Writer of donor reports in English for UNICEF DRC
Post Title : Writer of donor reports in English for UNICEF DRC
Type of Contract : SSA
Post Level : P - 3
Duration : From 01 February to 25 March 2011
Duty Station : KINSHASA
Closing Date : January 06, 2011
Vacancy n° : VN/2010/SSA/042
UNICEF DRC initiated its support to new water, sanitation and hygiene programme in 2006 after a 10 year absence from the sector. The programme is entitled “Healthy Village and Healthy School” programme. It is based on the concept that demand-driven, community supported interventions are the only sustainable approach to development in the water and sanitation sector.
The country is divided into 11 provinces and further divided by the Ministry of Health into 515 health zones. The proposed programme works with the Ministry of Health through a decentralized strategy that targets rural population with low-tech water and sanitation solutions: spring protections and the social marketing of latrine slabs. The programme is a comprehensive package of projects including rural village water and sanitation, school hygiene education and sanitation, policy development and capacity reinforcement. The programme is based around one key concept called “Village Assaini”, which can be roughly translated to “Healthy Village”. The concept is a minimum standard for water, sanitation and hygiene that a village must reach before it can be declared “assaini”, or healthy by the government. Using marketing techniques to promote the concept, villagers are motivated to reach the goal and become a healthier community. The concept has been extended to schools, establishing similar criteria for reaching the “Ecole Assainie” or “Healthy School” standard.
The programme is national in scope but implemented at the local village level with community participation and direct management. It is also a strategic approach that allows multiple donors to contribute seamlessly as the programme scales up.
The DRC is blessed with an extensive network of springs, with over 60% of the rural population using these springs as their principle source of water. Due to this unique characteristic, it is possible to reach a large number of people at a low cost. Though over 60% of the rural population uses springs, only 1/3 of these springs are protected. A properly protected spring can provide decades of clean water with little maintenance. A spring protection in the DRC costs roughly 10 times less than drilling a borehole. This fact, and the careful design of a community participative programme, allows UNICEF, in collaboration with government partners, to reach a large number of beneficiaries, quickly and at a low cost.
In September 2008, DFID made available a contribution of 25 million Pounds as a grant for the “healthy village and health school” programme in 11 provinces of DRC. Four interim narrative reports have been submitted to DFID in March and September of 2009 and 2010. The next interim report is due at the end of March 2011.
In September 2009, USAID made a contribution of 1,500,000 USD to implement the “Healthy Village and healthy school” programme in the health zone of Lualaba, District of Kolwezi, Province of Katanga. The donor report to USAID is due by the 31st of march 2011
2. PURPOSE OF THE POST:
The contract will cover writing of 2 donor reports in English for the Water, Hygiene and sanitation programme of UNICEF-DRC. The reports should follow the appropriate format of UNICEF donor reports and the content of the reports should focus on the results and impact of the implemented projects. In addition, each report should contain one human interest story.
The consultant will write the following reports:
- USAID final donor report of the project “Water and sanitation Interventions in Kolwezi District, province of Katanga”
- DFID progress Report N#4 of the “Healthy Village and healthy School programme”
3. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The consultant will work under the supervision of the Chief of WASH programme and in close consultation with the water and sanitation specialists in Lubumbashi and Kinshasa
UNICEF will provide consultant with
Basic information on the projects (previous donor reports, earlier developed human stories,)
UNICEF guidelines on writing
Suggestions on the most suitable project sites, stories and contacts of relevant people
Review and familiarize thoroughly with all the documents provided by the UNICEF that relates to the
project implementation funded by the respective donor, including the project proposal, reports of partners, field trip reports and other relevant information.
Meet and discuss with responsible UNICEF staff member and the relevant UNICEF implementing partners’ teams, with right- holders and officials in order to better understand the results and impact of the projects.
Based on the reviewed, gathered and analyzed information, write and submit the first draft of the donor reports for comments
Adjust the draft donor report in accordance with the comments and recommendations provided by the
Edit and finalize the report and submit the final donor reports to the UNICEF supervisor by the deadlines specified in this TOR.
Collect suggestions and contacts for possible human stories from UNICEF staff in Lubumbashi
Contact identified persons and select the most interesting/impacting human story
Travel to the project sites and meet with right-holders, student of primary schools– children, families, service providers, and local authorities in project areas
Write two human interest stories following the “Issue, Action, Impact” format with well described background, project interventions, and positive outcomes;
Two donor reports in English in electronic format (microsoft Word file)
5. QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES
Advanced academic degree required, preferably University degree in Communication, Journalism, Social Sciences or related field.
At least five years experience in writing and editing.
Very good writing and communication skills in English
Proven experience in writing donor reports in English.
Previous experience with UN system is an asset.
Knowledge of the UNICEF principles of donor report writing will be an asset.
Knowledge of DRC is an asset.
Ability to convey technical language in simple English.
Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
Capable of meeting strict deadlines
Excellent organizational skills
Harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.
Willingness to travel and work under difficult conditions
Initiative, passion and commitment to UNICEF's mission and professional values.
6. Special Instructions:
All products will conform to UNICEF editorial standards and guidelines (UNICEF style book). Consultant writer will footnote all statements of fact throughout the text and provide copy of information sources to back up these statements, in order to facilitate fact-checking of the text for accuracy, currency and consistency with other materials.
Consultant will need his/her own personal computer.
Consultant will be provided with MOSS compliant transport for his/her official missions to the field in Katanga province..
Before signing the contract, the consultant will have to submit to UNICEF Human Resources section a recent medical certificate proving that he/she is physically and mentally fit for the mission
Before signing the contract, the consultant will have to provide a photocopy of his/her health and life insurance.
Consultant will have to undergo a security briefing and an advanced security training during the first week of his/her assignment.
Consultant will receive one month DSA at Kinshasa’s rate. However, thereafter, when on field mission in Katanga province, Consultant will receive DSA according to the local rate.
In case of unsatisfactory performance the contract will be terminated by notification letter sent 5 days prior to the termination date. In the mean time, UNICEF will initiate another selection in order to identify appropriate service provider.
7. APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Interested and qualified candidates should send their applications by E-mail to :
The applications should contain an updated UN Personal History Form (P.11), CV, copies of academic certificates, diplomas, degrees etc…..
The UN P11 from could be downloaded from: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_apply.html
UN staff members are requested to provide last two Performance Evaluation Reports (PERs).
Only short-listed applicants will be acknowledged.
QUALIFIED FEMALE CANDIDATES ARE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY
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