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UNOPS recruiting Consultant Writer

Geneva, Switzerland, 31 March 2014


UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner. Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations. We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.

Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is a global multi-stakeholder partnership organization that works to improve the lives of poor people. The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is the legal and administrative host of WSSCC. Founded in 1990, WSSCC’s mission is to ensure sustainable sanitation, better hygiene and safe drinking water for all people, especially the poorest and most marginalized members of society in developing countries. In order to achieve its mission, WSSCC manages the Global Sanitation Fund, facilitates sector coordination at national, regional and global levels, supports professional development, and advocates on behalf of the 2.5 billion people without a clean, safe toilet to use.  More information on WSSCC can be found at: www.wsscc.org.

The incumbent will report to  the Advocacy and Communications Department and will be responsible for writing and editing a series of publications on issues concerning Menstrual Hygiene Management, Community-Led Total Sanitation, Behaviour Change,  Equity and Sustainability Inclusion in Sanitation and Hygiene. Furthermore, the incumbent will conduct interviews to support the collection and generation of content to the publications. The incumbent will also support the production and dissemination of updates on WSSCC’s research portfolio on Women, health and sanitation, the Right to Sanitation, Hand washing  and planned pieces including civil society in WASH, Learning notes from GSF programmes and any other linked outputs for wider dissemination.  Finally, the incumbent will review publications for final sign-off and also support the design and lay-out of the publications.

Purpose of the assignment

WSSCC is in the process of developing and rolling out a series of publications – including toolkits, training manuals, policy briefs, reports and research summaries - on issues concerning hygiene and sanitation. More specifically, the publications to be produced will be used to expand WSSCC’s communications and knowledge management agenda. The publications will explore issues on behaviour change including the current emphasis on sanitation and hygiene promotion through community led approaches, such as CLTS, sanitation marketing, hand-washing behaviour change and crucially, equity and inclusion approaches to sanitation and hygiene.

The overall objective of these publications is to improve the capacity of practitioners, policymakers, researchers, journalists and partners to understand and/or mainstream sanitation and hygiene issues more effectively in actions on sanitation and in development cooperation. Documenting challenges and successes will be a key part of the content to the publications.

WSSCC is seeking a senior writer and editor to assist with the process of technically writing, editing and producing series of publications, flyers, briefing notes during the course of 2014. The consultant writer/editor will be tasked with ensuring consistency across all materials both from a conceptual/technical, as well as language standpoint, including rewriting some of the draft materials, where necessary, as well as ensuring all comments received in the process of review are fully incorporated. The editor will also be responsible for ensuring that key cross-cutting issues are properly addressed and that the publications are written in such a way that makes them useful to a broad range of WSSCC target groups.

The assignment seeks to engage a skilled writer and editor – with good sub-editing skills – to collect and review materials and prepare a set of reports, briefs, manuals and summaries to publishable standard. The materials will be published and used to support and inform future delivery of training, development of toolkits, learning and to showcase/profile WSSCC as a knowledge leader in the sector.

Functional Responsibilities

Although the project teams at WSSCC will be responsible for the completion and timely submission of the information requested, it will be the consultant’s responsibility to ensure that the information provided by contributors has the elements needed to develop into high quality final products. The consultant should be able to collect inputs from key experts and incorporate their feedback into the content.

The consultant will be expected to undertake a comprehensive review of project outputs (e.g. reports, position papers, methodology for standards development, toolkits for individual needs assessment etc.) and provide recommendations for their further development and publication. The consultant will revise, and edit documents and materials to a publishable standard.

Additionally, the consultant will compose (or arrange for an expert to write) an introductory text for each of the publications. The consultant will also prepare a summary note and/or press release to each publication that is completed with the view to using this to reach out to the media.

Based on the documents and materials already prepared in 2013, the listing below provides a snapshot of the main publications that are to be prepared:

  • Training and resource materials,

  • A series of ‘how to’ manuals on menstrual hygiene management

  • Policy briefs,

  • Briefing notes

  • Reports

  • Research summaries

  • Factsheets

Major Tasks

Undertake a comprehensive review of project outputs and make recommendations for their:

  • Further development and publication,

  • Support the coordination of and facilitate the contributions of project experts and others,

  • Facilitate inputs from keys experts, senior and junior non key experts (through a range of means, possibly including interviews) and incorporate their feedback into the content

  • Write, edit and finalise publications – including finalising drafts of publications,

  • The consultant will work closely with graphic designers to develop ideas for graphics and charts that creatively convey key messages/data in the publications,

  • The consultant will also proof read the texts as they are laid out by the designer.

  • Perform other related duties as required.


It is expected that the consultant will deliver the following publications in ready to print form:

  • 2 Reports

  • 1 set of Manuals / series of guides

  • 6 Policy briefs

  • 6 Briefing notes

  • 4 Research summaries

  • 4 Factsheets

Final text as a Word document, including table of contents, photo captions and credit information. Proofreading of design layouts to ensure text and graphics are error free.

After the draft text is reviewed by the project team, managers and other reviewers at WSSCC, the consultant will incorporate revisions related to content and/or language. Where applicable, the text will adhere to WSSCC branding standards for language and presentation. Final text will be approved by the Advocacy and Communications Office at WSSCC before it is laid-out and designed for final print production.

Contract duration: 150 working days.

Deadline:  20 April 2014

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