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Writers and Editors Consultancy Work, Roster Advertisement (Home Based)

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Remote | Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Translations and Languages
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-28

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To write/edit reports, technical documents, donor briefs, human interest stories and any other documents.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, Learning

How can you make a difference?

Purpose of Activity/Assignment:

Join our team to fulfil the needs of the huge office demand throughout the year, the Communication, Advocacy and Partnerships section would like to hire qualified writers/editors to write/edit high quality reports, donor briefs, regional and thematic briefs, human interest stories and other documents on an individual consultancy basis.

Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

Under the supervision of the communication specialist, the consultant will be responsible for writing, editing, fact-checking remotely or from within the country, for the above-mentioned types of documents and reports and apply the following strategies:


  • Write up the reports/briefs after having the initial concept/draft from the respective programme officers sections
  • Liaise with relevant Sections for background documents, inputs and fact-checking.
  • Restructure and rewrite the areas of text as needed to promote clarity, continuity, and internal consistency and incorporate reviewers’ comments;
  • Redraft incorrect or unclear passages where necessary and insert any omitted text;
  • Provide accuracy and consistency in capitalization, selling, abbreviations/acronyms, notes, bibliography, titles, graphs, and tables (including their notes and sources), as per the UNICEF style and guidebook;
  • Ensure that citations are appropriately included for statement/passages where required;
  • Ensure that the language used is impactful; that repetitious text and jargon are eliminated; and that potential sensitivities are flagged and ways of resolving the issue(s) proposed;
  • Develop and ensure consistency in overall layout;
  • Work closely with responsible officers on revisions and changes.


  • Consultant will deliver within agreed timelines pending on the assignment.
  • Payment for writing and editing assignments will be paid per day of work, based on prior discussion of time spent per assignment.


  • The writer will work under the direct supervision of the Communication Specialist and in close collaboration with the programme staff.
  • Feedback on writing/editing assignments will be provided by CAP during the finalization process.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree University degree in journalism, communications, language, other social sciences or related discipline
  • A minimum of 3 [Three] years of relevant professional experience in  journalism, writing, communication, public relations or other related field using excellent analytical, research and writing skills.
  • Experience with writing feature/ human interest stories is highly desirable.
    Previous experience reporting and writing on UN programmes would be an advantage.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

Knowledge/Expertise/Skills required:

  • Excellent oral and written communication, report and proposal writing skills in English. Writing samples may be requested
  • Knowledge of UNICEF programmes in Ethiopia is highly desirable
  • Good knowledge of the application of the equity lens and human rights perspective to programming
  • Good ability to support translation of analytical findings and evidence into a cohesive narrative
  • Professional and native English writing and exiting skills. Knowledge of Ethiopian languages would be an advantage
  • Photographic experience would be an important advantage
  • Tact and political sensitivity, flexibility, teamwork and partnership building, commitment, drive for results, embracing diversity, integrity, self-awareness, self-regulation and technical knowledge
  • Excellent communication (writing and oral), negotiation and other human relation skills.
  • Excellent ability to collect, treat and analyise data. Advanced computer literacy expected in Word, Excel and PowerPoint


For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).


To view our competency framework, please visit here.


UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.



Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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