Consultancy: Report Series Editorial Manager (WASH)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
New York, NY, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)


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Background & Rationale

UNICEF’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) section is leading the work of a three volume report series focused on WASH in conflicts and protracted crisis. The report series aims to generate support and action around UNICEF’s WASH humanitarian change agenda. The series will position UNICEF as a thought leader in this area and generation action for better advocacy, coordination, policy, programme and financing changes across the WASH sector, donors, banks, governments and high-level political forums.

Each report will be released during 2019, using the same branding and in coordination with a timeline of events to support the proposed change agenda. Each report will be targeted to different audiences, but will use the same tone, language and style. They will reference the larger Change Agenda and broader work of UNICEF, then focus on the relevant area of the change agenda.

The report volumes include:

Volume 1: Water Under Fire – Humanitarian Development Nexus

Volume 2: Water Under Fire – Quality and Capacity

Volume 3: Water Under Fire – End Attacks on Water Systems and Personnel


A consultant Report Series Editorial Manager is required to coordinate: (1) the development of 3 x 10,000 word reports, including the overarching narrative and structure, the opening paragraph linking each report volume to the wider advocacy agenda, and editing each of the reports based on a final draft(2) managing the full editorial process for each volume of the report, including coordinating and incorporating feedback and fact-checking changes; developing and sharing timelines for production and feedback; and (3) managing the production process of each volume, including editing, copy editing, fact checking (in house), translation (manage consultants) in three languages, oversight on graphic design, photo selection, proof reading and printing. The consultant is expected to manage the three-volume series ensuring quality, time, and under minimal supervision.

Specific responsibilities: (a) manage the publication at various stages leading up to launch; (b) coordinate the report series with colleagues and external consultants in an efficient manner; (c) follow editorial and production SOPs; (d) coordinate fact-checking, copy-editing, proofreading, translation, and graphic design; (e) uphold a high standard of publication quality; (6) produce each report on time; (f) regularly inform the supervisor of progress towards the deliverables including any delays and issues that affect production. Consultants and outside services are being hired or coordinated by the section: consultant writer/editor, fact-checking, copy-editing, design services, proofreading, translation and printing.

Expected results: (measurable results)

The consultant is expected to deliver the following: (1) a report series plan and schedule; (2) edit all three volumes of the report for consistency in style, structure and tone (3) report series shepherded through all editorial stages; (3) report series shepherded through design/layout; (4) report series produced and finalized in time for launch; (5) dissemination of publication. See breakdown details below.

Duty Station

Office based, potentially with work into the evening and on weekends. Some work can be done remotely.


Start date: 1 Feb 2018

End date:  15 Dec 2018

Key competences, technical background, and experience required Deadline

  • Excellent publication management and editing skills, acquired over at least 5 years of experience.
  • Thorough understanding of publication processes and production. Familiarity with UNICEF/UN editorial processes desirable.
  • Portfolio that includes publications for purposes of advocacy.
  • Familiarity with international humanitarian and development issues and/or issues concerning children. Familiarity with issues of WASH / humanitarian relief and children a distinct advantage.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the experience of negotiating publication content.
  • Knowledge and experience of communication strategy, planning, key message development, media, product dissemination, and related processes.

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.


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.  

At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.

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