New consultancy – Editor (copy editing), Beijing, China

  • Contract
  • China

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, care

Background of Consultancy Request: 

The China country office is a bilingual office, with majority of staff being national staff. All reports and proposals for an external audience are required to be in English. In light of the high volume of proposals, reports, human interest stories, and other materials for donors or external audiences, a need has been felt to hire the services of a consultant editor.

The role of the consultants would be to copy-edit and “polish” the office’s reportage – thereby freeing up the time of the PME section to focus on substance and results-based reporting (against proposals and the country programme results matrix). The consultants would also be able to support programme-specific and office-wide advocacy related documentation, based on need.   

How can you make a difference?

Your major duties are copy-edit and format key office documents, including: donor reports, human interest stories, proposals, briefs, annual reports and support the office’s specific documentation needs when requested to do so.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Master’s degree in social sciences, communication or other related area

  • Excellent written and oral skills in English

  • Solid editorial skills with demonstrated ability for logical and analytical writing

  • Prior experience of working for a UNICEF Country Office and familiarity with UNICEF editorial standards will be a key criteria for selection.

  • Previous experience copy-editing donor reports and proposals is highly desirable.

  • Prior work experience in the field of planning and monitoring desirable.

  • Familiarity with international development issues and/or issues concerning children desirable

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


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

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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