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Stop TB Partnership - Senior Technical Writer - Editor (Retainer - Roster Recruitment)

Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)
  • Grade: IICA-3, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Translations and Languages
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Documentation and Information Management
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Public, Private Partnership
    • Gender-based violence
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-23

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Background Information - Job-specific

UNOPS hosts the Stop Tuberculosis Partnership Secretariat (STBP) as of 1 January 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland. The vision of the Stop TB Partnership is to realize the goal of elimination of Tuberculosis (TB) as a public health problem and, ultimately, to obtain a world free of TB by ensuring that every TB patient has access to effective diagnosis, treatment and cure; stopping transmission of TB; reducing the inequitable social and economic toll of TB; and developing and implementing new preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic tools and strategies. The Stop Partnership is uniquely positioned to support the development and further implementation by partners of the current and future Global Plan, acting as a coordinator and catalyst for the range of partners engaged in the fight against TB.

Founded in 2001, the Stop TB Partnership's mission is to serve every person who is vulnerable to TB and ensure that high-quality treatment is available to all who need it. Stop TB partners include international and technical organizations, government programmes, research and funding agencies, foundations, NGOs, civil society and community groups and the private sector.

Functional Responsibilities

The Stop TB Partnership Board decided in November 2020 to endorse the development of a new Global Plan under the guidance of the Global Plan Task Force. This new plan will cover the period 2023 to 2030 and will specifically identify what resources are needed to end the TB epidemic globally, focusing on the Sustainable Development Goal 3 (target of ending TB by 2030) and will align with the World Health Organization (WHO) End TB Strategy milestones. The development work will be guided by the Global Plan Task Force and the final document will be approved by the Stop TB Board / Executive Committee. The new Global Plan will launch in the 2nd quarter of 2022, during the Stop TB Partnership’s 35th Board Meeting.

The Stop TB Partnership Secretariat will hire a senior technical writer cum editor for the new Global Plan document. The writer will work under the overall supervision of the STBP Deputy Executive Director and in coordination  with the Management team at the Stop TB Partnership Secretariat. The writer will communicate directly and manage the relationship with the Global Plan Task Force and be responsible for the final document of the Global Plan 2023-2030. The main responsibilities of the incumbent will be:

Lead the conceptualization of the writing and editing work of the report

  • Lead the conceptualization of the writing and editing work, providing innovative and creative approaches, in order to create all the chapters of the Global Plan in an informative, compelling and influential manner.

  • Lead the development of different strategic approaches to highlight key information in the draft in an appealing, innovative and high-impact way. Making sure, key elements, approaches, recommendations are highlighted in the report and are clear, especially for decision-makers. 

  • Assess and use different strategic approaches to ensure that the content production of the draft Incorporates the comments and suggestions from the Stop TB Board, and/or its Executive Committee in a creative and compelling manner.

  • Ensure that the conceptualization, writing style, language and further editing meets the requirement of an international advocacy document and is consistent with the Stop TB Language Guide.

Lead the visual conceptualization of the Global Plan

  • Incorporate into the draft the graphs, maps and infographics produced by the modelling and costing team and Stop TB Secretariat, ensuring that they follow a logic and are linked to the narrative in an appealing, innovative and high impact way.

  • Work with the Stop TB Secretariat designer to propose innovative solutions to achieve a good balance between design components (graphics, images, etc.) and the narrative of the report.

Coordinate with the the task force to gather key input for the Global Plan

  • Coordinate and engage with the Task Force through participation in all their meetings, studying the discussions and incorporating the recommendations into the Global Plan in a meaningful way.

  • Participate in the online consultation meetings for the Global Plan development and synthesize the report from each consultation meeting in order to lead the discussion on how to incorporate inputs into the Global Plan report.

Coordinate with STBP’s teams to gather input for the Global Plan 

  • Working closely with Stop TB Partnership Management, lead the assessment and address the comments and suggestions arising from the online consultations to be done on the Global Plan development.

  • Work with the New Tools Working Groups to synthesize and draft chapters on new tools for TB diagnostics, treatment and vaccine in the Global Plan - highlitning the innovative work of the partnership.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education:
  • An Advanced University Degree (Masters degree or equivalent) preferably in social science, political science or international relations, media and communication, Journalism, economics, development studies, public health, Biology, science, resource mobilization and international development, or similar subjects with 7 years of relevant experience is required

OR
  • A First-level University Degree (Bachelors/Undergraduate degree or equivalent) preferably in one of the subjects above in addition to 2 extra years of relevant experience, may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Experience: A minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience in technical writing in English;

Prior experience in technical writing/editing within the field of Global Health Infectious Diseases (HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, etc) and/or Procurement and Supply Chain Management is required;

Excellent proven writing skills, especially on policy and/or scientific papers;

Knowledge of and experience working on TB and data analysis is highly desirable.

Languages:

Excellent knowledge of English with proven ability to communicate in English (spoken and written) in a clear and concise manner is required.

Knowledge of another UNOPS official language is an asset.

Competencies

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

  1. Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA) Home-based Retainer
  2. Contract level: IICA-3 (ICS-11)
  3. Contract duration: retainer administered by UNOPS up until 31st of December 2021. Beyond 2021, the contract will be administered by the new host of the Stop TB Partnership.
For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx 

Additional Considerations

  • Qualified candidates from TB affected countries are strongly encouraged to apply. See here the list of countries:http://www.stoptb.org/countries/tbdata.asp 
  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • 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 seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.

Diversity

With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.


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