Consultancy: Professional Editor (Sanitation & Hygiene Publications)

New York, NY, US

Job Number: 504196 | Vacancy Link
Location: Programme Division, UNICEF NYHQ
Work Type : Consultancy

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 helped over one hundred million people gain access to water, sanitation and hygiene services in communities, schools and health care facilities in the three years since the launch of the UNICEF Strategic Plan for 2014-2017.

UNICEF’s priority in the area of sanitation is the elimination of open defecation and its approach is comprehensive. Community-Approaches to Total Sanitation (CATS) is UNICEF’s core strategy to eliminate open defecation (OD), in line with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.2 to “achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations”. UNICEF’s programmes in CATS have scaled up rapidly since its 2008 inception, with implementation in over 60 countries resulting in approximately 48 million people living in ODF communities to date.  With these achievements come even greater challenges ranging from sustaining OD Free (ODF) status to reaching the poorest households with sanitation.  UNICEF is in the process of developing five field notes to document UNICEF’s experiences supporting CATS programmes, along with an overarching synthesis. The main objective of these case studies is to generate lessons for programming through understanding the maturity and success factors in each country.

UNICEF also supports WASH in Schools (WinS) programmes towards the achievement of SDGs 6 (Water & Sanitation) and 4 (Education), contributing also to SDG 5 (Gender Equality).  In recognition of the positive impact on girls’ education, WinS programmes around the world are addressing adolescent girls’ menstrual hygiene management (MHM) needs in coordination with ongoing efforts to improve WinS.  In 2014, the Government of Canada provided a multi-year grant to better understand the challenges and needs of school girls when menstruating. The project, ‘WinS for Girls: Advocacy and Capacity Building for Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) through Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools Programs’ is designed to strengthen MHM in 14 countries through research, capacity building and support advocacy for incorporating gender-sensitive MHM into WinS programming. The project is coming to a close, and new publications to document the research findings and programming experience in each country are forthcoming.


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

Scope of Work

For each document, the consultant is expected to provide:

  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.

Expected Results

The consultant is expected to edit and deliver the following documents:

  • CATS Field Notes series (synthesis document est. 20 pages and five country field notes est 20 pages each)
  • Game Plan on the Elimination of Open Defecation (20 pages)
  • WinS4Girls Voices from the Field II (est. 30 pages)
  • WinS4Girls Compendium of menstrual hygiene management interventions (est. 80 pages)
  • WinS4Girls synthesis report (est. 30 pages) and 14 country research summaries (5-6 pages each)

The consultant will work closely with a WASH Specialists at UNICEF, to edit all publications during the preprint stages. (Some of these publications will require extensive discussions with the original authors to align with technical knowledge presented in the draft documents).

Duty Station

The consultant may be based in New York or work remotely from a location of good connectivity that enables daily communication with the project manager.


The consultant will work remotely for 23 days.

Start date: 8 May 2017       End date: 30 September 2017

Key competences, technical background, and experience required Deadline

  • University degree in journalism, communication, international relations, political or social sciences, human rights, or comparable academic preparation
  • At least five (5) years of progressively advanced professional editing experience
  • Understanding of the work of the UN, UNICEF and WASH in Schools will be an advantage for carrying out the work of this project
  • 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  

To view our competency framework, please click here

Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable).  Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

Opening Date Wed Apr 19 2017 10:00:00 GMT-0300 (BRT) Eastern Daylight Time
Closing Date Thu May 04 2017 00:55:00 GMT-0300 (BRT)