Doctrine Writer at Team Rubicon

Remote | Freelance
Team Rubicon

Contractor, Doctrine Writer


Job Description

Team Rubicon is looking for a technical writer to focus on the writing of organizational doctrine and other materials to support the research and development of new or improved services (TR refers to these as capabilities). This contract would be hourly-based at 30-40 hours/week for a three month term with the potential to renew through the full calendar year. Projects and duties over the course of the contract may vary depending on organizational and disaster response demands. This position may work remotely at flexible hours but must be available at least 25 hours per week at standard Pacific time business hours.

Primary duties of the Doctrine Writer would include, but may not be limited to:

  • Drafting and editing manuals, literature reviews, plans, technical guides, and job aids
  • Compiling and cross-referencing existing materials and written policy to ensure document completeness and reduce duplication or conflict of policy
  • Participating in and note-taking for planning and design meetings; leading follow-up minutes and/or incorporating meeting minutes into relevant documentation
  • Working with subject-matter experts, researchers, and stakeholders to accurately capture protocols, process, and context
  • Reviewing and copy-editing peer documents; working with copy-editing vendors, when appropriate
  • Assisting with ad hoc document drafting or editing in response to unique disaster-specific demands
  • Assist with general filing of notes, drafts, and publications

Demonstrated Competencies and Skills

The ideal candidate for this contract would demonstrate the following skills and abilities:

  • Highly attentive to detail in writing as well as grasping details through context, conversations, academic literature, and meetings
  • Proactive in seeking answers to questions and hunting needed information for quality products
  • Comfortable using video-conferencing systems, cloud-based filing systems, online collaboration programs, and publication tools
  • Highly skilled at taking complex concepts, technical content, or academic literature and communicating it to general audiences
  • Comfortable using visual and graphics to convey information concisely and effectively (ie. flow charts, tables, decision trees, diagrams)
  • Adaptable to changing projects and shifting timelines

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least three years of experience in copy-editing, technical writing, emergency planning, or other writing-focused roles
  • Undergraduate degree in English, Adult Learning, Communications, International Studies, or Disaster Management are all applicable and desired, but not required.
  • Experience writing for volunteer-based audiences or for humanitarian organizations is considered highly desirable. A sample will be required and an additional writing prompt may be requested
  • Understanding of and/or first-hand experience with TR’s disaster response history and capabilities is considered a plus

Desired Competencies

  • Familiarity with SPHERE, WHO, and humanitarian principals strongly desired; familiarity of international humanitarian security practices, emergency medical services, or WASH a plus
  • Familiarity with Logical Frameworks (LogFrames) strongly desired; understandings of Lean, Six Sigma, Human Centered Design, or Agile practices a plus
  • Efficient and thorough approach to project management
  • Detail-oriented; appreciates tedious, multi-faceted dynamics
  • Adapts to constantly changing circumstances and parameters
  • Emotionally resilient; tolerates stress
  • Exceptionally skilled in analyzing, organizing, coordinating, evaluating, and recommending solutions to support mission requirements
  • Highly proficient in technical writing and effective information presentation; sweats the detail

Special Requirements

  • This is an hourly contracted position based remotely
  • 30-40 hours of work anticipated for a three-month duration. Potential exists for an extension of this contract through the year
  • Expected work schedule is flexible but expected to accommodate some scheduling across global times zones
  • The person filling this position may be required to complete training courses as recommended and made available by Team Rubicon

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