Manuscript Editor, English at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - FAO

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - FAO

Manuscript Editor (English)

  • Organizational Unit: REU

Job Type

  • Non-staff opportunities
  • Type of Requisition: PSA (Personal Services Agreement)
  • Grade Level: N/A

Primary Location

  • Home-Based
  • Duration: Up to 11 months
  • Post Number: N/A

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.
Qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member nations are encouraged to apply.
Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.
All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Organizational Setting

The Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REU) is responsible for leading FAO’s response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO’s priority activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the Region and, in collaboration with departments and divisions at Headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO’s strategic response to regional priorities. REU also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization’s Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies. REU develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs).

The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.

The aim of this call is to identify experts for the provision of editorial services. Applicants who successfully undergo a competitive selection process will be endorsed in FAO’s roster of manuscript editors and can be contracted for different assignments ranging from short term to up to 11 months.

Reporting Lines

The Manuscript Editor will work under the overall supervision of the Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia, the overall technical guidance of the Communication Officer for Europe and Central Asia, with day-to-day supervision by the technical officers and the regional Communication Specialist, in regular consultation with the FAO’s Office of Communications (OCC). and is expected to interact as needed with content originators.

Technical Focus

The Manuscript Editor carries out substantive editing of various draft texts produced in REU. This may involve complete or partial reorganization and rewriting of the content in order to ensure balance and accuracy of the text. The incumbent also ensures coherence of edited texts with FAO’s corporate and regional communication policies and operational guidelines, FAOSTYLE, FAO Names of Countries and Terminology.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Receive draft news releases, media advisories, web stories brochures or similar written in English by non-English mother-tongue FAO communication specialists, and review these texts with a critical eye, catching and correcting errors and inconsistencies in logic, structure, syntax, lexicon, terminology, country names, and transliteration;
  • Interact with content authors whenever necessary to check facts, verify intended meaning, or seek additional essential information;
  • Apply a smart, journalistic style consistent with that of REU’s recent archive of news content – with special attention to the composition of headlines and leads that capture a story’s essence while also appealing to editors and readers;
  • Follow REU’s standard formatting for draft news releases and web stories – headline, subhead (optional), image, photo copyright and credit, dateline, media contact, links, micro-text for regional homepage feature bar, margins, font style and size;
  • Follow with attention regional news planning processes to maintain awareness of current context and terminology;
  • English copy-editing of the regional flagship publication, the Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition: Europe and Central Asia, and related communication materials;
  • Review brochures, leaflets and other information materials with regional relevance upon request;
  • English language editing of FAO governing body documents, specifically the Informal Consultations, European Commission for Agriculture, and the European Regional Conference;
  • ensure consistency with FAOSTYLE and terminology for all texts received;
  • ensure that country names are correct (as per FAONOCS) and in the correct order (alphabetical if no specified order or ranking);
  • improve the flow, clarity and quality of the language;
  • flag any problems that require decisions relating to the substance of the work and ensuring its technical accuracy; and
  • complete two rounds of corrections of manuscript following divisional checks;
  • Other related tasks as needed.

CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements

  • Relevant university degree or relevant technical training/qualification
  • Two years of relevant experience in manuscript editing or related fields
  • Excellent knowledge (mother tongue) of the FAO language of the manuscripts to be edited (English)

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Familiarity with the topics of agriculture, livestock, fisheries, nutrition, climate change, environment, biodiversity
  • Previous work for UN agencies is desirable

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help, or have queries, please contact: Careers@fao.org
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  • Candidates with acceptable language certificate/s should upload them when submitting their application. For details, visit http://www.fao.org/3/I8446EN/i8446en.pdf.
  • For other issues, visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/.

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