Writer/Editor/Communications Consultant for Sustainable Water Partnership (SWP)

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Position Title: Writer/Editor/Communications Consultant for Sustainable Water Partnership (SWP)

Location: Remote

Length: up to 15 days between May 17, 2017 – July 31, 2017

Reports To: SWP Director

Samples: Please provide two samples of long-form material, preferably a technical toolkit and a natural resource themed educational material edited by candidate.

1. Project Background

The Sustainable Water Partnership (SWP) is a five-year, Leader with Associates cooperative agreement that supports U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) thought leadership, innovation and action in global water security by integrating water security issues into Mission programming through relevant, Mission-specific initiatives. Together with its partners Tetra Tech, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), World Resources Institute (WRI), Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and its resource partners’ CEO Water Mandate and mWater, Winrock International will develop comprehensive water security intervention strategies using locally owned solutions at the water basin, sub-basin and local catchment scales.

The Sustainable Water Partnership will:

  • Improve stakeholder awareness and participation in water security.
  • Improve stakeholder capacity and tools to assess water security risks.
  • Improve planning and water governance capacity.
  • Improve capacity and behaviors to implement water resource management measures.
  • Ensure increased collaboration, learning and adaptive response to water risks.

2. General Summary of the Consultant:

The consultant will provide technical writing and editing services in support of SWP toolkit related materials. The Consultant will be responsible for:

  • Read SWP toolkits and supporting papers (currently in draft form).
  • Review content of 6 individual toolkits with a pedagogical lens – answering questions like what is the best way to communicate this important point? Would the tangential point located in the body of the text be more supportive of this toolkit’s message as a textbox? Can that paragraph be more effectively communicated by using a graphic instead of text? – at agreed upon deadlines.
  • Find a unifying voice for all toolkits to create continuity.
  • Clearly communicate complex technical ideas in a way that makes the overall concepts and materials accessible to our audience of non-technical local leaders.
  • Edit content in a way that maintains the message, but can be grasped by an average person.
  • Other related tasks, as necessary.

3. Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

The consultant will be provided all toolkits and supporting papers that have been developed by Winrock and partners on water security.

The consultant will:

  • Review all materials provided.
  • Work with Project Director on identifying and establishing a consistent voice that is appropriate for the targeted audience.
  • Edit text.
  • Provide written suggestions and feedback on the most effective organization, visual presentation of key takeaways/messages, and supporting graphics for all 6 toolkits.
  • The consultant will collaborate with graphic artist and Winrock Communications Associate to optimize each toolkit’s pedagogic presentation by providing feedback on the effectiveness of graphics, their location, and the overall page layout.

4. Deliverables

  • The final text and general layout of 6 toolkits – each consisting of 6,000-9,000 word documents with edited text and suggestions on the graphics and their ideal location with relation to the text.

5. Qualifications and Background:

  • An undergraduate degree in mass communications, journalism and/or international development (Master’s degree preferred).
  • At least 8 years of work experience; preferably in international development, sustainable development, or environment related communications.
  • A portfolio of technical work, from which two samples of long-form material should be provided, preferably a technical toolkit and a natural resource themed educational material edited by candidate.
  • Past projects display clear ability to simplify complex ideas and technical processes.
  • Deadline driven.
  • Experience or knowledge about USAID rules and regulations, especially with respect to communication.
  • A genuine passion for water, climate change, and developing nations.