers, practitioners, journalists, and the broader humanitarian sector. The position of the MMC does not necessarily reflect the position of DRC. For more information on MMC visit our website (http://www.mixedmigration.org/).
PURPOSE OF THE CONSULTANCY AND TASKS
MMC aims to recruit an external editor for the whole of 2019 (55 working days), to editing various articles, papers and reports that will be produced by the MMC regional hubs and MMC Geneva over the course of 2019, to ensure a common style and more efficient work process.
Specific tasks will include:
- Technical editing: fact-checking and providing comments on broad structure, key arguments and suggest additional references where required.
- Copy-editing of entire documents.
- Harmonizing and checking of all footnotes
- Providing headings, sub-titles, selection of pull-out quotes, or key messages where relevant
- Proof-reading final copies.
The editor will adhere to the MMC in-house editorial guidelines as well as specific suggestions and guidance from relevant MMC staff involved in the writing process. The number of reports or papers the editor will work on is undecided at this stage. The editor will, in consultation and agreement with MMC Geneva, make a fair calculation of necessary days for each specific assignment in advance and those days or hours will be subtracted from the total number of 55 working days.
This is a home-based consultancy, though an occasional trip to Geneva may be required, in which case MMC Geneva will cover all travel expenses. All other costs, including those related to communication, should be included in the professional fees.
The editor will be acknowledged on a personal basis in all research reports and papers.
This contract will consist of 55 days of editing work, spread out over the course of 2019. The contract will end on 31st of December. The 55 working days will be assigned in coordination with and as guided by MMC Geneva.
The consultant editor will report to the MMC programme coordinator in Geneva and coordinate all work with MMC Geneva. However, on specific editing assignments, the editor will work directly with MMC regional staff responsible for the research (usually the MMC regional coordinator/manager).
QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
To be successful in this role we expect you to have strong project management skills, a dedicated interest in mixed migration flows with proven experience in leading and conducting research.
- Demonstrated experience in communication and editing
- Strong analytical and writing skills in English. High level of written English is essential
- Experience with editing and proofreading NGO and UN report
- Excellent communication and networking skills; flexible attitude
- Strong ability to synthesize complex documents into key messages
- A clear understanding of mixed migration an asset
- Previous successful collaboration with MMC and familiarity with the MMC style are strong assets.
- Background in human rights/protection and knowledge of international law an asset
Interested applicants who meet the required profile are invited to submit an expression of interest including:
i. Their CV(s) with details of qualifications and experience.
ii. Brief cover letter which summarizes understanding of the TOR and financial proposal, clearly stating daily rate and total lumpsum for 55 days of editing work.