Monday, October 24, 2011

Consultant: Call for Applications - Roster of Russian language editors

The UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre periodically needs the services of editors to edit texts in Russian. The texts are typically translations from English and regard the following topics: democratic governance, poverty reduction, environment and energy, crisis prevention and recovery, gender, HIV/AIDS, capacity development. The Regional Centre currently aims to build a roster of Russian language editors from which it can draw to fulfill a variety of short-term, freelance assignments during the year. Assignments will be carried out remotely; work will be submitted through the internet.

Duties and Responsibilities

Selected editors shall report to the UNDP/RBEC task manager. Depending on the nature of the task, the scope of work could include the following:

  • Editing manuscripts to ensure clarity, consistency and readability for the intended audience;
  • Under the guidance of UNDP specialists, assembling all chapters/sections, suggesting re-writing as necessary, editing boxes of interest, tables and charts bringing the manuscript to full completion including editing all necessary components (table of contents, foreword, preface, introduction, bibliography, tables, annexes, boxes, etc. depending on the product);
  • Pointing out factual inconsistencies, inconsistencies in arguments, political nuances, faulty logic, and awkward or unclear passages and suggest solutions;
  • Ensuring all references are in order, requesting source information for tables and figures when such information is missing;
  • If required, editing communications pieces associated with the primary texts or associated with other related knowledge products (e.g. policy briefs) in close cooperation with UNDP specialists;
  • As appropriate, working closely with the consultant graphic designer to develop ideas for graphics and charts that creatively convey key messages/data in the manuscript;
  • Proof-reading the final texts as laid out by the designer to ensure both text and associated graphics are error free and ready for printing.


  • Excellent analytical and editing/writing skills in Russian;
  • Strong knowledge of English;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Ability to be flexible and respond to changes to the text as part of the review and feedback process;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and work well in a multicultural environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, multitask and work under pressure.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Minimum 5-7 years experience as an editor producing/editing corporate publications and products;
  • Substantive understanding of and/or background in one or more of the following areas of specialization: poverty reduction, democratic governance, environment and energy, capacity development, HIV and AIDS and gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Copy-editing experience and excellent attention to detail;
  • Knowledge of UN and UNDP terms, language and style is an advantage.

Evaluation of Applicants:

Applicants will be evaluated based upon experience, education, areas of expertise, and hourly fee. A written test will be administered to short-listed candidates.

UNDP applies the ‘Best Value for Money’ Approach - final selection will be based on applicants’ qualifications, written test and financial proposal.

Contracting Arrangements:

Successful candidates will be placed on the Roster of Editors for a period of 3 years. Placement on the roster does not guarantee a contract. This will depend on UNDP’s future needs.

When a request for services is made, UNDP will contract the consultant directly based on need. A Terms of Reference (ToR) outlining each assignment will be provided, and an Individual Contract (IC) will be issued detailing the time frame. Conditions of a particular assignment may be negotiable.


Payments will be made upon UNDP confirmation of satisfactory performance.

Application procedures:

Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. The application should contain:

  • Cover letter (in English) stating qualifications, areas of expertise (for example, ‘environment and energy’). Please paste the letter into the "Resume and Motivation" section of the electronic application;
  • Filled P11 form (blank form can be downloaded from Please upload the P11; CVs will not be accepted;
  • Hourly fee in US dollars;
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.

Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply.

Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.


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