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Development Writers/Editors

Organization: United Nations Development Programme

Position Title: Development Writers/Editors, Long Term Agreement

Location: Home-based

Hours and Compensation: 1 year initial contract

Application Deadline: September 2, 2013


Organization Overview

As a trusted and neutral multilateral partner serving 177 countries and territories around the world, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is uniquely positioned to advocate for transformative change, connect countries to the knowledge and resources they require to promote sustainable human development and to coordinate the efforts of the United Nations at the country level.


The writer/editor consultant (s) shall report to the BDP task/project manager and/or the author(s) of the concerned knowledge materials. Task/project managers will likely differ from task to task.  The main areas of work are as described below:
Editing of knowledge and advocacy products
Creative writing targeting external audiences and the media


  • Master’s Degree in development studies and social sciences, journalism,  communications, international relations or other development or  communications-related area of study;
  • Minimum 5 years of experience as a writer/editor producing/editing relevant publications and products;
  • Experience in writing for media outlets, development-related organizations, research centres, think-tanks or multilateral institutions required;
  • Substantive understanding of and/or background in one or more of the following areas of specialization: poverty reduction and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the process to define a post-2015 development agenda; democratic governance; sustainable development, environment and energy;  HIV/AIDS, health and development;  gender equality and women’s empowerment; and knowledge, innovation and capacity development;
  • Proven record in advanced copy editing and/or producing knowledge in the area of sustainable, human development and international development;
  • Knowledge of UN, including UNDP terminology, language and style an advantage.
  • Complete fluency in English (written and oral).


How to Apply

Interested individuals must submit the following as proposals in order to demonstrate their qualifications:
  • Mandatory submission of UNDP Personal History form P11.  A personal CV is welcome in addition.
  • Samples of work you consider to be the best and most relevant examples of at least two of the following categories.

          The total number of samples should not exceed 6.

  • An opinion/news article written and/or edited by the candidate;
  • An advocacy or outreach-related product (brochure/booklet/press kit) written and/or edited by the candidate;
  • A development-related publication or knowledge product written and/or edited by the candidate.
  • The P11 form can be downloaded at the following web address:; (copy and paste link into browser)
  • The candidate must specify if she/he was solely responsible for producing or editing each of the above materials;
  • Please provide the samples in a document with internet links;
  • Please note that if internet links are not available, the candidate must otherwise submit the relevant content by email to  with the subject line “Sample Work for Writer/Editor Long Term Agreement 2013”.

Evaluation Timeline

Screening and shortlisting by desk review – September 2013;
Written test – September 2013;
Final evaluation – October –November 2013;
Contract award – November – December 2013.
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