Consultancy: Writer/Editor, Program Solutions Report, Migration Unit, New York

Position type: Consultancy

Location: United States

Division/Equivalent: Programme

School/Unit: Programme Division

Department/Office: Off of Director-Prog Div, UNICEF NYHQ

Categories: Consultancy, Programme Management

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Background & Rationale

In the coming months UNICEF will be producing a technical report, Program Solutions for Uprooted Children in the United States, with the goal of highlighting model programs that care for and uphold the rights and protection of uprooted children in the United States. Illustrative case studies – from asylum-seeking families and unaccompanied children (UC) – will personalize the experiences of children at various points navigating the immigration system in the United States and highlight the protection risks, opportunities, services and systems that impact them. The Report will conclude with lesson learned, solutions, and recommendations to inform programs and policies for refugee and migrant children in the United States and, where applicable, other countries of destination. The report will serve as a technical assistance and political advocacy tool and be disseminated in English and Spanish through UNICEF’s network of country and regional offices and National Committees, as well as NGOs and policy makers in the United States.


Scope of Work: UNICEF’s Programme Division, Migration, in consultation with Division of Communication (DOC), will lead the development and production of the report, which is scheduled for release in September 2019 in limited print editions and PDFs posted on and The details of the report will be based on information provided by the Migration unit, collaborating NGOs, through telephone interviews and desk research.

Description of the Assignment: UNICEF is seeking a Consultant Writer/Editor to support the UNICEF, in producing Program Solutions for Uprooted Children in the United States for release in September 2019. Under the supervision of the Programme Specialist, the writer/editor will help write, rewrite and edit content for the report, including information on UNICEF’s Framework for Action related to refugee and migrant children; the system in the U.S. that children and families encounter; how specific programs operationalize U.S. policy frameworks on migration; gaps om services for migrant children and families; and recommendations for improving programs and systems. In addition, the Consultant Writer/Editor will be responsible for writing, rewriting and editing human interest stories for the Report, based on UNICEF interviews and other sources.


  • Write and edit the report. Editing may require rewriting, abridging and restructuring text for greater readability and better logical sequence.
  • Assist with obtaining content from desk research, telephone interviews, and other source materials.
  • Incorporate information from various sources into the Report draft while maintaining a consistent style, voice and tone.
  • Draft and work with colleagues from Programme Division and DOC on the finalization of the Foreword and other relevant sections, taking into account particular political sensitivities in messaging.
  • Follow relevant UNICEF editorial style and standards, and ensure that the text is lively, concise and clearly written.
  • Write and edit related media materials (press release, Q&A, key messages) for the Report launch in September.
  • Uphold high standards of quality and professionalism
  • Regularly inform the supervisor of progress towards the deliverables, including any delays or issues that might affect timely completion of the work.
    • Review the manuscript of the report with the supervisor and other designated editorial advisor(s) to identify gaps and any areas requiring additional clarification.
    • Following fact checking and technical review, finalize report for submission.


Start date: 28 May 2019

End date: 31 August 2019

Key competences, technical background, and experience required Deadline

  • At least five years of progressively advanced work experience as a writer/editor.
  • English mother tongue or equivalent level, with demonstrated outstanding writing and editing skills.
  • Ability to effectively grasp and incorporate inputs/feedback from multiple contributors.
  • Ability to work under deadline pressure.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of migration, including child rights.
  • University degree (Bachelor’s)in social sciences or related technical field.
  • Previous working experience with UNICEF and/or another international development organization desirable.

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

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. View our competency framework at : Here

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Advertised: Apr 22 2019 Eastern Daylight Time

Application close: May 06 2019 Eastern Daylight Time


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