Consultancy: Copy Editor (Sanitation and Hygiene Publications)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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Consultancy Title: Copy Editor (Sanitation and Hygiene Publications)

Section/Division/Duty Station: PD / WASH / Remote

Duration: 20 days


If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF has over 12,000 staff in more than 145 countries.


Every year, UNICEF publishes guidance, field notes, case studies and other documents on the latest approaches and evidence in sanitation and hygiene.

The purpose of this consultancy is to ensure that new UNICEF publications in sanitation and hygiene are high-quality and ready for dissemination through the provision of professional copy-editing services.

Terms of Reference / Deliverables

For each document, the consultant is expected to:

  1. Edit the draft manuscripts supplied by UNICEF for structure and content, including rewriting or research for appropriate reference materials when necessary;
  2. Complete copy-editing of each manuscript to ensure consistency in terminology, capitalization, spelling, abbreviations and acronyms, notes and references, as per the UNICEF Style Book and requirements of the WASH Section;
  3. Provide a finished Word file for each publication that is ready to be sent to the designer for layout;
  4. Consult with the WASH specialist and the designer to assist with finalization of the design, including consultation on selected photographs, captions, charts and other graphic elements;
  5. Proofread the final layouts in preparation of delivery for print.

All written documentation, including draft files in Word format, will be provided by UNICEF.

The documents that are anticipated to be edited are:

  • MHM Virtual Conference report (20 pages): report on the proceedings of the 8th Virtual Conference on MHM in Schools, which includes an introduction and overview, 5 extended abstracts, and a conclusions section.
  • GenderPro case studies (30 pages): case studies from UNICEF country offices that describe the process and outcomes of conducting a gender analysis on their programmes.
  • GenderPro course materials (20 pages): material to be used as an e-learning course for WASH staff, on gender.
  • GenderPro learning note (10 pages): a note that summarizes the key learnings from the GenderPro WASH cohort, which completed in January 2020.
  • Progress report on UNICEF’s Game Plan to End Open Defecation (20 pages): a status report, using information collected from UNICEF country offices, that summarizes progress towards ending open defecation using selected indicators in priority countries.
  • Technical brief on monitoring and reporting safely managed sanitation in rural areas (15 pages): a technical paper that explains how UNICEF and its partners may consider monitoring safely managed sanitation in rural areas.
  • Hand Hygiene for All constitution document (30 pages): as part of the global partnership Hand Hygiene for All, the constitution will lay out why the partnership was established and the roles of collaborators
  • Hand Hygiene for All roadmap guidance (15 pages):  as part of the global partnership Hand Hygiene for All, the roadmap will provide guidance on how to support hand hygiene at country level
  • Hand Hygiene case studies (12 pages):  as part of the global partnership Hand Hygiene for All, the case studies will showcase good practices


  • University degree in journalism, communication, international relations, political or social sciences, human rights, or comparable academic preparation
  • At least five years of progressively advanced professional editing experience
  • Prior experience as a copy editor or writer for UNICEF or sister UN agencies
  • Understanding of the work of UNICEF in sanitation and hygiene
  • Excellent knowledge of English is required, as well as expertise in using Word and a solid understanding of the publishing process
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral) are a necessity, and proven analytical skills in conceptualizing and developing literature reviews, particularly for the WASH sector, are desirable


  • Completed profile in UNICEF’s e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11)
  • Upload copy of academic credentials
  • Financial proposal that will include:
    • your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference
    • Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, and living costs as applicable.
    • Indicate your availability
  • Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF.
  • At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.

U.S. Visa information:

With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.  

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

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. View our competency framework at: 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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.





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